it is well known, the
which had been a favorite for climbers until 1980 was closed to the public
during the Kurdish insurgence. It was reopened to visitors in 2001 when
security in the area was reestablished. Nevertheless,
to ensure continuance of security, visits to
are now under strict government control.
climbers are subject to security investigation and only those who are approved
are allowed to visit.
traveling alone who wish to
Ararat should apply to the Turkish consulate in their country and apply for a
sport visa. Even individuals from those countries that do not require an
entry visa to
, should have their passports stamped with a special sport visa by the Turkish
consulate in their own countries. Applications
made through the consulate are then sent to the office of the General Staff of
Turkey, the Ministry of Interior Affairs, and the Ministry of Tourism.
Those applications that are approved are then forwarded to the office
of the governor of Agri and the local military police. The same documents are
sent to the Turkish consulate of the originating country. Upon entry to
these sport visas are shown to the appropriate offices.
procedures take up to two months, but we recommend that you apply three
months ahead of your projected climb.
you leave Dogubayazit, you have to show your documents to the border police;
without their permission you cannot start your climb. Permission is necessary
to keep the number of climbers at a certain level and is given at first come
first served basis. In other
words, even if you have all your documents in order, you may not get to climb
because of the number of people on the mountain.
you prefer to join an expedition arranged by a touring company it is enough to
give the company the information on your passport. The company will carry out
the proper procedures in you name. This
is the easiest way to obtain the necessary visas and permissions.
You would have to start this procedure at least two months ahead of
is one of the touring companies; there is 50
Euro compulsory payment to government.
is our strong recommendation that you join a group arranged by a touring
company. Not only do the government officials look kindly on individuals
applying through an approved travel agency, but it is the safest way to climb
even if you have a mountain guide, additionally you have to take a special
guide who is licanced by Mountain Federation of Turkey. Called 'Mihmandar'.
For 1-15 pax you need 1 mihmandar. if you are 16pax you need 2 mihmandar.
Their fee is about 500 Euro for all