Aparan Water Reservoir, Teghenis 1 Mountain, and Aghveran

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Aparan Water Reservoir, Teghenis 1 Mountain, and Aghveran is a 22.9 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Yeghip, Kotayk', Armenia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for nature trips and mountain biking.

DISTANCE
22.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
848 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

mountain biking

nature trips

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Description of the Trail This trail is in the Aragatsotn province, which is a real paradise for biking trails. Nowadays, the province is silent, but many centuries ago life was truly in full swing here. The silence of these green spaces and dilapidated churches is sometimes interrupted by the trill of birds. Aparan Lake is located in the center of the Aragats and Teghenis 1 mountains. The trail begins at the entrance of the Aparan Water Reservoir, where you can get to by taxi. Entering the territory of the Reservoir you will see the Saint Poghos-Petros Church (St. Paul and Peter Church) on the left. The area experiences sunny days most of the year and is a favorable location for biking, walking and other recreation activities. The trail passes through fields, lush green meadows and a forest, until it gradually reaches the top of the mountain (2,851m). The downward biking trail is on the opposite side of the mountain, passing through forests and reaching the ‘Aghveran’ National Park and then ‘Arthur’s Resort’. Lorutaget is a small river without a bridge, which you will have to cross three times. The trail ends at the territory of ‘Arthur’s Resort’. Description of the Monuments Aparan Water Reservoir This is a blue mountain lake of a medium depth, surrounded by high snowy peaks, lightly forested, with ancient monasteries and khachkars (cross-stones). The Reservoir is 50m deep and 200m long, and freezes during the winter. The main fish in the lake are the local Salmo. The Khasakh and Zovuni villages were flooded by the water reservoir, and the inhabitants were resettled near Yerevan. Surb Poghos-Petros Church (St. Paul and Peter Church) The Church was constructed in the 5th century and was the first example of Armenian church building architecture of its kind, with a domed hall and basilica layout. In the 6th century, the temple was reconstructed by prince Grigor Gntuni. Mighty domed wall pylons were attached to the longitudinal walls of the domed church, and the altar was made rectangular from the outside and arched from the inside. This church stands underwater for 3-4 months a year, which is why the eastern wall has collapsed. Flora There are numerous flowers in the meadows, which change in color and shape with every kilometer. Here you can see such species as dapple, chamomile, forget-me-not, violets, and flowering thorns. That’s why apiculture does so well in Armenia. There are also edible herbs (falcaria, nettle, lily, tragopogon pratensis), which the residents of the community gather in spring. Armenia also exports tea herbs growing in the fields, like thyme, mint, teucrium polium and felty germander, among others. Fauna In beautiful meadows, wheat fields, and from the slopes up to the top of mountains, especially in the territory of the Aparan Reservoir, and the dilapidated monuments there, you can come across such reptiles as snakes (viper, grass snake), lizards, frogs in marshy spots, bears, rabbits, wolves, foxes and other animals in the forests. There are also such birds like the forest and field lark, screech owl, quail, Lanius senator, and more. Safety A mobie connection is always available in the territory of the trail (Aparan Water Reservoir and Teghenis 1 Mountain). Swimming is not prohibited in the Aparan Reservoir, because it is intended for irrigation. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep. Technical Specifications of the Trail The best time: April – October Yerevan is 65km away from the Aparan Reservoir, so the road there takes 1hr. and 30min. and costs 6,500-7,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the biking trail is 23.3km. The duration of the trail is 5-6 hours. The area is located at an altitude of 1,833-2700m above sea level. 100% of the road is covered by sandstones. The best drink to have on hand is bottled water. ©State Tourism Committee of RA