In the far east of Turkey lies Mount Ararat; the twin peaks of
this dormant volcano boast the highest summit in Turkey, and legend
has it that the remains of Noah's Ark lie on the snow-capped
slopes. Many tours are available to climb or even ski Mount Ararat
(solo climbing without a guide and permit is not permitted). The
climb to the top is relatively easy and requires a basic level of
fitness, but is suitable for non-professional climbers.
For those not wishing to climb Mount Ararat, the local Kurdish
villages situated on the foot of the mountain can be a great
cultural experience while the nearby town of DoÃ?xubayazÃ?Â±t provides
stunning views of the mountain and is home to the second largest
meteor crater in the world. Noah's Ark National Park at Mount
Ararat is home to a museum dedicated to what is believed to be the
fossilised remains of the ark. It is at the park that this
controversial site can be viewed by the public.