Armenians call this mountain the Giant – in the circle, it is 40 kilometers. Melt water flowing from the peaks of Ararat mountain, makes part of the Anatolian plains into fertile land. Locals called the peak of the mountain Agri Dagi, which means “mountain of suffering”. It rises above the plain of the river Araks and looks like something unearthly in comparison with the harsh landscape. Ararat mountain is famous not for its natural beauty slopes, but thanks to the biblical legends. According to one version, it was the mountain, to which Noah’s Ark landed after the water of the Great Flood subsided. This book does not give precise instructions, but Armenians believe that the ark came to Mount Agri Dagi. In addition, residents believe that Armenians were the first to repopulate the earth after the flood.
Today, Ararat mountain is located on the border between Armenia and Turkey and 16 km from Iran. In fact – this is the territory of Turkey, which, however, does not prevent the residents of Armenia to consider these places as part of its great history. To get to Ararat mountain is possible as part of Turkey, where it is located, and on the part of Armenia, which opened more beautiful views. Since the intersection of the borders of Armenia can be complicated, it’s easier to get there through Turkey. For example, you can fly to Istanbul, and from there – by bus or car to get to Dugubayazita, a city located near the Mount Ararat. There you can find a good guide, who will take you to the foot of the famous mountains and to the most interesting and important places.
If you want to climb, you can join the Alpine Club Dugubayazita. You can also fly to Yerevan and from there go on trips to Ararat and its surroundings. The Ararat mountain climate is different affability, so in hotels that offer settlement at the foot, there are, as a rule, wall heaters to provide a comfortable stay to its guests. The climate of Ararat plain is dry. In January, the average temperature goes down to – 5 ° C in July, rising up of +25 ° C. Naturally, the presence of mountainous terrain adds flavor to the weather conditions of these places – between different corners can be a big difference in altitude and climatic conditions, and the natural environment.