ElevationAscent: 267' 81 m
Descent: -1,963' -598 m
High: 6,616' 2,017 m
Low: 4,773' 1,455 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“The Gnishik-Noravank Trail is located in the Vayots Dzor region.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
To reach the Gnishik-Noravank Trail, which is located in the Vayots Dzor region, you first have to reach the village of Agarakadzor. In Agarakadzor, take a taxi to Gnishik village (16 km away), where the route begins. Gnishik village is home to only a small handful of families, totaling only about 15. The best time of year to visit is April to November.
From the western side of the village, you'll see a lovely trail leading down into a beautiful gorge, winding along the river. This trail will lead you to an ancient monastery. Carefully examine the surroundings, and you might see a bezoar ibex (goats), bear tracks, or badgers, or if you scan the sky, soaring vultures and eagles. Passing through the vertical, crimson colored rocks, you'll reach a beautiful chapel known for its healing waters.
Crossing through Vayots Dzor, runners can admire the picturesque, semi-scarlet, medium high cliffs and the high mountains and peaks along the road. Because the trail narrows near the river and the canyon space is limited, it is recommend to run the Gnishik-Noravank Trail with two or more people. In order to scare the bears away, runners should engage in loud conversations.
Fauna: Vayots Dzor is a region with rare, rock climbing bezoar goats and Armenian mouflons. These animals mostly live in the Khosrov Forest State Reserve in Vayots Dzor and the Zangezur mountain ridge.
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