Armenia's Trekking Highlights
- Summit Armenia`s highest peak, Mt Aragats (4090m)
- Trek through Armenia, in the unspoilt Geghama mountains
- Visit the UNESCO monasteries at Sanahin and Haghpat
- Hike through volcanic craters and lakes
- Visit Sevan Lake and Virap and Norvank Monasteries
Sandwiched between Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan, the landlocked Republic of Armenia is one of Europe's most mountainous countries, this walking holiday in Armenia promises a veritable kaleidoscope of culture, history and great trekking. We start our excellent itinerary with a visit to several medieval monasteries, hiking on rugged trails between these fine examples of Armenian architecture and stopping off at mountain villages and on the shore of the vast Lake Sevan. After this splendid cultural introduction, we cross the Geghama Mountains on a 4-day trek that sees us hiking through flower-spangled meadows to the volcanic crater lakes on the summit of Mount Azhdahak (3597m). Then, transferring to a high camp on Mount Aragats (4090m), we climb to its northern summit, the high point of the country, where the views extend to Mount Ararat in the nearby Turkish province of Eastern Anatolia.
Is this holiday for you?
Armenia is a new trekking destination that also has a great deal of cultural interest. We spend several days travelling through the country and stopping off to make short hikes. This provides us with a bit of fitness training ahead of our 4-day Geghama Mountains hike which involves three 6-hour walking days and one shorter day up to a maximum elevation of 2500 metres and with 2 camps at around 3000 metres. This preparation means that we are in good condition and well acclimatised before setting off on the single toughest day of the trip, the ascent of the dormant volcano, Mount Aragats. This walking holiday is suitable for regular weekend hillwalkers.