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Dilijan: Hiker’s dream

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This is one of the “culture combined with nature” tours which is pretty popular among visitors of Armenia. Here is what you need to know about the route and its peculiarities.

Description of the route:

The route passes through  Tavoush region starting form Parz Lake and ending in Gosh Lake. The first thing that will catch your eye at here is the noise of “regular inhabitants”: the ducks which are so harmonious with the environment.   The lake has come up as a result of landslide interdictions. Its altitude is 1350 m, the length – 300 m, the width – 70-80 m, and the depth – up to 10 m. It occupies 27 000 sq. m of total area with 83,8 cubic meter of total volume. The lakeside section is flat and the southern part – rocky. In summer, the water temperature reaches 15.5 C. Lake is fed by springs and atmospheric precipitations. The area is rich with dense forests, murmuring brooks, birds and soil.

Ducks in Parz Lake

Ducks in Parz Lake

You will then move toward Gosh village where sinuous roads will take you to Goshavanq, an ancient monastery complex previously known as New Getik.

Goshavank is situated 16 km East from Dilijan, in the picturesque gorge of Tandzut river 1230 meters above the sea level.
It was established in 1188 by the famous Armenian scholar, writer, scientist, thinker and priest Mkhitar Gosh with the support of the Prince Ivane Zakarian. The monastery features a main church (Surp Astvatsatsin), smaller churches to St Gregory of Narek and St Gregory the Illuminator, and a matenadaran (library) that is said to have held 15,000 books. A fourth church topped by a bell tower was built on top of the library in 1991; entrance was via the external cantilevered staircase.


Goshavank Monastery Complex

In the entrance of the church you will notice the famous Aseghnagorts Khachkar made in 1291 by craftsman Poghos.

Aseghnagorts khachkar in Goshavank

Aseghnagorts khachkar in Goshavank

After the death of Mkhitar Gosh (1213) the monastery has been renamed into Goshavank. In historical sources, it was presented as a college, a university or a seminary. Armenian and foreign languages (Greek, Latin) had been taught here and grammar, philosophy, rhetoric, music, art, writing and painting classes had been held. Many manuscripts had been created and stored here.

After a small tour around the churches,  you will continue your route toward Gosh Lake admiring with the charm and virginity of mysterious forests. Here you will find a beauteous forest lake with clouds and trees on the water’s reflection, the shadows of which titillate its surface regardless of the weather. It takes almost 2 hours to get to Gosh from Goshavank. The trip is hard, but once you get to it, you agree that the way to such heavenly beautiful princess should not be an easy stroll.
The lake is located 2.2 km southwest of the village Gosh. It has come out as a result of landslide processes. The length of the lake is 100 m, width – 80 m. Approximate depth is 8 m. In summer water temperature reaches up to 14 C. It is fed by  precipitation and small runner water sources.

Gosh lake in Dilijan

Gosh lake in Dilijan


About flora and fauna:

Dilijan forests occupy more than 340 000 hectares. In 1958, the national forest nature conservation area opened for enrichment, which was called “Dilijan” National Park in 2002. The woodland is approximately 94% of the national park. You can meet about 40 kinds of valuable tree species, especially horn beam, oak, beech and 18 kinds of bushes in the forests. From deciduous leaf trees maple, birch, beech, ash, birch, linden, elm trees are popular here. The forest provides 123 species of edible plants and 180 species of medicinal plants (perennial, mint, thyme, meghratsuts, snake bryony, maltak etc.). There are many species of mushrooms, most of which are safe to eat.

“Dilijan” National Park is also rich with fauna. The brown bear, wolf, marten, lynx, roe deer, otter, squirrel, hedgehog, wild pigs, birds, quail, partridge, wild pigeon, griffon vulture, dwarf eagle, golden eagle and hawks of many types have resided in these forests.

Safety information

Through the entire route from Gosh to Parz Lake tmobile signals are available.
To pass this route on a rainy weather is not recommended because of the clay-based soil makes it difficult to walk. In case of an accident, there is the 911 service.
The best time for this route is from April through October

Technical parameters of the route:

The road from Yerevan to Parz Lake is 99 km, about 1 hour 30 minutes driving
It is strongly recommended to take bottle of water with you.

As the route passes through forests, for safety reasons it is recommended to take a guide with you.

For all other questions our customer friendly staff is ready to assist you.

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