Mount Ararat

Photo of Mount Ararat

Photo by Souren Topchian


Elevation (feet): 16,945
Elevation (meters): 5,165
Continent: Asia
Country: Turkey
Range/Region: Southeast Anatolia
Latitude: 39.7
Longitude: 44.3
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1829 (first climb on record in modern times)
First successful climber(s): Frederic Parot
Nearest major airport: Van, Turkey
Convenient Center: Dogubayazit, Turkey


Mount Ararat is a snow-capped volcanic cone, located in extreme northeast Turkey, ten miles west of Iran, and 20 miles south of Armenia. A smaller cone, Little Ararat (12,877 ft.) rises just southeast of the main peak. The noble mountain rises in isolation above the surrounding plains and valleys, providing an extensive panorama for those who climb it. Ararat is a holy mountain. Its sacredness comes from the Old Testament legend of Noah, whose ark came to rest on Ararat following the great flood. Ararat has no crater, and no eruption has ever been recorded. However, an earthquake rocked the mountain in 1840, burying a chapel, convent, and village that had previously occupied the slopes. Today Nomadic Kurds reside on the mountain, migrating between the valleys and high pastures with their herds of cattle and sheep.

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