Shativank to Spitakavor
ElevationAscent: 3,172' 967 m
Descent: -1,986' -605 m
High: 7,017' 2,139 m
Low: 4,166' 1,270 m
GradeAvg Grade: 11% (7°)
Max Grade: 60% (31°)
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“This run starts at a bridge near Shatin and follows a dirt road 3.5km towards the church.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
There are also buses to Yeghegnadzor (a nearby town) from Yerevan Central Bus Station for 1,200 AMD. From Yeghegnadzor there are buses to Shatin for 500 AMD.
The best time to run in the area is April to November. Shativank Church is located near the village of Shatin, in the Vayots Dzor province. The monastery and village were named after Shatik Menakyats, the prelate of the Verin Noravank Monastery.
The run starts at a bridge near Shatin, and follows a dirt road 3.5km towards the church. Bezoar goats are very common in this area, and can be seen leaping up near-vertical cliffs. The route continues up the rocky mountains past the church until coming to the medieval monastery, Spitakavor, near Vernashen village.
From the monastery, the route descends to Vernashen where runners can book a taxi back to the start or for a long day out, run back along the same way they came.
Fauna: The region’s most impressive animals are the rock climbing Bezoar goat and mouflon. These endangered animals, endemic to the area, can be seen around this gorge, the Khosrov Reserve, and the Zangezur Mountain Range, and are included in wildlife preservation strategies by the government.
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