Winter on Geghama mountain range is stern, windy and cold. Thick layers of snow make ledges on steep precipices. Sometimes they drop down with avalanches. Numerous summits (there are more 400 dormant volcanoes) give us a reach choice of slopes and summits. Comfortable accommodation at private house in Gavar with nice cuisine and warm grog would make your evenings comfortable.
Mountaineering Tour 5 days/ 4 nights
5 days/ 4 nights
The best season for traveling:
December - end of April.
Start and finish of the tour:
Private house in Gavar.
Day 1: Yerevan. Drive to Gavar town. Accommodation at private house. Lunch. Taking the AWD vehicle and drive to the slopes of Geghamian mountains to research the route for next days skiing. Return to Gavar. Preparing the gear. Dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: /L/D.
Day 2: Gavar. Drive towards Sarukhan village and then - to the mountains (possibly to Gridzor valley). Ascending the top of Mt. Grasar (3181 m), 11 km uphill. Skiing downhill (12 km). Lunch (sandwiches, tea, coffee) – on the way. Return to Gavar. Dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 3: Gavar. After breakfast – drive towards Selim mountain pass (2410 m) – joint place of Geghama and Vardenis mountain ranges. Ascending the top of Mt. Armaghan (2829 m), 9 km uphill. Skiing downhill to Madina village (4 km). Taking the vehicle and continue to the pass. Lunch (sandwiches, tea, coffee) – on the way. Ascending the slope of Mt. Sevkar (3063 m), 9 km uphill and skiing downhill (12 km) to the vehicle. Return to Gavar. Dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 4: Gavar. Drive to Tsakhkashen village. Attempting to ascend Mt. Azhdahag (3597 m), 17 km uphill. Lunch (sandwiches, tea, coffee) – on the way. Skiing downhill (17 km) back to the vehicle. Return to Gavar. Dinner and overnight. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 5: Gavar. Return to Yerevan. Visit on the way back the Medieval cemetery (7-17 cc) near Noratus village and Ayrivank monastery (9-10 cc). Lunch at the restaurant. Meal Plan: B/L/.
Note: The program of the tour is variable corresponding to the weather and snow condition.
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