Armenia's Trekking Highlights
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: Leaving Yerevan we drive to Geghard Monastery for a quick visit before we start our trekking at Garni (with's Pagan temple from the 1st Century). We walk into the Geghama Mountains, through meadows and up onto the plateau (2050m). Approximately 7 hours walking. Camp.
Day 7: We continue towards Mount Ajdahak by way of rock art at around 3050m. We spend some time visiting the rock paintings here before descending to a shepherds camp (approx 3000m) at the foot of Mount Ajdahak. 6-7 hours walking. Camp.
Day 8: In the morning we summit Mount Ajdahak (Azhdahak), at 3597m, with it's 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. We continue down to Lake Akna (approx 3000m) where we overnight. 6-7 hours trekking. Camp.
Day 9: We walk for approximately 5 hours today to the village of Sevanberd with a picnic enroute. From here we transfer to Lake Kari Lich (3200m) on Aragats, stopping at Amberd Medieval Fortress on the way. At Lake Kari Lich we have an early night before our ascent of the highest peak in Aremina, the Northern Peak of Aragats. Camp.
Day 10: An early start to catch the best weather. We ascend first to the crate and then us onto a rocky narrow path which takes us to the top of the Northern peak of Aragats (4090m). 7-8 hours walking. After some awe-inspiring views we return to the camp for some refreshments before jumping in the vehicle and returning to Yerevan where we have a final celebratory meal. Hotel.
Day 11: KE services finish with a complimentary transfer to the airport.
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.