East Summit of Mount Aragats

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East Summit of Mount Aragats is a 16.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Yeghip, Kotayk', Armenia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for downhill skiing.

DISTANCE
16.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
895 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

skiing

views

wildlife

snow

historic site

Description of the Ski Run (Piste) To start skiing on the slopes of the East Summit of Mount Aragats, you need to set off to the Aragatsotn province. The nearest settlement is the village of Aragats (1,970m): this is where the skiing begins. The piste runs over a series of small hills that overlook deep gorges on the right hand side and stretch up to ‘merge’ into the Eastern Summit. When following this ski run, you will have reached the surroundings of the Aragats Summit. The Eastern Summit is the third highest peak of Mount Aragats. The Aragats Massif Mount Aragats is considered to be the highest peak in all of Armenia (4,090m). It is an isolated shield-like massif of about 200km in circumference. Together with its fan-shaped slopes, it covers approximately 4,000 sq. m, situated simultaneously in both the Aragatsotn and Shirak provinces. Aragats used to be one of the world’s largest volcanoes. It has a gigantic 400m-deep crater, 3km in diameter, and is comprised of a total of 4 peaks, the highest of which is the North Summit- 4090m; the West Summit is the second highest at 3995.3m and is followed by the East - 3908.2m and South Summit - 3887.8m. Nearby Attractions: Traveling between the East Summit of Aragats and Yerevan, you can visit the Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank Monasteries, Armenian Alphabet Monument. Fauna While passing the piste, you are likely to see traces of wild animals. It is not uncommon to come across wolves, foxes, and wild rabbits while skiing in this territory. Safety Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are almost always available within the village of Aragats all the way to the East Summit of Mount Aragats. In case of an emergency, call 911, a service which is available all throughout Armenia. Technical Specifications of the Ski Run The best time to ski on the slopes of the East Summit is: January, February, March, April. Yerevan is 84km away from Aragats village, so the road there takes approximately 1h 25m and costs 9,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of skiing is 18km. The duration of skiing is 8 hours. The area is located 1,970-3,408.2 meters above sea level. The East Summit is the third highest peak of Mt. Aragats - 3908.2m. The best drink to have at hand is warm tea. How to Reach the Ski Run To take the above-mentioned piste, you need to get to Aragats village in the Aragatsotn province. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. We recommend you take a cab with a taximeter. ©State Tourism Committee of RA