Trekking in Armenia - 15 Days 14 Nights

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It’s a pleasure to welcome to Silk Road Armenia. We are one of the major tour operators in the tourism industry of Armenia and Caucasus.Come to explore Armenia and you will be the guests of snow-covered mountains, green boundless valleys, dense forests and other miracles of virgin nature. In Armenia you can become the witness of immortal architectural monuments, unprecedented culture, the living tracks of Great Silk Road, eastern hospitality, unique national cuisine, fascinating folk music and dance and warm family atmosphere.This tour is an interesting mixture of culture and adventure. Trekking and walking tours are unmatched pleasures. When the nature embraces you with its boundless freedom you feel perfection of the creation. Treat yourself with the mountainous fresh air, unparalleled beauty and inaccessible eminence of Armenian mountains. You deserve that!

ItineraryDay 1: ArrivalStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanArrival at Zvartnoc International airport and transfer to the hotel.Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 2: Yerevan /city tour/ Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast. We will start the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Genocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you may taste the masterpieces of Armenian cuisine. Overnight in the hotel. (B/L/D)Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 3: Yerevan - Sevaberd - Lake AknaStop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik ProvinceBreakfast. Morning transfer to the village Sevared where we start our trekking tour to the lake Akna (3030m). Camping near the lake. (B/L/D)Trekking - 12km, +700m, 5-6 hoursDuration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 4: Lake Akna - Mount Ajdahak - Mount VishapasarStop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard, Kotayk ProvinceBreakfast. Climbing from Akna lake to Mount Ajdahak. Then descent to Akna lake to the top of Ajdahak mount, then downhill to the slopes of the mountain of Vishapasar. Overnight in tents. (B/L/D)Trekking - 14km, +600m, -700m, 8-9 hoursDuration: 10 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 5: Vishapasar- Geghard - Garni - Yerevan Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk ProvinceBreakfast. Descent from the mountains. Visit the Monastery of Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Then the journey continues towards the pagan temple Garni. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Return to Yerevan, dinner at local restaurant. (B/L/D)Trekking - 14km, 4-5 hours, -900m Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 6: Yerevan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Dilijan Stop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori ProvinceToday we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. We will do trakking route from Haghpat to Sanahin. Visit Dilijan. Lunch at local house. City tour in Dilijan. Walking along the way Sharamberyan which is considered a symbol of "The old Dilijian", is still charming with its articraft workshops and small shops of Armenian souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan. (B/L/D)Trekking - 9km, 3-4 hours, -150m, +150mDuration: 5 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 7: Dilijan - Sevan - Selim - Goris (cultural day)Stop At: Dilijan National Park, Dilijan, Tavush ProvinceBreakfast. We will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. Today we are going to pass the pathways that have been used by the travellers of Great Silk Road. We will drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history. After all we will drive to Goris. Dinner and overnight in Goris. (B/L/D)Duration: 6 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 8: Goris - Kapan - Khustup Stop At: Khustup, Kapan, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. Transfer to Baghaburj village, near Kapan. From here we start trekking up the camp on Mount Khustup (2100m). Overnight in tents. (B/L/D)Trekking - 9km, +1000m, 5-6 hoursDuration: 7 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 9: Khustup SummitStop At: Khustup, Kapan, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. A very nice day, but a little bit difficult. Climbing to the summit of Mount Khustup. (3215m). Then return to the campsite. (B/L/D)Hiking over 9km, +1100m, -1100m, 7-8 hoursDuration: 8 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 10: Khustup - Vachagan - Vahanavank - Goris Stop At: Vahanavank Monastery, Kapan, Syunik ProvinceBreakfast. Descent to the Vachagan village, then visit to Vahanavank monastery. Dinner and overnight in Goris. (B/L/D)Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 11: Goris - Noravank - Khor Virap - Yerevan (cultural day)Stop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor ProvinceBreakfast. Take trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. Then we will continue to wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. At last we will stop at Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight. (B/L/D)Duration: 3 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 12: Village Aragats - Gegharot Stop At: Mount Aragats, AragatsotnBreakfast. Leave for the village Aragats, from where begins the climb to the cascade of Gegharot. Overnight in tents. (B/L/D)Trekking 11km, 4-5 hours, + 650mDuration: 6 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 13: Gegharot - North (or West) summit - Lake Kari - Yerevan Stop At: Kari Lake, Byurakan, AragatsotnBreakfast. Perhaps this is the most difficult day of our trip. From the campsite we climb up the highest peak of Armenia, then descent to Lake Kari (3200m). Return to Yerevan. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/D)Trekking - 14km, +1250m, -800m, 8-9 hoursDuration: 9 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 14: Yerevan - Zvartnoc - Ejmiatsin - YerevanStop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir ProvinceBreakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Our next step is the spiritual center of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also visit the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all get back to Yerevan. Visit Megeryan Carpet factory. In the evening you may enjoy the night life of modern Yerevan. Farewell dinner at a very beautiful restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/D)Duration: 4 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* HotelDay 15: DepartureStop At: Yerevan Cascade, YerevanBreakfast. Transfer to the airportDuration: 1 hourNo meals included on this day.No accommodation included on this day.

What's included

  • Accommodation included: 14 nights
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Transfers
  • Accommodation in hotels and tents in double base
  • English speaking guide
  • Full board
  • Transportation according to the program
  • Jeep
  • Tents
  • Bottled water
  • Maps
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade
  • Entry/Admission - Lake Sevan
  • Entry/Admission - The Monastery of Geghard
  • Entry/Admission - Garni Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Haghpatavank
  • Entry/Admission - Dilijan National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Khustup
  • Entry/Admission - Khustup
  • Entry/Admission - Vahanavank Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Noravank Monastery
  • Entry/Admission - Mount Aragats
  • Entry/Admission - Kari Lake
  • Entry/Admission - The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
  • Entry/Admission - Yerevan Cascade

What's not included

  • Insurance
  • Tickets
  • Alcohol drinks
  • Everything that is not mentioned in the program

Itinerary

Day 1: Day 10: Khustup - Vachagan - Vahanavank - Goris Stop At: Vahanavank Monastery, Kapan, Syunik Province Breakfast. Descent to the Vachagan village, then visit to Vahanavank monastery. Dinner and overnight in Goris. (B/L/D) Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 2: Day 11: Goris - Noravank - Khor Virap - Yerevan (cultural day) Stop At: Noravank Monastery, Areni, Vayots Dzor Province Breakfast. Take trip to Noravank - a monastery of XII century situated among amazing sheer rocks on the bench of a twisty gorge. This is the only monastery where we may find a unique sculpture of Father God. Then we will continue to wine Village Areni. This village is very famous with its red wine. Visit the wine factory of the village where we will have wine degustation. At last we will stop at Khor Virap Monastery (4-18th cc.). This monastery is very prominent because of its history; Gregory the Illuminator, who introduced Christianity to Armenia, has been imprisoned there about 13 years as at that time there was a prison in the place of the monastery. Here we can enjoy the spectacular view of the sacred Ararat Mountain - an immortal symbol of Armenia. Drive back to Yerevan. Dinner and overnight. (B/L/D) Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 3: Day 12: Village Aragats - Gegharot Stop At: Mount Aragats, Aragatsotn Breakfast. Leave for the village Aragats, from where begins the climb to the cascade of Gegharot. Overnight in tents. (B/L/D) Trekking 11km, 4-5 hours, + 650m Duration: 6 minutes No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 4: Day 13: Gegharot - North (or West) summit - Lake Kari - Yerevan Stop At: Kari Lake, Byurakan, Aragatsotn Breakfast. Perhaps this is the most difficult day of our trip. From the campsite we climb up the highest peak of Armenia, then descent to Lake Kari (3200m). Return to Yerevan. Dinner in local restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/D) Trekking - 14km, +1250m, -800m, 8-9 hours Duration: 9 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 5: Day 14: Yerevan - Zvartnoc - Ejmiatsin - Yerevan Stop At: The Churches of Echmiatsin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots, Vagharshapat, Armavir Province Breakfast. We will start the excursion to centuries-old monuments Ejmiatsin and Zvartnots. These sites are listed on UNESCO World Heritage list. Zvartnots Temple was built in 7th century by Nerses Builder Catholicos. Our next step is the spiritual center of Armenia: Ejmiatsin. The Cathedral of Ejmiatsin, founded in 303, is the official residence of the Catholicos of Armenia. We will also visit the museum of Ejmiatsin where a small part of Noah’s ark is kept. After all get back to Yerevan. Visit Megeryan Carpet factory. In the evening you may enjoy the night life of modern Yerevan. Farewell dinner at a very beautiful restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan. (B/L/D) Duration: 4 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 6: Day 15: Departure Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Breakfast. Transfer to the airport Duration: 1 hour No meals included on this day. No accommodation included on this day.

Day 7: Day 1: Arrival Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Arrival at Zvartnoc International airport and transfer to the hotel. Duration: 3 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 8: Day 2: Yerevan /city tour/ Stop At: Yerevan Cascade, Yerevan Breakfast. We will start the tour in the capital of Armenia: Yerevan. For ages this city has been known as a “pink city” because of the color of the stone it has been built with. So we will visit Republic square, Mashtoc Avenue, the House of Opera and Ballet after Aram Khachatryan, the park “Cascad”. Then we will visit the Manuscript Museum of Armenia, which is called Matenadaran; here all ancient Armenian Manuscripts are kept. Then we should visit Genocide Memorial known as Tsitsernakaberd. Dinner at a traditional Armenian restaurant where you may taste the masterpieces of Armenian cuisine. Overnight in the hotel. (B/L/D) Duration: 4 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 9: Day 3: Yerevan - Sevaberd - Lake Akna Stop At: Lake Sevan, Lake Sevan, Gegharkunik Province Breakfast. Morning transfer to the village Sevared where we start our trekking tour to the lake Akna (3030m). Camping near the lake. (B/L/D) Trekking - 12km, +700m, 5-6 hours Duration: 8 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 10: Day 4: Lake Akna - Mount Ajdahak - Mount Vishapasar Stop At: The Monastery of Geghard, Geghard, Kotayk Province Breakfast. Climbing from Akna lake to Mount Ajdahak. Then descent to Akna lake to the top of Ajdahak mount, then downhill to the slopes of the mountain of Vishapasar. Overnight in tents. (B/L/D) Trekking - 14km, +600m, -700m, 8-9 hours Duration: 10 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 11: Day 5: Vishapasar- Geghard - Garni - Yerevan Stop At: Garni Temple, Garni, Kotayk Province Breakfast. Descent from the mountains. Visit the Monastery of Geghard Monastery. Its name came from the legendary lance that was used to pierce the body of Christ. It has been kept here for centuries. Though the exact foundation of the monastery is unknown, the present complex was built in the mid – 13th century. Afterwards we will a local house where you will have the chance to see and participate in the preparation of Armenian national bread: lavash. It is a very thin, usually sold in very large forms. It is usually cooked in a ground oven: “tonir''. In 2015 it has been inscribed in UNESCO intangible heritage list. Here we will enjoy the “Armenian fast food” with lavash and cheese. Then the journey continues towards the pagan temple Garni. It was devoted to the god Mihr, who was the god of cleanness. In 1679 it was destroyed by earthquake. In the 1975 the Temple was restored. Return to Yerevan, dinner at local restaurant. (B/L/D) Trekking - 14km, 4-5 hours, -900m Duration: 6 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 12: Day 6: Yerevan - Haghpat - Sanahin - Dilijan Stop At: Haghpatavank, Haghpat, Lori Province Today we will visit two unique masterpieces of Armenian architecture of X-XIV centuries: the monasteries of Sanahin and Haghpat which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Literally the name ’’Sanahin’’ in Armenian means "this one is older than the other," which probably means that this monastery is older of than Haghpat. These two monasteries are very close to each other and can be easily seen from one to the other. Both are located on an uneven plateau, separated by a deep crack formed by a small river that flows into the river Debed. Haghpat Monastery was one of the largest religious, cultural and educational centers of medieval Armenia. We will do trakking route from Haghpat to Sanahin. Visit Dilijan. Lunch at local house. City tour in Dilijan. Walking along the way Sharamberyan which is considered a symbol of "The old Dilijian", is still charming with its articraft workshops and small shops of Armenian souvenirs. Dinner and overnight in Dilijan. (B/L/D) Trekking - 9km, 3-4 hours, -150m, +150m Duration: 5 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 13: Day 7: Dilijan - Sevan - Selim - Goris (cultural day) Stop At: Dilijan National Park, Dilijan, Tavush Province Breakfast. We will drive to Lake Sevan which is one of the largest lakes in the world. It stands out with its sweet and astonishingly blue water. Here we can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the beautiful lake. Then we will visit Sevanavank Monastery which is situated on Sevan Peninsula. There are 2 monasteries actually; one of them is destroyed but the other stands still. Today we are going to pass the pathways that have been used by the travellers of Great Silk Road. We will drive through the Selim Caravanserai, which served as an important center of exchange, trade and for overnight during the times of Great Silk Road. Here we can see the immortal tracks of world history. After all we will drive to Goris. Dinner and overnight in Goris. (B/L/D) Duration: 6 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 14: Day 8: Goris - Kapan - Khustup Stop At: Khustup, Kapan, Syunik Province Breakfast. Transfer to Baghaburj village, near Kapan. From here we start trekking up the camp on Mount Khustup (2100m). Overnight in tents. (B/L/D) Trekking - 9km, +1000m, 5-6 hours Duration: 7 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel

Day 15: Day 9: Khustup Summit Stop At: Khustup, Kapan, Syunik Province Breakfast. A very nice day, but a little bit difficult. Climbing to the summit of Mount Khustup. (3215m). Then return to the campsite. (B/L/D) Hiking over 9km, +1100m, -1100m, 7-8 hours Duration: 8 hours No meals included on this day. Accommodation included: Overnight at 3* Hotel