Rising to 5,137 meters in elevation, Mount Ararat is the highest peak in Turkey and makes for a challenging but rewarding hiking adventure. Getting to the top and back takes four days and provides some of the best views of this scenic part of the world!
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Rising to 5,137 meters, Mount Ararat is a dormant compound volcano in the very east of Turkey. In addition to its main peak, the mountain has a minor summit, Little Ararat (3,896 m).
Trekking to the top generally takes four to five days and requires a high level of physical fitness. A permit is also required to climb the mountain. Your guide will almost always be the one to acquire the permit for you, but it does take a couple of months to process them.
Depending on the conditions, only hiking is required to get the top. In certain conditions, you may need crampons. Elevation is the main issue, which is why most trips hike high and sleep low all the way up.
During the summer, the average daily temperatures on and around Mount Ararat range from the mid-20s at the base to below freezing up at the summit. Pack accordingly. Additionally, rain is rare during the summer months.
Heading to Iğdır Şehit Bülent Aydın Airport (IGD), in Iğdır is a common starting point for trips to Mt Ararat. The airport can be reached directly from Istanbul and Ankara. Guides will generally meet you at the airport.
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