This tracking tour is managed for persons, who wants to make hiking 15 km distance per day. Starting from tour second day, we will start reach Geghama mountains, 3 nights overnight will be in tents, on Geghama mountains, on height 3000 m. up to sea level. Ajdahak is the highest mountain of Geghamas. On tour second day we will reach Ajdahak’s peak, and on the third day will visit Vishapalick (the lake of dragons). Near Vishapalich you may see the big Dragon stone, was built for lake water’s protection. Short, but saturated tour will let you be aware from civilization, completely relax and recharge.
Enjoy the beauty of mountains in Armenia and breath fresh mountainous air. Overnights: 2 nights in Yerevan, 2 nights in tents.
Duration: 5 days/ 4 nights
Type of tour: Guided
Activity level: Moderate
Total trekking distance: 47 km
Average trekking per day: 15.6 km
Maximum height: 3597m
Start and end point: Yerevan, Armenia
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.
Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles
DAY 2: Yerevan – Sevaberd village – Lake Akna
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.
Driving distance: 40 km / 25 miles
Trekking Route: Sevaberd – Akna Lake
Trekking: 12 km / 7.4 miles
Elevation: Sevaberd 2050 m / Akna Lake 3031 m
DAY 3: Lake Akna – Mount Azhdahak – Lake Vanki
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.
Trekking Route: Akna Lake – Azhdahak Mountain – Lake Vanki
Trekking: 19 km / 11 miles
Elevation: Ajdahak 3597 m
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.
Driving distance: 12 km / 6 miles
Trekking Route: Vanki Lake – Geghard
Trekking: 15 km / 9.3 miles
DAY 5: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.
Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles
Photos by: Ashot Arushanyan