Janapar Trail 08 - Stepanakert to Patara
ElevationAscent: 1,665' 507 m
Descent: -1,555' -474 m
High: 3,032' 924 m
Low: 2,175' 663 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 17% (9°)
“Run through rolling hills and rustic villages along scenic country roads between Stepanakert and Patara.”— Janapar Trail
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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