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South and West Summit of the Mount Teghenis 1

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Shoghakn, Aragatsotn, Armenia

South and West Summit of the Mount Teghenis 1 is a 5.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Shoghakn, Aragatsotn, Armenia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for downhill skiing.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 2,372 ft Route type Loop





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Description of the Ski Trail (Piste) Teghenis 1 Mountain is located on the border of the Aragatsotn and Kotayk provinces. To start skiing on the slopes of the mountain, you need to set off to Shoghakn village, which is covered by 1-2 meters of snow in January and February. The skiing trail begins at the edge of the village and leads up to the nearby hill. The slopes of Mount Teghenis 1 are covered with birches, firs, and Siberian pine trees. From the top of the Mountain, you can admire the beautiful mountains of the Armenian plateau: the Pambak Mountain in the north, Mount Ara in the south, the Geghama Mountains in the east, Aragats in the West, and Ararat in the southwest. An aeration center operates on the top of Mount Teghenis 1, and is inhabited throughout the year. Description of the Monument Heading for Mount Teghenis 1 from Yerevan or vice versa, you can visit: Ohanavank (5th -13th centuries) The Ohanavank Monastery is located in Ohanavan village of the Aragatsotn province. 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. For different periods, the monastery used to own vast plowlands, gardens, pastures, oil mills, mills and villages. It also used to be a significant center for Armenian writing, with a rich library; some of the manuscripts created there have been preserved to date. Saghmosavank Saghmosavank is located in the Saghmosavan village of the Aragatsotn province, at the edge of the deep gorge of the Kasagh River. It is ‘backed’ by the gigantic Mount Ara from behind, and overlooks Mount Aragats and Mount Ararat as well. Built by Prince Vache Vachutyan and his dynasty in the 13th century, the monastery consists of the St. Sion and St. Astvatsatsin (St. Holy Mother of God) churches, a narthex and a scriptorium. St. Sion is the main church of the complex; it is a domed church with several aisles and a four-pillared narthex on its west side. The scriptorium-church is located southeast of St. Sion. It differs from other scriptoriums of its time, by its unique layout, wherein its walls have niches and it has an altar on its east side. A cemetery, full of remarkable cross stones and monuments is located on the north end of the monastery. The Armenian Alphabet Monument The Armenian Alphabet Monument is located on the eastern slope of Mount Aragats, near the village of Artashavan, of Aragatsotn. The Armenian alphabet was created in 405-406 by Mesrop Mashtots, a prominent linguist, religious and political leader. The monument was built in 2005 to commemorate the 1600th anniversary of the creation of the 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 While passing the Teghenis 1 Mountain piste, at a height of 2,500m, you’ll most probably come across wolves and bears. Safety Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are almost always available while climbing up the Teghenis 1 Mountain. In case of emergency, call 911, a service which is available throughout Armenia. Technical Specifications of the Ski Trail The best time: January, February, March. Location: Aragatsotn province. Yerevan is 45km away from Shoghakn village, so the road there takes 1 hour and 15 minutes and costs 5,000 AMD (by taxi). The duration of skiing is 5 hours. The skiing distance is 12km. The area is 1,950-2,751m above sea level. The best drink to have on hand is warm tea. How to Reach the Ski Trail To reach the trail, you need to take a taxi from Yerevan to Shoghakn village, where the skiing trail begins. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. Taking a cab with a working meter, and making sure that the driver uses it is recommended.

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