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Geghama & Aragats – 8 Day Trekking in Armenia

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Day 1: Arrival

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

Meals: (-/-/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

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Day 2: Yerevan – Sevaberd Village – Lake Akna

For the first day of your Armenian trekking tour, drive from Yerevan to Sevaberd village and start trekking to the Lake Akna (‘akn’ is translated as “eye”),  one of the most captivating sites in the Geghama Mountains. Located right on the frontier of Kotayk and Gegharkunik provinces, this lake of volcanic origin is worth seeing and capturing in a photoshoot during your tour. Along the way, you’ll encounter Yazidi people - the largest national minority in Armenia. They are mostly engaged in animal husbandry. The 1st day trekking ends at Lake Akna, which is a perfect campsite.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking Route: Sevaberd Village – Lake Akna

Trekking distance: 14 km

Elevation: Sevaberd 2062 m – Akna lake 3032 m

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Day 3: Akna Lake – Mount Azhdahak –Lake Badi

Day 2 of your Armenian tour starts with trekking from Akna Lake to the highest peak of Geghama Range, specifically the  volcano Azhdahak, located in the western part of the range. This extinct volcano houses a lake inside the crater, which is formed of melting snow.  Ascend to the top – the view is worth a thousand words. From Azhdahak summit, you'll admire a magnificent view - biblical Mount Ararat, lush Kotayk Valley, picturesque Lake Sevan and the whole Geghama Mountain Range. Descend from the mountain and continue trekking towards Lake Badi. Camping and stargazing will be the perfect ending to this saturated day.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking Route: Akna lake – Mount Azhdahak – Lake Badi

Trekking: 16 km

Elevation: Akna lake 3032 m – Azhdahak 3597m – Lake Badi 3100m

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Day 4: Lake Badi – Geghama Petroglyphs – Lake Vanki

During the 3rd day of our trekking tour, we will go back in history by exploring the petroglyphs from 3rd-2nd millennium BC. After 5km of trekking, we will get to the ancient petroglyphs. Over 12,000 petroglyphs have been discovered in the vicinity of the Geghama Mountain Range. Almost all aspects of our human life are reflected in the petroglyphs. Most depict men in the act of hunting, fighting, dancing and even cultivating land. Some also show the worship of fertility or maternity figures, ancestors, heroes, spirits and time. Different animals, especially deer, leopards and bezoar goats are pictured on these rocks. Continue trekking to Lake Vanki, where the third camping overnight is planned.

Meals: (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking Route: Lake Badi – Lake Vanki

Trekking: 14 km

Elevation: Lake Badi 3100m – Petroglyphs 2900m – Lake Vanki 2735m

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Day 5: Lake Vanki – Geghard village – Geghard monastery – Garni tample - Yerevan

For our next day of your Armenian hiking tour, we will visit the territory of the Lake Vanki, home to Vishapakars ('dragon stones') – rare historical-archaeological pieces of ancient pagan culture. In the ancient Armenian mythology, these dragon-shaped stones symbolized water worship. From there, you'll go on trekking to Geghard Village. Visit Geghard Monastery Complex, an outstanding monument of medieval Armenian architecture listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Garni Fortress (3rd-2nd centuries B.C.),,the summer residence of the kings, and Garni Temple (1st century), which is the only reconstructed pagan temple in Armenia. Nowadays, the ruins of the royal palace and the bathroom with a stunning mosaic can be found near the temple. Drive back to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/L/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Trekking Route: Lake VankiGeghard village

Trekking: 14 km

Elevation: Vanki lake 2732m – Geghard village 1924m

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Day 6: Yerevan – Lake Kari – Aragats Southern Summit – Gegharot Waterfall

Early in the morning, drive to the mountainous Lake Kari (3200m), located on the southern slope of Mount Aragats. Get ready for hiking to the southern summit of the highest mountain of Armenia and South Caucasus. Mt. Aragats, with its unique nature, has sub-alpine and alpine zones, as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past. The highest northern peak is 4090m. For your Armenian trekking trip, we will be climbing the southern one (3887m). Afterwards, we continue trekking to the Gegharot waterfall, and the route goes through the crater. Next to the waterfall, we will have our campsite.

 

Meals: (B/L/D)

Accommodation: Camping

Trekking Route and elevation: Lake Kari– Aragats Southern Summit – Gegharot Waterfall

Trekking: 14 km

Elevation: Lake Kari 3200m – Aragats Southern Summit 3887m– Gegharot Waterfall 3070m

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Day 7: Gegharot Waterfall – Aragats Village - Yerevan

Start the final day of your Armenian trekking tour from Gegharot waterfall, which is 15 meters high and has two cascades. The waterfall is not a large one, but it is marvelous during the thaw. Trekking down towards Aragats village, you will then drive to Yerevan.

Meals: (B/L/-)

Accommodation: Hotel

Trekking Route: Gegharot Watefall – Aragats Village

Trekking: 14 km

Elevation: Vanki lake 2732m – Geghard village 1924m

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Day 8: Departure

Transfer to the airport 2 hours before the departure. Have a safe flight home.

Meals: (B/-/-)