This tour program is managed for moderate hikers. “Mountainous Armenia” tour has long and not easy hike distance each day. Starting from second tour day we will have tour to Geghama mountains. During tour you will reach the highest mountain in Armenia-Aragats. During the tour you will see the beautiful mountainous lakes, mysterious stone-dragons. Overnights: 3 nights in Yerevan, 3 nights in tents.
Type of tour: Guided hiking tour in Armenia
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Distance: 350 km / 217 miles
Accommodation: Hotel, tents
Best period: June – october
Start/End point: Yerevan, Armenia
DAY 1: Arrival
Arrive at the airport. Meet and greet, transfer to the accommodation.
DAY 2: Yerevan – Sevaberd village – Akna Lake
Drive to Sevaberd and start trekking to Akna Lake which is one of the many places of interest in the Geghama mountains. 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 Yazidi people who represent the biggest national minority in Armenia. Their main activity is animal husbandry. Reach to the lake Akna, set up the tents. Camping.
Overnight: Akna lake, tents
Trekking Route: Sevaberd village – Akna lake
Trekking: 12 km
Elevation: Sevaberd 2062 m – Akna lake 3032 m
DAY 3: Akna Lake – Mount Azhdahak – Vanki Lake
Today we start our trekking from Akna Lake to the highest point of the range – volcano Azhdahak 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 Azhdahak opens pictorial landscape of Mount Ararat, Kotayk valley, Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama mountain range. Descending from the mountain and continue trekking towards Vanki lake. Set up the tents.
Overnight: Vanki Lake, tents
Trekking Route: Akna lake – Mount Azhdahak – Vanki lake
Trekking: 18 km
Elevation: Akna lake 3032 m – Azhdahak 3597m – Vanki lake 2732m
DAY 4: Lake Vanki – Geghard monastery – Garni temple – 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 Geghard village. Visit Geghard monastery compex and Garni pagan temple. Drive back to Yerevan.
Trekking Route: Vanki Lake – Geghard village
Trekking: 12 km
Elevation: Vanki lake 3732m – Geghard village 1924m
DAY 5: Yerevan – Lake Kari – South Aragats – West Aragats – Aragats crater
Drive to Lake Kari (Stone Lake) located in the slopes of Mount Aragats mostly formed by ice and snow. From Byurakan village an asphalted automobile road stretches towards the source of Arkashen River, the lake Kari, located on a plateau below the peaks. Start climbing the Southern(3887m) and Western(3995m) summits. Aragats has sub -alpine and alpine zones as well as 4 peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past. There is no lake inside the crater. Set up the tents in the crater. Camping.
Overnight: Aragats crater
Trekking Route: Lake Kari – Southern Aragats – Western Aragats – Crater
Trekking: 7 km
Elevation: Lake Kari 3200 m – Southern peak 3887m – Western Peak 3995m – Crater 3600m
DAY 6: Aragats crater – North Aragats – East Aragats – Yerevan
The last day of this trekking trip starts in overwhelming surrounding of Aragats Mountain. Start climbing the Northern(4090m) summit and continue to the top of and Eastern(3908m) peak. Start descending from the mountain and transfer to Yerevan.
Trekking Route: Crater – Northern peak– Eastern peak– Lake Kari
Trekking: 10.5 km
Elevation: Crater 3600m – Northern peak 4090m – Eastern peak 3908m – Lake Kari 3200m]
DAY 7: Departure
Transfer to the airport. Have a safe flight home.
Transfer: 15 km / 10 miles
Photos by: Vigen Hakhverdyan, Ashot Arushanyan