Hiking Tour in Armenia

We cordially invite you to explore Armenia off the beaten track. Breath in the fresh mountain air and capture the vibrant landscapes of this ageless country. Discover mountains and valleys in pace, immerse into fairy nature whose boundlessness will give you a sense of absolute freedom. Be tempted by its diversity, from forests and green meadows to rocky and dry steppes. You will also reveal the ancient monuments created by Armenian civilization, which combine harmoniously with its breathtaking nature.

Feel the difference !

ITINERARY


Day 1. Khor Virap-Amaghu-Noravank-Smbataberd-Yeghegis (Amaghu-Noravank, Artabuynk-Tsaghats Kar-Smbataberd: Hike of 14kms, 6h)

Your first day in Armenia will be dedicated to the southern part of the country. In the morning you will be picked up from your hotel in Yerevan and will be accompanied to the Monastery of Khor Virap, the jewel of the early Christian era, overlooking the fertile plain of Ararat with its Biblical Mountain, which was a significant cradle of the Armenian civilization. Later, we will drive to our first hiking trail located in the region of Vayots Dzor (Valley of Suffering), an important stronghold of the Armenian nobility, located in the village of Amaghu. From here, we will start to descent through a canyon reminiscent of the American west, which leads to the Noravank Monastery, a 13th century medieval masterpiece. After visiting the architectural gem of Noravank, you will be driven to the village of Artabuynk, where the second hike will begin. You will head to the Tsakhats Kar Monastery, hidden in the proud mountains and then you will descend to the fortress of Smbataberd, the treasure of Armenian Bagratuni Kingdom. Your day will be ended by going down to the village of Yeghegis and rest in a comfortable guesthouse.

Day 2. Yeghegis-Spitakavor-Vernashen-Herher (Vernashen-Spitakavor-Vernashen: Hike of 15kms, 6-7h)
After breakfast, we will head to the village of Gladzor, where we will discover the magnificent museum dedicated to the medieval Armenian university where many intellectuals and renowned thinkers of the Armenian Church studied. After, we will take the hiking trail to reach the church of Spitakavor, hidden in the mountains. After this trail, we will go to Herher where we will discover St Sion church. At the end of the day, you will rest in a comfortable guesthouse in Herher.

Day 3. Herher-Tatev-Goris (Tatevi Anapat-Monastery of Tatev: Hike of 6 km, 3h)
In the morning our comfortable vehicle will take us to the southernmost region of Armenia, Syunik. On the way, we will stop to admire the megalithic complex of Karahunj, Armenian "Stonehenge". Then we will be transported to our trail in the Vorotan Gorge, from where we will walk towards Tatevi Anapat Monastery, annex of the Tatev Monastery. The monastery was an important cultural, political and military center for Armenians in their resistance to foreign invasions. We will then take the Tatev cable car to reach Halidzor where our driver will be waiting for us to take to Goris. There we will have dinner and spend the night in a comfortable and welcoming guest house.

Day 4. Goris-Noratus (Old Goris: Hike of 4 Km, 2h)
In the early morning, we will explore Goris with its fairy chimneys and chapels located in the old Goris.
We will go up the hill of Lasti Khut which dominates the city and offers a spectacular overview. After we descend the hill, we will have a meal in our guest house and leave for the northern region of the country. We will unveil the Lake Sevan, but before, we will discover the Selim pass and its caravanserai that once served as a stopover for travelers from the trade routes. We will reach the village of Noratus where we will discover the largest ensemble of Khachkars (cross-stones) of the present Republic of Armenia. We will have a picnic and drive to our guest house, located in the village.

Day 5. Noratus - Drakhtik - Kalavan - Gosh (Drakhtik-Kalavan: Hike of 15 km, 7-8 hours)
Early in the morning, we will move towards the Sevan Peninsula to reward ourselves with the 9th century Sevanavank Monastery and its panoramic view of the lake. Later, our passion for hiking will bring us to the village of Drakhtik, located on the slopes of Areguni Mountain range. We will pass from meadows to wooded mountains and finally, after a picnic, we will reach the village of Kalavan. Then our vehicle will wait for us in the village of Dprabak from where we will be taken to the village of Gosh, the birthplace of Armenian churchman and theoretician of medieval Armenian law Mkhitar Gosh and his monastery. We will again enjoy a packed lunch and then we will settle in our cozy guest house in the village.

Day 6. Gosh - Dilijan - Ijevan (Goshavank-Gosh lake, Dilijan-Jukhtak Vank-Matosavank-Dilijan: Hike of 10kms, 4-5h)
Today we will head into the adjacent quite dense forest of Gosh, where a small magical lake can be unfolded. Then we will return to the monastery to be taken to Dilijan and take a second path from where we will reach two monasteries, Jukhtak Vank and Matosavank, that are deeply hidden in the forest. Afterward, we will enjoy a well-deserved rest in order to discover the spa town Dilijan. At the end of the day we will take a direction to the provincial capital Ijevan for overnight.

Day 7     Ijevan - Yenokavan - Ijevan (Yenokavan-Lastiver-Yenokavan : Hike of 5kms, 3-4h)
The seventh day will be a day of relaxation in the mountainous village of Yenokavan, which offers densely forested landscapes, resembling Switzerland. We will begin the trekking to the site of Lastiver located below, at the bottom of the fairy valley, where we can swim in the river and its fabulous waterfalls. After our picnic in this heavenly spot, we will go back to the village of Yenokavan and have some free time. Upon your wishes (at your own expense) you may enjoy the many activities offered in Extreme park (horse riding and zip-line among others). In the evening we will return to our cottage in Ijevan.

Day 8. Ijevan - Kirants - Haghpat (Achajur-Kirants-Achajur : Hike of 20 km, 6-7 hours)
After a restful night, we will head to the north to discover the Monastery of Kirants, which represents the architectural style of various influences. Underneath the monastery there is a lovely forest, which seems to embrace this ancient structure. After a picnic near the monastery, we will descend the mount and get in our vehicle which will take us to the green region of Lori near the Georgian border, which is rich in meadows and lush valleys. Our discoveries will bring us to the Akhtala Monastery, famous for its frescos. Afterward, we will head to our campground in Alaverdi town, where we will set up tents, near the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Haghpat Monastery.

Day 9. Haghpat - Sanahin - Odzun - Haghpat (Haghpat-Sanahin : Hike of 9kms, 4-5 hours)
The penultimate day of your adventurous tour will be devoted to the Lori, where we will experience the most beautiful hikes of our stay. The day will begin with a visit to the monastery of Haghpat, then we will begin hiking with a stop at the sites of Kusanats Anapat, Zarniayr, Kayanapert, the Church of St. Karapet and the Monastery of Sanahin, which is one of the most famous masterpieces of Armenian architecture, listed as UNESCO World Heritage site. Our hiking will bring us to the 7-storey tower and the ancient Sanahin Bridge, located on the Debed River. During the tour, we will uncover the landscapes with steep canyons and divine green forests. At the end of the day, we will arrive at the Monastery of Odzun where a spectacular structure of the 5th century overlooks the valley of Debed. After the visit, we will return to our bivouac in Haghpat.

Day 10. Odzun - Lake Qari - Mt.Aragats - Yerevan (Lake Qari-Mt.Aragats Southern Summit-Lake Qari: Hike of 10,3 kms, 5-6h)
Our last day will offer us the ascent of the highest peak of the current republic of Armenia, the Aragats, ( 4090 meters above sea level). For this reason we will leave Odzun very early in the morning and drive to the central region of Aragatsotn where our vehicle will transport us to Lake Qari: beautiful mountain lake with crystal water, located at 3185 meters above sea level. We will begin our ascent to the southern summit of Aragats and enjoy a delicious picnic at its top. We will be rewarded with alluring nature from its peak. Later, we will descend the mount and our driver will take care of our safe transfer back to our hotel in Yerevan.

PRICES / SERVICES

Group 2-3 pax 4-5 pax 6-12 pax
Price per person 1120 EUR 900 EUR 790 EUR
  • Included Services
  • Transport
  • All transfers to the hiking trails
  • Supervision
  • French or English speaking guide (depending on your wishes)
  • Maps
  • Accommodation, Meals, Drinks
  • Mineral water
  • Meals (In the guesthouses or lunchboxes)
  • 9 nights in comfortable guesthouses and 2 nights in tents
  • Equipment
  • Sun hat or cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Water bottle
  • A backpack for transporting your personal belongings (camera, possible drugs etc.)
  • Trekking pants
  • Hiking and trekking shoes for off-road comfort
  • Sunglasses
  • High protection sunscreen
  • Toiletry kit: take preferably biodegradable products
  • Personal pharmacy
  • Notes
  • The program can be changed according to your wishes, which may cause changes in price.
  • The tour route may be modified due to reasons of security, climate conditions, unexpected environmental damages, problems with road access, strikes, or local festivities. In such cases, we will find the best possible solution.
  • Before leaving
  • We do not recommend this tour in the event of a health problem (heart trouble), it is also strongly discouraged for pregnant women.
  • It is also recommended to be physically fit and to have hiked quite often