Tsovagyugh, Lake Gosh, Goshavank

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Tsovagyugh, Lake Gosh, Goshavank is a 17.7 kilometer lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Khachardzan, Kotayk', Armenia that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

DISTANCE
17.7 km
ELEVATION GAIN
580 m
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

hiking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

historic site

Description of the Trail: This trail begins in the province of Gegharkunik and ends in the Tavush province. The trail starts in Tsovagyugh, which is located on the bank of Pokr (Small) Sevan. From the top of the village, you can enjoy the impressive views of shining lake Sevan and the surrounding woods, in harmony with Geghama mountains to the south. Walking a few kilometers up, you will cross the Tavush province border and reach the Dilijan National Park. On the peaks and slopes of the upcoming mountains you will come across small lakes created by rains and snowmelts. The mountain range of Miapor (2,993m) is the highest peak in the north-west. You will walk through valleys, and be able to enjoy the beautiful view of Lake Gosh in the village of Gosh. Lake Gosh is a small 100m long drainage basin surrounded with beautiful trees. Then you must walk by the marked trail towards the Goshavank monastery, one of the mysterious medieval monasteries of the Tavush province. The trail ends at Goshavank, hence the return path is from there. Description of the Monuments You can also visit Haghartsin (in Haghartsin village) and the Jukhtak monastery (in Dilijan town). Lake Sevan: 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 sq. km 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 cubic m. Goshavank Monastery: Goshavank is in the center of Gosh village (16 km east from Dilijan), in the picturesque green gorge of the Tandzut River. The monastery was founded in 1188 by Mkhitar Gosh, a great fable writer and teacher, with the support of Prince Ivane Zakarian. It was originally named Nor Getik, in honor of the nearby Getik Monastery that was destroyed by an earthquake. The monastery’s name changed to Goshavank after Mkitar Gosh passed away in 1213. Lake Gosh Lake Gosh is located 2.2 km southwest of Gosh village. Formed by landslides, it is fed by water springs and precipitation. In the summertime, the water temperature reaches up to 14 C. The lake is 100m in length, 80m in width, 8m in depth, and has a volume of 1,500m3. Flora The Dilijan woods occupy a territory of more than 340,000 ha. In 2002 the area for preserving national forests (established in 1958) was established and subsequently called the Dilijan National Park. The trail we suggest includes the territory of the Dilijan National Park as well. About 40 valuable species of trees, in particular, hornbeam, oak, beech and 18 species of shrubs grow in the woods. There are 123 species of plants useв in food supplements, being evaluated on the basis of their use. About 180 species of herbs grow here (perennial, mint, thyme, Marrubium vulgare, snake bryony, etc.). There are also many species of mushrooms in the woods, the majority of which are use as food supplements. The variety of herbs and flowers in these high mountain meadows is very impressive. The slopes, at an altitude of 600-2,000m, are forested. The main species of trees in the forests are oriental beech, oak, hornbeam, linden, maple and yew. The highest peak of the Tavush province is the Miapor peak (2,993m) in the Miapor mountain range. Fauna The fauna of Tavush is relatively rich. Here you may come across a deer, Caucasian bear, wild boar, rabbit, badger, fox, hedgehog, jackal, voles, lynx, marten, myoxus glis, or squirrel. There are also various birds, reptiles, insects, fishes (including trout) in the rivers. In contrary to the flora and fauna, the Tavush province is poor in mineral resources, especially metals and fuel. But there are lots of reserves of clay, tuff, marble, basalt, mineral dyes, conglomerate, limestone, dolomite, lithographic stone, agate, and Iceland spar in the Tavush province, which are extracted and cultivated. Safety A mobile connection may not be available in the canyons and in Dilijan National Park, but near the communities and at the top of the mountains, the Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are available. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep. Technical Specifications of the Trail The best time: April - October. Yerevan is 78km away from the village of Tsovagyugh, so the road there takes 1hr. 10min. and costs 7,800 – 8,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the hiking trail is 20.7km. The duration of hiking is 6 hours. The area is located at an altitude of 1,290-2,230m above sea level. The best drink to have in hand is bottled water. ©State Tourism Committee of RA