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North and South – 7 Day Hiking in Armenia

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Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at the Zvartnots International Airport, transfer to your accommodation.

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Day 2: Yerevan – Areni – Noravank – Smbataberd – Tsakhats Kar – Yeghegnadzor

Start your Armenian trekking tour by visiting the Areni village and the Areni wine factory, tasting wine made from the special Areni grape. Drive to the Noravank monastery (13th century; means “New Monastery”). It is a masterpiece of Armenian architecture, situated in a narrow gorge and encircled by tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs.

Drive to Artabuynk village and start the hike. Trail leads to Smbataberd Fortress, founded during the 5th century, but better established and heavily fortified during the 9th to 10th centuries. The fortress received water from an underground clay pipe, leading from the monastery of Tsakhats Kar.

Continue your Armenian tour with a visit to the Tsakhats Kar monastery (10th century), decorated with splendid khachkars (a fascinating symbol of Armenia's cultural and religious heritage in the form of a decorative cross-stone) on the flank of the mountain. Continue the hike towards Yeghegis village, which is the final destination of the day. Overnight is planned in the town of Yeghegnadzor.

 

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Yeghegnadzor

Hiking Route: Artabuynk– Smbataberd – Tsakhats Kar - Yeghegis

Hiking distance: 12 km/4 hours

Elevation: Artabuynk 1680m – Smbataberd 1970m – Tsakhats Kar 2100m – Yeghegis 1600m

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Day 3: Yeghegnadzor – Ltsen - Tatev - Tatever ropeway – Goris

DAY 3: Yeghegnadzor – Ltsen - Tatev - Tatever ropeway – Goris

Transfer to Syunik, the southern province of Armenia. Drive to Ltsen village and start hiking towards the village of Tatev. The road passes through the oak and hornbeam forests  , singing  forest birds  accompanying you  along the entire route. The first part of your Armenian hiking day is ascending, and after walking for about 8 kilometers, we will start descending to the Tatev village, where the 9th- century Tatev  Monastic  Complex is located. After sightseeing the monastery, take the Tatever cable car, which is the longest cable car in the world (5.7km), and a great opportunity to admire a wonderful and unique view of mountains, gorges and the beautiful landscape of Syunik region. Drive to Goris town for the overnight.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Goris

Hiking Route: Ltsen - Tatev

Hiking distance: 16 km/5 hours

Elevation: Ltsen 1550m - Tatev village 1550m, Ascent 600m Descent 600m

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Day 4: Goris– Khndzoresk village - Zorats Karer – Shaki Waterfall - Jermuk Waterfall – Jermuk

Drive 30 minutes and appear in a fantastic cave village with a picturesque view to the ruins of an old village, churches, tombs, nature, springs and a new bridge that spans the gorge. Khndzoresk is an ideal place for hiking, and for enjoying your trip to Armenia, surrounded by nature. At the end of the 19th century, Old Khndzoresk was the largest village in Eastern Armenia. Explore every corner of these man-made dwellings.

Continue the tour and visit the Zorats Karer archeological site. Continue to the Shaki waterfall, which is one of the most beautiful waterfalls of Armenia․ Drive to the spa town of Jermuk. Jermuk is famous for its hot springs and mineral water brands bottled in the town. It is attractive for its fresh air, waterfall, artificial lakes, walking trails, the surrounding forests and mineral water pools. After having a short rest, we will walk down to the gorge of the Arpa River to enjoy the beauty of Jermuk waterfall.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Jermuk town

Hiking Route: Old Khndzoresk village, Jermuk Waterfall

Hiking distance: 3 km / 1.5 hours

Elevation: Old Khndzoresk 1200m-1400m

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Day 5: Jermuk - Hotsprings Jermuk - Orbelyan’s Caravanserai – Sevan

Start day 5 of your Armenian trekking tour with a hike to the natural hot springs 6 km from Jermuk. Here, you have chance to relax in a  bath in the warm springs. Continue to the Kechut Reservoir and drive through the Vardenyats Pass (2410m) and visit Orbelian’s Caravanserai, built in 1332 by Prince Chesar Orbelian. It used to be an important trade point on the famous Silk Road, accommodating weary travelers and their animals as they crossed from, or into, the Vayots Dzor Mountains.

Drive across Lake Sevan and visit Noratus Cemetery, a medieval cemetery with a large number of early khachkars (cross-stones) dating back to the 10th century. Finally, we reach Lake Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia, and in the Caucasus region. It is also one of the largest fresh-water high-altitude lakes in the world. This huge mountain lake is situated at an altitude of about 1,900 meters above sea level. Overnight is planned in the Sevan area.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Lake Sevan

Hiking Route: Jermuk – Hot springs– Kechut Reservoir

Hiking distance: 10 km / 5 hours

Elevation: Jermuk 2100m – Hot springs 2055m - Kechut Reservoir 1960m

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Day 6: Sevan - Dilijan – Parz lake – Gosh lake – Goshavank – Yerevan

In the morning, drive to the Tavush province and visit Dilijan town. It is known as the “Armenian Switzerland” by locals. Not far from Dilijan, there is a small, beautiful lake called Lake Parz (Crystal Lake), which is located in the Dilijan National Park at 1330m above sea level. Begin this leg of your Armenian hiking tour from Parz Lake to Gosh village. The trail goes through the forests and alpine fields. At the end of hike, you will reach to the impressive monastic complex of Goshavank (12-13th century) which has remained in relatively good condition, and also houses one of the world’s finest examples of a khachkar. It is optional to continue the hike from Gosh village to the Gosh Lake and back to the village. Drive to the capital city, Yerevan.

Meals: (B/-/-)

Overnight: Yerevan

Hiking Route: Parz lake – Gosh village – Gosh lake(optional)

Hiking distance: 7 km / 2.5 hours + 5km/2 hours for Gosh lake hike

Elevation: Parz lake 1330m– Gosh village 1190m – Gosh lake 1410 m

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Day 7: Departure