30th October to 6th November 2017
This adventure is one of several challenges created to support our Refugee Campaign 2017/2018. We have partnered with Syria Relief - a charity working tirelessly to help refugees driven from their homes and escaping their war torn country. Climb Turkey’s highest mountain in aid of Syria Relief to raise awareness of the current issues, and raise funds to support the efforts of the thousands of people working tirelessly in grassroots projects to help Syrian people through the hard times.
Ascend Mt Ararat, a snow-capped dormant volcano and Turkey's highest peak. Fully supported by our family of porters and kit carrying mules you will experience what it's like to be on a challenging high-altitude expedition. Mt Ararat is situated in Turkey's most eastern district, the border crossing to Iran. The area is steeped in history and natural beauty. This unique itinerary incorporates culturally fascinating visits to an ancient Ottoman Fortress and the site where, according to the book of Genesis, Noah's ark came to rest. We will also visit Ishak Pasa Palace, Ahmeti Hani Tomb, a Kurdish Village, a meteor crater, Iranian border, hot springs, Noah’s Ark, Armenian Village and national park.
Day 1: Arrival at Van airport, Turkey
You will be met by one of the Inspired Challenge team at Van airport, Turkey. We will then drive to Muradiye waterfall for a delicious hot lunch, after which we will head to a pleasant family-run hotel in Dogubeyazi and rest there for the night.
Day 2: Eli Village and Trek to Camp 1
Today you will transfer to Eli Village (2200m). The first trek you will embark on is to Camp 1, Green Camp (3200m). This walk is relatively easy until the last hour when the incline becomes steeper. Equipment will be carried by pack animals. We will stay overnight at Camp 1.
Day 3: Acclimatisation Day
Some members of the team may not acclimatise as quickly as others so today will be used for an acclimatisation trek up to camp 2, High Camp (4200m), then back down to Camp 1. This will help your body adjust, giving everyone a better chance of being able to reach the summit. This part of the trek is steep and rocky so we must stay careful at all times.
Day 4: Trek to Camp 2
You are now ready to trek back up to camp 2, High Camp, and stay there overnight.
Day 5: Summit Mount Ararat
Today you will trek to the summit of Mount Ararat (5137m)! The ascent begins at the first light of dawn. This section is steep and rocky, however the last bit of the climb is relatively easy with a gentle grade. You will put your crampons on at 4900m. The first peak you will encounter when you enter the glacier is called Inonu Peak. The main peak will be to your left. After we pass Inonu peak and we will enter the cone (crater). From there it is a short distance on a flat and then a slight incline to the summit. After admiring the views and celebrating your accomplishment, we descend back to Camp 1 (3200m) the way we came. We overnight at Camp 1.
Day 6: Descend to Eli Village and turkish baths
You will descend back to Eli Village (2200m). We will then be transferred to the hotel in Dogubeyazit and have the opportunity to relax in Turkish baths. Today you will have free time to explore the wonderful Dogubeyazit.
Day 7: Dogubeyazit and Agri nature and cultural tour
Today starts off with a nature and cultural tour of Dogubeyazit and Agri, visiting the renowned Ishak Pasa Palace. You will then head off to visit the legendary Ahmeti Hani Tomb. Then we descend to a famous Kurdish Village, followed by a visit to a meteor crater. In the afternoon we visit the Iranian border and the popular hot springs. You will also have the chance to visit the so-called resting place of Noah’s Ark, an Armenian village and the national park at is in. After a full day of sights we head back to the hotel.
Day 8: Departure
On our last day we all transfer comfortably to Van airport and begin our journey back home.
- Transfers between airport-hotel-mountain.
- Accommodation in Dogubeyazit.
- All meals and drinks during the tour
- Climbing permits
- A professional British mountain & expedition leader
- Experienced local climbing guide & team leader
- Local support staff
- Horses to transport luggage and camps
- Food, cooking kit & gas
- Personal climbing equipment & clothing.
- International flights & taxes
- Personal medical and evacuation insurance.
- Charges for any additional services.
- Personal expenses.
Fundraising for Syria Relief
Syria Relief was born in Manchester, UK at the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011. Dismayed at the rapidly unfolding crisis in Syria, a group of friends of Syrian heritage came together to make a concerted effort to provide emergency humanitarian aid in the region, for what they initially assumed would be a short -term project.
The largely medical background of the Trustees made it easy to start off by providing emergency medical care, but Syria Relief swiftly expanded its range and scope of programmes to cope with the needs, going into food aid and education. We have since branched out into a variety of unique and crucial areas, from specialist psychiatric treatment to prosthetic limb clinics and sustainable livelihood.
Aim and Objective
Our aim is simply to ‘relieve the suffering and support the future.‘ Our objective is to provide support and care to those 7.6 million internally displaced by the conflict, thus helping to reduce the mass migration from Syria. To this end, we directly support civilians and displaced communities while providing the tools and training to help them become self-sufficient in their altered circumstances.
The Unique Nature of Syria Relief
Thanks to the connections of the Trustees and our lengthy experience of working in the region, Syria Relief has a solid network of committed management and logistics staff on the ground inside Syria – currently numbering at around 1,600. We have a number of offices internationally – in the UK, Turkey and in Syria, from where we coordinate our projects. This means we can deliver humanitarian aid in all areas, including the hard-to-reach rural and some besieged areas. We can respond with efficiency to any situation that arises, whether conflict related or natural.
New challenges arise daily, and we have proven our ability to adapt and grow in order to achieve our goals. In the short space of time since its inception, Syria Relief has established its reputation as a trusted and effective humanitarian aid agency on the ground, with a track record of the highest level of transparency and feedback. With your support, we have touched the lives of 1.8 million people, distributing aid in excess of $44 million.
Syria Relief would like to invite all parties interested in offering humanitarian aid and support in the region, to collaborate with us to collectively deliver aid in the region. This would achieve maximum efficiency in the delivery of aid, avoiding wastage in repetitive administrative expenses.
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Making a booking
The deposit for this trip is £198
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