Stone Lake, North Summit of Mount Aragats is a 15.4 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Tegher, Kotayk', Armenia that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
15.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,410 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

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 RA