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Ararat

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Caucasus, Turkey.
Climbing Ararat by classic route. Season: June - September (Best time - September)

Information intended for evaluation purposes only. In order to avoid surprises and possible dangers and complications, we recommend to take part in the organized program of the MCS AlexClimb "Caucasus Turkey, climbing Ararat" - by well known route, accompanied by experienced guides. This will significantly increase the probability of success and safety of your climbing in Turkey.

For climbing Ararat you will need to set relationship with some local provider of travel services. The cost of the permit for the ascent of Ararat usually is included into the cost of the whole climbing Ararat package provided by the local climbing provider. The Ararat route begins from town Dogubayazet, located 20 km from Ararat, on the edge of the wide valley that separates the thwny from Mount Ararat. In order to get to the beginning of the Ararat climbing route, you need to arrange a transfer. The dirt road accessible to any all-wheel drive car leads to the altitude 1800 meters, then the trail begins. Futher it is better to organize the transportation of your climbing gear and loads on horseback. The trail, passing numerous Kurdish farms and summer pastures, climb the West side of the mountain, by gently scree slopes. The trail is very good at it groups of tourists and caravans with baggage move by it regularly.

The ascent to the Base Camp takes about 4-5 hours and is connected with considerable altitude gain - 1500 meters. The base camp is located at the foot of wide snow couloir between two rocky ridges of the Western Slope of Ararat. The camp is equipped with about fifty convenient sites for the tents, and in the season most of them can be occupied.

Start climbing Ararat early in the morning, not later than 3 - 4 am. Tha trail normally is clearly visible - depending on the snow condition you sould climb up by the couloir, or on the right rocky ridge. The ascent is not steep, but quite intense, almost no flat areas, all the time you need to go up. After three-hour ascent slope becomes slightly steeper, there is a possibility of ice-covered areas - you may need a crampones. Climb up the Ararat summit plateau to the right, towards the most gentle slope. Then cross Ararat summit plateau towards the top of the Summit dome of Ararat climb to the summit feeping to the left side. There will be possibility of some easy climbing as there can be few short but fairly steep ice sections, and if you do not put on your crampones up to this point, here they will probably be needed. From the Base Camp to the Summit of Ararat it is approximately 6-8 hours of continuous walking.

Descend the same route, overnight stay in the Base camp is not necessary - it is better continue walking downhill to the transfer to Dogubayazet.

Good luck and weather to you!

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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.

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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.

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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.
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