Known in Christian tradition as the resting place for Noah's ark after braving a flooded Earth, Mount Ararat is undoubtedly a natural landmark of immense cultural significance; so it makes sense that so many travelers have placed it on their bucket list despite being far east from many of Turkey's other highlights. Located very near the border with Armenia (a country that esteems the mountain so highly that it is on the coat of arms), this 5,137 m/16,854 ft snow-capped spectacle is no easy pilgrimage.
For anyone looking to tackle the highest summit in Turkey, you'll need to fly in to Van and then find transportation into the small town of Doğubayazıt. From there, plenty of organized tour operators will be willing to take you up the mountain. Be warned, though, that there are difficulties beyond the need for good endurance and basic climbing equipment at the snowy summit. If you're used to amenities and upgrades, then go to Istanbul and find a nice hotel; if you can handle a lack of bathrooms, limited food supply, tent sleeping, and the possibility of limited English being spoken among guides then you're ready for Ararat. Also, to avoid having to deal with people posing as guides at the bus station, paying for extra permits and other things that can suck the life out of an adventure, we suggest booking with a reputable tour operator ahead of time.
As for the hike itself, it will take four to six days of trekking, acclimatization, and stops at two base camps along the way. There is very little scrambling, but you will definitely need to be in good shape, for the ascent is considered to be tougher than the taller Mount Kilimanjaro. You may be surprised by the number of travelers attempting the summit, particularly in summer, which is a testament to how enticing this hike is. Just don't go wandering off from base camp looking for Noah's ark in the middle of the night. You aren't Indiana Jones.