Meghradzor Margahovit

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Meghradzor Margahovit is a 26.4 kilometer point-to-point trail located near Tsakhkadzor, Kotayk', Armenia that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for mountain biking.

DISTANCE
26.4 km
ELEVATION GAIN
960 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

mountain biking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

From Meghradzor to Margahovit: Mountain Biking Trail Description of the trail: The mountain biking trail promises you maximum magnificent scenes of nature and mountain biking lasting feelings. The trail starts from the cozy town of Kotayq marz, Meghradzor, where it is common to say that they get the most honey. From here the trail rises along a crushed winding path. There are no steep ascents and it is possible to drive all the way down without a bicycle. The climate of mountain biking trail is multicolored and varied, it passes through the territory of two marzes, possesses mixed relief, from mountain steppes, grassy green meadows and forested mountains. Mountain roads are partly covered with plains, crushed, sometimes grassy and smooth. Driving this mountain biking trail is a great pleasure for Armenian cyclists and they are returning again and again. There are two cold sources of water on the way and the water is drinkable. The route ends in Margahovit village. If you return to Yerevan, you can reach Dilijan by a bicycle as it goes down 6-8 km from the road. And from Dilijan you can take a taxi. The return is from Margahovit village or from Dilijan city to Yerevan . Description of the Monuments Sevanavank: Sevan Monastery, founded by Grigor Lusavorich in 305, is located on the Sevan Peninsula (formerly an island). The island was fortified with borders until the Bronze Age. There was a pagan temple, and in IX century Syunik princes made their pivot here. In 874 Mariam, the daughter of King Ashot Bagratuni, at the same time the wife of Prince Syunyats Vasak Gabur, built two churches - Arakelots (smaller) and Astvatsatsin. The construction records, written in 874, are still evident on the eastern side of the drum of the Church of the Apostles. Lake Sevan is situated at an altitude of 1,900m above sea level. Its’ length is 78km and the maximum width is 56km. The lake itself is 1,260 km2 and it is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. The average depth is 26.8m, the deepest place is Pokr (Small) Sevan at 83m. The volume of the water is 32.92 billion m³. The Jukhtak Monastery is located in the Tavush marz, 3km northeast of Dilijan. Jukhtak translates to “pair” in Armenian, and as such the 11th-12th century monastery consists of two churches - St. Astvatsatsin (Holy Mother of God) and St. Grigor (St. Gregory) - as well as a surrounding cemetery. Despite having the same names, these are different from the churches of Haghartsin! Haghartsin: The complex is located in Tavush Marz, 18 km from Dilijan. It was constructed between the 10 th and 13 th centuries. The Haghartsin monastic complex comprises three churches, two courtyards (one ruined), kitchens, prayer rooms, and cross-stones. The bronze cauldron found in Haghartsin (350 kg weight) is one of the best examples of Armenian metallurgical art and is now presented in the National Museum of Armenia. The date of creation (1232) is engraved on the crown ornament and the four lugs are lions gravures. The complex is composed of buildings constructed during different periods. The oldest one is Church of St. Gregory (constructed around X century). Flora: Meghradzor residents are engaged in cultivation of graind, potato, cabbage, and tabacco. The trail doesn't have trees in this area. The village is located on the left bank of the Marmarik river. There are fruit trees and potato and cabbage gardens everywhere in Margahovit. The climate is damp, so the mountains are rich in oak trees and pine forests. Drinking water was brought to a distance of about 7 km. The houses are made of stone with roofs. The surrounding area is wooded. Fauna: This mountain biking trail is full of adventures, but there are few animals. The representatives of the wild fauna are rarely encountered, like the jerboa and the rabbit. It is possible to meet bears, wolves, and foxes. In extremely hot weather there are many reptiles: lizards, snakes, and rarely, turtles. Security issues: From the Meghradzor village of Kotayk marz to the peak of the mountain there is no telephone connection. From the peak to Meghradzor village of Kotayq marz, Ucom and Viva Cell-Mts mobile connections are always available․ In the case of an accident 911 rescue services operate in Armenia 24/7. Beware of the dogs protecting the flock of sheep. Trail technical parameters Best period: May – October Distance: 69 km from Yerevan, by taxi Duration: 1 hour 25 min, by M4 Cost: 7000AMD Bike trail length: 28 km Bike run: 5 hours Height from sea level: 1700-2650-1700m 50% of the road is stony, and 50% is ground-based Buy bottled water and take it with you ©State Tourism Committee of RA