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Trekking Program – 8 nights

Day1 – Departure from… Arrive to Yerevan, transfer to hotel , check into hotel

Day2 – Yerevan city tour –Matenadaran,History museum, Tsitsernakaberd

Yerevan: Yerevan once sat at the crossroads of several important trade caravans thus solidifying its importance in the region. Modern Yerevan was redesigned in the early part of the 20th century on top of the old city, creating a series of parks and squares that run through the city centre. The visit will start with the visit to the Matenadaran museum, which houses a unique collection of ancient manuscripts covering such lofty topics as philosophy, law, mathematics ,medicine and geography. Genocide Memorial and Museum.
Overnight in Yerevan peaks of Gegahma-Sevaberd-Lake Akna

The hike will start from village Sevaberd towards the mountain range Geghama , another 12Km will bring us to Lake Akna area,where overnight camping will be arranged. 4 X4 drive car is avaialble to carry all the Equipments and tents for camping.

Overnight in tents
Overnight camp near Lake Akna
Trekking distance – 12 km
Altitude difference :
Sevaberd – 2100 m
Lake Akna – 3030 m

Day3 – Khor Virap – Noravank – Amaghu –village Areni  – Goris

Khor Virap is the most famous pilgrimage site in Armenia. You can enjoy there the best view of Biblical Ararat Mountain. According to the Bible, Noah’s Ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat to save his family and animals from the Flood. Visit to Noravank Monastery. Noravank is one of the five major tourist attractions in Armenia. Trekking from Amaghou settlement (located near Areni) to Noravank monastery.
Overnight in Goris
Trekking distance -12km/4-4,5hours/↑100m/↓450m
Trekking difficulty level-medium
Distance – 250 km

Day4 – Goris – Tatev monastery – Great Tatev Hermitage  -Devils’ Bridge– Karahundj – Sisian

Visit to Tatev monastery, one of the largest and the most famous monasteries in Armenia,The strategically advantageous location on a cape formed by a deep river gorge with precipitous rocky slopes favored the construction of a mighty defense complex there. The monument “Gavazan”(“Stick”), erected in the yard, near the dwelling premises of the monastery, is a unique work of Armenian architectural and engineering art. This is an octahedral pillar, built of small stones; eight meters high.You can admire the Vorotan gorge through “Wings of Tatev” ropeway which is the world’s longest cable car (5750m). The Guinness Book of World Records representative Karim Valerio officially declared “Tatev’s Wings,” which opened on October 23, 2010, the world’s longest ropeway.Trekking from Tatev monastery to Tatev Big Hermitage.
Getting down into the canyon Vorotan we will see the ruins of ancient cave settlements and the Basilica church of the old village (17-18th centuries).Then passing the river Vorotan through the bridge dating back to the 13th century we will arrive at Devil’s Bridge.Then we continue the path to the Tatev Big Hermitage. Tatev Big Hermitage is a well preserved monastic complex and an interesting and unique complex of late mid-century Armenian architecture. Transfer to Zorats Karer.Visit to Zorats karer named also Karahunge-Armenian Stonehenge-the age of which has been estimated to be 7,500 years or perhaps older (sixth millennium BC). Scientists believe that there is a tight connection between the observatory in Armenia and Stonehenge in Britain, since the latter is much younger (about 4,000 years old).
Overnight -in Sisian
Trekking distance -4,5-5km/3-3,5hours/↑250m/↓450m
Trekking difficulty level-medium
Distance – 90 km

Day5 – Sisian – Ughtasar  – Noratus – Sevan

One of Armenia’s least known and interesting attractions is to be found at the top of Ugtahsar mountain. Beside the natural beauty of the mountaintop valley, the views and the small lake, there is an abundance of ancient petroglyphs which are between four and seven thousand years old. The site is located at an altitude of 3300 meters. By means of solid 4×4 jeep cars we will reach the mountain’s crater.Continue tour to Gegharqunik region and arrive to the village Noratus.Noratus- it is a big cemetery and is widely known thanks to its great numbers of khachkars mostly of the 13th to 17th cc. Many of these khachkars are set on special foundations.
Overnight -at Lake Sevan
Trekking distance -4 km/2-2,5hours/↑600m/↓600m
Trekking difficulty level-medium
Distance – 215 km

Day6 – Sevanavank – Parz Lich – National Park of Dilijan   – Gosh Lake – Dilijan

Sevan is a beautiful lake, a pearl of Armenia. It is amongst the biggest mountain lakes of the world. (2000 m above sea level). There are many historical and architectural monuments in Sevan.The monastery of Sevan (9th c). It is on the present day Sevan peninsula. The congregation settled on the island at the end of the 8th century and undertook the construction of a monastery. Three churches were built but only two of them have survived: the church of St.Arakelots and the church of St. Astvatsatsin. Both were built in 874 following the cross-shaped pattern.Noradouz- it is a big cemetery and is widely known thanks to its great numbers of khachkars mostly of the 13th to 17th cc. Many of these khachkars are set on special foundations.
Drive from Lake Sevan to Parz (Crystal) Lake to start the hike in Dilijan National Park along stunning forest trails, cross the wildly beautiful Areguni pass. Lookout for morning birds that are particularly active at this time, explore the enchanting nature of the park as we take a gentle walk on well-defined forest trails. For those with more energy to burn we offer a short but absolutely fantastic walk to Lake Gosh above Goshavank. In Dilijan, a small town that captures the spirit of rural Armenia ,visit to newly-opened Old Dilijan complex on historic Shamambertan street, experience the town as it was in the 19th century.
Overnight in Dilijan
Trekking distance -12 km/4 hours/↑250/↓250m
Trekking difficulty level-easy
Distance – 70km
Pick up possibility (30 euro)

Day7 – Dilijan – Haghpat – Sanahin – Yerevan

Explore the region Lori visiting World Heritage UNESCO sites Haghpat and Sanahin monasteries, enjoy walk from one monastery to another, after drive back to Yerevan.The monastery of Haghpat was founded in 976 during the reign of king Ashot III Bagratouni. The oldest structure of the Monastery is the church of St. Nshan. It is of the domed hall type and was consecrated in 991.The monastic complex also includes: a small domed church of St.Grigor, the chapel of St.Astvatsatsin, the scriptorium, the refectory which is outside of the monastery limits.The monastery of Sanahin was founded in the 10th c in a village by the same name, and is presently within city limits of Alaverdi. The oldest in the Monastery is the church of St. Astvatsatsin, dated by 951. The monastery expanded in the course of several subsequent centuries, new buildings were added on. These include the church of Amenaprkich, the chapel of St. Grigor, the Academy of Grigor Magistros, the scriptorium between the churches of St. Astvatsatsin and Amenaprkich. The scriptorium of the Sanahin monastery was the biggest medieval structure of its type.
Overnight in Yerevan
Trekking distance -5 km/2 hours/↑250/↓150m
Trekking difficulty level-easy
Distance – 280km

Day8 – Erevan – Echmiadzin  – Zvartnots – Echmiadzin Cathedral – Garni – Geghard monastery – Yerevan

The main attraction of Echmiadzin city is a monastery of St. Echmiadzin The cathedral is the oldest Christian church in Armenia. Its building began in the 4th c immediately upon the adoption of Christianity. According to a church legend, the site of the Cathedral was indicated to Gregory the Illuminator in a relevation. Five kilometers towards Yerevan from Echmiadzin there are the ruins of Zvartnots.The temple was built in the 7th c by Catholicos Nerses III Shinarar. The temple was collapsed from an earth-quake in the 10th c.
The heathen temple of Garni is the only surviving monument of the Hellenistic period in Armenia. the temple is dedicated to the God of the sun Mithra and was built in the 2nd half of the 1st c A.D. during the reign of king Trdat I. The temple was collapsed during the earthquake of 1679. It was restored in the 1970s, using the surviving fragments and carving the missing ones anew. Geghard – According to the information of Armenian historians as early as in the 4th c there already was a monastery called Ayrivank (the cave monastery) in this inaccessible corner of the Azat ravine. Later the monastery was renamed Geghard which meant “spear”.
Overnight in Yerevan
Distance – 155 km

Day9 – Departure Transfer to the airport