It is an inactive volcano, on the north shore of lake Van. During climbing you can see a marvellous view of Lake Van.
In the summer route is very easy (there is no glacier on the top, just a few small glaciers around crater's slopes), in winter snowfalls reach 3-4m.
The best starting point is an Adilcevaz town. You can get there from Tatvan via of Ahlat or from Van via of Ercis. There are 2 possible ways to get the top: southern route starts in Harmantepe village, eastern starts in Aydinlar.
You can take a taxi or dolomus (small bus) from Adilcevaz to Aydinlar or Harmantepe, hitch-hiking is also possible.
You just have to register in gendarmerie's office in Adilcevaz (it is required), there are not any fees.
On Mt. Suphan in the summer there are problems with water during climbing. There are no streams, on the sothern route I found only one, small stream (the same as on camping place photo). There is a plenty of water from small glaciers on the level of crater lakes (you shouldnt take water from lakes because it is contaminated by sheeps).
When To Climb
Best weather to climb is from July to September (it is often good weather season, without snow cover).
Camping is allowed everywhere, but you shold not stand a tent near villages- children are very intrusive. It is rather safe to leave the tent for whole day without any care.