Backpacking tour package on Vardenis Mountains

Vardenis view

Backpacking Tour on Vardenis Mountain Range

Backpacking Tour Package

Duration:
10 days/ 9 nights
The best season for traveling:
End of May-October.
Start and finish of the tour:
Yerevan
Accommodation:
Hotels in Yerevan, Gavar and Jermuk, 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. Transfer to Gegharkuniq province. Dinner and overnight at the hotel (probably home stay) in Gavar town. Meal Plan: B/L/.

Day 3: Gavar. Drive to Noratus Khachkars (cross-stones of 7-17 cc) then continue to Selim pass (2410 m). Lunch-picnic near Selim caravanserai (14th c). Start the hiking towards the foot of Mt. Astkhonk. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 16 km.

Day 4: Astkhonk. Ascending the top of Mt. Astkhonk (3470 m) without luggage, return back. Lunch. Continue hiking to the slopes of Mt. Vardenis. Dinner and overnight in tents near the water spring. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 28 km.

Day 5: Vardenis. Ascending the top of Mt. Vardenis (3521 m). Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tents near Mets Alagyol lake. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 18 km.

Day 6: Alagyol. The day for the leisure. Leaving tents - ascending the mountains in surroundings or walking around the lake Mets Alagyol. Lunch in the camp, dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 10 – 15 km.

Day 7: Alagyol. Taking the road Vardenis-Jermuk hiking to Jermuk town. Lunch on the way. Accommodation at the hotel. Time at leisure. Dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Hiking distance: 27 km downhill.

Day 8: Jermuk. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit on the way Gndevank (10th c) and Noravank (13-14 cc) monasteries. Lunch at the restaurant. Visit the winery in Areni village with wine tasting. Overnight at the hotel in Yerevan. Meal Plan: B/L/.

Day 9: Yerevan. Free day for shopping and leisure. In the evening – parting dinner at the restaurant. Overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B//D.

Day 10: Yerevan. Transfer to the airport, departure. Meal Plan: B//.

In the price are included:

  • DBL occupancy at the hotel and tents, SGL occupancy at the additional payment;
  • Meal according to the Meal Plan;
  • All transportation;
  • Guide services;
  • Transfer airport/hotel/airport;
  • All entrance tickets where required;
  • All necessary equipment (tents, sleeping bags, mats, kitchen equipment, GPS receiver);
  • First aid kit;

In the prices are not included:

  • Additional trips;
  • Porter or horse support service;
  • Alcoholic drinks;
  • Medical expenses if required;
  • Insurance;
  • Minibar at the hotel;
  • Tips for the services;
  • Entry visa to Armenia.

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