Rising at the borders of Turkey and Iran, Mount
Agri, an inactive volcano capped year round with ice and snow, rises to 5137
meters. The Old Testament records that it was on this mountain that Noah's Ark
came to rest after the great flood. Southwest of the mountain, the Little Mount
Agri (Ararat) reaches up to 3896 meters; the Serdarbulak lava plateau (2600 m)
stretches out between the two pinnacles. Climbing the spectacular Agri is a
challenging and rewarding experience.
In the summer, the weather in the area and on Mount Agri is sunny, warm and dry.
However, in the winter and spring, cold and harsh conditions prevail, and
mountain climbers occasionally face blizzards and turbulent weather. July,
August, and September are the months when most world mountain climbers come to
the area. Climbing up Agri is most enjoyable during this period. However,
despite the usual sunny and clear weather at that time of year, high altitude
mountain weather swirls around above 3000 meters. The southern side of the
mountain offers the easiest and safest climb to the summit. With this route one
has access to the best route communication and transportation facilities and it
is safe. It is not recommended to climb Mount Agri alone and without a guide.
The Trabzon- Erzurum- Iran International Transit Highway, an asphalt
road skirts the western and southern flanks of Agri before leading into Iran.
Dogubeyazit, 270 km from Erzurum and nearby Igdir, the two closest towns to the
mountain, are located on this route. Planes, trains, and buses connect Erzurum
The area surrounding Agri has retained its natural beauty. The local
population still engages in a traditional life styles. In the summer months the
villagers move to the yayla, the summer pastures, to find fresh grazing for
their herds of sheep, goats, cattle and horses. Women continue to weave carpets
and kilims in time-honored designs; Village of Ortulu is particularly renowned
as a center of beautiful handicrafts. Other nearby tourist attractions include
the Ishakpasha Palace, a fabulous 18th century castle of a local potentate, and
the meteor hole near the Iranian border.
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