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Mount Ararat

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 Doğubayazıt 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.