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Best trails in Ararat

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Trying to find the best Ararat trails? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, views trails, historic site trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Urtsadzor or Gilanlar, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Ararat ranging from 4.1 to 6.5 miles and from 4,940 to 7,562 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Lake Akna, Mount Azhdahak, Lake Vanqi, Petroglyphs, Gilan Village, Temple of Garni
Gilanlar, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 22.1 mi • Est. 11 h 2 m
Overview This hike will last for about 3 days, and places for overnight stays are also mentioned in the hike. The hike starts from Sevaberd village, in the province of Kotayk. The first day of the hike is the longest one, leading to Lake Akna. It is a small mountain lake surrounded on three sides by red sand and stone mountains, which have found their mirror - reflection in the lake for ages. The hike then continues to the Azhdahak mountain, whose peak also borders with the province of Gegharkunik. Azhdahak has a height of 3,597 meters (from Sea Level) and is considered the most beautiful, the most accessible and the highest point of the Geghama Mountains. The blue-eyed crater lake is located on the mountaintop. The next sighting on the hike is Vanqi Lake and the various petroglyphs that illustrate the artistic skills of Armenia’s ancestors. After examining the petroglyphs, the hike will then lead to Gilan village, where the hospitable villagers will treat their guests with Armenian traditional dishes. Then the cars of the reserve will take visitors to the pagan temple of Garni, in Garni village. Djutakasar is located on the east of the temple, while on the south, in the Azat gorge, flows the Azat River. The route ends here - with views of the rich landscape full of diversity. Cultural and Historic Monuments Gegham Mountains The Gegham mountain range lies in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the provinces of Kotayk, Gegharkunik and Ararat, and is a result of volcanic activity. The mountain range extends along the meridian direction. The Gegham mountain range is spread with a number of small mountain and crater lakes. One of the lakes, fed by snowmelt, is located in the crater of Azhdahak Mountain. The mountain chain is like a mountain shield with a central high base of about 65km in length and 35km in width, laid with numerous volcanic cones, including Azhdahak - the highest peak (with a height of 3,597.3 m), Sevakatar (3,225.1 m), Spitakasar (3,555.7 m), Nazeli (3,312 m), Vishapasar (3,157.7 m), Erakatar (2,589.6 m), and Geghasar (3,444 m). From the western slopes of the Gegham Mountains flows the waters of the Azat, Vedi, and Getar Rivers, while from the eastern slopes start the Gavaraget, Argitchi, Bakhtak and other rivers. The famous lakes in the area are Aknalitch (3,031 m), Vanqi Lake, and Vishapalich, as well as the lake located in the crater of the Azhdahak mountain peak. Lake Akna Lake Akna (3,030m above Sea Level, 0.5 square km of area) is of volcanic origin and is situated on the plateau near the Gegham mountain peak. Snowmelt and spring waters feed the lake. Young volcanic cones and alpine meadows surround it as well, and the water is clean and potable. The surrounding mountains and blue sky are reflected in the mirror-like surface of the lake. A piping network of streams starts from Lake Akna and irrigates the wide pastures down below. Azhdahak Mountain Azhdahak Mountain is located in the center of the Gegham mountain chain. Its highest peak (3,597 m) is located on the shared border between the provinces of Kotayk and Gegharkunik. On the north-west side of the mountain, adjacent to its’ top, there is a water-filled crater, formed by volcanic eruptions and lava outflows. The mountain is snow covered most of the year, and its’ slopes are bare. The name Azhdahak has its origins in Armenian mythology, meaning half man and half dragon. Vanqi Lake (Vishapalich) In the Gegham mountains, on the northeastern shore of Lake Sevan, on the slopes of Aragats and in other places, many ancient stone statues are found, known as "Vishapakar", (dragon stone) dedicated to the worship of dragons and attributed to III millennium, BC. The Vishapakars were made from a single piece of stone. The tallest of them is 5.06 m high. Vishapakars have a fish-like appearance with a snake, bull, ram, stork and other animals carved on them; the vishapakars were usually placed nearby water sources, channels, reservoirs and artificial lakes. These stone sculptures were said to be deity idols, patronizing agriculture and irrigation and personifying the worship of water. Near Vanqi Lake (in the Gegham Mountains), two vishapakars have survived, the tallest of which is 3.5m high. Petroglyphs and Cave Paintings The scenes depicted on the petroglyphs reflect the worldview, the material and spiritual lives of people of the respective era. The petroglyphs enable us to have an insight into the lifestyle, habits and worshiping practices of the ancient inhabitants of the Armenian Highlands. According to scientists, the images of the petroglyphs had religious, and/or magical meaning։ consisting of symbols or ideograms, which, according to some experts, served as the basis for the establishment of an alphabet. Show more
#2 - Temple of Garni, Gilan Village, St. Stephanos Monastery, Havuts Tar
Urtsadzor, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
Overview This hike is located on the shared border between the provinces of Kotayk and Ararat. After visiting the Garni temple in the village of Garni and exploring its magnificent facade, the trail will then lead to the village of Gilan (8 km from Garni) in the “Khosrov Reserve”. From the entrance of the reserve, a car will take the visitors up to the starting point of the trail, in the village of Gilan. It is also possible to spend the night in Gilan and hike several other routes. For this reason, you can make arrangements beforehand with a local family to provide you with an overnight stay and meals - the most natural and palatable you have ever tasted. The hike begins from Gilan leading to the St. Stephanos church, from there a path leads to Havuts Tar, surrounded by juniper groves, mountain masses, and a panoramic mountainous scenery. Use the same route for the return trip. From Gilan village a hike leads to the waterfall of the Goddess Astghik. The water of the waterfall is potable and it flows into a small natural pool where one can swim. Next on the hike, comes the St. Stephanos monastic complex (a place of pilgrimage for many Armenians) located on the high slopes of the gorge. Cultural and Historic Monument St. Stephanos (Surb Stepanos) Monastic Complex (Aghjots Vank) Aghjots vank or the St. Stephanos monastery is a medieval Armenian monastic complex, located within the territory of the “Khosrov” state reserve, in the province of Ararat. The monastic complex is composed of a narthex (gavit in Armenian), several churches, buildings for monks and a cemetery. The main church of the monastic complex is the St. Stephanos church, built in the early 13th century. The church has a cruciform layout and 4 sacristies. The narthex (built in the second half of the 13th century) is located on the east side of the main church. Only a few parts of its original walls have survived the centuries. The St. Stephanos monastery is situated on a high slope overlooking the nature reserve. Havuts Tar Monastery Havuts Tar is a monastic complex, and architectural monument, situated on the top of the mountain, on the left bank of the Azat River, east from Garni (province of Kotayk). It was one of the cultural and religious centers of Medieval Armenia. Grigor Magistros Pahlavouni built the Surb Amenaprkich Church (St Saviour's church) in the area around the monastery in 1,013. Havuts Tar was destroyed by an earthquake in 1,679. The monastic complex consists of two groups of monuments. The main church (XIII century) in the western monument group, has a cruciform structure in the interior, and a rectangular build along the outer walls, there are also sacristies on all four sides. Numerous inscriptions are carved on the colorful walls (made of polished red tuff) of the church. The dome and the roof of the church have been ruined over the centuries. There are also two one-nave chapels (currently dilapidated) which are adjacent to the church. In the 1st half of the XVIII century, the eastern group of monuments was thoroughly reconstructed with the stones of the church and the four-pillar narthex of the monastery built by Grigor Magistros. Nearby on the north side, is the Surb Karapet church (the domed hall of which remained incomplete), founded by Catholicos Asdvadzadur (Hamadantsi ) in 1,721. Living quarters are adjacent to the walls from the north, with a guesthouse on the southeast. Currently the monastery is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. Safety and Connectivity Mobile telephone coverage is available only in some places between the areas of Gilan village, St. Stephanos and the Havuts Tar monasteries. The 911 emergency services operate throughout Armenia in case of any accidents. Be aware of snakes and be sure to bring bottled water! Route Characteristics Best Time: April to November Distance from Yerevan to Garni village: 26 km (37 minutes) Cost from Yerevan to Garni village: 2,700-3,000AMD Cost of the Ticket to the Temple of Garni: 1,000AMD It is possible to get to Gilan village by the service cars of the “Khosrov” reserve Hike Distance: 8km (320m) Hike Duration: 2.5 hours Altitude (from Sea Level): 1,619-1,628m Visible Trail Surface: 100% Show more
#3 - Temple of Garni, Gilan Village, Zhayrapor (Carved into a Rock) Church
Urtsadzor, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 6 h 37 m
Overview The hike is located on the shared border between the provinces of Kotayk and Ararat. After visiting the Garni temple in the village Garni and exploring its magnificence, the trail will then continue to Gilan village (8 km from Garni) in the “Khosrov Reserve”. From the entrance of the reserve, a car will take the visitors up to the starting point of the trail in Gilan village. It is also possible to spend the night in Gilan village and explore several other routes. For this purpose, arrangements can be made beforehand with a local family to provide an overnight stay and food. Zhayrapor Church (Church Carved into a Rock) Half of this medieval church is currently buried underground, and may be difficult to notice at first. Look for the front entrance of the church, it is ornately decorated. Flora The flora within the Khosrov Reserve is plentiful – it includes around 1,800 species of plants, which constitute more than 50% of Armenia's flora, 146 of these are registered in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Armenia. In the areas between the temple of Garni and Havuts Tar monastery there are a variety of interesting plants, trees and flowers, which vary depending on each microclimate. Semi-desert landscape dominates the lower slopes of the mountains, and forest vegetation covers the mid-altitude slopes, where juniper and oak trees grow. Other plants include the broadleaf spindle (Euonymus europaeus), guelder-rose (Viburnum opulus), sorbus and Caucasian honeysuckle, and species of flowers such as cichorium, white chamomile, clary sage (Salvia), valeriana (Valerians), Centaurea, nettle, plantain (Plantago), white bryony, and Achillea, which are said to have healing properties. Plants like thyme (Thymus) and mint grow here, and are often used as herbs in teas and cooking. Thyme is known to lower blood pressure. Fauna It is quite possible to hike this entire route without seeing any animals, however, the opposite is also true. The primary task of the Khosrov Reserve is the protection and breeding of species, which is strictly monitored and controlled. Usurian spotted deer, for example, was introduced to the reserve in 1,954. The birdlife of the reserve is especially abundant; about 142 species of birds can be encountered here, 66 of which (including Egyptian and black kite, griffon vulture, bearded vulture, golden and little spotted eagles, northern falcon) are registered in the Red Data Book of Armenia. There are 55 species of mammals, 18 of which are registered in the Red data Book of Armenia, among them the Syrian Brown Bear, wild boar, long-eared hedgehog, Armenian mouflon (wild sheep), Bezoar goat (wild goat), lynx, wolf, fox as well as some species of amphibious reptiles, 7 species of fish, more than 30 species of reptiles (like Levantine viper, Montpellier snake, dotted dwarf(Eirenis) and collared dwarf snakes, Pleske's racerunner, five-streaked and three-lined lizards, golden grass and Snaider’s skinks, eastern spadefoot and others) that can be encountered here in great numbers in the summer months, due to the hot climate. Route Characteristics Best Time: April to November Distance from Yerevan to Garni village: 26 km (37 minutes) Cost from Yerevan to Garni village (by taxi): 2,700-3,000AMD It is possible to get to Gilan village by the service cars of the Khosrov reserve. Route Distance: 14 km Route Duration: 4h 15m Altitude (from Sea Level):1,584-1,874 m Visible Trail Surface: 80%, 20% difficult to discern Price List in the Khosrov State Reserve (Price per day) http://khosrovreserve.am/ Guide 15,000AMD Transport 15,000-20,000AMD Horse 10,000AMD Entrance ticket to the Khosrov reserve 2,000 AMD Safety and Connectivity Mobile telephone coverage is not available in the area within Gilan village, nor the church carved into the rock (coverage is available only in one place in Gilan village). The 911 emergency services operate throughout Armenia in case of any accidents. Be aware of snakes and be sure to bring bottled water! Show more
#4 - Garni Temple, Gilan Village and Kakavaberd
Urtsadzor, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 45 m
#5 - Garni Visitor Center to Havuts Tar Monastery
Khosrov Forest State Reserve
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
This trail passes through the picturesque canyon of Azat River in Garni district. It can be passed on foot or by horses. This hiking trail brings you to Havuts Tar Monastery which was a remarkable cultural and religious center of medieval Armenia. The monastery was established in 11th century being especially active in the period between 12th and 14th centuries. There are the following explanations of the establishment and the name of the monastery. According to a legend, the name of Havuts Tar, that means ‘’bird flight’’, is connected to an Armenian priest who healed Lenk Temur that attacked Armenia. For payment, he asked the invader to release as many prisoners as could enter the church, and when the prisoners entered the church, the priest converted them into birds. The monastery has also the name of St. Rescue, as here was the remarkable holy crucifixion rescue cross-stone. In the name, according to another interpretation, the word "hav" is used in the meaning of "grandfather" or "ancestor" in the Armenian language, by which "Havuts Tar" is considered to be the seat of two great Armenians; Sahak Partev and Mesrop Mashtots. Another explanation says that the monastery got its name from a village spreading around it, which ruins remained and can be found until today. Therefore, it should not be exclude that the term "Havuts Tar" existed much earlier than the foundation of the monastery, because the picturesque hills covered with dark green, on which the monastery was built, could be called "Havuts Tar" as a place of bird flight. It was a cathedral and had its special diocese, which also included the city of Yerevan which means that the head of Havuts Tar at the same time was the head of Yerevan. Besides being an important educational center Havuts Tar was a well-known center for manuscript creation as well, and the oldest known manuscript created here dates from 1214 AD. In 1013, Grigor Magistros constructed Surb Amenaprikich (St. Rescue) church in this complex referred to the Early Middle Ages. The walls of the main church are built with diverse color scheme using fine processed red toned local tuff stone and are rich of carved texts. The cupola and the roof are destroyed. From Southern side there are two nave chapels (now ruined). It was badly damaged during the 1679’s earthquake. Portions of the complex were rebuilt in the early 18th century by the Catholicos Astvatsatur Hamadantsi, and some restoration efforts took place in the early 20th century. Currently the monastery is in ruins. Show more
#6 - Temple of Garni, Gilan Village, Waterfall of Goddess Astghik, St. Stephanos Monastery
Gilanlar, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 5.4 mi • Est. 3 h 6 m
Overview The hike is located on the shared border between the provinces of Kotayk and Ararat. After visiting the Garni temple in the village of Garni and exploring its magnificent facade, the trail will then lead you to Gilan village (8 km from Garni) in the “Khosrov Reserve”. The hike starts from Gilan village and leads to the waterfall of the Goddess Astghik. The water of the waterfall is potable and flows into a round, natural pool which you can swim in. The next destination on the hike is the St. Stephanos (Surb Stepanos) Monastery, a place of pilgrimage for many Armenians, located on the slopes of a high gorge. Waterfall of the Goddess Astghik The waterfall is located 2km from Gilan village and is surrounded by rocks; the water is potable and flows into a small natural pool, which you can swim in. The surroundings of the waterfall are mostly mossy, because the sun almost never reaches there. The waterfall has a height of 6-7 meters. In the spring months, the water flow is so strong that swimming there becomes dangerous, nevertheless, its appearance remains as attractive as ever. Swimming season starts in June. Route Characteristics Best Time: April to November Distance from Yerevan to Garni Village: 26 km (37 minutes) Cost to get from Yerevan to Garni Village (by taxi): 2,500-2,700AMD Cost to get from Yerevan to Garni Village (by bus): 250AMD Distance from Garni Village to Gilan Village: 8 km Distance of Hike: 8.7 km Duration of Hike: 4 hours Visible Trail Surface: 99% Safety and Connectivity Mobile telephone coverage within the areas of Gilan village, St. Stephanos and the waterfall of the Goddess Astghik is available only in one place in the Gilan village. The 911 emergency services operate throughout Armenia in case of any accidents. Be careful, the slippery mossy stones of the waterfall as well as the fallen rocks of the tall wall on the left of the waterfall. Be aware of snakes and be sure to bring bottled water! Show more
#7 - Urts and Tap Fortress
Urtsadzor, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 51 m
This hike is located in the Ararat region, 60 km from Yerevan. Weather permitting, the view of the magnificent Mount Ararat is visible from any point on the route, making this hike especially beautiful. Two interesting medieval fortresses stand side by side by the Khosrov river in the region. There is also the monastery of Khor Virap, which - adjacent to the hike - is equally worth visiting. The Urts and Tap Fortresses are located on the right bank of the Khosrov river, 6 km northwest of Urtsadzor village. The Tap - or Gevorg Marzpetuni - Fortress, was built in the first quarter of the 10th century. It has a classic quadrangular shape, but is of great architectural and fortress building value. There are dwellings and vaulted constructions (built between the 10th-13th centuries) adjacent to the southern and eastern walls of the fortress. Inside the fortress there is a 13th century church - resembling a vaulted hall, built of white felsite. The name, Tap, is mentioned in the epigraph that was carved on the northern wall of the church in 1,256. There are several fragments of khachkars (cross stones) in the territory of the fortress. The monastery-chapel of Tap is recorded in history as a script center, since 1,496, where Barsegh, a writer, scripted the Psalm-book. Tap fortress and the church were reconstructed between 2,008-2,009. Most of the mountainous part of the region is occupied by the Gegham mountain range as well as by the Urts and Yeranos mountains. Here there is a small island shaped forest, founded in the 4th century by the Armenian king Khosrov Kotak. This part of the forest has been turned into the Khosrov State Reserve. The Ararat Valley seems like a different world, covered with alpine flowers and meadows, pure mountain springs, the Khosrov forest and delicious fruit orchards. Green valleys and lifeless rocks give this natural and manmade area a simultaneously strict and gentle, wild and greedy, generous pagan beauty. The province of Ararat is rich in fauna, due to the Khosrov Reserve that is located in the area. Species such as roe deer, Caucasian bears, wild boars, hares, badgers, foxes, hedgehogs, jackals, field mice, lynx, martens, dormice, and squirrels are typical to this area. There’s also a great variety of birds, reptiles, and insects in the forests. The river bears many fish, most notably, trout. The province is rich in fish farms where white and black, silver and spotted carps and other species are bred. Many species of fish (like whitefish/coregonus, barbel, luciobarbus capito and others) are of fishery significance, and some other species (like Armenian common roach, chub, silver carp, etc.) serve as hunting objects. Armenian roach, trout and the Sevan barbell are typical Armenian species, the last 2 of which are registered in the Red Data Book of Armenia. As such, trout fishing is prohibited here. Show more
#8 - Temple of Garni, Gilan Village, Ice Prince Cave and Rock Temple
Khosrov Forest State Reserve
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 4 h 35 m
This hike is located on the border of the Kotayk and Ararat regions. After visiting the temple of Garni, you will travel to the entrance of the Khosrov reserve, where a service car will take you to Gilan village, within the reserve. You can buy yourself some extra time to explore more sights by spending the night in the village; overnight accommodations and meals can be arranged with a local family. The return is by the same route. Ice Prince Cave (Great Cave: This cave is a natural monument in the Khosrov Reserve. It was previously referred to as a settlement. Some evidence claims that there was once a three-story church inside the cave, but today only a few walls remain preserved. The Ice Prince Cave is distinguished for its size and attractiveness. In winter, interesting icy vertical images cover the ground of the cave, and in summer, it hosts a magnificent view over the cliffs. Rock Temple: This temple is a small medieval chapel carved into a piece of a red rock. Crosses and icons have been carefully carved onto its walls. The flora within the Khosrov Reserve is plentiful, and includes around 1,800 species of plants, which constitute over 50% of Armenia's flora. 146 of these plants are registered in the Red Data Book of the Republic of Armenia. In the areas between Gilan and Kakavaberd, there are a variety of interesting plants, trees and flowers, which vary depending on each microclimate. A semi-desert landscape dominates the lower slopes of the mountains, and forest vegetation covers the mid-altitude slopes, where juniper and oak trees grow. Other plants include the broadleaf spindle, guelder-rose, sorbus, and Caucasian honeysuckle. There are also numerous species of flowers such as cichorium, white chamomile, clary sage, valeriana, Centaurea, nettle, plantain, white bryony, and Achillea , which are said to have healing properties. Plants like thyme (Thymus) and mint grow here, and are often used as herbs in teas and cooking. Thyme is known to lower blood pressure. It is quite possible to hike this entire route without seeing any animals. However, the opposite is also true. A primary task of the Khosrov Reserve is the protection and breeding of species, which is strictly monitored and controlled. Usurian spotted deer, for example, were introduced to the reserve in 1954. The most common animals include the Armenian mouflon, Bezoar goat, and some species of amphibious reptiles that can be encountered in great numbers in the summer months. Other, rarer sightings include leopards, brown bears, wild boars, foxes, hares, lynxes, martens, wolves, and badgers. The birdlife is especially abundant, with common sightings of black kite, bearded vulture, griffon vulture, eagle, wild pigeon and jay. Because of the great number of reptiles, hikers are encouraged to take extra care to avoid unwanted encounters with toxic vipers (Gyurza, in Armenian). Show more
#9 - Mount Urc
Urtsadzor, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 6.2 mi
Description of the trail Today’s ski trail is located between Shaghap and Langanist villages of Ararat marz. After passing 2-3km from Shaghap village, can be reached to the start of the trail. During the winter months on the peaks of Mount Urc of Ararat marz dry grasses are seen, where the wind has taken its dose of snow. On the back side of Mount Urc the weather is amazing, and meters of snow layers are formed. And if the sun shines, you will see wonderful scenes from the peak. There is Armash river to the southwest, where fishes are evolving from the spring. You can see Araks river and the two giants, Sis and Masis mounts (Ararat 5138m), hanging in the air. The wild goat and the Armenian mouflon are encountered in Mount Urc, which are registered in the IUCN Red List, whose hunting is strictly forbidden in the Republic of Armenia. This area is a transit zone because it is immediately adjacent to the Khosrov Reserve. Description of the Monuments Mount Urc: Urc sierra is located in the south of Ararat marz of RA. It stretches from northwest to southeast, the length is 25km, and the maximum height is 2445,9 m (Mount Urc). It is disproportionate– the northern slopes are long and mildly slant, while the southern slopes are short and downhill, cropped. Urtscasar mountain pass (1910m) is located on the eastern edge of sierra. You can also visit: Khor Virap Khor Virap Monastery is located in the Ararat marz of Armenia, on the left side of Arax River, on one of the hills of historical Artashat. According to Agatangeghos historian, Trdat III the Great, during the persecutions of Christians, Gregory the Illuminator was imprisoned in the royal prison of Artashat, where he spent 14 years. After imprisonment Gregory Illuminator could achieve the trust and support of the king, therefore, he made the Christianity the state religion of Armenia. In the fifth century the monastery was founded on the royal prison’s pit. Starting from the 13th century Khor Virap, besides being an important sanctuary, also became a center for education and science for all Armenians. More than 10 manuscripts have been preserved there. In 1255, Vardan Areveltsi founded a seminary in the monastery, where they were taught theology, the treatise of ancient philosophers, logic, rhetoric, grammar and spiritual songs. In 1669 the construction of St. Gregory Church started in the place where the 14th century chapel was. The pit is about 4.5 m diameter length and 6.5 m depth. In 1703 the reconstruction of holy Mother central church was completed. In the end of the 19th century, the colonnaded bell tower was built adjacent to the western facade of that church. During the 1970’s, the monastery’s walls and surrounding buildings were renovated through the efforts of Vazgen I, Catholicos of All Armenians. Fauna Wild goats, mouflons and rodent animals that thrive in winter are encountered here. Security issues In the Mount Urc, Ucom and Viva Cell-Mts mobile connections are always available․ In the case of an accident 911 rescue services operate in Armenia 24/7. Beware of dogs in the village. Trail technical parameters Best period: January - March Distance: 67 km from Yerevan, by taxi Duration: 1 hour 14 min Cost: 6700-7000 AMD Ski trail length: 11km Ski run: 5 hours 10 min Height from sea level: 1460-2300m The best drink is hot tea How to get to the trail In order to reach the above mentioned ski trail it should be take a taxi from Yerevan to Shaghap village of Ararat marz, then continue another 2-3 km. The ski trail begins from the allies’ road. Please use the taxies, in which counters are installed. Taxies throughout Armenia are quite affordable. ©State Tourism Committee of RAShow more
#10 - Sevaberd, Geghama Mountains, Seghanasar
Gilanlar, Ararat, Armenia
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Length: 5.9 mi
This ski trail begins in Sevaberd village, in the Kotayk province. The trail will lead you into the Geghama mountains, whose range is about 65km in length and 35km in width. The range includes many volcanoes, such as Seghanasar (3,219m), Sevkatar (3,225m), Spitakasar (3,555m), Nazeli (3,312m), Vishapasar (3,157m), Yerakatar (2,589.6m), Geghasar (3,444m), and the highest peak, Azhdahak (3,597.3m). The trail ends at a height of 2,900m, but in case you have time, you can continue skiing at higher elevations. The best return path is marked on the trail. Saint Poghos - Petros Church This church, located near Zar village, at the foot of Hatis Mountain, was built in the 13th century. In 1,930, Grigor (Gregory) had a dream that the entire church was constructed. Two chapels were built next to the church and were named Poghos and Petros. In 1,969 and 1,989, the two chapels were reconstructed, and the men who repaired them were later buried in the churchyard after their deaths. Each year, two weeks after Easter, people make a pilgrimage to the church to celebrate Saint Poghos-Petros Day. Saint Hovhannes Mkrtich Church in Abovyan Town, Kotayk Province This is a young church, built in 2006 and consecrated in 2013. The architectural team of the church brought together around 40 painters, sculptors and architects. Fauna For both herbivorous and carnivorous animals, it is very difficult to find food in the winter. On the slopes of mountains, you’ll most probably come across wolves, foxes, wild rabbits and - in rural areas - dogs. Birds are rare in this territory. Safety VivaCell-MTS network is partially available from Sevaberd to the Geghama Mountains. In case of emergency, call 911, a service which operates throughout Armenia. Technical Specifications of the Trail The best time is: January, February, March Yerevan is 36km away from Sevaberd, so the road there takes 48m and costs 3,600-4,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the ski path (and the return path) is 9.6km. The duration of skiing is 3 hours and 44min. The area is located 2,000-2,900m above sea level. The best drink to have on hand is warm tea! How to Reach the Ski Trail To access the trail, you need to get to Sevaberd village, which is most convenient to travel to by taxi. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. Please take a cab with a working meter, and making sure the driver uses it. ©State Tourism Committee of RAShow more