Backpacking tour 8 days / 7 days on Mt. Aragats
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Start and finish of the tour:
Hotel in Yerevan, tents in the countryside.
Days 1-2: Arriving at airport, transfer to the hotel, accommodation. After breakfast visit excavated site of Erebuny fortress 782 B.C. and its archaeological museum. Lunch at the restaurant in the city. Visit State Museum of the History of Armenian People. Free time. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/.
Day 3: Drive towards Kara lich lake (3200 m), pitching the camp. Walking around and spend the night there for acclimatization. Ascending the top of Mt. Urts (3277 m). Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 4: Start the hiking to the Southern top of Mt. Aragats. After ascending the top (3897 m), descending to the pass between Southern and Western tops, basing the camp, accommodation in tents. Lunch on the way, dinner in the camp. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 5: After breakfast – start the hiking towards the highest top of Mt. Aragats – the Northern peak (4095 m). After summit descend to the pass between Northern and Eastern tops, lunch-break. In the case of good weather – ascending Eastern top (3925 m). Return to the camp, dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 6: After breakfast – taking the way back to the Kara lich. Ascending the pass between Southern and Western tops, leave all the luggage and ascending the Western top (4008 m). Return to the Kara Lich, meet with the vehicle and drive to Yerevan. On the way back – visit Hamberd fortress (9-13 cc) and Saghmosavank monastery (12-13 cc). Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/.
Day 7: Full excursion day. Drive to Echmiadzin – the religious centre of all Armenians. Visit St. Hripsime church (618), the Cathedral (302) and St. Gyane church (630). On the way back to Yerevan – visit impressive ruins of Zvartnots (7th c). Lunch at the restaurant. Drive to Garni village, sightseeing pagan temple (1st c). Drive towards Geghard monastery (12-13 cc), return to Yerevan. Parting dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 8: Transfer to the airport. Departure. Meal Plan: B//.
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