Mount Ararat is the highest mountain in Turkey which dominates the skyline which is utmost breathtaking from Yereveran which is the Capital of Armenia.After the great flood arose,it is believed as the resting place of Noah’s Arc.Mount Ararat holds an important role in Armenian culture and its illusional eruption.
Mount Ararat ,which is popularly near Noah’s Arc is of 5165 meters height which is the largest mountain in Turkey.It is located in Eastern Turkey’s Eastern Anatolia region on Iran borders of Armenia and Nakchivan.This mountain rises to 17,000 feet from the plains which surround atleast 2000-3000 feet which is larger than any other mountain range in the world.It is situated between the Aras and Murat Rivers.
The elevation of the mountain is of 16945 feet.It has two peaks-Greater Ararat,the highest peak with 5137 m of elevation and Lesser Ararat with an elevation of 3896 m.
The name of Noah’s Arc,which is a boat like form came according to Old Testament,due to the flood,all except a man named Noah was alive.So.God warned him to build a boat to rescue his family and birds and animals on the earth.And miraculously,the waters returned continually and within a hundred and fifty days the waters decreased and the ark was rested on the seventh month upon the mountain of Ararat.God then pleased by his actions gave him a rainbow and says that he will never flood the earth and it came true which is believed by many people and there is a belief that the rainbow occurring after the rain is the symbol for it.
Mount Ararat volcanic eruption:
Ararat is considered as holy mountain for the Armenians.The sacredness comes from the legend history through Old Testament of Noah,whose ark came to rest on Ararat due to a great flood.But,Ararat has no crater and records of eruption is nowhere seen which is a mystery.However,an earthquake has been rocked the mountain in 1840 which buried a chapel,a small church;a village and a convent which was located in the slopes of the mountain.
Over the years,many groups of people have explored for the truths behind the beliefs but there is no specific reason to prove that Mount Ararat was not in existence at the time of flood.None has any evidence of volcanic ash or lava flows that indicates a great volcanic eruption.
Climatic conditions and Mountain Treks:
The weather on Ararat mountain is mostly stable and is suitable to ascend the mountain any day.On an average day it takes 4 to 5 hours to ascend and 3 to 4 hours to descend the mountain due to an easy climate.
Fog is created by the venting of hot gases which are erupted from the mountain’s gases.The fog which starts with smaller portions covers the wide areas of the mountain.
The first to climb Mount Ararat in recent times is Dr.Friedrich Parrot with Khachatur Abovian who was the first explorer to reach the Mount Ararat summit .
The climb to the mountain is very lengthy but there is an easy route in late summer from the south who can use crampons and familiar with climbing as in other ways snow will occupied largely which is difficult for trekking.
Most of the people go to trips just to relieve from their stress filled lives and be on a peaceful journey.Such a life time opportunity is the visit to Mount Ararat.The view is amazing scenery by which people forget the city for a while.It is just a recharge booster.
The tourists across the world surely appreciate the beauty of this mountain just by seeing its peaks,which cannot be described by words as it is an wonderful experience.Hiking is another adventurous experience who are interested and fearless which gives them a terrific experience.
The lifetime picturesque will be the climbing of the mountain that none can forget which needs an preparation for months.Also travellors should have the climbing permit along with an experienced,certified guide,approved by Turkish Government which needs arrangement for about 2 months.The climb may be a lot difficult than expected and it is just like a challenge to face but when the task is over,the effort is really worth it.
- Ararat is a film released in 2002 by Atom Egoyan about Armenian Genocide.4
- The song “Hollywood Mountains” is written about the importance of Mount Ararat by Armenian-American Metal Band System.
- The surrounding area of Mount Ararat was made as a National Park in 2004
- Mount Ararat is the country’s national symbol.
- Armenia is believed to be the first country to adopt Christianity in 301 A.D.
Thus,by all its attractions and its confusing history,Mount Ararat is just an unique mountains with lots of tourists across the world just for enjoying its beauty with its snow capped peaks.