Backpacking tour in Geghama MountainsDuration:
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 Tsakhkashen village located on the slopes of Geghamian mountain range. Visit on the way Ayrivank monastery (9-10 c) and Medieval cemetery of khachkars (cross-stones of 7-17 cc) in Noratus village. Lunch at the restaurant. Start the hiking to the nomads of Tsakhkashen village. Dnner and overnight in tents near the nomad. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 4: Geghama. Hiking to the slopes of Mt. Azhdahag through the mountain pass (approx. 3100 m). Basing the camp on the Eastern side of Mt. Azhdahag. Lunch on the way. Ascending the top of Mt. Azhdahag (3597 m), return back. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 5: Azhdahag. Removing the camp and hiking to the southern slope of Mt. Spitakasar. Leaving the luggage, - ascending the top (3555 m), lunch on the top. Descending to the nomad which is located between Kzylzairat and Nazeli mountains. Basing the camp. Dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 6: Zovashen nomads. Hiking towards Yellija village through the side of Vanki lich lake. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tents in Yellija. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 7: Yellija. After breakfast – visit St. Stepanos (12-13 cc) monastery, return back, take the whole luggage and descend to the gorge of Azat river through Havuts-Tar abandoned monastery (10-13 cc). Lunch on the way. Finish the hiking program near pagan temple of Garni (1st A.D.). Drive towards Geghard monastery (12-13 cc), partially carved in the rock, then to Yerevan. Parting diner 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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