As hajj season approaches, Muslims from all over the world are gearing up for the pilgrimage.

Mount Arafat is one of the most important parts of the entire journey. Situated east of Mecca, this granite hill, also known as the Mount of Mercy, is where the prophet Muhammad is believed to have stood and delivered his final farewell to Muslims before passing on.

Pilgrims spend a whole day on the mountain asking for repentance and forgiveness. Here's a glimpse of the experience.

People make their way to the top...

More and more people stream in...

Slowly but surely

Until the arid mountain is blooming with people

Just look at that view

The higher you get, the more elevated your spirits

The black & white photos intensify the magic

And the sunset gives it a special glow

In the end, no photograph can really capture the perfect peace of this place.