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Mount Ararat

City: Igdir       State: N/A       Country: Turkey
Mount Ararat is the tallest peak in east Turkey. This snow-capped, dormant volcanic cone is located in the Igdir Province, near the northeast corner of Turkey, 16 km  west of the Iranian and 32 km (20 mi) south of the Armenian border. The Ararat plain runs along its northwest to western side. Lying in the far east of Anatolia, Mount Ararat (Agri Dagi) is worth taking the trouble to visit, both for its beauty and its importance in the Bible, as it is the site where the Book of Genesis says that Noah's Ark came to rest after the great flood. The higher of this volcano's two peaks, Buyuk Agri, is the highest in Turkey, at 5,137 m. Mount Ararat is not extinct, merely dormant: the last eruption was in 1840.In 2004 the area around and including Mount Ararat was designated as the Kackar Mountains National Park, but access to the mountain is by permit only for foreign visitors because this is a politically sensitive area. Permits must be applied for at least two months before a proposed visit through a registered tourist agency that operates treks. However, reaching the summit of the mountain makes all the hassle worth while. The views from the snow-covered peak - across to Iran and Armenia and west across the plain - are spectacular. Climbs leave from the village of Eh, at the foot of the south-west flank of the volcano and normally take five to six days for the ascent and descent. The climb is long, but there is a fairly easy route from the south in late summer for climbers who are familiar with the use of axe and crampons. Snow covers the last 400 m year-round. There are two possible campsites on the mountain, and the glacier begins around 4,800 meter. The Turkish government requires a climbing permit and use of a certified Turkish guide. Arrangements can take two months to complete.

Climate | When to Visit

Visit during: March to September

Directions | How to Reach

Turkey's primary international gateway by air is Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport . Ankara's Esenboga Airport handles a comparatively limited selection of international flights

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