Mount Armaghan

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Mount Armaghan is a 8.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Madina, Kotayk', Armenia that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

DISTANCE
8.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
604 m
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

lake

river

views

wildlife

historic site

no dogs

This hike is located on Mt. Armaghan in the Gegharkunik province. Mt. Armaghan is an extinct volcano, in the Gegham Mountain Ridge, with an altitude of 2,829m, and a small lake – 150m in diameter and 15m deep – partially fills its volcanic crater. In contrast to the arid, semi-desert landscapes of Southern Armenia, the Gegham Mountains are green and lush, overlooking the Vardenis plateau and Sevan, the largest lake in Armenia. Upper Getashen village is nearby, 20 km away from Martuni and almost 50km away from Gavar, the capital of the province. The hike starts from the Argitchi River Valley. In 2009, a domed church of smooth basalt was built on the site of an old chapel, on the peak of the mountain. According to legend, celestial fairies sometimes descend on the mountain peak to drink water from the lake. Fog signals their arrival, shrouding the mountain in their presence, so they remain hidden. There is a beautiful small pond in the valley, which grows due to snowmelt in the months of May and June. Alpine vegetation and flowers carpet its shores, while lush fields of grass and flowers cover the lower slopes. There are not many species of plants on the lower slopes, with only a few types of short stemmed blue and pink forget-me-nots, starflowers, and bellflowers amongst others. Higher up, however, the vegetation is much more varied. Many animal species including brown bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits, and mice, birds such as vultures and eagles, as well as varied butterflies, insects and beetles can be found on the mountain slopes. During the warm months, a wide variety of water birds also migrate here.