Janapar Trail 15 - Tsar to Vardenis
ElevationAscent: 2,557' 779 m
Descent: -2,933' -894 m
High: 9,003' 2,744 m
Low: 6,351' 1,936 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Conquer a remote, high mountain pass with breathtaking views and vast pastures as you cross between Arstakh and Armenia.”— Janapar Trail
Tsar Pass is the highest point of the Janapar Trail at 2750 meters (9022 feet) and uncontrolled border between Artsakh and Armenia. On a clear day from the top of the pass, you'll be able to see the distant Geghama Range and Lake Sevan to the northwest in Armenia. After the pass, the trail is all downhill to Vardenis. There are spectacular rocky outcroppings and volcanic domes in the surrounding mountains. An enclosed picnic shelter, spring then a wet stream crossing are approximately 3 km after the pass. Verin Shorza village is about 7 km after the pass. You can opt to call a taxi from the village to shorten the run by approximately 16 km.
The trail continues to follow the rural road to Vardenis and gradually flattens and straightens out through vast stretches of pasture with mountainous backdrop. You'll cross a road bridge over a river in a small gorge then pass a hydroelectric power station and take a left to continue to Ayrk village. Entering Vardenis you'll continue to the central roundabout where you'll find a variety of amenities from food, lodging to transportation. A WWII memorial statute marks the end of the Janapar Trail in Vardenis.
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