(Ascent to the top )
Mount Ararat mentioned in the Bible, covered with many legends and revered as the site of the first altar erected after the Flood attracts an incredible number of tourists and novice climbers to its peak every year.
The volcano consists of two peaks – Big Ararat (5137 m) and Small Ararat (3925 m) the circumference of which reaches 130 km, and the glacier of St. James which we will meet on the way to the top has a length of more than 2000 meters in length.
Big Ararat appeared about 3.5 million years ago and is the highest mountain in Turkey: its height is 5137m above sea level. Starting from a height of 4200m, the slopes here are covered with snow and glaciers.
Small Ararat is located on the eastern side of its older brother. It appeared much later about 150 thousand years ago, and its height is much lower - 3896m above sea level. Despite the fact that this mountain is low there is little vegetation both on it and on the slopes of Big Ararat. Sometimes only solitary birches and wild grapes are met here. This is explained by the fact that these mountains are covered with a thick layer of ash, lava and tephra deposits.
The climate of Mount Ararat is quite severe: in the summer season at an altitude of over 2 thousand meters there are always winds blowing, and the daytime air temperature even in summer can be below +10°C. The most comfortable weather here is in July when the air temperature is about +25°С. Even in the middle of summer, the weather on the mountain can be quite changeable, so we advise you to bring warm, windproof clothing and appropriate footwear. However, despite such climatic conditions, thanks to a smooth ascent it is not difficult to climb the mountain.
After a successful ascent, you will have an opportunity to visit the local attractions. You can visit the ancient palace of Ishak Pasha built in the 17th century, and you can also enjoy the color and culture of the local residents of Dogubayazit - a town at the foot of Mount Ararat.