Type of tour: Guided trekking tour in Armenia – Geghama Mountains
Duration: 3 days/2 nights
Physical Grading: 3/5
Total trekking distance: 47 km/29 miles
Average hiking per day: 15.6 km/9.7 miles
Maximum height: 3597 m
Group size: 5 -15 pax
Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia
Armenia is a perfect adventure destination for active travelers who have the opportunity to visit the most remarkable historical monuments and trek on the most inaccessible parts of the country. Trekking in Armenia is full of surprises as the land shaft is varies from region to region and each region has its unique nature.
Armenia is considered to be the land of stones and mountains. The amazing view of our highlands will remain in your memory. You will have a chance to explore the secrets of Geghama Mountains range. Almost the entire range is volcanic in origin with a large number of extinct volcanoes. The range is around 70 kilometers in length and 48 kilometers in width. The average elevation of Geghama mountain range is near 2500m. This trip is designed for travelers in good physical condition who used to overcome steep slopes and different elevations.
This 3 days trekking tour is a great opportunity if you are interested in exploring this unknown land and find a real adventure, something different and new.
Let’s explore Geghama Mountains together!
DAY 1: Yerevan – Sevaberd – Akna Lake
Transfer to Geghama Mountains. Possibility to see rock-carvings as it is the largest known and best-preserved petroglyph area in Armenia. Drive to Sevaberd and start trekking to Akna Lake which is one of the many places of interest in the Geghamamountains. Akna means “eye” in Armenian. This lake is of volcanic origin and is located on the frontier of Kotayk and Gegharkunik regions. On the way we will see Ezidi people who represent the biggest national minority in Armenia. Their main activity is animal husbandry. Set up the tents. Camping.
Overnight: Lake Akna
Trekking distance: 12 km / 7.5mi
DAY 2: Akna Lake – Azhdahak – Vanki Lake
Today we start our trekking from Akna Lake to the highest point of the range – volcano Ajdahak located in the western part of the range. It is an extinct volcano. There is a lake inside the crater. The lake is formed from melting snow. Start ascending to the top. From the summit of Ajdahak opens pictorial landscape of Mount Ararat, Kotayk valley, Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama mountain range. Descending from the mountain and continue trekking towards Ezidi people and get acquainted with the lifestyle and customs of the national minority. Set up the tents.
Overnight: Lake Vanki
Trekking distance: 20 km / 12.5 mi
DAY 3: Vanki lake – Geghard – Garni – Yerevan
Start trekking towards Vanki Lake. Nearby the lake some vishapakars (dragon stones) have preserved, in ancient Armenian mythology these stones symbolized adoration for water. Many various pertoglyphs can be noticed all around; the most ancient of them are dated for 7th millennium B. C. Continue trekking to Goght village. Drive back to Yerevan.
Trekking distance: 15 km / 9.3 mi