Mountainous Trekking

hiking in Nagorno Karabakh Shushi

Tour Description:

Armenia is a perfect place for make unforgettable adventurous tour. This tour is manage generally as a hiking tour and lets to discover the beauty of Armenian nature. During the tour you will reach Ajhdahak mountain’s top ,  Aragats mountain’s South and West peaks, and visit the lakes, located on that mountains. Also, in this tour you may  see famous Armenian sights – Garni temple, Geghard, Havuts Tar, Saghmosavank, the petroglyphs on Geghama mountains and stone- dragons. Overnights: 3 nights in Yerevan, 4 nights in tents, 1 night in Sevan.

Type of tour: Guided 

Duration: 9 days / 8 nights

Activity level: Moderate

Total trekking distance: 106 km / 65.5 miles

Average trekking per day: 13 km / 8 miles

Maximum height: 4090m

Accommodation: Tents, B&B house

Start and end point: Yerevan, Armenia

 

Tour route:

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1:    Arrival

Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.

Meals: (–/–/–)

Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

 

DAY 2:    Yerevan – Lake Sevan – Artanish Mountain – Sevan

Drive towards Sevan Lake the largest lake in Armenia and the Caucasus region. It is also one Mountain-climbing-in-Armeniaof the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. Visit Sevanavank 9thc. (Sevan monastery) located in the peninsula which used to be an island before. Note that the track leading to the monastery consists of 220 stairs. Transfer to Artanish peninsula. Start trekking to Artanish Mountain where we will see the whole beauty of the lake and the Geghama Mountains surrounding it. Its summit is the only place from which we can see the whole Lake Sevan.

Meals: (B/L/–)

Overnight: B&B

Hiking route: Artansih Mountain

Hiking: 12 km / 7.4 miles

Elevation: Lake Sevan 1900m / Artanish Mountain 2461m / Tsakhkashen 2165m

 

DAY 3:    Sevan – Tsakhkashen village – Lake Akna

Start trekking through the picturesque Alpine meadows to Lake Akna which is one of thehiking in armenia akna lake and geghama mountains many places of interest in the Geghama mountain range. Akna means “eye” in Armenian. This lake is of volcanic origin and is located on the frontier of Kotayk and Gegharkunik regions.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Overnight: Camping

Trekking Route: Tsakhkashen – Lake Akna 

Trekking: 14 km /8.6 miles

Elevation: Akna Lake 3031m

 

DAY 4 :    Lake Akna – Mount Azdahak – Lake Vanki

Today we start our trekking from Akna Lake to the highest point of the range – volcano hiking in armenia azhdahak mountain geghama mountainsAzdahak 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 Azdahak opens pictorial landscape of Mount Ararat, Kotayk valley, Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama mountain range. Descending from the mountain and continue trekking to Vanki Lake. Set up the tents. Camping.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Overnight: Camping

Trekking Route: Akna LakeAjdahak Mountain – Vanki Lake

Trekking: 20 km /12 miles

Elevation: Ajdahak 3597m

 

DAY 5:    Lake Vanki – Goght village

Start trekking towards Vanki Lake. Nearby the lake some vishapakars (dragon stones) have hiking in armenia geghama mountainspreserved, 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..

Meals: (B/L/–)

Overnight: Goght B&B

Trekking Route: Vanki Lake – Goght

Trekking: 15 km

Elevation: Goght 1597m

 

DAY 6:    Garni – Geghard monastery – Havuts Tar – Garni – Yerevan

Drive towards an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture – Geghard monastery (4-12th cc.) listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Start trekking from Goght village through Azat gorge to Havuts Tar monastery which stands at the top of the mountain. Havuts Tar is an 11-13th century walled monastery, half ruined, in the Azat River valley. The road goes up and down through rocks with stalactites and mountains bare at some places, forested at others. On the way you can see one of the marvels of Armenia – symphony of stones. Visit Garni fortress (3rd-2nd cc.BC) the summer residence of the kings and Garni temple (1st c.) which is the only survived pagan temple of heathen culture in Armenia. Nowadays the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic work can be found near the temple. Drive to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Trekking Route: Garni – Azat gorge – Havuts Tar – Symphony of Stones – Garni

Trekking: 12 km /7.4 miles

Elevation: Geghard 1911m / Gorge bottom 1250m / Havuts Tar 1590m / Garni Temple 1390m

 

DAY 7:    Yerevan – Lake Kari – Southern & Western Aragats – Gegharot Waterfall

Aragats mount from Kari Lake, hiking in Armenia

Early in the morning drive to the mountainous Lake Kari (3200m). Get ready for hiking to the southern summit of the highest mountain of Armenia and South Caucasus. Mt. Aragats with its unique nature has sub-alpine and alpine zones as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past.  The highest northern peak is 4090m. We are ascending the southern one (3880m). Afterwards we continue trekking to the western summit which is the second highest peak of Armenia (3995m). Descending to the pass between Southern and Western tops (3800 m).

Meals: (B/L/D)

Overnight: Camping

Trekking Route: Southern peak – Western peak

Trekking: 7-8 km / 5 miles

Elevation: Lake Kari 3200m / Southern Aragats 3880m / Western Aragats 3995m

 

DAY 8:    Gegharot waterfall – Aragats village – Saghmosavank – Yerevan

Start trekking from Gegharot waterfall which is 15 meters high and has two cascades. The waterfall is not a large one but it is marvelous during spring thaw. Trekking down towards Aragats village. Drive to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/L/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Trekking Route: Gegharot – Aragats village

Trekking: 12 km/ 7.4 miles

Elevation: Aragats village 1965m

DAY 9:  Departure

Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.

Meals:(–/–/–)

Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles

For more details concerning to the holiday availability go on How to Book or simply send us an e-mail to info@ayastour.com.

 

Photos by: Vigen Hakhverdyan, Ashot Arushanyan


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