Pilgrimage from Ararat to Ararat

A group of Ararat locals have made a pilgrimage to visit Mount Ararat in the Eastern region of Turkey.

While the 48th highest ranked peak in the world has no direct connection with the Victorian town of Ararat, for former local Jason Klauss sharing the same name was close enough.

"We thought just with that small connection between Ararat and Mount Ararat that we'd go and take a look at it," he said.

"We go on a trip every two years, last time it was China, and for me it (Turkey) is somewhere I always wanted to go."

Mr Klauss said the journey to the base of the 5,137-metre high mountain was just as interesting.

"It was a long bus trip to get there, the roads were quite windy and with the country sharing its border with Iran we had some security checks, so that was an experience," he said.

"Mount Ararat is just over 5,000 metres high so it was shrouded in cloud, but we did get glimpses of the snow caps every now and again through the clouds and we still toured the area around the base.

"It was pretty unreal being there, we are out in the middle of nowhere and it is not really catered for tourists, but with that local connection we really wanted to see it. The whole of Turkey was great!"

Mr Klauss, who now lives in Melbourne, organised the small tour of eight made up of Ararat locals and friends from Melbourne.

Mr Klauss said the Mount Ararat visit and a trip to Gallipoli were two of the main highlights of the holiday.

"The visit to Anzac Cove at Gallipoli was truly emotional," he said.

"Its location is very peaceful, it is an appropriate monument to the soldiers who lost their lives there.

"I think we all had tears in our eyes. It is very moving and something that I think everyone should do if they get the chance."

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