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Hiking to the Northern Kingdom of Armenia

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Our today’s target will be the northern peak of  four-vertex Aragats mountain, which is located on the border of Shirak and Aragatsotn regions. Following this route you will climb the Mount  from the side of Geghadzor village. This is considered a non-traditional route because locals and tourists mostly climb the rocks from the northern side of Kari lake. The route is marked from the intersection of Geghadzor so that newcomers learn their starting point. Thus, you will have to enter Geghadzor village, rent a car from there, which will take you to the base of Aragats Mountain.  The route begins at 3000m altitude above sea level. Immediately after adapting to the area, you’d better start climbing as there is a long way to go.
While climbing the mount you will meet dense plants on the mountain slopes, on the higher areas of it the alpine flower species can be found and in some places you may notice snow accumulations. On the top of the mountain, at 3650 m altitude there is a small mountain lake. On August and September the snow on the peaks is completely melted.

The Small Lake on top of Aragats

Legend of Aragats

The origin of the name Aragats is connected with the names of either Haik’s son Aramanyak or with the name of God Ara (Aragats, Ara’s throne). It is believed that Aragats had previously owned only one peak. Over the centuries the mountain has subtracted due to strong earthquakes and volcanoes forming four peaks.

Aragats is the highest mountain in Armenia for about 4096 m and occupies about 4000 square kilometers. Both on top and the slopes you can meet a number of lakes. One of the biggest freshwater lakes in the rocks on the southern peak is Kari lake located at 3189 m altitude. From here you can admire with the alpine meadows, colorful flowers and see the snowy peaks of Aragats.
Aragats has previously been considered as one of the largest volcanoes in the world’s. It had 400 m depth and 3 km in diameter and four giant crater summits, the  highest of which is northern one with 4090m height. Second tallest peak is in the west with 3995.3 meters, the eastern one is the third with  3908.2 meters and the fourth one is on the  south with 3887.8 m height. Aragats is famous for its water sources, water and glaciers are melting together becoming a source for number of rivers and streams (Gegharot, Amberd, Mantash, Narishd, Getadzor, Tsaghkahovit etc.).

Aragats in Winter

Aragats in Winter

Flora

Aragats has beautiful river valleys and gorges covered with grass and low-flowing rivers causing waterfalls and rapids in some places. Tourists come here from different parts of the world to enjoy alpine mountain belt covered  with flowers and colorful meadows. In this area you are likely to meet the alpine violet and blue short flowers called forgetmenots. The meadows are full of fragrant flowers, violet, wild lily, poppy, bellflowers, etc. On the south slope (1800-2300m above sea level) there is a small oak forest.

Aragats in Summer

Aragats in Summer

Fauna

You are inlikely to meet any animal on this route. Because of weather conditions the animals are mostly passive. The fauna representatives of Aragats are the brown bear, wolf, fox, jerboa, rabbits, lizards, snakes, partly turtles and many birds.

Safety

While climbing Aragats the connection for  Viva Cell-Mts is available in some places.
During spring beware of rains and thunderstorms. Climbing during gloomy and rainy weather is not recommended.
In case of an accident, there is the 911 service.

Route technical parameters

Location: Aragatsotn region
The best time is from July to September
Bottle of water is strongly recommended to have during climbing period.

While climbing the mount 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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