Mount Azhdahak Traverse: Lake Akna to Gilan Village
ElevationAscent: 1,107' 337 m
Descent: -4,482' -1,366 m
High: 10,903' 3,323 m
Low: 6,615' 2,016 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“This trail is best done as a multi-day outing or a long day run.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
Be aware of snakes in the Khosrov Reserve. Be sure to bring bottled water!
- Cost from Yerevan to Sevaberd village (by taxi): 4,600-5,000AMD
- Cost of the ticket to the temple of Garni: 1,000AMD
- The return from Garni village to Yerevan: 27 km, 2,700-3,000AMD
The run then continues to the Azhdahak mountain, whose peak also borders with the province of Gegharkunik. At 3,597 meters, Azhdahak is the highest point of the Geghama Mountains and is considered one of the most beautiful and most accessible peaks. A beautiful blue crater lake is located on the mountaintop which can be reached by a short side trip up the Mount Azhdahak Trail.
The Gegham mountain range lies in the central part of the Republic of Armenia, in the provinces of Kotayk, Gegharkunik and Ararat, and is a result of volcanic activity. The mountain range extends along the meridian direction. The Gegham mountain range is spread with a number of small mountain and crater lakes. One of the lakes, fed by snowmelt, is located in the crater of Azhdahak Mountain.
From the western slopes of the Gegham Mountains flows the waters of the Azat, Vedi, and Getar Rivers, while from the eastern slopes start the Gavaraget, Argitchi, Bakhtak and other rivers. The famous lakes in the area are Aknalitch (3,031 m), Vanqi Lake, and Vishapalich, as well as the lake located in the crater of the Azhdahak mountain peak.
The next sight along the run is Vanqi Lake where you can find various petroglyphs that illustrate the artistic skills of Armenia’s ancestors. After examining the petroglyphs, the trail will then lead to Gilan village, where the hospitable villagers will treat their guests with Armenian traditional dishes. The route ends here with views of the rich landscape full of diversity.
From Gilan, you can also book a car to visit the pagan temple of Garni, in Garni village. Djutakasar is located on the east of the temple, while on the south, in the Azat gorge, flows the Azat River.
Fauna: Gegham's mountain slopes have relatively few animal inhabitants. Only stray species of wolf, fox, wild badger and hare, various species of mice as well as about 250 species of birds can be encountered here.
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