15-day Alpine Hiking Program in Historical Armenia

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Itinerary description

 

 

Type – Day pack Alpine hiking/trekking

Duration – 15 days, 14 nights

Total trail length - 136 km

Total distance by bus - 1010km

Start and end point - Yerevan

  

 

DAY 1   Arrival

Program

v     Arrival in Yerevan at the Zvartnots Airport

v     Passport control, issuing of visas.

v     Check-in at a Hotel.

v     Yerevan sightseeing tour (included our new exclusive tour to "Avan Salt Plant" factory)

v     Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan

 

Three days hiking trip to Mt Aragats (4090m)

 

Mount Aragats, an impressive stratovolcano situated 40 km north-west from the capital Yerevan,  is the highest mountain in Armenia. It has the Byurakan Observatory and the medieval Amberd Fortress (7th centuries) located on its picturesque slopes.   There are four summits, North (the highest, 4090m), West (4008m), South (3879m) and East (3916m) that form the rim of a volcanic crater. Between South and East summits the crater wall is broken, and a stream flows down to Aragats village. Between the three other summits there are high saddles with breathtaking views.

 

Duration – 3 days, 2 nights

Start and end point Yerevan

 

DAY 2    Acclimatization day

Program

v     Driving to the village Geghadzor

v     Hiking up to the camp below the north peak of mount Aragats

v     Camping near the lake

v     Overnight in the camp

 

 DAY 3     North peak of the Mt Aragats (4090m)

Program

v     Hiking up to the North peak

v     Getting to the crater camp

v     Overnight in the camp

 

 DAY 4     West (4008m) and South (3897m) peaks of Mt Aragats

Program

v     Hiking up to the West peak (4008m), getting back to the south-west saddle, hiking up to the South peak (3897m)

v     Walking down to lake Kari (3200m)

v     Getting to lake Kari, driving back to Yerevan

v     Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan

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5-day hiking trip to Mt Azhdahak (3597m) and Khosrov reserve

 

 Ajdahak is the highest peak of the Geghama Mt Range. It is the third highest peak in Armenia after Aragats and Kapuit Jugh. It has a volcanic origin, is cone-shaped and has 3,598 meters of height. On the mountain top there is a lake formed inside the crater at 3509m above the sea level. Crater dia reaches 500m and depth up to 90m. The area is the largest known rock art area in the Republic of Armenia. Besides, it is known for its mystical aura with a legend about a dragon («vishap»), living in the lake of the mountain.
The Khosrov Preserve is situated in south-east of Yerevan, near the Geghama mountain, in the basins of the Azat and Vedi rivers. The preserve is situated 1400-2250 m above sea-level, and has a total area of about 30,000 hectares, 9000 of which is forested. The reserve has a very lush flora, including more than 1800 species of plants, 156 of which are considered rare, endangered or distinct. In the reserve, you can find amphibians, 7 types of fish, and over 30 varieties of reptiles such as the Levantine Viper, Montpellier snake, dotted and collared dwarf snakes, the Pleskes racerunner, and various lizards.
 Geghard is an incredible ancient Armenian monastery, some part of which is carved out of a mountain. The monastery has been constructed before the 4th century but the main cathedral was built in 1215. The monastery is located literally at the end of the road.
Garni temple is one of the few heathen monuments remained in the territory of Armenia. It was built in the first century A.D. by the Armenian King Tiridates. Garni combines elements of Hellenistic and national culture mixing them in a perfect combination. There are also ruins of mosaic ancient baths and residences in Garni. The value and uniqueness of its monuments place Garni among outstanding creations of architecture of worldwide significance.

 

Duration – 5 days, 4 nights

Start and end point- Yerevan

 

DAY 5   Lake Akna, Geghama Mt Range

Program

v     Driving to the village of Sevaberd

v     Hiking up to the lake Akna

v     Getting to the camp near the lake Akna

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 6   Summit of Mt Azhdahak (3597m)

Program

v     Lake Akna, hiking to the summit of Mt Azhdahak between the hills with the volcanic lakes on the tops.

v     Walking down to the camp on the slopes of Azhdahak.

v     Getting to the camp

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 7   Ruins of the Kaqavaberd castle (9-10 century)

Program

v     Hiking to the Tokhmakh Lake. There are samples of ancient rock art right on the way

v     Reaching the Tokhmakh Lake. Hiking to the Kaqavaberd ruins in the Khosrov reserve

v     Getting to the camp at Kaqavaberd

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 8   Khosrov Reserve

Program

v     Kaqavaberd, walking down by Khosrov valley

v     Hiking to the village Gilanlar near Azat river

v     Gilanlar village, hiking up to Elija camp

v     Overnight in the camp

 

DAY 9   Geghard  Monastery, Garni Temple

Program

v     Elija camp, hiking to the Geghard village along the gorge edges

v     Driving to Geghard village, driving to Geghard Monastery

v     Driving to the Garni temple

v     Driving back to Yerevan

v     Overnight in the hotel in Yerevan

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5-day hiking trip to the Tatev Monastery (895 AD) - and Mt Khustup(3201m) 

 

Tatev Monastery is situated near Tatev village. It fits in perfectly with the mountainous landscape around it. A large church, that reigns the surrounding and is visible from afar, is the architectural center of the ensemble. It was founded in the ninth century in place where a well-known tabernacle was located in ancient times. Tatev monument is prominent with high quality building work and reproduces the type of domed basilicas of the 7th century.

Noravank meaning “new monastery” was built in the 13th century and is located in a narrow gorge made by the Darichay river, nearby the city of Yeghegnadzor. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs. Noravank monastery is one of the most splendid and unique complexes in Armenia as it is built not from a grey but light stone which endows it with a particular attraction.

Carahunge or, Zorakarer is 3, 500 years older than England’s Stonehenge and 3,000 years older than the Egyptian pyramids. The total area of the observatory is 7 hectares. According to some scientist’s findings, the temple situated in the central part of Carahunge, consisting of 40 stones, is built in honor of the Armenian god Ari (meaning the Sun). Besides the temple, it had a large, progressive observatory, and also a university.

Mt Khustup was the beloved one of Gareghin Njdeh, the Armenian hero and famous commander, whose remains are buried in the mountain caves. The north-east limestone 400m wall of the mount is very attractive massive for a technical mountaineering.

 

Duration – 5 days, 4 nights

Start and end point- Yerevan

 

DAY 10   Noravank Monastery (12-14 century AD), Qarahunj (Stonehenge), town of Sisian

Program

v     Driving to the Noravank Monastery

v     Lunch at the cave restaurant in the Noravank canyon

v     Driving to Qarahunj (Stonehenge) 

v     Getting to Sissian city

v     Overnight in a hotel in Sissian city

 

DAY 11   Tatev Monastery

Program

v     Driving to Ltsen village

v     Hiking to the Tatev monastery by the gorge

v     Reaching  the B&B in Tatev village

v     Overnight in the B&B in Tatev village

 

DAY 12   Camp on the slopes of  Mt Khustup (3201m)

Program

v     Driving to the Devil’s bridge (stalactite), city of Kapan

v     Driving up to Verin Vachagan village

v     Hiking up to the camp on Mt Khustup slopes

v     Overnight at the camp on the slopes of Mt Khustup

 

DAY 13   Summit of Mt Khustup (3201m)

Program

v     Camp, hiking up to the summit

v     Walking down to the camp on the summit shoulder

v     Overnight at Mt Khustup shoulder camp

 

DAY 14   Musalam village, Yerevan

Program

v     Hiking down by the gorge to the village Musalam

v     Driving back to Yerevan

v     Overnight in a hotel in Yerevan

 

DAY 15   Departure  

Transfer from the hotel and departure

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