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Mount Ararat Grade

Grade: Demanding

Climbing Ararat is an achievable goal for most people, but that doesn't mean it's particularly easy. You’ll need a reasonable level of cardio-vascular fitness coupled with physical and mental toughness to cope with the tough slog from the highest camp to the top, freezing conditions on summit day and a few nights roughing it in the wilderness.

Previous experience of mountain travel at high altitude is not necessary.

Familiarity with the use of crampons is helpful, but not essential.

What to expect:

  • The climb to the summit from the highest camp is a long, tough slog of about 1000 meters vertical height gain followed by long descent back down the mountain. Expect to be on your feet for 12 hrs or more.
  • The terrain is mostly easy angled 'walking terrain'.
  • Lower down the mountain you'll be walking on well marked path across rolling meadows.
  • The approach to the high camp covers steep, sometimes icy scree and rock paths.
  • The final push to the summit is over snow and ice, steep in places. 
  • Expect to experience some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness such as headaches and disturbed sleep.
  • With high altitude comes extreme weather and conditions. Good quality clothing and sleeping bags will be required to deal with temperatures which can fall as low as minus 10c.
  • Pack animals will carry equipment and provisions between camps. You will carry your daily provisions in a small rucksack which is no more than 5KGs in weight.
  • This expedition does not involve crossing technical terrain, but the use of crampons is necessary for the final push to the summit.