Mount Ararat

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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.

Elevation (feet): 16,945
Elevation (meters): 5,165
Continent: Asia
Country: Turkey/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

Thanks to Terrill Thompson for contributing to these details. (View history)

Trip Reports

There are 50 trip reports for Mount Ararat.

  • Log #8288 - by Vincent Bernier on Nov 09, 20043.00 stars
    dis mountain was the worst! it had to be the worst hiiking mountain i have ever climbed in my life. i have climbed mt. fuji, mt. usu and mt.
  • Log #8293 - by Daniel Michalek on July 30, 20043.00 stars
    We reached the summit in 3,5 hours from the 2nd camp (4100m).
  • Log #8295 - by John T. McIntosh on Apr 01, 20043.00 stars
    The 17th of August is an approximate date since I don't remember the exact day in August. Since then, I have climbed Ararat 4 more times.(a second time in 1983, 1984 and twice in 1985. My team was...
  • Log #8296 - by Keegan Ares on Dec 05, 20033.00 stars
    Although Turkish authorities would not officially allow our equipment over the ark site, we were able to smuggle state of the art "Echelon" ground senors and digital mapping equipment...
  • Log #8298 - by Alain on Nov 06, 20033.00 stars
    Great climb, what a wonderful mountain ! The first time I saw it I could not beleive that I will be able to reach the top, the slope was so impressive. The first two days are not difficult, however...
  • Log #8299 - by Adam Ross on Nov 05, 20033.00 stars
    Great climb. Very good conditions. Beautiful views. My first trip to Turkey.
  • Log #8300 - by ALPER DALKILIC on Oct 10, 20033.00 stars
  • Log #8301 - by Eoskaylar on Sep 08, 20033.00 stars
    We were at the summit of Mt. Ararat around 9.40 a.m. on August 7, 2002. It was a cloudy day, and we have not seen much.
  • Log #8303 - by Evrim SIRMALI on Aug 26, 20033.00 stars
    I pass over myself, my limit. And I hope I'll be pass over myself in the future. Wait me other peaks; wait me :-))
  • Log #8304 - by CENGIZ KIYILAR on Aug 22, 20033.00 stars
  • Log #8305 - by MEHDI on Aug 09, 20033.00 stars
  • Log #8306 - by Philip Ketchian on July 26, 20033.00 stars
    This was a "peak" experience, a most rewarding climb. We began our ascent on the 16th, giving enough time for aclimatization. Spent 2 nights at camp 1 (3200 meters). At camp 2 (4150 m)we...
  • Log #8309 - by Jorge on Feb 22, 20033.00 stars
    Hello friends? i'm looking for information. I'm planning to climb Mount Ararat next August. But muy plans are to go with my bycicle from Ankara to Dogubayazit. And i'm completely lost.
  • Log #8310 - by HERA RADU on Jan 23, 20033.00 stars
    Hello, My name is Radu Hera, I'm from Romania and I love mountains. Not only to climb them, but to read about them or even to listen their silence. In the summer of 2003 I intend to climb the...
  • Log #8311 - by Karda Zoltan on Jan 22, 20033.00 stars
    Hello I am a romanian, hungarian climber. My personal best is the Jebel Tubkal 4167m in the Atlas Mountaiuns in march 2001. I want to know how is possible in wich conditions to take the great Agri...
  • Log #8312 - by Guray EROL on Jan 08, 20033.00 stars
    It was a wonderful Millenium Summer eEpedition. Me and my partner Selim Percinel ,we have reached a group of Middle Eastern Technical University Mountaineering Club at 3200m. camp. Altough it was...
  • Log #8313 - by SINAN HALIC on Nov 23, 20023.00 stars
    The entry below from Cristian Boboc,Romania is not advised to other climbers. There is a certain permit and a procedure for the foreigners who want to climb the Mountain as well for the Turkish...
  • Log #8314 - by Cristian Boboc on Nov 14, 20023.00 stars
    We have climbed this peak in a team of four: Cristian Boboc, Viorel Nogoita, Liviu Nicolae, Stefan Matache. It was great. The ordinary people are very kind. You don't have to worry about.
  • Log #8315 - by extreme climber on Oct 26, 20023.00 stars
    yes this is the mountain that may hold the clues to noahs ark or possably noahs ark itself (is it still off limits as far as climbing goes?)
  • Log #8316 - by SZABO Tamas on Sep 27, 20023.00 stars
    The Turkish Mountaneering Federation organized an international expedition (as they do in each August since 2000). There was more than 300 participants and amongst the many Turkish climbers four...
  • Log #8317 - by bekir akcay on Sep 20, 20023.00 stars
    I did climb Mount Ararat with Jan van der Brink from Rotterdam. We did climb in tree days. We had a very nice weather on the summit. The photos which I took, I put in the internet address groups.
  • Log #8318 - by ASLI SARI on Aug 21, 20023.00 stars
    It was great experience to be and breath there....
  • Log #8319 - by Mike Swayne on Aug 01, 20023.00 stars
    Six high altitude American tourists had a very interesting and enjoyable climb of Ararat and tour of historical sites in Turkey. Five of our group made the summit while another with stomach problems...
  • Log #8320 - by Ayten Gorgun on May 09, 20023.00 stars
    Ararat is a mountain temple for the people who love mountains.
  • Log #8321 - by stefan mueller on Feb 22, 20023.00 stars
    Hello! I want to climb Mt. Ararat in August 2002 with four friends. I tried it already in 1986, but that time there was no way getting a permisson. Can anybody tell me an adress of a local official...
  • Log #8322 - by Khan Aybudak on Dec 08, 20013.00 stars
    The page on Mt. Ararat should be upgraded. The very obvious mistake is about the airport, the nearest airports are Van and Agri in Turkey. I climbed starting from the northern foot and this climb...
  • Log #8323 - by S.Nalan Goksu on Nov 15, 20013.00 stars
    I have climbed some other mountains in Turkey but the difference of this mountain is you never take your eyes off from the mountain even you have climbed it.Something misterious hidden in it...
  • Log #8324 - by Gregory Bogle on Sep 29, 20013.00 stars
    It is truly amazing that we - as amateur mountaineers - were able to organize our climb to the summit of Mt. Ararat in a relatively short time (2 months). Our amateur Turkish-American-German group...
  • Log #8325 - by tolga kara on Sep 28, 20013.00 stars
    we had made ''first north and south traverse of Ararat''.Thanks to all memmbers of the team.
  • Log #8326 - by saud sahal on July 17, 20013.00 stars
    tell me the cost to visit ararat and send to me alot of ararat photoes iam interesting in ararat and all armenia
  • Log #8327 - by ARNOLD KADAR on July 01, 20013.00 stars
    We have climbed the mountain in rough weather conditions, with dense fog and a very strong and cold wind. There was the risk of not finding back our tent in the night and the fog. Finally everything...
  • Log #8330 - by Burak Galip Akkurt on Jan 04, 20013.00 stars
    If you do decide to climb mount Ararat first you have to be careful about the weather. I think it will be true to say that you have to be ready for anything unexpected especially heavy wind and hard...
  • Log #8332 - by Ozgur KURUM on Dec 31, 20003.00 stars
    It was the first winter ascent of the season. Although it almost requires physical capacity in the southern route, climbers should also take care on the glacier of the saddle. That was an amazing...
  • Log #8333 - by Vassil Alexandrov on Nov 01, 20003.00 stars
    I submited mount Ararat with friends from ORDOS via the regular road from the southern side of the mountain. We hoped that we could manage a new rote but the rockfalls were really hard and gave up...
  • Log #8334 - by Eril Esir on July 28, 20003.00 stars
    Historically, Mount Ararat has been the Alfaristan people's most treasured landmark. Together with the Little Mount Agri (3896m) the Serdarbulak lava plateau (2600 m) between the two pinnacles...
  • Log #8336 - by BURHAN INSELBAGGIL on Jan 21, 20003.00 stars
    A mystic mountain, in term of historical, religional and visual values
  • Log #8337 - by Randy Hopkins on Dec 10, 19993.00 stars
    My parents are in armenia for about another year. they are in an apartment that they can just get a veiw of Arrarat. I Digitaly manipulated an image of my family and I looking at the mountain in the...
  • Log #8339 - by GLENNA ROTHE on Dec 17, 19983.00 stars
    nice pictures, ashame there wasn`t more loved the pictures of little NOAH, and on behave of my 5 year old grandson, sent him an email message THANK-U, AND MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR too u...
  • Log #21365 - by K.Mahmoudi on Aug 05, 20083.00 stars
    I can say it is not hard to climb till 4500m. Then you need to be a bit more professional to reach the summit.
  • Log #18788 - by Vasken Knouni on Nov 14, 20063.00 stars
    Dear Friends, Recently I climbed Mountain Ararat, fulfilling a lifelong ambition. For us Christians, this is a Holy Mountain; while for Armenians it also represents a national symbol. In light of...
  • Log #20684 - by Hakan Basboga on Mar 05, 20073.00 stars
    I am a professional, certified trekking guide for Mount Ararat and other mountains in eastern Turkey and Iran. I am also a member of the local Search and Rescue Team. I have successfully guided over...
  • Log #20976 - by Colin Wigston on Aug 26, 20073.00 stars
    We had two camps on the mountain and spent 4 days moving between the camps for acclimatisation. On summit day we set off at 2 am, used crampons on the top 300m of ascent and reached the top at 7.20...
  • Log #21345 - by Wlodek Kierus on July 15, 20083.00 stars
    3 days from/to Dogubayazit. Camp 1 - about 3500, Camp 2 - about 4200. In Camp 2 - heave snowing and storm (also electric).
  • Log #21714 - by Jaime Vinals on July 06, 20093.00 stars
    Not many people around but gorge scenery, excellent weather for climbing. I climbed it together with a friend named Davut Ramazan from Dogubeyazit on June 2008. We summited at 24/June/2008
  • Log #22073 - by Martin Friedrich on Sep 15, 20103.00 stars
    Pretty early departure (1:30 a.m.) at Camp 2, a lot of gravel and loose little rocks, at times difficult to see the progress being made, but ultimately very rewarding summit feeling, blue skies, not...
  • Log #22087 - by Jake Norton on Oct 04, 20103.00 stars
    Great climb, lots of fun. See my blog at for a trip report.
  • Log #22088 - by Jake Norton on Oct 04, 20103.00 stars
    Great climb. Was guiding my client, Art Adams. We first acclimated on Mt. Artos near Van, Turkey, and then went to Ararat.
  • Log #22226 - by Shirish Bhide on Aug 15, 20113.00 stars
    This mountain is located in the eastern corner of Turkey and its a 2 hr flight from Istanbul to Agri. You then drive to the trailhead and start you r climb up. We did the extreme version which got...
  • Log #22476 - by Agnese on Aug 08, 20143.00 stars
    We reached the trek starting point at 2200 m where we loaded the horses and then started walking towards base camp. The walk was very pleasant along a gentle slope in a landscape of lava stones and...
  • Log #22486 - by Shirish Bhide on Aug 30, 20144.19 stars
    My second attempt which was a success. Sumitted on the 30th at around 0735 hrs. Very crowded at the top with a large Malaysian contingent. Great climb this time because of the acclimatization day...