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Armenia Trekking Tour

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Key Information:
Tour Duration: 10 day(s)
Group Size: 2 - 12 people
Destination(s): Armenia  
Specialty Categories: Hiking & Trekking   Walking Tours  
Season: June - September
Airfare Included: No
Tour Customizable: Yes
Minimum Per Person Price: 1050 Euro (EUR)
Maximum Per Person Price: 1050 Euro (EUR)

Tour Dates for 2011:
- June, 9 - 19
- July, 15 - 25
- August, 6 - 16
- September, 4 - 14.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1: Lake Sevan. Free morning in Yerevan, meet your tour escort and travel companions. Transfer to Lake Sevan, one of the highest freshwater lakes in the world. Check-in at your chalet-style hotel at the beach, relax and swim in the emerald waters of the lake. Evening walk up to Sevanavank monastery at the peninsula for the best views of the Lake or take an optional boat trip to Stone Garden at Noraduz. Overnight: Hotel at Lake Sevan. Includes: (B).

Day 2: Azhdahak Trek. After leisurely breakfast we leave the lake and branch off the main road for transfer to Sevaberd village, start the trek to Lake Akna at the foot of Mount Azhdahak (1,100 m, short transfer by truck). This is an area more akin to high altitude desert and contrasts markedly with the fertile scenery we left behind. The remainder of the day is spent resting in preparation for the ascent of the following day at our trekking camp near the lake. The entire area is a showcase for the powers and beauty of the forces of nature. Overnight: Camp at Azhdahak. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 3: Azhdahak Trek. Early breakfast and we start our trek of Mount Azhdahak between hills with scenic volcanic lakes. Rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness we trek up to the summit (3,597 m, trekking distance 12 km). The gradual ascent enables us to build the slow, steady rhythm required for long walking at high altitude. We reach the summit and have a chance to enjoy the unforgettable views of the serene lake in the crater and alpine meadows of rare beauty. Back to camp to warm up by crackling fire and enjoy the dinner after the adventures of the day. Overnight: Camp at Azhdahak. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 4. Kakavaberd Fortress. Early breakfast and we start hiking toward Tokhmakh Lake. All along our route we will encounter prehistoric Dragon Stones, 10 - 20 feet-long fish-shaped stelae usually near river sources, sometimes with a stream of water flowing from the mouth of the fish. We expect to meet Yezidi nomads roaming the pastures with their flocks. If we meet them, they will certainly invite us into their camps as guests. Reach the lake and after rest continue to Kakavaberd Fortress, a highly scenic spot and a subject of local legends. We are already in Khosrov Nature Park and can notice the gradual change of scene from volcanic moonscape of Azhdahak to dramatic mountains covered with undisturbed forests. Time to rest and soak up the scenic views before dinner and overnight at camp. Overnight: Camp at Kakavaberd. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 5: Trekking to St. Stepanos. Early breakfast and we start descent to the lush valley of Khosrov river stopping to swim in mountain springs en route. Continue to the abandoned villages of Gilan and Yelija. Time to rest and follow the ancient pathway to the evocative monastery of Aghjots St. Stepanos on a plateau surrounded by steep mountainous slopes. This is one of the most isolated parts of the nature park whose natural barriers have provided shelter for monks throughout the ages. Back to our camp at Yelija, time for leisurely walks in this unique area where history and geology are so dramatically fused. Dinner and overnight at camp. Overnight: Camp at Yelija. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 6: Geghard Monastery & Garni Temple. We begin the return journey by a final hike from Yelija to the ruins of Havuts Tar, an enigmatic monastery located on a mountainous peak dominating the area on the left side of Goght river. Continuing to Geghard village, the trail contours through pleasant picnic areas, then a narrow dirt road descends into the wonderful rocky gorge. The view is awesome with superb panoramas of surrounding mountains. Here we take time to visit unique rock carved Geghard Monastery. From here we take our support vehicle to reach Garni and discover Garni Temple standing in perfect harmony with the surrounding nature. Transfer to Yerevan for rest and overnight. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Day 7: Yerevan. Free day in Yerevan to rest and unwind. Returning to civilisation will be something of a culture shock after our adventures in the mountains. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Day 8: Mountain Aragats. After breakfast we transfer to the base of Mount Aragats. A virtually uninhabited road leads us to the intersection of two mountain streams where we have an opportunity to admire the wild landscape as walk to Amberd Fortress (2,300 m). Transfer to Kari Lake where we set our trekking camp at a cirque beneath the towering spires of Mount Aragats. The rest of the day is yours to relax, visit the lush village of Byurakan, the summer residence of the Catholicos of all Armenians, an area famous for its beautiful orchards. Overnight: Camp at Aragats. Includes: (B), (L), (D).

Day 9: Highest Peak of Lesser Caucasus. This morning we rise early to start the trek of the highest mount of Lesser Caucasus, Mount Aragats (4,090 m). The barren alpine scenery with only small clusters of scrubs is in stark contrast with the snowy peaks and deep blue skies. We start the trek to the pass between the Southern (3,897 m) and Western (4,008 m) peaks of the Mount, lunch break en route. Ascend the peaks and back to our camp at the lake. The walking is series of ups and downs but the impressive views are worth the effort (trekking distance 16 km, time app. 6 h). Back to Yerevan. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Day 10: 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 who will show us the main highlights leaving late afternoon free to enjoy the city at your own pace! Explore the oldest part of the city or just relax in shady parks or busy outdoor cafes, enjoying the young and lively atmosphere of this ancient city, the contemporary of Babylon and Rome. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan. Includes: (B).

Notes:
Airfare is not included in the tour price.

Price Includes:
- Accommodation for 10 nights
- Meals as specified in the itinerary
- Tour leader, local mountain guides
- All sightseeing and activities as per itinerary
- All transfers in comfortable 4WD vehicles
- Travel permits in protected areas
- Luggage handling
- Trekking in Armenia information kit.

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