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Janapar Trail 08 - Stepanakert to Patara



14.7 mile 23.6 kilometer point to point
95% Runnable


Ascent: 1,665' 507 m
Descent: -1,555' -474 m
High: 3,032' 924 m
Low: 2,175' 663 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)


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Run through rolling hills and rustic villages along scenic country roads between Stepanakert and Patara.

Janapar Trail

Features River/Creek · Spring · Views

Need to Know

The dirt backroads can get muddy in spring, but the wildflowers are amazing. Patara is a small village. It may be a challenge to get a ride back to Stepanakert without prior arrangements. A longer suggested trip combines routes 08, 09 and 10 for a 3-day, 2-night adventure from Stepanakert to Vank (where there are better taxi and shuttle bus options available for the return trip).

Runner Notes

Trail consists of a bit of paved road through Stepanakert, dirt roads, jeep tracks, and singletrack/animal trails. Trail was last maintained in 2018.


Start your run from Renaissance Square, the center of Stepanakert, Artsakh's capital city. Head down Azatamartikneri Avenue toward the roundabout at Freedom Square. Continue straight in a north-easterly direction out of town following a tree-lined boulevard where you'll begin to see the first blue and white trail blazes.

Keep to the left side of the street as you'll want to check out the iconic "We Are Our Mountains" monument just a couple kilometers down the road. After the monument, continue another kilometer and take a left down a littered backroad (not to worry, you'll pass to more pristine areas quickly).

Continue about 2 kilometers until you reach a junction with a larger dirt road that descends quickly down through a section of nice forest, then across a small bridge. Immediately after the bridge, veer right to begin a short climb up to the first village, Khnastakh. You'll skirt the edge of the village and continue to the next village, Aygestan. Watch for a left turn once you get into the residential blocks of the village.

You'll climb about 500 meters to the top of the street, then immediately descend steeply out of the residential area. Look for a right turn onto an animal trail, then pick up a jeep track along a fence before entering alternating bits of forest and field. There are some nice areas for camping as you get into some of the higher ground after Aygestan and before the next village, Dahrav.

You may note some heavy steel cables suspended over the valley. These are anti-aircraft devices installed 30 years ago during the Karabagh War. Continue on jeep tracks until you eventually pick up a larger dirt road which will take you through Dahrav where there is a village spring.

After the village, you'll cross bits of scrubby forest before you reach a large hay field. Take a right to walk along the perimeter of the field about a kilometer before exiting to the right on a jeep track. Go across the stream on a footbridge and continue a short distance up to the main road to Patara. Take a left and continue up to the village where you'll find a couple small stores and a spring located in the school yard.

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The Janapar Trail passes the iconic We Are Our Mountains Monument in Stepanakert that depicts an elderly Armenian couple in traditional attire know locally as "Tatik-Papik" (Grandma and Grandpa).
Aug 20, 2019 near Xankandi, AZ
Wildflowers in bloom in an orchard along the trail.
Aug 20, 2019 near Xocalı, AZ
View of Shushi Plateau from Khantsakh Village.
Aug 20, 2019 near Xankandi, AZ
Catching a view toward Stepanakert above Aygestan Village.
Aug 20, 2019 near Xankandi, AZ
Crossing bits of shady forest and pasture above Aygestan Village.
Aug 20, 2019 near Xocalı, AZ
Taking time to appreciate small critters on the Janapar Trail.
Aug 20, 2019 near Xocalı, AZ


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