The treasures of stones country

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Type: Hiking tour

Length: 16 days/15 nights
Start and end point: Yerevan
Accommodation: Hotels in Yerevan, Sevan and tents in the countryside
Best season: June - the end of September

Hiking: 133.5 km

 

all the best Armenia has to offer in a two-week

cross-country tour

 

DAY 1. ARRIVAL

Arrive in Yerevan at Zvartnots Airport. Passport control, issuing of visas. Check-in to hotel.

 

DAY 2. YEREVAN SIGHTSEEING

Breakfast. Leisure time. Lunch. Excursions to Erebuni Fortress and museum (782 BC), National History Museum. Overnight in Yerevan.

DAY 3. YEREVAN - SARDARAPAT - ECHMIADZIN - ZVARTNOTS - YEREVAN

Breakfast. Visit to Sardarapat Museum of Ethnography, Echmiadzin, the Cathedral (303 AD), Gayane (7th c.) and Hripsime (7th c.) churches. Lunch at a local restaurant. Zvartnots temple (7th c.). Overnight in Yerevan.

 

DAY 4. YEREVAN - AMBERD - QARILICH LAKE

Breakfast. Visit Amberd Castle (7 -13th cc.) and Lake Qarilich Lake  (3200 m). Lunch - picnic. Hiking to the mountain pass between the southern and the western peaks (3500 m). Camping. Hiking 9 km. 


DAY 5. QARILICH LAKE - WESTERN AND SOUTHERN PEAKS - QARILICH LAKE

Breakfast. Ascending the western (4080 m) and the southern (3617 m) peaks of Aragats mountain. Picnic lunch. Descend towards   base camp. Hiking 7 km


DAY 6. QARILICH LAKE - NORTHERN AND EASTERN PEAKS - QARILICH LAKE

Breakfast. Ascending the northern (4095 m) and the Eastern (3950 m) peaks, Lunch -picnic. descending towards the camping place. Hiking 11 km

DAY 7. ARAGATS VILLAGE - YEREVAN

Breakfast. Descend towards Aragats village. Hiking 20 km. Drive to Yerevan, dinner, overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. 


DAY 8. YEREVAN - HAGHPAT- SANAHIN - KOBAYR - SEVAN

Breakfast. Drive to the Northern Armenia. Visit to Haghpat Monastery (10 -13th cc.), picnic lunch. Sanahin Monastery (10-13th cc.), hiking (1,5km) to Kobayr Monastery (12-13th cc.), drive to Dilijan. Dinner and overnight in hotel near Lake Sevan.


DAY 9. SEVAN - TSAKHKASHEN - AZHDAHAG

Breakfast. Drive to Tsakhkashen village. Hike towards the foot of mount Azhdahag. Lunch. Set up camp. Hiking 15 km.


DAY 10. AZHDAHAG

Breakfast. Hike to the south face of mount Azhdahag. Return to bace camp. Lunch. Ascend and descend to the peak of Azhdahag (3597 m). Hiking 12 km.

 

DAY 11. AZHDAHAG - SPITAKASAR -

POKR SPITAKASAR

Breakfast. Hike to the mountain pass between Spitakasar and Pokr Spitakasar mountains. Lunch. Camp at the pass (3126 m). Hiking 10 km.

DAY 12. SPITAKASAR - RIVER AZAT

Breakfast. Ascend the top of Spitakasar (3555,7 m), descend towards the Azat River to a shepherds camp. Lunch. Camping. Hiking 16 km.


DAY 13. RIVER AZAT - KAKAVABERD - KALADIBI

Breakfast. Hike across the plateau toward Kakavaberd medieval fortress (10th-c.). Descend to the Azat River Canyon.  Lunch. Camping near the abandoned village of Kaladibi. Hiking 14 km.


DAY 14. KALADIBI - GARNI - GEGHARD - YEREVAN

Breakfast. Hike towards Garni village along the Azat River. Hiking 18 km. Visit to the pagan temple of Mithra (I AD). Lunch. Drive to Geghard Monastery (12-13 cc). Drive to Yerevan, overnight.


DAY 15. YEREVAN - MATENADARAN -

SERGEY PARADJANOV

Breakfast. Leisure time. Visits to Matenadaran state depository of ancient manuscripts and the Sergey Paradjanov Museum.

DAY 16. TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT. DEPARTURE

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