Mount Qarkatar: Hors to Yelpin

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Mount Qarkatar: Hors to Yelpin is a 14.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Հորս, Vayots Dzor, Armenia that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.

Distance: 14.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,773 feet Route Type: Point to Point


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From Hors to Yelpin Hiking trail description Երթուղու նկարագրությունը This trail is located in Vayots Dzor province, starts from Hors village, passes through Red Rocky Mountains, gorges, caves and ends in Yelpin village. The panoramic view is incredible, on the way hikers can see Mount Ararat. Monuments description This trail is rich with natural monuments, such as the peak Karkatar and Vardenis, the longest sierra of Armenia. It is also recommended to visit Areni 1 cave, Noravank and Spitakavor monasteries in Vayots Dzor. Areni 1 cave the oldest winery in the world 6th millennium BC The worldwide known 5500 years old leather shoe was discovered here. The age of the shoe was defined in the scientific laboratories of Oxford and California. Noravank Monastery constructed in the 13th-century, located in a narrow gorge made by the Amaghu River. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, that made the terrain incredibly wonderful. Spitakavor monastery constructed in the 14th-century and consider as a Armenian monastic complex. The Monastery is located on the slopes of Teksar mountain and has a difficult terrain, but the monastery can be reached either on foot or with an all-terrain vehicle. It is about 8.4 kilometres (5.2 mi) from the University of Gladzor's Museum and Tanahat Monastery and about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) to the Proshaberd fortress Flora The region is very rich with wild and colorful flowers. Some species are included in the Red Book of Armenia. Fauna The province is known due to the rare endemic animals such as bezoar goats, mouflons, Caucasian bears, wild pigs, panthers etc. Here bikers can see snakes and other reptiles. The mobile connections of Ucom and Viva Cell-MTS functions with some interruptions. In case of emergency, call 911 or 112. Be aware of leashed-off dogs in the villages. Trail technical parameters Best period: May-October Distance: 138 km from Yerevan Duration: 2 hours 17 min Hiking trail length: 23.5 km Walk duration: 7 hours Altitude from the see level: 1671-2961-1496m Take bottled water with you How to reach to the trail First of all, the hikers must reach to Hors village by car. Please, use taxi service with taximeters.

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