Sevaberd, Geghama Mountains, Azhdahak

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Sevaberd, Geghama Mountains, Azhdahak is a 38.9 kilometer lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Sevaberd, Kotayk', Armenia that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for mountain biking.

DISTANCE
38.9 km
ELEVATION GAIN
1,971 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

mountain biking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Description of the Trail: This biking trail begins in the village of Sevaberd, in the Kotayk province. The village is located at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level. You should get to the village of Sevaberd and start riding about 1-2km on a paved road, up to the Geghama Mountains, which are covered by sandstones. Here, you will see rounded hills, one after the other, which is typical of the Geghama mountains. The foothills of Mount Azhdahak is at an altitude of 3,200m, with the top at an altitude of 3,597m. We suggest to hide your bike in a safe place and walk up to the top of the Mountain, where you will be able to see the cold and crystal clear volcanic crater lake of the peak and the marvellous view beyond. Description of the Monuments Sevaberd Cyclopean Fortress: The fortress is located on the right (south) of the highway leading to the Sevaberd community. This monument is an example of a medieval castle. There is no historical information about the monument; no scientific studies have been conducted, but it is known that the castle’s bottom masonry is cyclopean, and the upper masonry is medieval. So it can be dated back to about the 2-1st millennium BC, the medieval period. Now, only the western wall of the Cyclopean castle is preserved. Saint Poghos-Petros Church (St. Paul and Peter Church): The church is located near Zar village, at the foothills of Mt. Hatis, in the Kotayk province. The Poghos-Petros chapel-sanctuary was originally built in the 13th century. In 1930, a foreman named Grigor (Gregory) had a dream in which he saw the grand design of the church and continued its entire construction. Two churches were built next to the chapel, called Poghos and Petros. Now, this area has also become a place of pilgrimage. Every year, two weeks after Holy Easter, people go on pilgrimage to the Church to celebrate Saint Poghos-Petros Day. In 1969, and again in 1989, the two chapels were reconstructed, and the builders were later buried in the Churchyard after their deaths. Saint Hovhannes Mkrtich Church (Saint John the Baptist Church) Abovyan town, Kotayk province The church was constructed relatively recently, in 2006, and later was consecrated in 2013. It is in the town of Abovyan, in the Kotayk Province of Armenia. The Geghama Mountains: The Gegham mountain range is of volcanic origin, and located in the center of Armenia, in the provinces of Kotayk, Gegharkunik and Ararat, stretching along the meridian. There are several small lakes (also craters) within the Geghama Mountains. One of the lakes is in the famous crater of Azhdahak Mountain, which is fed by winter’s thaw. The range of the Geghama mountains is about 65km in length and 35km in width, with an arched base in the center. The range includes many volcanic peaks, such as the Seghanasar (3,219m), Sevkatar (3,225m), Spitakasar (3,555m), Nazeli (3,312m), Vishapasar (3,157.7m), Yerakatar (2,589.6m), Geghasar (3,444m), and the highest peak of Azhdahak (3,597.3m). The Azat, Vedi and Getar rivers all originate from the western slopes of the Geghama mountains, with the Gavaraget, Argichi, Bakhtak and other rivers originating from the eastern slopes. Akna Lake: Akna is a lake of volcanic origin located on the plateau at the top of the Geghama mountains, at an altitude of 3,030m above sea level, with a surface of 0.5 sq. km. The lake is fed by snowmelt and spring water, and is surrounded by volcanic cones and beautiful alpine meadows. The water is so clear that the mountains and the blue sky are reflected in the mirrored surface of the Lake. Safety: Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are partially available between Sevaberd and the Azhdahak mountains. In case of an emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep. Technical Specifications of the Trail The best time: May - October Yerevan is 36km away from Sevaberd, so the road there takes 48min. and costs about 3,600 – 4,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the biking trail is 40km. The duration of biking is 6-7hours. The area is located at an altitude of 2,000-3,597m above sea level. 99% of the road is covered by sandstones, with 1% paved. The best drink to have on hand is bottled water. How to Reach the Trail To reach the above-mentioned trail, you need to get to Sevaberd village, in the Kotayk province. It is most convenient to travel by taxi. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. We recommend taking a cab with a taximeter. ©State Tourism Committee of RA