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Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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Country
Armenia
Activity type
Guided Walking
Duration
9 days & 8 nights
Difficulty
Moderate to Strenuous
Accomodation
Various
Availability
June - September

Itinerary

Day 1: Yerevan
Day 2: Sisian
Day 3: Sisian
Day 4: Ughtassar
Day 5: Mt Tsghuk
Day 6: Mt Nazeli
Day 7: Sisian
Day 8: Yerevan
Day 9: Departure

Overview for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

Armenia is a landlocked country almost entirely occupied by mountains, and it is a paradise for hikers and outdoor lovers. Armenia is home to high mountains and rocks, lakes and rivers, gorges and picturesque waterfalls, canyons and valleys. On our Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia we will take you off the beaten track to the beautiful Zangezur Mountains – a range that defines the border between Armenia’s southern province of Syunik and Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan Autonomous Republic.

Itinerary for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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Day 1: Arrival to Yerevan

After a complimentary airport transfer from Yerevan Airport to your hotel, enjoy the beauty of this ancient city. An extra night there is highly recommended so you can have time to explore Yerevan at leisure.

  • Overnight in Yerevan, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 2: Khor Virap – Yeghegnadzor – Areni – Sisian

A car transfer through the plains of the Ararat valley to the monastery of Khor Virap, set against the backdrop of the towering Biblical Mount Ararat. The monastery is a place of pilgrimage and is the site of the prison where St. Gregory the Enlightener was detained (St. Gregory brought Christianity to Armenia in 301 AD, thus, Armenia became the first country to adopt Christianity as a state religion). Continue to Yeghegnadzor. Enjoy the view of a narrow gorge, made by Amaghu River. The gorge is known for its tall, sheer, brick red cliffs, directly across from Noravank Monastery. Explore cave Areni – a 6100-year-old wine press for stomping grapes, fermentation and storage vessels has been discovered there. Meeting with the wine master and owner of the garden. You can participate in the fascinating grape collection and wine making process in traditional style or other folk event on the site. Walk along a wonderful flowery path. Drive to Sisian. Overnight in Sisian.

  • Transfer time: around 4-5 hours
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in a family-run guesthouse or a 3-star hotel

Day 3: Sisian – Aghitu – Vorotan Gorge

Trekking starts at Basen hotel to Zoratc Qarer and Shaki waterfall, continues with a 30-minute transfer to Aghitu; from Aghitu walk to Vorotnavank monastery through Vorotan river gorge; transfer back for overnight and dinner in the hotel. Enjoy refreshing Shaki waterfall and the views of the impressive basalt formations of Vorotan Gorge.

  • Walking for the day: 14 km, 5h, ↑200m
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in a family-run guesthouse or a 3-star hotel

Day 4: Ishkhanasar and Ukhtasar Camp 1

Transfer from hotel to Ishkhanasar village (15 min); start trekking from Ishkhanasar to Camp 1 at 2,700m; Overnight in tents.

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 7h ↑1,000m
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in tents

Day 5: Mt Tsghuk

From Camp 1 trek to Ukhtasar and climb Mt Tsghuk, the highest point of Syunik Plateu (3,585m) and take in the breathtaking views. Lodging near Dragon stones (3,000m).

  • Walking for the day: 15 km, 7h, ↑900m
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in tents

Day 6: Mt Nazeli

Walking through Alpine flower meadows today you will climb Nazeli, the queen of the volcanoes (3,150m), then trek down to the main road with splendid views of the Spandarian Reservoir. Transfer back to the hotel in Sisian for overnight and dinner.

  • Walking for the day: 18 km, 7-8h ↑1,200m
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in a family-run guesthouse or a 3-star hotel

Day 7: Ltsen – Tatev

Transfer from Basen to Ltsen (40 min); the trekking starts at Ltsen and ends at Tatev, one of the pearls of Armenian architecture and a religious centre. The ride on the world’s longest double-reversible cable-car will allow you to enjoy the views of Vorotan canyon. Transfer from Halidzor cable car station to the hotel in Sisian for overnight and dinner (45 min).

  • Walking for the day: 17 km, 6h ↑500m
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in a family-run guesthouse or a 3-star hotel

Day 8: Old Khndzoresk – Portakar

Visit to Old Khndzoresk cave village with its swinging bridge will open a new perspective of Syunik; visit to Portakar. Back to Yerevan (4-5 h). Dinner at a local restaurant on the road. Overnight in Yerevan.

  • Transfer time: around 4-5 hours
  • Breakfast, packed lunch and dinner included
  • Overnight in Yerevan, 3 or 4-star hotel

Day 9: Departure, Extra Day or Onward Travel

Optional complimentary transfer to Yerevan Airport – or we highly recommend booking an extra day to visit the Garni Gorge and marvel its basalt formations, located just 12 km from Yerevan.

  • Breakfast included

Hotels for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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Sample Hotels:

*Hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

Meals

Breakfast is always included, as well as packed lunches and dinners in the mountains as listed in the What’s Included section. In Yerevan dinner is available either from the restaurant in your hotel or at the numerous restaurants nearby.

Travel for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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Our recommended arrival airport for this holiday is Yerevan.

Please note that flight information can change rapidly, and not all flights run daily. Please do check directly with the airlines’ websites or Skyscanner before finalising any booking with us. Please do not book your flights before we have confirmed your booking.

Transfers to/from Airports

All ground transfers, including airport transfers, are included.

Baggage Transfers

All hotel to hotel luggage transfers on walking days are included (maximum one piece of 20 kg per person).

Country and Visa Info

As citizens of an EU member state, British Citizen passport holders can stay in Armenia without a visa up to 180 days per year. The Armenian authorities have confirmed that after the UK leaves the EU, British Citizen passport holders will still be able to visit Armenia for up to 180 days per year without a visa.

The area where this tour takes place is completely safe, as it is located far from the conflict region of Nagorni Karabach.

Up-to-date travel advice on Armenia is available here.

Trip Info for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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Difficulty Grade: Moderate to Strenuous

This holiday is appropriate for walkers with a very good level of fitness (read more about difficulty grades).

Route Navigation

This is a privately guided holiday – during all walks you will be accompanies by an experienced English-speaking local guide. We strongly advise you to follow the guide’s instructions. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to Go

This trip is available from June until September.

The flexibility of  privately-guided walking holidays means that there are no fixed dates and you can start your trip on any date in the season – so please indicate desired beginning date when booking.

Weather

The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. The region has alpine weather with long, cold and snowy winters. In June and September snowfall is also possible. And even in summer it can become cold, especially during the night.

What to Bring

We recommend that you travel as light as possible – airlines might charge you an extra fee, and during ground transfers, the place might be limited. Ideally, you should bring one piece of luggage weighing not more than 20 kg (to be checked in) and a daily pack (15 – 20 l rucksack) for your everyday essentials (snacks, drinking water, camera, etc.). Below is a non-exclusive list of what you should bring to this trip. More detailed info will be included in your holiday information pack. If you need further advice, please contact a reputable outdoor retailer or us.

  • Good hiking boots
  • Hiking socks
  • Several t-shirts (cotton or preferably breathable/fast drying)
  • Packable waterproof and windproof jacket with hood
  • Synthetic mid layer or warm fleece
  • Trainers and/or sandals – to relax and wear inside accommodation
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and lip salve
  • Hat/Baseball cap
  • Personal First Aid kit (wet wipes, flu remedies, stomach remedies)
  • Sleeping bag

Included for Zangezur Mountains Trek in Armenia

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  • 8 overnights, 5 of them in private rooms and 3 in tents
  • Service of an experienced English-speaking local guide
  • 2x airport transfers (arrival and departure) – Yerevan Airport
  • All transfers as described in the itinerary
  • All luggage transfers
  • One way ticket for Tatever cable car
  • All breakfasts, lunches (packed lunches during the walks) and dinners as detailed in the itinerary
  • Walking sticks (please request them in advance)
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our representative in Yerevan

Single Room & Solo Traveller Supplements

  • Single room supplement: available only in the Yerevan and (subject to availability) Sisian hotels; single tent use on the 3 nights in tent camps
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers, there is a solo traveller supplement as guide, transfer and hotel costs are not shared

Please click the CHECK AVAILABILITY button above to see the price of the holiday and the different options, extras and supplements for your desired dates.

Other Trip-Related Costs

  • Entrance fees for attractions and museums

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as snacks, drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Extensions and Add-Ons

  • Extra night in Yerevan before the tour including a guided city tour
  • Extra night in Yerevan after the tour including a guided tour to Kotayk and Garni Gorge

Drive to Kotayk (30 min) to visit the cave monastery Geghard.The impressive architectural structure is located in the valley of the mountain river Goght, and included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites List. Here you will also visit the Garni Pagan Temple. Lunch in a village restaurant on a private plot, fish menu. Introduction to ”lavash” baking without yeast. Walking through the beautiful gorge of River Azad to explore the basalt formations called ‘Symphony of Stones. Return to Yerevan. Dinner in a local traditional restaurant. Overnight in Yerevan.

  • Yerevan guided city tour before the holiday

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