Armenia's Trekking Highlights

Summit Armenia`s highest peak, Mt Aragats (4090m)




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Holiday Overview


  • Trek through Armenia, in the unspoilt Geghama mountains
  • Visit the UNESCO monasteries at Sanahin and Haghpat
  • Hike through volcanic craters and lakes in Armenia
  • 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.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Yerevan. A single transfer from Yerevan Airport is provided.
  • Yerevan city tour.
  • Drive to Sevan Lake via Khor Virap and Norovank Monastery. Afternoon walk.
  • Drive to Sanahin Monastery and walk to Haghpat Monastery. Transfer to Dilijan.
  • Visit the Odzun monastery and walk to the village of Kobayr. Transfer back to Yerevan.
  • Start our trek from Sevaberd (2100m) and walk to Lake Akna to camp.
  • Ascend over pastures and uplands to summit at Mt Azhdahak (3597m), descend and camp.
  • Continue the walk over the plateau and past Lake Vank with its standing stones. Camp.
  • Trek out of the Geghama Mountains, transfer to Mount Aragats to camp at the end of the road.
  • Summit day on Mount Aragats (4090m), a long challenging days walk. Transfer back to Yerevan.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Yerevan Airport is provided.
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For clients making their own flight arrangements, Yerevan is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to the 'Joining arrangements and transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Yerevan. A single transfer from Yerevan Airport is provided.

    Meet at the group hotel in Yerevan. A single transfer from Yerevan Airport is provided. KE Land Only package services start with the overnight in the hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Yerevan city tour.

    Our programme begins with a 2-hour walking tour of Yerevan City including the impressive Opera House and the incredible 'Cascade' monument, a stunning arrangement of gardens and waterfalls that climbs 100 metres to one of the city's highpoints and provides spectacular views of Mount Ararat (in neighbouring Turkey). We can take it easy over coffee in an open-air cafe. After lunch we visit the Yerevan Brandy Factory and the Closed Market or 'Pak Shuka' where we can get a real flavour of Armenia amongst the colourful stalls selling all manner of local produce - fruit, vegetables, spices and sweets. In the evening, we will enjoy a traditional Armenian dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bd

  • Drive to Sevan Lake via Khor Virap and Norovank Monastery. Afternoon walk.

    We begin our exploration of Armenia with a drive southwards from the capital to the popular monastery of Khor Virap (which means 'deep pit') built over the pit of imprisonment of the 3rd century Saint Gregory. The monastery sits on a hill, with great views over the border to Ararata and Little Ararat. Next stop on our loop around to Sevan Lake is at Norovank Monastery, a 13th century complex impressively situated in the rocky Gnishik gorge. Continuing our drive, we traverse pleasant mountainous terrain to reach the village of Yeghegis. Here, we take the opportunity to stretch our legs with the 3-hour round trip walk up to the crest of a ridge, where we find the ancient (10th century) fortress of Smbataberd. The completion of our drive to Sevan Lake takes us across the Selim Pass (2400m) where there is an amazingly well preserved 14th century caravanserai used by travellers on the Silk Road. Dropping down to the shores of Lake Sevan, we check in at our accommodation.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 3 hrs walking

  • Drive to Sanahin Monastery and walk to Haghpat Monastery. Transfer to Dilijan.

    This morning, we drive north beside Sevan Lake and on to the pleasant resort town of Dilijan and further up on wooded slopes of Mount Tchantinler, in the extreme north-east of the country, where we find Sanahin Monastery. This is a beautiful part of the country, the 'Armenian Switzerland' with lush forest and the town is home to lots of Armenian artists and other celebrities. We have another chance to enjoy some of the picturesque Armenian countryside, as we make our 4-5 hour walk across to the neighbouring Haghpat Monastery, which can be clearly seen in the distance. The sites are linked by a pathway between the villages which boasts splendid mountainous views. We will stop off to eat our picnic lunch in the bed of the Debed river gorge, one of the most spectacular in Armenia. The complex of churches at Haghpat Monastery is impressively located and there are great views across hills and valleys. We then transfer to our accommodation in Dzoraget or Dilijan

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bld

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Visit the Odzun monastery and walk to the village of Kobayr. Transfer back to Yerevan.

    From our hotel we transfer to the 6th century Odzun monastery. From here we walk to the village of Kobayr. We start above the Debet canyon and as our path descends we have dramatic views as the slopes drop to the canyon floor and river. As the path levels out we enjoy a delightful walk as the canyon opens out. After our picnic lunch we continue to descend and arrive at the village of Kobayr where we can have a stop for refreshments. Meeting our transport, we drive back to Yerevan and our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

    • Time 4 - 5 hrs walking

  • Start our trek from Sevaberd (2100m) and walk to Lake Akna to camp.

    The Geghami Mountains extend north to south for around 70 kilometres and separate the Ararat Plain (to the west) from Lake Sevan (to the east). They are of volcanic origin and include a number of extinct volcanoes. The average height of the terrain is around 2500 metres, rising to 3597 metres at the summit of Mount Azhdahak. We start our walk at the village for Sevaberd (2100m), around a 1 hr drive from Yerevan. Our walk today ascends gently to the plateau and to Lake Akna where we camp for the night. It is very beautiful here. Very few tourists and people are seen, and there is a stillness which gives off a great peace.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Ascend over pastures and uplands to summit at Mt Azhdahak (3597m), descend and camp.

    We set off from Lake Akna past a nearby shepherds camp and ascending through rolling uplands and alpine meadows to the base of Mount Azhdahak (3597m). After lunch we have a short steep ascent along the zig-zag trail, across scree and possibly some snow patches. We are rewarded by views of its summit crater (complete with snow-melt lake) and by another fantastic panorama, encompassing Sevan Lake and Mount Ararat. We take time to enjoy this amazing place, before descending down the other side of the mountain and camp not far from its base near some shepherds camps.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 - 7 hrs walking

  • Continue the walk over the plateau and past Lake Vank with its standing stones. Camp.

    A wonderful day of trekking, as we traverse the open mountainous landscape of Geghama. This part of Armenia is well known for the quantity and quality of its petroglyphs (ancient rock art, depicting lots of subjects, from ibex to astrological symbols) and we descend to one of the best of these sites on the volcanic landscapes at 3050 metres. This is also a great viewpoint, with Mount Aragats in one direction and Mt Ararat in the other. We continue through and pass Lake Vank with its standing stones before descending to our campsite.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 6 hrs walking

  • Trek out of the Geghama Mountains, transfer to Mount Aragats to camp at the end of the road.

    The final day of our Geghama Mountains traverse. We leave camp and the pretty meadows and grazing land of the high plateau as we meander down from the mountains. Earlier in the season there are many wild flowers as we descend. We end our trek at Garni, where there is a rebuilt Pagan temple, like a mini 'Parthenon'. We meet the vehicle and have a quick visit of the nearby Geghard Monastery, which is partly hewn out of the rock. We then drive (2hrs) to Lake Kari at the bottom of Mt Aragats. If we have time we can take a short detour to the 11th century fortress of Ambred built on the slopes of the mountain at 2300 metres. Continuing our drive to Lake Kari Lich (3200m), where we camp and make sure we have an early night ahead of our ascent of Armenia's highest peak. There is an Astronomical observatory at the lake.

    • Accommodation Camping

    • Meals bld

    • Time 5 hrs walking

  • Summit day on Mount Aragats (4090m), a long challenging days walk. Transfer back to Yerevan.

    We make an early start to give us as much time as possible for the ascent and also to maximise our chances of getting good views. Aragats is an old volcano and its several summits are arrayed around a central crater lake (Kari Lich). Cloud tends to build up late morning around this lake. The highest point is the North Summit (4090m) and to reach this point involves a long and quite challenging hike and a round trip of 7 to 8 hours. The last few meters of the summit is gained by an optional tricky scramble. After taking in the awe-inspiring summit views, we return to our camp for some refreshment, before jumping in the vehicle and returning to our Yerevan hotel, where we have a final celebratory meal.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals bl

    • Time 7 - 8 hrs walking

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Yerevan Airport is provided.

    KE Land Only package services end after breakfast. A single transfer to Yerevan Airport is provided.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • A professional English-speaking local guide
  • SIngle timed Yerevan Airport transfers for preferred flights
  • All land transport throughout the trip
  • Hotel accommodation in Yerevan and at Sevan Lake
  • Guesthouse or hotel in Dzoraget
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • A full service trek including all food and equipment (excluding personal equipment)
  • Baggage transfer by 4WD as required during the trekking
  • Brandy Factory tour and other sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary

  • Travel insurance
  • Armenia Visa
  • Yerevan Airport transfers (other than single timed transfer)
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc.

During this trip, the group will spend 4 nights at a comfortable hotel in Yerevan. There will also be a night at a guesthouse or hotel in Dzoraget and 1 night in a hotel at Sevan Lake. 4 nights camping in with communal mess tent, camp kitchen, toilet tent, chairs, camping tables etc. For the hotel nights and the camping it should be possible to arrange for single room occupancy at additional cost. Additional nights at the beginning and end are also available, and are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

All breakfasts / 8 lunches / 7 dinners

When staying in hotels and guesthouses, breakfasts are taken at the overnight accommodation and typically consist of tea and coffee, cereals, bread, jam, cheese, cold meat and eggs (omelette). Dinner will be taken either at our accommodation or in a nearby restaurant. Local fare predominates, but you can also expect such staples as pizza and pasta dishes. Varied and filling breakfasts are provided by the cook when camping. Picnic lunches are provided on most days and these will usually be bread, cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, ham or other dried meats, fruit and biscuits. Dinners at camp are traditional Armenian fare consisting of 2 or 3 courses.

A single group transfer from Yerevan Airport to the group's central hotel in the city is provided in the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. This transfer is timed to meet passengers arriving on the Aeroflot flight from London Heathrow Airport. At the end of the trip there will be a single group transfer back to Yerevan Airport timed to meet the check in for the early morning return Aeroflot flight to London. Anyone may use these transfers. If your flight schedules mean that you are unable to take advantage of these group transfers, independent transfers can be arranged at an additional cost - contact the KE office for more information. Taxis are also readily available. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be sent with your booking confirmation.

A professional, English-speaking local guide will lead the trip. There will also be one or more drivers and when camping there will be a cook. A second guide will accompany groups of 10 persons and more.

We estimate that £150-£200 will cover your personal spending, including the 3 meals that you will pay for directly (allow a total of £20). This will also cover the paying of a reasonable tip to the local guide, trekking crew and other staff. Do not try to obtain any local currency (Armenian Dram) before you arrive in the country. You can withdraw cash from ATM's at Yerevan Airport and in Yerevan itself, using a credit card or a debit card.

Tipping is the accepted way of saying ‘thank you’ to your leader and local team. Tipping is entirely voluntary and should be dependent on good service. We advise you to tip as a group. We recommend about £30-40 per person.

Your main baggage will be transported between overnight stops in the support vehicle. During the Geghama Mountains trek baggage will be transported in a 4WD support vehicle. There is no weight limit, other than that imposed by the airline, but we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main trek bag and one 30 litre daysack. Your trek bag (not including the items that you carry in your daysack) should weigh no more than 15kgs / 33 lbs.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

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. You can also talk to one of our trekking experts if you have any concerns about altitude.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Hiking boots
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Waterproof over-trousers / rain-pants
  • Underwear
  • Base layer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Windproof/waterproof jacket
  • Sunhat
  • Fleece hat or balaclava
  • Eyewear - Sunglasses
  • Thermal or fleece gloves
  • Daypack c.30 litres – 1800 cu in
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare bulb and batteries
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 Litre / 2 pint (x2)
  • Sleeping bag, comfort rating +5° C
  • Thermarest (or other camping mattress)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Travel towel
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE kit bag)
  • Basic First Aid Kit, consisting of the following: Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Imodium) painkillers, plasters (band aids) and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), and re-hydration salts (Dioralite).

The following items are optional:

  • Trainers / sneakers or sandals for camp
  • Spare laces
  • Shorts
  • Long johns (thermal underwear)
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Insect repellant (DEET)
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera, media, batteries
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Travel clothes


For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport.

Visa Armenia

UK passport holders do not require a visa for short stays. Other nationals should see Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia

You should contact your GP or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

The unit of currency in Armenia is the Armenian Dram.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on a trekking or climbing trip getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. We would suggest that you adopt a weekly exercise regime leading up to your trip. Running, cyclying and swimming are good for developing better stamina. Before departure, we suggest that you try to fit in a number of long walks in hilly country.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The height of the summer is perfect for a trekking holiday in Armenia. We run our trips in July and August when we can expect the daytime temperatures in Yerevan to be around 25-30°C, dropping at night to 15°C / 59°F. At our highest camps, we can expect daytime temperatures to be no higher than 15°C / 59°F (although it may well feel hotter than this) and nighttime temperatures will fall to 5°C / 41°F. At this time of year, we will be unlucky to experience significant amounts of rain.

Armenia - Roskartografia. 1:500,000

Attractive map of the country, showing physical relief and communication information - roads, railways, canals. Intermediate driving distances on roads are marked. General relief is shown through hill shading and elevation tinting. Other detail: national parks, administrative boundaries, irrigation channels, marshes, seasonal rivers, mountain peaks, names of mountain ranges. All text is in cyrillic only.

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