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Best trails in Tegher

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Looking for a great trail near Tegher, Kotayk? AllTrails has 5 great views 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 in Aghveran National Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Armenia, Aragatsotn. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Tegher ranging from 4.8 to 15.8 miles and from 5,577 to 12,729 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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#1 - Southern Peak of Aragats
Tegher, Kotayk, Armenia
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
This hike begins at an altitude of 3,250m above sea level. Located near the high-mountainous, cold, freshwater lake known as Kari Lake (Stone lake). The beauty of the lake is greatly accentuated by the surrounding alpine meadows, varied flowers, mountainous fresh air and by the view of the snowy peaks of Aragats. The best time to hike here is around the middle of May. The weather should be warm, although the area is covered with snow. There is a 1-2 km road leading to the lake with 2-3m high snow formations stretching along either sides of the road, with interesting shapes created by the influence of the sun. These snowy formations will entirely melt by the end of July and the rest of the snow in the surrounding area will be completely melted sometime between August and September. Mount Aragats: Aragats Mountain is the highest mountain top (4,090m) in the Republic of Armenia. It is a shield-shaped massif, with a diameter of about 200km and about a 4,000 square km area, together with its fan-shaped slopes, lying between the areas of the Aragatsotn and Shirak regions. Aragats was formerly one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has four peaks and an immense crater (with a depth of 400m and 3km in diameter). The highest point is found on the northern most peak (4,090m), the second is the western (3,995.3m), the eastern peak is in third place (3,908.2m) and the southern is fourth (3,887.8m). The crater of Aragats is a water accumulating large pool, from which begins the river of Gegharot, a tributary of the Kasakh River. Aragats is famous for its coolwater sources, which form a number of large and small rivers (Gegharot, Amberd, Mantash, Narishd, Getadzor, Tsaghkahovit and others). The origin of the name of Aragats is ascribed to either Hayk’s son, Aramanyak, or to the God, Ara (Aragats - Ara’s throne). Once the mountain had only one big peak, but over the course of centuries, earthquakes and strong volcanoes resulted in the split of the mountain into several parts, thus creating the four peaks of Aragats which can be seen today. There is a hotel-restaurant located near Kari Lake, which is famed for serving khash – one of the most tasty dishes in the Armenian cuisine. Khash represents a special ritual: it is prepared using domestic animals’ (cow, bull, calf) legs, heads and tongues. The preparatory work lasts for 1-2 days, while the cooking duration is 6-10 hours. The table setting also has its rules: on the khash table, it is necessary to put salt, garlic, different herbs, radish, dried lavash (traditional Armenian thin bread), other types of bread (baked only in Armenia and only by Armenians) and wet lavash, alcoholic drinks like vodka can also be a part of the khash table. This traditional Armenian feast of khash usually begins early in the morning on Saturday or Sunday. Show more
#2 - Tegher Monastery
Tegher, Kotayk, Armenia
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 3 h 8 m
Tegher Monastery is located in the village of Tegher in the province of Aragatsotn. It is a beautiful place, and the old, grey and faded walls of the church are especially admirable in sunny weather. The small stone chairs offer a calm place to sit, to have a rest, eat something and to take breath before the long hike ahead. Because of the abundance of herbs growing in proximity to the village, the church and the village are called Tegher, or Degher (medicine, in Armenian). As the hike continues from the church through the village, a nice open field provides views of Mount Ararat – the highest mountain of the Armenian highland – and the four peaks of Mount Aragats are also visible. Along the route, the flora varies depending on the terrain. The beginning of the route is rich with high stem plants, which become sparser towards the end of the route. Amberd Fortress, located on this route, was built in the 10th century as a defensive shelter and an educational centre. Tegher Monastery is located in Tegher village. It is included in the list of Historical and Cultural Monuments of Armenia. According to the inscriptions on the stone façade of the narthex’s entrance, Mamakhatun, the wife of the Prince Vache Vachutian of Ararat, built the monastery. The complex consists of the St. Astvatsatsin (Surb Astvatsatsin) Church and its narthex. The flora of Aragatson is rich and varied, as it is in the surroundings of Tegher village and in areas near Amberd castle. In spring months middle-aged women hurry to the fields to collect edible greens (astrodaucus, sorrel (lat. Rumex, falcaria, etc.), from which they cook tasty meals. The area is also rich in herbs they use to make tea. From May to July, the surrounding area of Amberd is covered with various flowers, among which are Ornithogalum, Pulsatilla (Pulsatilla armena), Corydalis (Corydalis nariniana) and Gladiolus (Gladiolus tenuis). The grass is dense and splendid in both places. While walking, bushes such as rosehip and rose bushes, and a whole variety of spring and summer flowers can be seen. It is common to not encounter any animals on this hike, although there are some on the lower slopes of Aragats. These include grey bear, wolf, fox, rabbit, jerboa, lizards, turtles and snakes, some types of mice, many types of birds, insects and beetles. Due to the rapid changes in weather, they are generally quite reserved and evasive. Show more
#3 - Stone Lake (Kari Lich) to Amberd
Tegher, Kotayk, Armenia
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Length: 15.8 mi • Est. 8 h 48 m
Description of the trail: The trail starts from the area of Stone Lake (Kari Lich), which is located in Aragatsotn marz of RA. The slopes of Aragats should be rised 30km with a sinuous narrow asphalt road by taxi. After getting used to the site and seeing the panorama of Mount Aragats and Lake Kari, you will connect to the main route through the Aragats research station and walk to the medieval Amberd complex. From the Stone Lake to the Amberd highway you will see all the mountains images and picturesque nature occupying the central position. After stopping at the historic Amberd castle, you will continue the way to Yerevan by any means of transportation. Description of the Monuments The Aragats massif: Mount Aragats is considered to be the highest point of the Republic of Armenia at 4090 m from sea level. The circumference of the base is about 200 km, and the mount occupies 4,000 km2 with its roaring slopes. Aragats has been one of the largest volcanoes in the world. On the inclines of Aragats have been preserved old traces of ancient culture: irrigation network, fishing rocks called "dragon" symbolizing water cult, and remarkable structures of medieval architecture (Amberd, Byurakan, etc.). It has a 400 m deep and 3 km diameter giant crater and four pillars. The highest is the northern peak with 4090 m height on the sea level. The second is the western peak (3995.3m), the third is the eastern peak (3908.2m) and, finally, the fourth peak(the South 3887.8m). Lake Sevan (Kari Lich): The lake is named Kari for two reasons: first, it is surrounded with flat and sharp-edge stones, second, its water is cold like the stone. This mountain lake in Armenia is covered by snow and ice until mid-July. The lake is with 3200 m height of the sea level. "Aragats" scientific station: The Aragats Research Station was founded by the Alikhanyan brothers. It is a unique place for this region of the world. The Alikhanyan brothers started research on rays composed of elementary particles coming from the Sun, stars and other parts of the Universe. For that reason they founded the cosmic ray station on Mount Aragats, in the summer of 1942. This Station was the first mountain station in the Soviet Union. Here, at the slopes of Mount Aragats, they were the first in the world, to discover protons in cosmic rays with new, unknown elementary particles and great energy. This discovery played an important role in revealing the secrets of cosmic rays. Amberd Medieval fortress and castle: It was built during the 10th century in the historical marz of Aragatsotn, 7km to the north from Byurakan village (on the southern incline of Mount Aragats) at the connecting point of Arshakhen and Amberd rivers, at the altitude of 2,300 meters in relation to the sea level. The principals of the fortification building of medieval Armenia are reflected in this castle. The castle and some parts of the fortress were built in the 7th century by the Kamsarakan family. In the 10th century it passed to Pahlavuni princes and became the possession of Bagratuni’s Kingdom as an important military base. Amberd lost its significance after the Turkish-Tatar invasions, moreover, it became a deserted building during the reign Tamerlane in the late 14th century. The church of Amberd was built in 1026 during the ruling period of Vahram Pahlavuni. On the way back you can also visit The Armenian Alphabet Monument after M. Mashtots, Saghmosavank, Hovhannavank Monasteries. Flora: The semi-desert, dry mountain grasslands and alpine zones follow each other up the slopes of Aragats. Rivers, flowing through beautiful gorges and valleys covered will low grasses, create small waterfalls in some places. People come here from all over, to behold Aragats, enjoy the alpine zone of the Mount, and to see the meadows decorated with colourful flowers, such as blue forget-me-nots, alpine violets, wild lilies, poppies, bellflowers, and more. The flora of Amberd and the Amberd gorge differs from the nature of Aragats. In spring and summer the nature awakens here, and in autumn the colours of forest trees and shrubs create a perfect palette. Both sides of the road from Byurakan to the Armenian Alphabet Monument are covered with forests, where people spend their holidays. Fauna: You may come across foxes, wolves, rodents and rabbits. During very hot days, there are lots of reptiles (lizards, snakes), and rarely turtles. Security issues: In Armenian Alphabet Monument and from Stone Lake to Amberd, Ucom and Viva Cell-Mts mobile connections are always available․ In case of an accident 911 rescue services operate in Armenia 24/7. Beware of the dogs protecting the flock of sheep. Trail technical parameters Best period: May – October Distance: 60 km from Yerevan Duration: 1 hour 30 min, by M1 Cost: 6000 AMD (1km=100AMD) Hike trail length: 13 km Hike run: 4.5 hours Height from sea level: 2300-3200m Buy bottled water and take it with you ©State Tourism Committee of RAShow more
#4 - Stone Lake, North Summit of Mount Aragats
Tegher, Kotayk, Armenia
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 7 h
Description of the Trail: The hiking trail to the North Summit of Mount Aragats begins from Stone Lake, and takes approximately 2 days. To reach the trail, you should first get to Stone Lake (3,250 m), in Aragatsotn province. The North Summit of Mount Aragats is 9 km from Stone Lake. On the first day you must start walking from Stone Lake up to the saddle between the West and South Summits of Mount Aragats. When you pass the saddle you will notice the designated area to pitch your tent. All spots are indicated on the trail. At 7 am in the morning, pack your lunch for the long journey ahead of you, and start hiking toward the highest peak in Armenia. During the summer times, mineral streams are formed on the crater floor of Aragats, so there will be no lack of water․ You will reach the peak, using the marked trail, enjoying the silence and mystery of the four summits of Aragats, which are situated so close to each other. The North Summit of Aragats has two peaks – one illusory and the other is real. To reach the real peak of Aragats, you should climb up the mountain with at least 30 meters of rope on hand. Please, take caution! Whether you reach the top or not, let’s say you did, because life is really precious! The real height of the Summit is 4,090 m. The return path is on the same trail. Description of the Monument The Aragats Massif: Aragats Mountain is the highest mountain top (4,090m) in the Republic of Armenia. It is a shield-shaped massif, with a diameter of about 200km and about a 4,000 square km area, together with its fan-shaped slopes, lying between the areas of the Aragatsotn and Shirak regions. Aragats was formerly one of the largest volcanoes in the world. It has four peaks and an immense crater (with a depth of 400m and 3km in diameter). The highest point is found on the northern most peak (4,090m), the second is the western (3,995.3m), the eastern peak is in third place (3,908.2m) and the southern is fourth (3,887.8m). The crater of Aragats is a water accumulating large pool, from which begins the river of Gegharot, a tributary of the Kasakh River. Aragats is famous for its coolwater sources, which form a number of large and small rivers (Gegharot, Amberd, Mantash, Narishd, Getadzor, Tsaghkahovit and others). Only the South Summit of Mount Aragats is visible from Stone Lake. Stone Lake (Kari Lich): The Lake is situated at an altitude of 3,250 m above sea level. The Lake was named after the smooth-edged, sharp stones surrounding the lake, and also because it is cold like a stone. This not a unique Armenian mountain lake, it is covered with snow and ice till the middle of July. You can also visit: Aragats Research Station: The Aragats Research Station was founded by the Alikhanyan brothers. It is a unique place for this region of the world. The Alikhanyan brothers started research on rays composed of elementary particles coming from the Sun, stars and other parts of the Universe. This Station was the first mountain station in the Soviet Union. Amberd: Amberd is a 10th century medieval fortress located on a triangular cape, 2,300 m above sea level, on the southern slopes of Mount Aragats, 7 km north of the village of Byurakan, at the confluence of the Arkashen and Amberd rivers, in the historic province of Aragatsotn. This fortress is a typical example of Medieval Armenia fortress construction. At the end of the 14th century, Amberd lost its significance, after the Turkish-Tatar invasions and it was later desolated during the reign of Tamerlane. Flora: The semi-desert, dry mountain grasslands and alpine zones follow each other up the slopes of Aragats. Rivers, flowing through beautiful gorges and valleys covered will low grasses, create small waterfalls in some places. People come here from different parts, to behold Aragats, enjoy the alpine zone of the Mount, and to see the meadows decorated with colourful flowers, such as blue forget-me-nots, alpine violets, wild lilies, poppies, bellflowers, and more. Fauna: This hiking trail is full of adventures, but rarely will you see animals here. Although, you may come across foxes and wolves, rodents and rabbits. During very hot days, there are lots of reptiles (lizards, snakes), and rarely turtles. Safety: The Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are partially available in the territory between Stone Lake and the North Summit of Aragats, but in the craters and valleys, a connection is not available. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Technical Specifications of the Trail The best time is: June – October Yerevan is 84 km from Stone Lake, so the road there takes 1 hour and 25 minutes, and costs 9,000 – 10,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the hiking trail is 8.6 km. The duration of the hike is 3 hours (1st day) and 7- 8 hours (2nd day). The area is located at an altitude of 3,250- 4,095 m above sea level. The best drink to have on hand is bottled water. ©State Tourism Committee of RAShow more
#5 - Byurakan, South Summit of Mount Aragats
Tegher, Kotayk, Armenia
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Length: 5.1 mi
Overview The South Summit of Mount Aragats is in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. It is the lowest summit (3,887. 8m) of Aragats. Taking the trail in spring (March, April, May) as the difficulties of reaching the South Summit of Aragats are less during this time of the year is recommended. You should get to the Physics Institute (the ‘Aragats’ Scientific Station) on the slopes of Aragats by car, and then start walking uphill using the marked trail. The snow is partially melted at this time of the year, so you can see Stone Lake (Kari Lich), one of the crystal-clear mountain lakes of Armenia. The Aragats Massif Mount Aragats is considered the highest peak in Armenia (4,090m). It is an isolated shield-like massif of about 200km in circumference. Together with its fan-shaped slopes, it covers 4,000 sq. m, and is situated in both the Aragatsotn and Shirak provinces. Aragats used to be one of the world’s largest volcanos. It has a gigantic 400m-deep crater, 3km in diameter, and 4 peaks. The highest point is the North Summit - 4,090m; the West Summit is second with 3,995.3m and is followed by the East - 3,908.2m and South Summits- 3,887.8m. Ohanavank Monastery is located in Ohanavan village, in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. It is beautifully perched on a gorge, high above the right bank of the Kasagh River. The monastery overlooks Mount Ara and the Geghama Mountains in the southeast. Over different periods of time, the monastery used to maintain vast plowlands, gardens, pastures, mills, and villages. It also used to be a significant center for Armenian writing, with a rich library; some of the manuscripts created there are still preserved to this day. Saghmosavank is located in Saghmosavan village, of Aragatsotn province, Armenia, at the edge of the deep Kasagh River gorge, and is ‘backed’ by gigantic Mount Ara from behind. On the other sides, the monastery overlooks Mount Aragats (4,095m) and Mount Ararat (5,165m). The monastery was built in the 13th century by Prince Vache I Vachutyan and his noble family. The complex is comprised of the Church of Zion, the Church of Holy Mother of God, a book depository and a narthex. The Church of Zion is the main church of the complex. It is a cross-shaped and domed church and differs from other churches built in that epoch by the layout of the narthex. The eastern part of the church features an altar and niches inside the walls. The Saghmosavank manuscript repository was built in 1255. It neighbors the ancient khachkars (cross-stones) on the western facade of the church. The Armenian Alphabet Monument is located on the eastern slope of Mount Aragats, near Artashavan village, in Aragatsotn province, on the left side of the Yerevan-Aparan highway. The Armenian alphabet was created between 405-406, by Mesrop Mashtots, a prominent linguist, religious and political leader, and has been used for Armenian writing ever since. The monument was built in 2005 to commemorate the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the Armenian alphabet. It features 39 beautifully ornamented letters of the alphabet and statues of key Armenian figures. Each letter is 1.5m-2m high. According to tradition, anyone who visits this monument takes a photo with the first letter of their name. By the Monument, you can see the statues of the great minds of Armenia – Mesrop Mashtots (with the letters in his hands), Grigor Lusavorich (holding the cross beyond), Anania Shirakatsi (a symbol of the earth and the universe in his left hand), Mkhitar Gosh (with “Datastanagirk”, the Book of Reprisal, in his hands), Khachatur Abovyan and Hovhannes Tumanyan. Fauna On the slopes of Mt. Aragats, animals rest under the thick layers of snow. While descending down the route, you are likely to see traces of animals more often than yours. While skiing in this territory, you’ll most probably come across evidence of wolves, foxes, wild rabbits and dogs in rural areas. Birds are also rare in this territory. Safety The Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are almost always available up to the South Summit of Mount Aragats. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Technical Specifications of the Ski Trail The best time: March, April, May Yerevan is 84km away from Stone Lake (Kari Lich), so the road there takes 1h 25m and costs 9,000-10,000 AMD (by taxi taxi). The distance of the walk is 8.3km. The duration of the walk is 2 hours. The area is located 3,250-3,888m above sea level. The best drink to have on hand is warm tea. How to Reach the Ski Trail To reach the above-mentioned trail, you need to get to Stone Lake (Kari Lich) or the Physics Institute in Aragatsotn province. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. Taking a cab with a taximeter is recommended. Show more