Vardenis mountain range is not as long as Geghamian, but more indented by erosion and volcanic activity. It joins perpendicularly to Geghamians near Mt. Gndasar (2946 m) then surrounds lake Sevan from South-Eastern side and joins (again perpendicularly) to Great Zangezurian mountain range near Mt. Sarysamgly (3344 m). On the eastern side it becomes to highland plateau with three big high-altitude lakes: Big Alagyol (2729 m), Small Alagyol (2739 m) and Alagyolar (2934 m).
There are many petroglyphs carved by primitive people thousand years ago on stones of placers in surroundings of that lakes as well as on the slopes of mountains.
Backpacking on Vardenis 6 days/ 5 nights
Duration: 6 days/ 5 nights
The best season for traveling:
Start and finish of the tour:
Tents in the countryside.
Day 0: Meeting in Yerevan in the afternoon to check the gear and clothes. Meal Plan: //.
Day 1: Driving to Yeghegis village. Sightseeing Medieval monuments in the village. Start the hiking to Smbataberd fortress (7-14 cc) and Tsakhats-Kar monastery (10-13 cc). Lunch on the way. Basing the camp near the monastery. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 2: Breakfast. Hiking towards the foot of Mt. Astkhonk. Lunch on the way. Basing the camp near the water spring. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 3: Breakfast. Ascending the top of Mt. Astkhonk (3470 m), return back to the camp, lunch. Removing the camp to the North-Western side of Mt. Vardenis. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 4: Breakfast. Ascending the top of Mt. Vardenis (3521 m), return to the camp, lunch. Removing the camp to the Eastern side of Mt. Vardenis. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 5: Breakfast. Removing the camp to the side of Great Alagyol lake. Dinner and overnight in tents. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
Day 6: Breakfast. Hiking towards the road Jermuk-Jermajur. Lunch on the way. Descending to Jermuk resort town. Transfer to Yerevan. Meal Plan: B/L/D.
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