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Expedition Ararat - Damavand

South Caucasus. 4x4 mountain expedition Georgia - Turkey - Iran. Climbing Ararat (5136 m) and Damavand (5671 m), mountain climbing in Iran.

Altitude: 5671 m
Program category: Mountain Climbing

Duration: 14 days
Season: June - September

Program price from: 1350 Euro

  • 09.06.21 - 24.06.21mini group, 3-4 participants 1470 EURO booking

South Caucasus. Climbing Mount Ararat and Mount Damavand. Mountain climbing expedition of MCS AlexClimb.

This program is a combination of two ascents of the South Caucasus volcanoes - the famous biblical Mount Ararat and the highest mountain in Iran - Damavand. This expedition form program is especially good because of the most convenient way of transportation (4x4) as the climbing destination we combine in this trip can not be joined easily in any other way! This program is unique as it fits a very compact time frame, in which we will be able to realize two full climbing ascents of Mount Ararat and Mount Damavand, also significantly reducing the costs of the logistics - as a result, the budget of the whole program is reduced almost two times! Also it is necessary to add that apart from the climbing part, our program includes fascinating 4x4 expedition via three incredible countries - Georgia, Turkey and Iran! In general, this is a very interesting and various program which is also can be called quite serious sport event - two five thousand meters mountains are going to be climbed in two weeks!

Participation in this program is contraindicated for those who do not like to travel, do not like to admire from sky-high peaks the incredible pictures of sunrises and sunsets, who do not appreciate the sincere companionship and would not like to share their happiness with the friends! For the rest, participation in our expedition program to Ararat and Damavand will bring the best of the mountain experiences and emotions!

This 12 days Mount Ararat and Mount Damavand climbing expedition was developed for the people, who have small climbing experience or have none at all and who would like to try what the mountain climbing is. The Mount Ararat and Mount Damavand climbing routes are not difficult and do not require any technical skills or spending long time at high altitude. Regardless your climbing experience, we recommend passing the Course of general physical preparation and  MCS AlexClimb Course of Mountain Technique (Basic level) before participating in this program.

The First Principle of MCS AlexClimb
The First Rule, by which we are guided in the development of our mountain programs - is safety. Professional Guides lead the group, the highest quality certificated equipment and the most modern navigation equipment are used. This guarantees the highest possible level of your safety in the mountains, which is the most important side of our work. 

Program Schedule

The AlexClimb climbing schedule (Climbing Ararat and Damavand 2021):

Mountain climbing expedition Georgia - Turkey - Iran. Guided ascent of Ararat (5136 m) and Damavand (5671 m) Classic routes
Easy Climb, Basic level

Day 1 - arrive, airport pick up in Tbilisi airport, hotel accommodation
Day 2 - early departure, transfer to Abastumani village, hot source bathing, hotel accommodation
Day 3 - early departure, crossing the border with Turkey, transfer to Dogubayazet, hotel accommodation
Day 4 - transfer to the base of Ararat route, trekking to the camp 3700, overnight in the tents
Day 5 - summit day - climbing the top of Mount Ararat, descent to the camp 3700, descent and transfer to Dogubayazet, hotel accommodation
Day 6 - spare day
Day 7 - early departure, crossing the border with Iran (2 hours), transfer to Reyneh village (10 hours), overnight in a Mountain Hut
Day 8 - early transfer to the beginning of the Damavand climbing route, walking to the South Shelter, 4150 m, overnight in the Hut
Day 9 - climbing Damavand, descent and departure to Tehran, overnight in the hotel
Day 10 - Transfer to Dogubayazet (Turkey), overnight in the hotel
Day 11 - Transfer to Borjomi (Georgia), overnight in the hotel
Day 12 - return to Tbilisi, overnight in the hotel
Day 13 - Departure

Prices and conditions

The price of the "Climbing Ararat and Demavend 2021":

1350 Euro* - mini-group 3-4 participants
1900 Euro* - private program for 1-2 participants
*Price per person 

You have to be ready for:

  • very active and various climbing program, lots of different brightest impressions;
  • 5-7 days of camping life in the field conditions;
  • Cooking your meals by yourself while climbing mountains;
  • Carrying a 10-15 kg backpack;
  • Air temperature can be down to -20°C on the altitude higher than 3000 m;

Conditions: minimum 4 participants, the Brief AlexClimb course of mountain technique is recommended before the trip.
The price includes: Professional mountain guide services, rent of the communal equipment (ropes, belaying and navigation equipment, cooking gear), hotel and camping accommodation, all transfers from the point of the beginning of the program to its end (Tbilisi), using the communal basic medical kit, local registering and climbing permits, food for outdoor part of the program.
The cost does not include: Georgian, Iran and Turkey visa charges*, International and domestic flight expenses to and from the point of the beginning of the program (Tbilisi), obligatory climbing insurance, rent of the personal equipment, food and drinks while being in cities, using the satellite phone.
Group capacity: 12
Guides: 2

*Most European citizens do not need visa for entering Georgia nor Turkey, check that in the consulates in your home country.

Detailed conditions and limitations on the program "Iran - Turkey. Climbing Demavend and Ararat" can be read in the Offer section

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Our Principles

AlexClimb Rule #1 - Safety First

From the very beginning of our activity, here nearly 16 years, the first Principle of work of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb is the Safety Priority. On the basis of this Principle all process of training is based, all programs and rounds are developed and carried out only within this main principle. We consider that at professional approach to development of programs, at personal discipline and correctly put motivation - occupations by mountaineering and rock-climbing are COMPLETELY safe. And from the return - all troubles and accidents in our sport come from nonprofessionalism, from ignorance or neglect by elementary standards of safety, from irrational motivation, from revaluation of own forces and opportunities. All these prerequisites we COMPLETELY EXCLUDE in our work - ours Rock-climbing, Ice climbing and Mountaineering are based on one Principle - the Safety Priority. In rock-climbing, mountaineering and ice climbing, the Priority of Safety of MCS AlexClimb-is your personal security and comfort irrespective of, than we are engaged - we train muscles and we work technology of the movement in the sports hall and on the rock climbing wall, we make the way through snowstorm to top or we relax on golden sand of the Caribbean beach after hot day of trainings on rocks. The Safety priority - the main credo of School of mountaineering and rock-climbing of MCS AlexClimb.

AlexClimb Rule #2 - Leave No Trace

Closely interacting with Nature, working with the active programs in mountains, woods, lakes and rivers, we perfectly understand the importance of carefull and respectfull bahavior towards the Nature, for its resources. From the very beginning of our outdoor-activity we adopted rules of  Leave No Trace technique - the standard of behavior of the person accepted in all the civilized world in relation to environment and especially - to the wild nature. After all on the relation of people to the nature near which they exist, itself can draw dalekoidushchy conclusions on the relation of these people to... Where and as we didn't travel - we don't reserve any garbage, we try to reduce whenever possible our influence on environment to a minimum. We clear earlier zagryazyonny tourist parking of the left garbage, we take out and we take out to utilization places that to us other people left there. We consider that only thus, at personal individual consciousness of each citizen, each tourist, climber or autotraveller, we will be able to keep the nature surrounding us in its state, natural, suitable for life, - in it pledge of the healthy future for ourselves and our children.

AlexClimb Rule #3 - Sober Concious

The position of AlexClimb Mountain and rockclimbing School regarding healthy lifestyle is quite clear - we consider that only sober consciousness is capable to fill sincere emotions,  to sympathize, to enjoy life in all its variety. Bright various enjoyable life is possible only on condition of keeping the absolute sobriety and purity of consciousness. Any way of obscuring our perception of reality is intended to do harm to our consciousness and bring harm to our physical health, to replace the true values by false ones, to destroy us physically - to turn us into flabby, weak, senseless, gray herd with empty hazy eyes. We don't force anybody to our point of view, everyone has a God's gift of making his own choice and to destroy himself if that is what he wants... But in AlexCilimb Mountain Climbing School we accept quite certain and very simple set of rules: neither alcohol, nor drugs.