Geghard to Tsaghkashen Route
ElevationAscent: 6,042' 1,842 m
Descent: -5,328' -1,624 m
High: 11,699' 3,566 m
Low: 6,287' 1,916 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 49% (26°)
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“A great multi-day run with unique petroglyphs and mountain scenery along the way.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
Alternative transportation means: Bus/Minibus From Nor Norq to Yerevan, a minibus takes off to Geghard village, every 20 minutes with the fee of AMD 500.
Runners will want to come prepared with their own food and water.
Day 1: From the village of Geghard, the road goes up to Geghardarch or Vishapalich. There are old drum stones called “vichapakhar” in the lake area. Swimming in the lake is not a good idea. Your overnight stay will be in a tent.
Day 2: On the second day, you'll climb the valley of Mount Azhdahak. Here, again set up camp for your overnight stay in a tent. Next morning get ready to climb to the peak of Mount Azhdah, at 3,795 meters.
Day 3: After climbing and descending the summit, you can begin your third day on a road which starts to go down to Lake Akna. Swimming is not allowed in this lake, where you'll set up your tent for your third night's stay.
Day 4: In the morning, the run continues in the Geghama Mountains, to the village of Tsaghkashen, Gegharkunik region. From Tsaghkashen Village to Gavar City, you can run (2 km) or catch a lift.
Various herbs and wild animals live on Geghama mountains. The number and diversity of their large and smaller groups are clearly visible in the pictograms of Geghama Mountains such as zubra, wild bull, caucasian honey, lion, hepard, wildlife, wild and wild horses, fox and wolf, many varieties of dogs, boar, moon, leopard, rabbit and some badly-defiled animals, reptiles various types, finally duck, goose ets.
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