Teghut, Ijevan Mountain Chain, Haghartsin

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Teghut, Ijevan Mountain Chain, Haghartsin is a 12.6 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near teghut, Kotayk', Armenia that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.

DISTANCE
12.6 km
ELEVATION GAIN
630 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Overview This hike is located in the Tavush province, and stretches from Ijevan to Dilijan through the Virahayots, Gugarats, Miapori, Areganu and Pmbak Mountain Ranges. Generally unknown to tourists, this hike is popular amongst local villagers from nearby settlements. The route starts in Teghut village, amongst the high cliffs of the Ijevan Mountain Range. The smooth, rectangular peaks give way to lush green forests in the valleys around the “Kiss” Waterfall. All throughout the hike are amazing views of the mountain ranges and gorges. From the Gugarats Mountains, the hike descends to Haghartsin village, where there is a historic monastery, recently renovated. Other nearby sights within the Dilijan National Park are Goshavank Church, Parz Lich (Clear Lake in Armenian), and Gosh Lake. Mountain Ranges The highest point of the province is Miapor Mountain, whose peak stands at an altitude of 2,993 metres. From the peak, much is visible, including the clear blue lake of Sevan, the tall mountain ranges of Geghama, Vardenis, Papbak, Teghenats, Sevana, Aregau and Gugarats, and the vast valley of the Kura River. Flora Tavush province has around 40% of its 2,704 sq.km land area covered in forest. Protection plans for these forests have been in place since 1958, one of which became the Dilijan National Park in 2002. This hike travels through this national park, where 94% of its total area is forested. Tavush is developing its ecotourism thanks to this wealth in natural monuments, and landmarks of cultural and historic significance. Between 600-2,000m above sea level are dense forests; while the higher slopes are mountain steppe ecoregions and have mostly meadow plants. Eastern beech, oak, hornbeam, linden and maple make up the bulk of the forests, and colourful flowers are dotted all around the higher peaks. There is a rich network of rivers and streams, which all feed the main rivers of Aghstev, Hakhoum, Tavush and Debed. These rivers flow strongest between April and June. Due to the steep mountain ranges, the valleys in the north of the province form a subtropical microclimate, where a variety of fruit such as pomegranates, almonds, peaches, apricots, olives, pistachio and lemons grow. Fauna Thanks to the forests, the fauna is relatively rich. Endemic to the area are Chamois, Caucasian bear, wild boar, hare, rock badger, fox, hedgehog, jackals, filed mice, bobcat, martens, dormouse and squirrel. There are also various types of birds, reptiles, insects, as well as fish in the rivers (trout being the most common). Comparing to the rich flora and fauna the region is poor of useful fossils, especially metals and fuels, though has large reserves of clays, stuff, tuff, marble, basalt, mineral paints, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, lithographic stone, agate, Iceland spar. Route Characteristics Best Time/Weather: April to November Route Distance: 12 km Duration: 4 hours Altitude (from Sea Level): 983-1,703m Existing Trail Surface: 100% existing Trail Difficulty: Medium Distance from Yerevan: 110km (1 hour 40 minutes) Cost to get there from Yerevan (by taxi): 11,000 AMD (1km = 100 AMD) Safety and Connectivity Mobile telephone coverage (via VivaCell-Mts, Beeline and U-Com) is available at times throughout the hike, and the 911 emergency service operates throughout Armenia in case of any accidents. Be aware of rapid changes in weather, especially in spring, as lightning storms are common. Hiking on the mountain in gloomy and rainy weather is not recommended. Although there are potable fresh water springs nearby, be sure to bring bottled water!