“Mountainous Armenia” 7 days

Snow-capped Aragats

Tour Description:

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

 

Tour route:

 

Detailed Itinerary:

DAY 1: Arrival

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

Meals: (–/–/–)

Overnight: Yerevan

Transfer: Airport-Hotel

 

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.

Meals: (-/L/D)

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.

Meals: (B/L/D)

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.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Overnight: Yerevan

Trekking Route: Vanki LakeGeghard 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.

Meals: (B/L/D)

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.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Overnight: 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.

Meals:(B/–/–)

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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