Hiking tour is always an adventure and the natural surrounding in Armenia will make this kind of tour here almost unforgettable. Armenia is considered to be the land of stones and mountains. The amazing view of our highlands will remain in your memory. We give you a chance to visit all the amazing places of Armenia: Sevan lake, the beauty heart of Armenia, Aragats mountain, the highest mountain in Armenia. We give you an opportunity to stay in the hotels of Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, to get the needed rest for the new adventures. We will be very happy to see you in Armenia.
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Beginning & Finish: Yerevan
Best Season: From May to October
Accommodation: Tourist hotels
Mode of travel: 4WD vehicles, minibuses/hiking
Tour Support: If group size is 1-3 persons; English knowing trekking guide driver, if more than 3 minibuses or buses.
Accommodation for 9 nights in tourist hotels
All activities as per itinerary with all entry fees
Travel permits in protected areas
Lokal guides in museums
Certificate for climbing on Mt Aragats
Excluded: Optional activities
Transfer to the hotel. After resting we will have a wonderful trip around one of the ancient cities in the world, the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. The first day includes visiting Museum of history of Armenia in Yerevan which is the national museum of Armenia founded in 1919.Modern Yerevan is mostly a rebuilt colorful city with buildings of unique architecture, constructed from basalt, marble, onyx and volcanic tuff stone and it is a contemporary to such ancient metropolises as Babylon and Nineveh. Our tour also includes visiting Erebuni fortress-museum which is a fortified city from the ancient kingdom of Urartu, located in Yerevan. It was one of several fortresses built along the northern Urartian border and was one of the most important political, economical and cultural centers of the vast kingdom. The name Yerevan itself is derived from Erebuni.
Overnight at a hotel.
Drive to Geghard, explore legendary Monastery of Spear and Garni Temple of Sun, the only standing Hellenistic temple in the Caucasus. We start to hike in Khosrov Nature Park, a vast forest with its diverse flora and fauna with many rare and endangered species including Caucasian leopard, Armenian mouflon, bezoar goat and black vulture. Rich historical heritage is another reason why we chose this area for today’s hiking. We start at the junction of Azat and Goght rivers and continue to Havuc Tar monastic comlex ,which is remarkable religious-cultural center of medieval Armenia. According to Mkhitar Ayrivanatsi, Gevorg Marzpetuni, the king of neighboring Qeghba fortress built here the St.Amenaprkich church in the 10th century. Besides, according to inscriptions, it was rebuilt in 1013 by Gregory Magister.Havuts Tar thrived in 12-14th centuries, was ruined by earthquake in 1679. In the 18th century the monastery was reconstructed by Catholicos Astvatsatur.
Overnight in Yeghegnadzor. (Transfer 140km, hiking 2 hrs, 9km, altitude 1400-1600m)
We begin our exploration of Southern Armenia. Driving to the south we gain impressive views of the mountains, bizarre rocks and weirdly sculptured erosions add to the impressions. En route we visit Noravanq, the masterpiece of medieval architect Momik situated above an awesome gorge. Check in at hotel and start hiking to Spitakavor (trail length 7 km). Our first stop is Gladzor, a major center of science and calligraphy in medieval Armenia. Continue hiking to Spitakavor Monastery passing the village of Vernashen. Walking through the village, we have an opportunity to meet and chat with locals and gain a true insight into their traditional ways of life. The trail continues through rough slopes and leads directly to Proshaberd Citadel crowning the rocky peak. Here we are rewarded for our efforts by the dramatic views of the mountains and the valley below. Caving at Mosrov Cave.
Overnight at a hotel in Yeghegnadzor. (Transfer 40km, hiking 4 hrs, 10km, altitude 1600-2000m)
We are ready to continue our walking adventure in Southern Armenia. We reach the fertile valley of Yeghegis river where we hike to isolated Tsakhats Kar Monastery, an enchanting site hidden between the mountains and Smbataberd, a well-preserved medieval citadel built by King Smbat . The setting of Smbataberd is perhaps the most beautiful in Armenia, with Arpi river valley at your feet. Here we have the blissful feeling of freedom from the mundane that only truly comes after a few days of travelling nature’s way – on one’s own feet. Our next stop will be at Shatin observation point to see Bezoar Goats on the opposite side of the gorge. We are in the agricultural heart of Armenia and have a chance to enjoy wine touring in maran (cellars) of a small winery in Aghavnadzor.
Overnight at Hermon. (Transfer 45km, hiking 4 hrs, 9km, altitude 1600-2000m)
Continue further to the South, on endlessly winding roads leaping through gorges over the mountains of Syunik. Today our hiking trail is a perfect combination of natural and cultural wonders. We visit Tatev Monastery and continue to hike on narrow footpaths that take us back in time, to the tiny cloister of Tatev Hermitage, a highly evocative place. Walk to the limestone caverns of the Devil’s bridge with natural hot baths in a gorge so narrow, that the sun hardly reaches the bottom. After al fresco lunch and short rest, we continue our day full of activities. Have you ever seen a ghost town with hundreds of uninhabited dwellings, a place that seems frozen in time? Drive to Khndzoresk cave town at the altitude of 1580 m on the steep slopes of Deep Gorge. Picturesque rock formations and gently inviting nature make this one of Armenia’s most popular sites. On to Goris, a cozy town with fine stone houses with arched windows and balconies on tree-lined lanes. The pace of life is slow here with little commercial or in Goris. (Transfer 160km, hiking 3 hrs, 11km, altitude 1600-2000m)
Drive to Crystal Lake to start hiking in Dilijan National Park along stunning forest trails (8 km), cross the wildly beautiful Areguni pass and reach Goshavank Monastery where the great scholar of the 13th century Mkhitar Gosh is buried. Lookout for morning birds that are particularly active at this time, explore the enchanting nature of the park as we take a gentle walk on well-defined forest trails. For those with more energy to burn we offer a short but absolutely fantastic walk to a small lake above Goshavank. End the day with a drive to Dilijan, a small town that captures the spirit of rural Armenia and check in at our hotel. Evening visit to newly-opened Old Dilijan complex on historic Shamambertan street, experience the town as it was in the 19th century and observe the weaving of carpets by local women at Tufenkian Carpet Showroom. Overnight in Dilijan.
(Transfer 200km, hiking 3 hrs, 8km, altitude 1200-1500m)
Off to the village of Gomer near Ijevan where we take a short transfer to the trail-head. We will spend the day hiking in this beautiful wilderness area, no roads, no shops, no TVs, just incredible views and marvelous solitude. A wonderful forested route into the most unspoilt and rugged area of north-eastern Armenia as we head into a deep gorge before descending to cascading waterfalls and the most scenic meadows in Armenia. Follow the hiking trail to reach hidden caves of Lastiver, Armenia’s best-kept secret. All the time we have open views of the beautiful green plateau of Lastiver. Overnight hotel in Ijevan. (Trekking 3 hrs. 10km, altitude 400m up and down, transfer 50km).
Haghpat and Sanahin Monastery complexes, on both sides of Debed Canyon are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Standing on a high plateau, they rise sharply against the background of forested slopes of Bazum ridge. The complexes are equally beautiful but have very different atmosphere: Haghpat is a charming place, with the elegant bell tower soaring above the buildings, green hilly setting, a number of splendid cross-stones, the most unique among them depicting Jesus on the cross. The route to Sanahin is rewarding with pure mountain air and views of the flower-filled meadows and in contrast, the monastery has a more stern, ascetic atmosphere. We hike from Haghpat to Sanahin through beautiful meadows and small villages, the hike is easy, around 3 hours. If you prefer a more energetic option, a walk uphill to explore formidable Kayan Fortress is the recommended option for you. Rugged mountain paths take you to the fortress, one of the best viewpoints over dramatic Debed Gorge. Overnight in Yerevan. (Transfer 250km,)
Breakfast at hotel. Drive to Aragats Mountain:
Aragats mountain has four peaks. The highest of them has an elevation of 4090 meters. The others are only a few meters lower. The average temperature is minus 12 degrees C in winter but sometimes the absolute temperature reaches minus 40 degrees C. The snow disappears from the slopes in June. The Stone Lake with the Cosmic Rays’ Scientific Research Centre is situated on the mountain of Aragats.
Hamberd Fortress and Church of Pahlavouni Princes:
Hamberd fortress stands at an elevation of 2300 meters above sea level on the high cape, in the canyon of two rivers high upon the southern slope of Mount Aragats. It is considered to be the only preserved monument of secular type on the territory of Armenia. The church inside the fortress was built in 1026 . The church itself, the palace bathhouse with two domes, a floor heating system and a secret passage to the gorge are considered to be the most well-preserved monuments of Hamberd. In the 13th century Hamberd fortress was destroyed and set on fire by Mongolian invaders. (Transfer 115km, trekking 15.5km, 7 hrs).
Return to Yerevan