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Ski Mountaineering Armenia

Ski Mountaineering Armenia

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 9 day(s)
Group Size: 1 - 12 people
Destination(s): Armenia  
Specialty Categories: Skiing & Snowboarding  
Season: March - April
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: No
Minimum Per Person Price: 1090 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1090 Euro (EUR)

Tour Dates:
- 23 Mar 2012 - 1 Apr 2012: €1,090
- 12 Apr 2012 - 21 Apr 2012: €1,090.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Gorge of Flowers, Skiing. The tour starts in Yerevan with a meeting with your tour leader and other group participants. We will head for Tsakhadzor, a beautiful mountain resort with largest skiable area in Armenia to acclimatize and ski before heading off to the mountains. Short but picturesque drive (1.5 hours) to head deep into Tsakhunyats Mountains and arrive at Tsakhadzor, Gorge of Flowers. Check in at your hotel, time for rest and half day skiing - uncrowded slopes and lifts, fun downhill and off-piste skiing, comfortable rural hotel. Overnight: Hotel in Tsakhkadzor. Includes: (B).

Day 2: Gorge of Flowers, Skiing. Full day of downhill and off piste skiing around the vast terrain of Tsakhakhunyats Mountains including an option to hike to the peak of Mount Alibek (2,821 m). Evening is free to check out the quiet cafes, nightclubs and discos. In winter this small town hosts many fun events ranging from jazz festivals to an exhibition of unique miniature paintings on rice! Optional trip to Arzakan nearby to relax at volcanic hot springs! Overnight: Hotel in Tsakhkadzor. Includes: (B).

Day 3: Mountain Azhdahak. Early morning, 6.00 am transfer to the village Sevaberd first by Russian 4WD car UAZ and later by horses for two days of exploring the classic snow covered volcanic terrain at Mount Azhdahak (3,579 m), the highest point of a spectacular plateau east of Yerevan. Dressed in flowers in summer, the mount is not least impressive in winter - vast lands of untouched snow with surrounding mountains serve as a scenic backdrop. At 8:00 am we start a 14 km ski ascent by an easy slope of the Mount. We will set our camp at the slopes of Azhdahak. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for our volcano climb tomorrow. Overnight: Winter camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4: Climbing Mountain Azhdahak. In the morning we start the ascent to the top of Mount Azhdahak rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We reach the summit on midday and have a chance to enjoy the unforgettable views of stunning volcanic landscape surrounding us. Ski down the opposite slope (35-40 degree) and ski touring about 5 km towards our high camp in the direction of mountain village Yeranos. Overnight: Winter camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: At 8:00 am ski down to Yeranos (about 10 km) where our transfer awaits to take us to Yerevan. We check in at our hotel in Yerevan. Returning to civilisation will be something of a culture shock after our ski adventures in the mountains. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Day 6: Mountain Aragats, Acclimatisation. With a short transfer to Byurakan village early in the morning we get a head start on our ski adventure. The ascent from Byurakan to Kari Lake (3,200 m) spectacularly situated at a cirque beneath the towering spires of Aragats will be by tracked vehicles. We reach the Cosmic Ray Institute at the Lake, our base for 2 nights. Start our first acclimatization hikes in the area. Overnight: Rooms at Cosmic Ray Institute at Aragats. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 7: Mountain Aragats, Southern Peak. An early morning ski tour gets us to the saddle between the peaks, then downhill skiing in the crater (35 degree slope), then up to the opposite saddle. This day includes traversing, ski ascent and a journey through an incredibly picturesque terrain. Overnight: Rooms at Cosmic Ray Institute at Aragats. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Mountain Aragats, Northern Peak. An early start in the morning and ascent of the highest peak of Aragats, Northern Peak (4,080 m) followed by skiing down the crater (40 degree slope). A 16 km ski descent (20-30 degree slope) leads us to Aragats village. Transfer back to Yerevan, check-in at hotel, rest. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B), (L).

Day 9: Yerevan. Yerevan is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and deserves a tour. We will do this with a local guide and historian who will show us the main highlights leaving late afternoon free to browse Vernisage for last-minute souvenirs. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Hotel accommodation for 3 nights
- Winter camp accommodation for 4 nights (tents, other common camping equipment)
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Trekking guide with winter training/driver
- All activities as per itinerary
- All group ski-mountaineering equipment such as ropes and other technical equipment
- All transfers in comfortable 4WD vehicles
- Ski mountaineering in Armenia information kit.

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