Armenia's Trekking Highlights

Armenia, Trek & Walk, 11 days - from $1,835 (land only)

Trek & Walk

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1: Rendezvous at the group hotel in Yerevan. A single timed airport transfer is provided.

Day 2: In the late morning we start KE services with a 2 hour walking tour of Yerevan City including the Cascade, Opera House and Circle Park. After lunch we visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory and the Close Market (Pak Shuka). A traditional Armenian dinner. Hotel.

Day 3: Today we transfer to Sevan Lake. Enroute we stop at Khor Virap and Noravank Monastery's. After walking around these fascinating places we have a 3 hour walk to the 10th Century fortress at Smbataberd. We then transfer to the hotel at Sevan Lake.

Day 4: We transfer this morning to the wooded mountain slopes of Mt Tchantinler to visit Sanahin and Haghpat Monastery (both UNESCO sites). The sites are linked by a pathway between the villages which boasts splendid mountainous views. Our walking tour takes 4-5hrs. We then transfer to our hotel in Dzoraget.

Day 5: A short transfer brings us to the 6th Century Odzun Monastery where we have a 4-5 hour trek through the Debet canyon to the village of Kobayr. After some refreshments we transfer to our hotel in Yerevan to prepare for our Geghama trek.

Day 6: Departing Yerevan we drive to Sevaberd (2100m) where we start our trek through the Geghami Mountains with its extinct volcanoes. We walk for approx. 5 hrs ascending gently to the shores of Lake Akna where we camp for the night. A very beautiful and peaceful place.

Day 7: We continue our ascent through the rolling uplands and alpine meadows to the base of Mt Ajdahak / Azhdahak (3597m). A great summit with a volcanic crate lake and breathtaking panoramic views to the east of Lake Sevan, to the south east of Mount Ararat in Turkey and to the north east of Mount Aragats. 6-7 hours walking. Camp.

Day 8: Today we walk past some great petroglyphs at around 3000m, again with some great views. We continue past Lake Vank and it's standing stones and descend from the plateau to our campsite. Approx 6 hrs walking.

Day 9: We walk for approximately 5 hours today to Garni. We have a visit of Geghard Monastery, and transfer to Lake Kari Lich (3200m) on Aragats, time allowing stopping at Amberd Medieval Fortress. At Lake Kari Lich we have an early night before our ascent of the highest peak in Armenia, the Northern Peak of Aragats. Camp.

Day 10: An early start to catch the best weather. We ascend first to the crater and then us onto a rocky narrow path which takes us to the Northern Peak of Aragats (4090m) or subject to weather conditions the Southern Peak (3900m). 7-8 hours walking. After some awe-inspiring views we return to the camp before jumping in the vehicle and returning to Yerevan where we have a celebratory meal. Hotel

Day 11: KE services finish with a complimentary transfer to the airport.

Altitude

This holiday involves going to high altitude. During the course of your trip you will reach altitudes in excess of 3500 metres. This is not something that you should worry about; the human body is quite capable of adapting to a very wide range of altitudes, but it is important that we follow some simple rules in order to acclimatise successfully. Before coming on this holiday you should read the advice on trekking at high altitude.

Altitude Advice

 


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