Southern Armenia is a region mould by tectonic processes, - Southern part, Great Zangezur mountain range and its spurs, and by volcanic activity, - Northern part, Karabakhian Highlands. Thus, here you may find all kinds of mountain relief: sharp peaks with knife-sharp ridges between them, high cliffs and granite walls as well as typical volcanic cones. Deep canyons divide volcanic plateaus of rocky peaks, deep forests cover the bottoms of valleys.
Everyone of lovers of mountains would find something to do in this area. The tour we would like to introduce you here - is a long hike through realy remote area, fully populated in ancient times. There are numerous indicates about it: stone carvings and dragon stones.
Backpacking tour 6 days/ 5 nights
6 days/ 5 nights
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Start and finish of the tour:
Tents in the countryside, hotels in Jermuk and Sisian.
Day 1: Yerevan. Drive to Jermuk town. Visit on the way Khor Virap (4-17 cc) and Noravank (13-14 cc) monasteries. Lunch at the restaurant. Continue towards Jermuk. Time for preparing ourselves for the hike. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: /L/D.
Day 2: Jermuk. Start the hiking form the town to Zalkhagyol lake in the beginning of Karabakian highlands. Lunch on the way, dinner and overnight in tents at 3060 m. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 19 km (uphill hiking).
Day 3: Zalkhagyol. Hiking from Zalkhagyol to Karagyol lake through the plateau full of natural springs and small lakes. Time to time we would meet the traces of the civilization lived here 5-7 thousand years ago, like stone carvings and vishaps (dragon stones). Lunch – on the way, dinner and overnight in tents at 3020 m. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 20 km (flat hiking).
Day 4: Karagyol. Hiking to the foot of Mt. Tsghuk our last stay on this highland. Lunch on the way. Dinner and overnight in tents at 3250 m. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 16 km (flat hiking).
Day 5: Tsghuk. Day for the leisure. Ascending the top of Mt. Tsghuk (3584 m), sightseeing stone carvings (5-3 Mil B.C.). Lunch in the camp. Descending with the vehicle to Sisian. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Meal Plan: B/L/D. Total hiking – 4-5 km.
Day 6: Sisian. Drive back to Yerevan. Visit on the way Zorats Karer menhires (5-3 Mil. B.C.). Lunch at the restaurant on the way. Finish the tour in Yerevan. Meal Plan: B/L/.
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