Mount Ararat

  • We are pasionnated about Mount Ararat! If you are still not, we promise – you will be after your first trip to the peak of the Mount Ararat.

    I am certified Kurdish trekking guide, grew up here, at the foot of Mount Ararat. For us, local Kurdish people, the middle zone of Ararat, covered with good pasture grass and some juniper, is the please where we graze our sheep, so we know every corner here and can show you the mountain like nobody else.
    Local tradition maintained that the Noah’s Ark still lay on the summit but that God had declared that no one should see it.

    We are ready to help you to organize the trip to Turkey and Turkish Kurdistan, where we will welcome you.

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    Kubi Saltik

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    Mount Ararat, Turkish Ağrı Dağı ,  extinct volcanic massif in extreme eastern Turkey overlooking the point at which the frontiers of Turkey, Iran, and Armenia converge. Its northern and eastern slopes rise from the broad alluvial plain of the Aras River, about 1,000 metres above sea level; its southwestern slopes rise from a plain about 1,500 metres above sea level; and on the west a low pass separates it from a long range of other volcanic ridges extending westward toward the eastern Taurus ranges. The Ararat Massif is about 40 km in diameter.

    Ararat consists of two peaks, their summits about 11 km apart. Great Ararat, or Büyük Ağrı Dağı, which reaches an elevation of 5,165 metres above sea level, is the highest peak in Turkey. Little Ararat, or Küçük Ağrı Dağı, rises in a smooth, steep, nearly perfect cone to 3,896 metres. Both Great and Little Ararat are the product of eruptive volcanic activity. Neither retains any evidence of a crater, but well-formed cones and fissures exist on their flanks. Towering some 4,300 metres above the adjoining plains, the snowcapped conical peak of the Great Ararat offers a majestic sight. The snowline varies with the season, retreating to 14,000 feet above sea level by the end of the summer. The only true glacier is found on the northern side of the Great Ararat, near its summit. The middle zone of Ararat, measuring from 1,500 to 3,500 metres, is covered with good pasture grass and some juniper; there the local Kurdish population graze their sheep. Most of the Great Ararat is treeless, but Little Ararat has a few birch groves. Despite the abundant cover of snow, the Ararat area suffers from scarcity of water.

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    abuot“Eventually, the water started to go down again, and the ark came to rest in the mountains of Ararat. After being on the ark about 11 months, Noah sent out a dove to see if it would find land, but it found no place to rest and returned to the ark. Seven days later, Noah sent the dove out again. This time it flew back carrying an olive leaf, and Noah knew it had found land. ”

    Ararat traditionally is associated with the mountain on which Noah’s Ark came to rest at the end of the Flood. The name Ararat, as it appears in the Bible, is the Hebrew equivalent of Urardhu, or Urartu, the Assyro-Babylonian name of a kingdom that flourished between the Aras and the Upper Tigris rivers from the 9th to the 7th century bce. Ararat is sacred to the Armenians, who believe themselves to be the first race of humans to appear in the world after the Deluge. A Persian legend refers to the Ararat as the cradle of the human race. There was formerly a village on the slopes of the Ararat high above the Aras plain, at the spot where, according to local tradition, Noah built an altar and planted the first vineyard. Above the village Armenians built a monastery to commemorate St. Jacob, who is said to have tried repeatedly but failed to reach the summit of Great Ararat in search of the Ark. The village, the monastery of St. Jacob, and a nearby chapel of St. James were all totally destroyed by an earthquake and avalanche in 1840.