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Mount Qarkatar is a 5.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Shatin, Vayots Dzor, Armenia that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for downhill skiing.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 2,611 ft Route type Out & Back





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Description of the trail In the north of Vayoc Dzor marz there is a ski trail with indescribable beautiful, high and peaked mountains. This ski trail begins from Hors village (height from sea level 1765m). The peak of Mount Qarkatar lies 5km west of Hors village. Winter wildlife scenes are added to the pleasant ascent and snow quality. Ski trail is up to 2520m above mount, but the pleasure of landing doesn’t suffer from it. During the landing in front of you the giant Mount Ararat will appear. In the evening, under the sunset rays winter Vayots Dzor, the mountains and roads of Qarkatar, the small and big villages surrounding under the white snow layer, the forest fragments become real sights. Description of the Monuments Mount Qarkatar is located in the northwest of Vayoc Dzor marz. It begins from Mknasar peak of Mount Vardenis and stretches southeast. The highest peak is Mount Qarkatar (2961m), at 20 km. The sierra gradually decreases from the northwest to the southeast. The highest peaks are also Colasar (2772m) and Mount Partam (2681m). On the way back you can visit Noravank, Areni-1 cave (Vayots Dzor marz), Khor Virap (Ararat marz). Noravank is the common name of the monastery complex built in XIII-XIV centuries. It was a sanctuary in the early Middle Ages, says Stepanos Orbelian. At the beginning of the 13th century, Noravank was the spiritual center of Syunik, and the family mausoleum of the Orbelyan dynasty. The famous miniaturist painter, sculptor and architect, Momik, worked in the monastery at the beginning of the 14th century. The main church of St. Karapet is in the fenced area of monastery, the narthex is adjacent it from the west, and the mausoleum of prince Smbat from the north. The southeast of the main group of buildings is the two-story mausoleum-church of the Burtel prince. The remains of separate buildings have been preserved on the western side, from the fenced area to the east two chapels built of rough stone and other main walls of buildings have been preserved. A fact The oldest one-piece leather shoe found in Areni In 2008, the oldest single-piece of leather shoe in the world was found in the Areni-1 cave, in Vayots Dzor marz. The shoe is about 5,500 years old. Irish natives, up until about 50 years ago, used similar shoes. Scientists from Armenia, Ireland, the USA, Israel and the UK have examined the shoe. The age of the shoe was determined in the laboratories of Oxford and California, and showed that the shoe was made around 3,500 BC, during the Copper Age. During the examination, the shoe was filled with dry grass, the purpose of which is still not clear to scientists yet. The shoe is of a European size 37. It is already housed in the History Museum of Armenia, and is in need of conservation. Older shoes (sandals) have been found in a Missouri cave, in the USA, but they were made of plant material. Fauna During the winter, bears, wolves, foxes, wild rabbits, and wild goats are sometimes encountered on the slopes of the mountains. Security issues From Hors village to the highest point of Mount Qarkatar, Ucom and Viva Cell-Mts mobile connections are available․ In the case of an accident 911 rescue services operate in Armenia 24/7. Beware of dogs in the village. Trail technical parameters Best period: January, February, March Distance: 138 km from Yerevan, by taxi Duration: 2 hour 29 min Cost: 13800-14000 AMD Ski trail length: 9.28km Ski run: 4 hours 27 min Height from sea level: 1765-2520m The best drink is hot tea How to get to the trail To cross the above mentioned ski trail it is necessary to reach Hors village of Vayoc Dzor marz. It is convenient to travel by taxi. Taxies throughout Armenia are quite affordable. Please use the taxies with fare counters.

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