10 Must-Do Adventure Activities in Armenia [2020]

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10 Must-Do Adventure Activities in Armenia [2020]

If you haven’t already planned out where you want to go throughout 2019, now is a great time to do so. Perhaps this year you want to go somewhere new, somewhere adventurous. Armenia is the perfect place for you. With luscious mountain ranges, forests, and meadows, Armenia is undoubtedly the best place for a surprising adventure.

Here are top 10 adventure activities you can do on your trip to Armenia in 2019:

Hiking and trekking in Armenia

Hiking in Armenia

Armenia offers plenty of hiking and trekking opportunities, thanks to its numerous mountains and valleys. One of the most popular destinations for hiking is the Geghama Mountain Range and the nearby Khosrov Forest. The highest peak of the Geghama mountains is Azhdahak, which also has a beautiful crater lake at its peak. The tallest mountain in Armenia, Mount Aragats, is also a perfect spot for hiking. On the way, you can check out the Amberd fortress and the Vahramashen church, both of which are located on the mountain’s slopes.

Check out the most popular hiking treks in Armenia here.

Cycling and mountain biking in Armenia

mountain biking in Armenia

The northern provinces of Lori and Tavush are perfect for cycling. And, if you’re into mountain biking, the regions of Vayots Dzor and Syunik await you. As you go cycling through the mountains, gorges, and valleys, be sure to take in the beautiful sites laid out before you. Wherever you choose to go for this adventure, you’re bound to come across wonderful sites that will leave you wanting to return.

4×4 and ATV driving in Armenia

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There are tons and tons of opportunities to go 4×4 and ATV driving in any part of Armenia, thanks to its many dirt roads and mountains. You could opt for a tour through the Aragats Mountain, or go driving near the Geghard Monastery and Garni. King Smbat Fortress is also an excellent place to go 4×4 driving. The possibilities are endless!

Paragliding and ziplining in Armenia

Ziplining in Armenia

Ziplining and paragliding are only growing in popularity in Armenia. You will be able to find opportunities to go zip lining all throughout the country, especially at Parz Lake in Dilijan and in Tsaghkadzor, near the ski resort. And of course, the Yenokavan village in Armenia’s Tavush region is the best place for ziplining. Be sure to check it out if you’re a ziplining fanatic!

There are also plenty of opportunities for you to go paragliding in Armenia and Artsakh. Enjoy the exquisite backdrop of Karvachar, Artsakh, or Aparan, Armenia as you fly through the skies of this gorgeous country. Check out the massive and bright blue Lake Sevan from above.

Horseback riding in Armenia

Horseback riding in Armenia

Horseback riding is a popular activity in Armenia. Most people living in the mountains own horses, and they provide their horses for people to ride during the warmer months. Tours are specifically designed for those who like horseback riding, so you are bound to find something that suits your needs. The Tavush region is one of the best spots for horseback riding trails. Another popular location for horseback riding is the Apaga resort in Yenokavan, Tavush. The Vardenis and Geghama mountains are also great places to go horseback riding.

Skiing and snowboarding in Armenia

Skiing and snowboarding in Armenia

This is what the Tsaghkadzor ski resort in the Kotayk province is most famous for. While accessible at any point of the year, the wintertime is when Tsaghkadzor is buzzing with activity from snowboarders and skiers of all levels. Even if you are a beginner, Tsaghkadzor will be perfect for you. There’s a ski lift that will provide beautiful views of the city and the mountains, and great restaurants nearby with authentic Armenian food.

We also provide ski touring throughout the mountains of Armenia for 5-6 months of the year. Be sure to check us out!

Balloon riding in Armenia

Hot air balloon ride in Armenia

©Vardan Petrosyan

Hot air balloon rides have become increasingly popular over the last few years. You are bound to have seen photos on social media of hot air balloon rides in Yerevan or that feature Armenia’s landscape. The ride is completely worth every penny you’ll spend. The stunning landscapes and bird’s eye view of this ancient country will leave you awestruck.

Rafting in Armenia

Rafting in Armenia

©Asatur Yesayants

Even though Armenia is a landlocked country, you can still enjoy rafting. The best river to go rafting in is the Debed river in the Lori region. It is situated in beautiful green mountains and valleys. Some interesting sites you can see and visit during your rafting escapade are the Sanahin and Haghpat monasteries, as well as the Hovhannes Tumanyan house museum, Kobayr monastery, and more. Every village located along the Debed river has interesting sites to see.

Rock climbing in Armenia

Rock climbing in Armenia

©Levon Badikyan

Thanks to the many gorges and cliffs in Armenia, your rock climbing needs are guaranteed to be satisfied, too. One of the best places for rock climbing is the Vayots Dzor region. This is one of the most photographed parts of Armenia, and for good reason; the views that you will see here are unlike anything else in the world. You can go hiking in the Noravank Canyon and visit the highly-photographed Noravank Monastery too. Another great place to go rock climbing is in Hell’s Canyon in the Ararat region. It’s not too far away from Yerevan and is a favourite of many rock climbers.

Caving in Armenia

Caving in Armenia

Armenia is distinguished by its many caves, which is a feature shared by only a few countries. A very long time ago, Armenians built small churches in caves, which became pilgrimage sites. Armenia is considered to have over 10,000 caves. You can camp out near natural springs or near stunning rock formations. Some of the best caves are in Dilijan, Ijevan, and the Vayots Dzor region. The Arjeri caverns in Vayots Dzor are favored among lovers of caving and are also considered the longest caves in the country. The Mozrov caverns are also located in the same region, as well as the Magili cavern and the Red cavern. You have lots of options to explore. The beauty of Armenia’s caves will enchant you!

If you are an adventure-lover, Armenia is the best destination for you. There are thousands of activities for you to take part in, and you will leave after having some of the best experiences of your life. Start planning your 2019 trip right away!

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