Mount Armaghan is an extinct volcano located on the Arghichi plateau with an altitude of 2828m. The volcanic crater of the peak is partially filled with water, which formed a lake with a diameter of 15m. There is also a sanctuary that was built in 2009 on top of old ruins. It was difficult to establish the age of these ruins. You will be able to enjoy stunning views of Lake Sevan and the Geghama and Vardenyats mountains from the top of Armaghan.
May - October
10.5km, ↑689m, ↓689m
In the morning we will pick you up from your hotel in Yerevan and drive to the Gegharkunik province. The first stop will be at the Sevan peninsula to visit the Sevanavank Monastery (9th century). The peninsula used to be an island, which made it difficult to reach this monastery. After learning more about the history of the Sevanavank monastery, we will continue the tour and drive to Martuni. We will reach the settlement Nshkhark (2100m), where we will meet the horses and the instructor. After some short training, we will start climbing to the top of the Armaghan volcano on horseback. In the beginning, we will ride on the plateau, which is flat and great for riding. We will cross the bridge on the Arghichi river and start climbing the mountain. The curvy road passes through alpine meadows.
The climb will take us between 1.5 to 2 hours. When we reach the top, we will have time for lunch and rest. Our instructor will tell us all the legends about the mountain and after a 1-hour break, we will start our descent from the mountain following the same path we climbed. We will finish the tour when we reach the highway.
On the way back to Yerevan, we will visit the Noratus village. Noratus is most famous for its cemetery that includes over 800 khachkars (stone crosses) carved between the 9th-17th centuries. One of Armenia’s most unique contributions to worldwide cultural heritage is the khachkar, which translates to ‘stone cross.’ Based on ancient traditions of obelisk art, the rise of the khachkar began in early Christian times and reached its height in the Middle Ages. Noratus has many examples from each period of the khachkar’s development.
After we finish our visit to the Noratus cemetery, we will drive back to Yerevan.
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off
- All land transport throughout the trip
- Service of experienced hiking guide
- Entrance fees
- All taxes
What’s Not Included
- Lunch (US$7 extra per person)
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