MOUNT ARARAT INFORMATION & GUIDE BOOK
NAME: Buyuk AGRI in Turkish, Mount Ararat in English
Turkey’s highest mountain Ararat, has a legendary status due to its geologic location and the fact that it is believed to have been the final resting place of Noah’s Ark. This peak, mentioned in the Bible, has several names in different languages, the main ones being Ararat, Kuh – i Nuh and Cebel ul Haristir.
LOCATION: Eastern Anatolia, near the border with Iran and Georgia, between the Aras and Murat Rivers.
Mount Ararat GEOLOGY:
- Characteristics: Mount Ararat (5165m) is the highest peak in Turkey and Europe. It is a volcanic mountain made up of basalt, which changes to andesite lava around 4000 m. At the summit there is a glacier, and on the eastern slope is the Serdarbulak ridge, with Kucuk (Little) Ararat at 3896m. The height of Mount Ararat, along with its glaciers, geological formations, people, and mountain meadows covered snow has an alluring, almost magical appearance.
- Mount Ararat Altitude: 5137m – 5165 m. (Different researches at past, claim different altitudes but we know that still changes due to the climate and ice conditions.
- Activities on Mount Ararat: Camping, Trekking, Hiking, Climbing, Skitouring, Photography
CLIMBING MOUNT ARARAT:
Prof. Frederick Von Parat successfully reached its summit, which Marco Polo said no-one would ever climb, on 9 October 1829. The former president of the Mountaineering Federation, Dr. Bozkurt Ergor on 21 February 1970 made the second ascent. Thousands of visitors came in 1980, and ten years later climbing was banded but this was lifted in 1998 when the Mountaineering Federation gave permission to a group of climbers.
- Mount Ararat Routes: Only South Face is available for legal permits.
- Best Time for Climbing Mount Ararat: July to September. Winter climbing is very difficult but extremely rewarding.
- Transportation and Accommodations: The Trabzon-Erzurum-Tehran International Highway winds around the foothills of Mt. Ararat and leads to Iran. There are regular air, rail and bus connections between Ankara and Erzurum. Dogubeyazit is the closest city to the mountain, easily accessible from Mt. Ararat and Erzurum. There are a number of restaurants and lodging places in the city and the surrounding area.
* Climbers staying at Dogubeyazit can make their final preparations for climbing here and continue by car to the village of Eli. After getting water here, the first campsite, which is at 2800 m, takes 7-8 hours to reach. On the second day, after a 4-6 hour climb, one can expect to reach the next campsite at around 4200 m. It is obligatory for climbers to be equipped with crampons, rope and ice-picks. It takes about 8-10 hours to reach the Mount Ararat Summit and to return to the first campsite at 2800 m.
- Climbing Equipments: Crampons, rope (11mm), an ice pick and safety gear such as an ice-auger and climbing tape.
Summer Ascents: Sleeping bags made for temperatures of -5, -10 ºC, anorak, wind jacket, other camping gear and important supplies.
- Mount Ararat Climbing Permits:
In order to climb Mount Ararat and / or Little Ararat, permission is required and it is mandatory that climbers begin their journey from the following points.
Ascents of Mount Ararat can only be attempted on the portion of the face that is within the district boundaries Dogubeyazit, and must follow the Dogubeyazit – Topcatan village – Eli Ciftligi route.
* Ascents up Little Mount Ararat may only be made along the northwest face. The easiest route in terms of communication and accessibility, and the most commonly followed one, is the southern route.
MOUNT ARARAT BIBLIOGRAPHY:
- From Ararat to Buffalo the History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo
Adler, Selig & Connolly, Thomas
- From Mount Ararat to Surburbia, the History of the Jewish Community in Buffalo
Adler, Selig Connolly, Thomas E.
- The Land of Ararat; Or, Up the Roof of the World: By a Special Correspondent
- A Pause at the Mountain of the Ark: the Ascent of Mount Ararat
Allen, Thomas Gaskell, Jr. And William Lewis Sachtleben
- Ararat: A Collection of Hungarian-Jewish Short Stories
- Ararat: a Decade of Armenian-American Writing
Antreassian, Jack, Ed
- Exiles Passage to Ararat
Arlen, Michael Two Works By
- Passage to Ararat
Arlene Harris Kurtis
- Peoples of Ararat
- History of the Ararat Pub. Soc.: With Correspondence between Benzion Margulies and Simon Rawidowicz
- Explorers of Ararat: And the Search for Noah’s Ark
B. J. Corbin
- Turkei Von Istanbul Zum Ararat
Babeluk, Julia Anita
- Ararat Cocktail
- En busca del arca perdida de no Investigacin en el monte Ararat
- Beyond Ararat: a Journey Through Eastern Turkey
- Babylon Rising 2. the Secret on Ararat
- View from Mount Ararat
- Dark Ararat (Emortality Series #3)
- Transcaucasia And Ararat
- The Peoples of the Hills; Ancient Ararat and Caucasus
Burney, Charles And David Marshall Lang
- The Tablets of Ararat: A Novel
C. J. Illinik
- Kapoot: the Narrative of a Journey From Leningrad to Mount Ararat in Seach of Noah’s Ark
- Lifeboats to Ararat
- Phoenix: The Peoples of the Hills: Ancient Ararat and Caucasus
Charles Allen Burney
- The Lost Ship of Noah: In Search of the Ark at Ararat
- Descent From Ararat
- Visions of Ararat
Christopher J. Walker
- Ararat, a Novel
D. M. Thomas
- Ararat Associations
- Agri-Dagh: Mount Ararat, the Painful Mountain
- The View From Ararat
- Travels in the Central Caucasus and Bashan: Including Visits to Ararat and Tabreez and Ascents of Kazbek and Elbruz (1869)
Douglas William Freshfield
- Mordecai Manuel Noah’s Ararat Project and the Missionaries
Dr. S. Joshua Kahn
- Ararat: a Novel
- The Well of Ararat
Emmanuel P. Varandyan
- From the Gulf to Ararat: an Expedition Through Mesopotamia
G. E. Hubbard
- Les Noe Au Mont Ararat
- Babylon Rising and The Secret on Ararat
Greg Dinaldo, Bob Phillips Tim LaHaye
Groseclose, Elgin Earl
- All Aboard for Ararat
H. G. Wells
- Ararat Issue No. 84 Autumn 1980
Hamalian, Leo Ed
- Ararat: a Collection of Hungarian-Jewish Short Stories
- And the Ark Rested Upon the Mountains of Ararat
Haroutunian, Edward Louis
- Bible in Armenian Modern (Ararat)
Iranian Bible Society
- Ararat Temple Oasis of Kansas City, Missouri 1994 Volume 3
Jack P. Cummins
- More Than an Ark on Ararat
James B. Irwin
- Transcaucasia and Ararat: Being Notes of A Vacation Tour in the Autumn Of 1876
James Bryce (1878)
- Ararat Papers
James C. Baloian
- Caravan From Ararat
James P. Terzian
- Mount Ararat Conspiracy
- Journey to Ararat
Johann Jacob Friedrich Wilhelm Von Parrot
- Adventure on Ararat
John D. Morris
- Noah’s Ark and The Ararat Adventure
John David Morris
- Appleby on Ararat
John Innes Mackintosh Stewart
- The Quest for Noah’s Ark; : a Treasury of Documented Accounts From Ancient Times to the Present Day of Sightings of the Ark & Explorations of Mount Ararat…Ascent to the Summit of Noah’s Mountain
John Warwick Montgomery
- The People of Ararat
- Voyage Au Mont Ararat
Jules Joseph Leclercq
- Ararat; a Special Issue on Arshile Gorky
- Slow Boat To Ararat
- The Ark on Ararat -Search for Noahs Ark
Lahaye Tim La Haye-John Morris
- Noah’s Ark: Mystery of Ararat
Larry D. Ikenberry
- Where Is Noah’s Ark?: Mystery on Mount Ararat
Lloyd R. Bailey
- Beginning Again at Ararat
Mabel Evelyn Evelyn Ellott
- Das Reich Am Ararat
- The Romance of Missions or, Inside Views of Life and Labor in the Land of Ararat
Maria A. West
- On the Other Side of Mount Ararat: A Story of a Vanished City
- The Quest for Noah’s Ark; a Treasury of Documented Accounts From Ancient Times to the Present Day of Sightings of the Ark & Explorations of Mount Ararat With a Narration of the Author’s Successful Ascent to the Summit of Noah’s Mountain
Montgomery, John Warwick
- Ararat Un Lodzsher Tipn
- Dr. Parrot’s Ascent of Mount Ararat Collated From His Printed Report
Rev. E. Greenwald
- Mission Ararat
- Ararat X
- In Search of the Lost Mountains of Noah: The Discovery of the Real Mts. of Ararat
- Interlude on Ararat (A Novel of Hope)
- The Spoils of Ararat
- The Land of Ararat: Twelve Discourses on Armenia, Her History and Her Church S.M. Gregory
- Beyond Ararat
- From Ararat to Suburbia the History of the Jewish Community of Buffalo
Selig Adler And Thomas E. Connolly
- Lifeboats to Ararat
- Mount Ararat South West Nine
- The Shadow of Ararat
- The Ark on Ararat
- Babylon Rising #2 the Secret on Ararat
- El secreto del monte Ararat (The Secret on Ararat)
- The Secret on Ararat. Babylon Rising Book 2
Tim Lahaye And Bob Phillips
- Im Land des Ararat
- Kapoot: the Narrative of a Journey From Leningrad to Mt. Ararat
- All Aboard for Ararat
Wells, Herbert George
- Die Ararat Legende
- The Red Flag of Ararat
Mount Ararat TRAVEL ADVICE
Turkey is a fully secular modern and safe country providing the hospitality to all visitors as an aspect of culture of the anatolian culture.
Unfortunately there may be some misuse of the goodwill and trust, misleading the agreements in travel arrangements of some visitors like every developing adventure destination.
To have %100 secure financial and organizational deals, it is obliged by the law no 1618 for any visitor to arrange and book all the travel & tourism related services with a licensed travel agency and tour operator from the Ministry of Tourism of Turkey.
Incoming & Outgoing tour operations is allowed only for A group travel agencies. You can check the list of the licensed A group travel agencies of Turkey from the links www.tursab.org.tr and www.tourism.gov.tr
As a case study, unfortunately a big percentage of the Mount Ararat Trek organizers have no legal title to do so and any visitor of the region who engages with this illegal organizations has no right to ask for refund or reclaim in case of any disagreement.
Additionaly, any good reference and/or succesful trip with these organizations does not mean that any other participants will not have problem with authorities in case of denunciation and/or being caught by the armed forces in this second degree military area.
To check that you are already dealing with a fully licensed tour operator, please ask for the related license from the Ministry of Tourism.
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