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Hiking-10

Trekking and Hiking, 10 days, 1265 km (791 miles)

A ten-day hiking tour in Armenia. Wonderful nature, clean mountain air filled with the rich aroma of herbs, overnight in tents under the stars. Ridges, passes, and serpentines, small mountain lakes with crystal clear water, caves and cave dwellings. And, of course, authentic, delicious national meals, fresh fruits and vegetables, homemade vodka and wine...
Day 1
Yerevan
After a brief rest at the hotel, guests will embark on a tour of Yerevan city that includes stops at Republic Square, Victory Park, Mother Armenia, Cafesjian Center for the Arts, The Cascade, a carpet factory, the monument to A.Tamanyan, Opera House, and Tsitsernakaberd Armenian Genocide Memorial.

(Note: Arrival day activities will be adjusted as needed according to the itinerary of the traveler.)
Meals: Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 70 km (44 miles)
Day 2
Yerevan - Garni - Geghard
Visiting Garni castle (III c BC-XIIIc. AD) – the summer residence of Armenian kings, seeing the pagan temple of Sun built by Armenian king Trdat Arshakuni (Arshakid) in 77.

Descending to the canyon of the river Azat. Walking along the river, visiting the ancient rock bridge and the natural volcanic rock formations “symphony of stones” - a rare phenomenon of nature - basalt, which thickened in the form hexahedral posts. From a distance it resembles the pipes of gigantic organ, while from below it looks like the bee honeycombs.

A trip to the Monastery of Geghardavank («Monastery of the Lance», XII-XIIIcc). The name of Geghard is connected with the biblical lance which is preserved here. As it is mentioned in the Bible, by this lance a roman warrior pierced the body of the crucifixed Christ. What is believed to be the tip of that lance is preserved in the museum of the Cathedral of Saint Ejmiadzin.

Lodging in tents at the village of Geghard.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 50 km (31 miles)
Day 3
Plateau of Mount Ajdahak
Breakfast at 7:00. Climbing to the third highest peak of Armenia – Ajdahak (3597m), camping on the plateau of Ajdahak (10-12 km, nearly 2200m). Lodging in tents at the foot of Ajdahak where the tourists will find some ancient petroglyphs.

Upon wish, they can come into contact with ezides, who are half-nomadic cattle-breeding nation, like the curds but they didn’t accept Islam. It is possible to buy sheep cheese, matsoun (Armenian yogurt), make lamb khashlama or barbeque.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 250 km (156 miles)
Day 4
Climbing Ajdahak - Sevan
Climbing Ajdahak (3597m, 3-4 hours) on the crater of which tourists can admire the emerald glacial lake.

From the peak there opens wonderful view on Lake Sevan and Geghama range. Lunch. Breaking the camp.

Then the tour continues to Tsaghkashen village and Gandzak on the opposite side of Gavar town near Lake Sevan. The bus takes the tourists from Tsaghkashen village to Lake Sevan where there will be camping, the tourists will have a little rest, will swim and upon wish they can take yachts (The cost for the yacht tours is not included in the tour rate). Supper. Lodging in cottages.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 220 km (138 miles)
Day 5
Sevan - Bear range
A hiking tour to the Bear range (6.5km, 2.5 hours). From here the tourists will have an opportunity to admire the unique view of Lake Sevan from above. Lunch on the peak of Mount Bear (2374m). Descending to the highway.

Visiting Sevanavank Monastery (XIc.) on Sevan peninsula. Supper and lodging in a rest-house near the Lake.
Meals: Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 30 km (19 miles)
Day 6
Shatin - Eghegis
Crossing Sulem pass (2410m) and coming to caravanserai of the 13th century. Hiking from Shatin village to Shatin Vank (1km-3 hours). Walking to the Jewish graveyard near Eghegis village. Supper.

Camping in the picturesque gorge at the bank of the Eghegis river.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 25 km (16 miles)
Day 7
Noravank - Khor Virap - Amberd - Lake Kari
A little, half-hiking tour to the picturesque gorge of Noravank Monastery. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick-red cliffs, directly across from the monastery. The monastery is best known for its two-storey S. Astvatsatsin church, which grants access to the second floor by way of narrow stones jutting out from the face of building. In the 13th–14th centuries the monastery became a residence of Syunik's bishops and, consequently, a major religious and, later, cultural center of Armenia.

The trip continues to Areni village which is famous for its wine-making. Visiting the wine-cellar, watching the technologies and the way of wine preparation. Wine-tasting in the wine factory. Lunch.

A trip to Ararat Valley. A visit to Khor Virap Monastery («Deep dungeon»). According to Armenian historian Agatangeghos (5th c.) the future first patriarch of Armenian Apostolic Church, Grigor Lusavorich was imprisoned in this dungeon for 13 years. The monastery is several hundred meters away from the border between Armenia and Turkey, it is on the higher, left bank of Arax river. From here there is a panoramic view of Mount Ararat.
A trip to the southern slope of Mount Aragats in Aragatsotn province. From the road leading to Ashtarak there is a wonderful panorama on the extinct volcano of Mounts Aragats and Arailer. And from here, near the town of Ashtarak there opens a view on the gorge of the Kasakh River.

From Byurakan village the trip continues to Amberd fortress («Fortress of clouds» VII- XIVcc) which is located at 2300 m. above sea level, on a high triangle cliff which is formed by rivers Amberd and Arkashen. From here there is a wonderful view on Mount Ararat and Ararat Valley. A walking tour around the fortress (1.5 km.-2 hours).

Climbing to the high mountainous lake – Kari Lich (“Stone Lake”, 3200m) by car. Camping. Supper. Walking around. Lodging in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 220 km (138 miles)
Day 8
Southern peak of Mount Aragats
Climbing the southern peak (3879m.) of Mount Aragats. Lunch on the peak. Descending to the camp. The length of the tour is 7.8km. The average time - 4.5-6 hours. Supper and lodging in tents.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Travel Distance: 140 km (88 miles)
Day 9
Northern peak of Mount Aragats - Gegharot gorge - Yerevan
Breakfast at 8.00. Descending to the crater (3683m.) through the arch of northern and eastern peaks. Climbing the northern peak, which is the highest (4090m.). Lunch on the peak.

Upon the descent from the crater through the gorge Gegharot («Beautiful Gorge») – you will see three waterfalls. According to the legend, «Icon-lamp of the educator» shined here at nights and under this light Gregory the Illuminator – the founder of Armenian Apostolic church and the First Catholicos of all Armenians – prayed.

Descending to the Lake, breaking the camp.
Back to Yerevan. Supper and lodging in hotel in Yerevan.
Meals: Breakfast Lunch
Hotel Accommodations: Regineh
Travel Distance: 200 km (125 miles)
Day 10
Yerevan – Vernissage – Oriental market - Echmiadzin – Zvartnots - Zvartnots airport
A largely dormant concrete park during the week, Vernissage blossoms at the weekends as all kinds of national crafts, including jewelry, carpets, woodwork, ceramics, canvases, paintings, and many other works of art can be found.
Visiting the Oriental market. Shopping.

Visiting the old capital of Armenia – Vagharshapat. Excursion in the territory of residence of the Catholicos – the head of Armenian Apostolic church, then visit to the First Cathedral of Saint Echmiadzin (303 AD), which means the «The Descent of the Only Begotten Son».

A visit to church of Saint Hripsime (VIIc) as well as the ruins of Zvartnots Temple which is a monument that embodies the centuries old traditions of Armenian architects.

Transfer to Zvartnots International Airport.
Meals: Lunch
Travel Distance: 60 km (38 miles)
Tour Price

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Tour price includes:
  • Entrance to museums and historical-cultural centres
  • Tour service
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Accommodation in a chosen hotel
  • Accommodation in guest houses and tents according to the itinerary
  • Daily transportation and hotel transfers
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer airport-hotel-airport
  • Cook service

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