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At a height of 16,954 feet, the challenges are elevation and snow traverses. But this is a mountain beginners can climb as well. Some believe the remains of Noah’s Ark may be hidden somewhere on Ararat’s scenic, frozen flanks. While it does demand some basic technique, the climb itself is relatively straightforward, particularly up the mountain’s south face. At the top, Armenia, Turkey, and Iran stretch out as far as the eye can see.