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| Lenticular clouds rise above Ararat seen from the southwest,
with the cone of Little Ararat at far right
(photo courtesy of Turkish Tourism Information Office)  
<click to enlarge>

Ararat   (Agri Dagi)
    16945 ft (5165 m)     Highest point in Turkey .
Major Peaks:
Great Ararat:     16945 ft (5165 m)
Little Ararat:     12877 ft (3925 m)
Location: Eastern Turkey,
near Armenia and Iran borders
Lat / Long: 39.7° N, 44.3° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano complex
Volcanic Status: Active, minor eruption 1840?
First Ascent: Dr. Friedrich Parrot, Khachatur Abovian, Alexei Sdrovenko,
Matvei Chalpanof, Ovannes Aivassian, and Murat Pogossian, 1829
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: well over 8000 ft (2500 m),
perhaps over 11000 ft (3400 m) is possible



Ararat is one of the most famous mountains in the world, not because of its stature as one of the world's great stratovolcanoes but because it is the legendary resting place of Noah's Ark. Yet Ararat is truly a magnificent mountain, with two separate cones which dominate the view throughout the northeastern part of Turkey and also much of Armenia and portions of northwestern Iran. The main cone of Ararat (Great Ararat, or Buyuk Agri Dagi in Turkish) supports a large summit icecap with an area of about 4 square miles (10 sq km), plus a single large valley glacier within the Ahora Gorge, a deep gash in the north face formed by an ancient landslide. The almost perfectly symmetrical cone of Little Ararat (Kucuk Agri Dagi in Turkish) is a sizable stratovolcano in its own right, rising more than 4000 ft (1200 m) above the saddle separating from its big brother about 7 miles (11 km) to the WNW. Winter snows often accumulate to well below this saddle, and even sometimes as low as Dogubayazit at 5600 ft (1700 m), providing numerous possibilities for spectacular and lengthy ski descents. Unfortunately, Ararat's location in a sensitive border area makes it the only Turkish volcano with a lot of bureaucratic red tape for climbing or skiing trips (in fact the Iranian border crosses the eastern slopes of Little Ararat at an elevation of over 6000 ft / 1800 m).




| Climbing routes on Ararat
<click to enlarge>


| Topographic map of
Ararat and Little Ararat
<click to enlarge>


| The north side of Little Ararat (left) and Ararat as seen from Armenia
(photo by Vardan Arustamyan)   <click to enlarge>

More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


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