The mountain of Ararat became increasingly popular thanks to the legend of the Noah’s Ark. It seems there must be thousands of tourists and pilgrims all the year round in the Armenian Highlands. Actually, it used to be until the recent times but since 2016 Ararat was announced as a restricted military zone.
Climbing to Ararat
The mountain Ararat consists of two peaks – the Great Ararat (5137 meters) and Little Ararat (3925 meters). The Saint Iakov Glacier covers both summits all the year round.
Luckily this extinct stratovolcano is accessible for people without climbing background. As a result, it is one of the top tourist destinations worldwide. The notice about the Holy Mountain in the Bible made it a known popular among pilgrims.
Located on the border between Armenia, the stratovolcano became the subject of many political disputes. Historically it used to be a national symbol of Armenia, but now its territory belongs to Turkey. This occasion spread the conflict between two countries, which eventually led to the military restriction by the Turkish authorities.
How to See Ararat?
Even though Ararat is restricted to climb, you have an amazing opportunity to see it from Yerevan. Besides two snow-covered summits, you can see a rich cultural heritage in the capital, which is 60 km away from the mountain.
The issue of opening touristic routes is under consideration nowadays. Mountain lovers from all over the world are looking forward to the moment when they can step on the Holy Mountain again!