Ara Mount or Mount Arayi is located in Armenia between the Hrazdan and Qasakh rivers. The height of the mountain is 2577 meters. It has an irregular shape, crossed peak with circular crater. There are 650 kinds of vascular plants, listed on the mount, 20% of vegetation in Armenia․
Arayi mountain and Ara Geghetsik
When you look at the mountain from afar, it seems as if there is a giant, lying in front of you. According to the legend, in the battle between Armenians and Assyrians Armenian king Ara the Beautiful arranged his troops under this mountain, and Assyrian queen under Hatis Mountain. The king, who was faithful to his wife Nvard, died right here. Ninos king’s wife, voluptuous Shamiram, left his body in one of the caves of the mount so that aralezes could bring him back to life.
Armenian king perished heroically in the battle, and the mount has been called after him for centuries. So this exceptionally strong and brave Armenian king became the unique symbol of Armenian’s unbending will against invaders.
Photo By: Artur Martirosyan
Climbing Ara Mountain
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