Mt. Aragats is a highest summit of Armenia. It is a dominant volcanic massive in Central Armenia on the border of Aragatsotn and Shirak regions. There are four summits, North (the highest, 4090m), West (4008m), South (3879m) and East (3916m) forming the rim of a volcanic crater. Between South and East summits the crater wall is broken, and a stream flows down to the village of Aragats. A sharp ridge descends south from the South summit. Between the other summits are high saddles with sweeping views.
Our route passes the saddle between two tops (with ascending one or both Southern and Western), descends the crater, leads along the stream with cascade of waterfalls, and ends at Aragats village.
The details of Backpacking Tour on Mt. Aragats see below:
Day 1: Meeting time in Yerevan at 12.00. Checking the equipment. Then start driving to Kara lich lake (3200 m) and spend the night there for acclimatization. Possible ascending Mt. Urts (3350 m). Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: //D. Total hiking – 4-5 km.
Day 2: 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 (3800 m), basing the camp, accommodation in tents at 3760 m. Lunch on the way, dinner in the camp. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 7-8 km.
Day 3: After breakfast – start the hiking towards the second top of Mt. Aragats – the Western peak (4008 m). After summit - descending back to the camp, removing it and descending to the bottom of the crater. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 8-10 km.
Day 4: After breakfast – ascending the highest top of Mt. Aragats – Northern (4095 m). Return to the camp, removing it to the cascade of waterfalls. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 10-12 km.
Day 5: After breakfast – descending to the valley of Gegharot river and following it – hiking to Aragats village. Meeting with the vehicle and transfer to Yerevan. Meal Plan: B/L/. Total hiking – 18-20 km.
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