Hiking in Armenia: Stunning Hikes & Historic Sights for Adventurers

Stunning nature, historical monasteries, cave villages and more!

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Have you ever thought about hiking in Armenia? No? Neither had we, until we were shown some stunning pictures of Armenian mountains! We haven’t had a chance to experience Armenia trekking yet, but we’re happy to share the best hiking in Armenia in this post created in partnership with Ashkhen.

So read on to discover just what it’s like to go…

Hiking in Armenia

What makes travel to Armenia so special? Armenia is filled with beautiful sights, historical attractions, and the traces of ancient civilization which would tempt any traveller. The lists of must-see places, must-try actiivties and must-taste foods are long, so your travels in Armenia will be full of unforgettable moments.

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The beautiful mountainscape in Armenia is the perfect place to hike.

The nature of Armenia is diverse, too. Snowy peaks tower high above deep gorges, green forests, stormy rivers and breathtaking waterfalls.

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The versatility of Armenia’s nature, along with its rich history and architecture, attracts lovers of adventure tourism, eco-tourism, and people who want to experience the land of the first Christians.

If you’re a nature lover, the best way to explore Armenia is through the amazing hiking trails. Days spent wandering through the most beautiful corners of Armenia will be the brightest memories of your Armenia tour.

Local tour agencies offer planned hiking and trekking tours of varying durations, distance and difficulty.

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Here are a few of the most popular trails for hiking in Armenia that should feature in your Armenia itinerary.

Hiking in Armenia: Syunik Region

Syunik region is considered the most picturesque and attractive region for Armenia tourism. This is where you’ll find the most important historical sights — yet history is only half of the Syunik story.

The nature will make you wish you were a bird, able to soar over majestic mountains and into deep gorges. For hiking, Syunik is just perfect. Every step will reveal a new wonder, including monasteries, old villages, bridges, caves and, of course, unique nature.

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One popular hike starts from Tatev monastery, one of the most beautiful and popular monastery complexes in Armenia. 

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The fairytale Tatev Monastery make a wonderful hike.

The hike follows a mountainous road behind the monastery to an Aghavni village. Another trail from Tatev monastery leads down into the gorge to Devil’s Bridge — a popular place for people who love to go to the extreme on their travels.

A new swinging bridge across a gorge has made it possible to visit Khndzoresk cave village. The ancient settlement there was inhabited for a thousand years and traces of those ancient inhabitants can still be found.

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The bridge to Khndzoresk cave village.

Old Khot village, which echoes with the atmosphere of Machu Picchu, is another breathtaking spot for hiking in this region. When hiking in Syunik, the village — along with Old Harjis, Zorats Karer, Halidzor ropeway and Mets Anapat monastery — should be on your list!

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Hiking in Armenia: Lori region

The pearl of Armenia, Lori is a green paradise and another popular place for hiking in Armenia. The stunning landscapes of the Lori mountains are covered with pine forests, virgin lakes, and enigmatic ancient monasteries which will take you far from reality.

One hiking trail in the Lori region starts from the 5th Century Odzun church, where church records on the walls have survived the passing decades. The next stop is Kobayr monastery in Kobayr village. This medieval church is located on the edge of the gorge through which the Debed river flows. The landscape here is truly dreamlike.

The starting point of another route through Lori region begins from the 10th Century Sanahin monastery, once the religious and cultural center of Armenia. The road then leads to Kayan fortress, built in 1233.

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Visit Sanahin Monastery in Armenia.

The black fortress is built between two monasteries, Sanahin and Haghpat, which is the next sight on the hike. Built in the 10th Century, Haghpat monastery was once a university and scientific center. Today it is a large monastery complex where walkers can explore medieval churches.

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Hike to Haghpat Monastery in the Armenian mountains.

Slow travel is the best way to immerse yourself in the vast treasures of nature and history in Armenia. Take your time, relax and enjoy the scenery and the awe-inspiring sights. Travel to Armenia to explore an untouched region and return home with unforgettable memories.

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20 comments

  1. Comment by John

    John Reply August 31, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    I think Armenia is a beautiful and unique country. I was there but only in the capital of Yerevan. I wanted to travel around Armenia. Was there a lot of problems? What problems did you encounter?

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane September 1, 2017 at 2:10 am

      We haven’t travelled there yet – this post was written by a guest writer. But we have read a lot about others travelling in Armenia and they haven’t encountered any unusual problems (that wouldn”t happen in other countries).

      J

  2. Comment by Alex D.

    Alex D. Reply August 23, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you, I’ve never been to Armenia, but after reading your article, I seemed to be there. Like if I read the fantasy “The Lord of the Rings”. Did you see hobbits there?) I hope to visit there someday.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm

      I’d love to see hobbits there too, but I think it’s most likely you will just see gorgeous views!

      J

  3. Comment by Lidiya

    Lidiya Reply August 21, 2017 at 9:49 am

    This article is really interesting! Armenia is beautiful country and I was happy to see some breath-taking photos of this place. The history of this place is also absolutely fascinating.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 22, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Thanks for commenting Lidiya! It does look really beautiful!

      J

  4. Comment by Nik

    Nik Reply August 20, 2017 at 10:29 am

    I was fortunate enough to spend some time in Armenia, and although I was not there for long, I still decided not to miss the moment and visit a little bit in this country. In general, I was able to see beautiful sights and enjoy them!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:14 am

      Very cool. I’d never really considered Armenia before but now I really want to go! It looks like the ideal combo of culture and nature.

      J

  5. Comment by Mari

    Mari Reply August 19, 2017 at 2:05 pm

    Rest in Armenia turned out really fabulous and unique. Picturesque beauty of nature. And also a lot of interesting places rich in ancient history. Very beautiful architectural structures.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:15 am

      So glad to hear it, Mari! Thanks for commenting.

      J

  6. Comment by Anna

    Anna Reply August 19, 2017 at 1:06 am

    Armenia is a wonderful country with much sights worth seeing. I was here many times, but can’t forget my last winter in the most famous ski resort Bakuriani. This vacation still brings up much emotion. Freeride is really worth doing.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:16 am

      Oh wow, I had no idea you can ski there too. Sounds amazing! Thanks for letting us know.

      J

  7. Comment by Anie

    Anie Reply August 18, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I am so happy to see all those beautiful places and be the part of the magestic nature of Armenia. I am truly in love with this country and I will definitely get back here to take another hiking tour about Armenia

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:19 am

      Maybe we’ll see you on the trails!

      J

  8. Comment by Mary

    Mary Reply August 18, 2017 at 7:04 am

    Armenia is one of my favorite places where I’d like to spent my vacation. The first reason for this is the picturesque landscape. My first hiking tour was in Karabakh and it was unforgettable. My next destination is Lori region.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Sounds great Mary! We’d love to see those places too. The hiking just sounds great.

      J

  9. Comment by Nata_K

    Nata_K Reply August 17, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Armenia is a perfect country for outdoor activities. There is the Caucasus for hiking, ancient forts for history buffs and a well-developed infrastructure in the cities, with delicious food in the restourants. And coffe is awesome!

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 21, 2017 at 2:18 am

      Thanks Nata! Great to know.

      J

  10. Comment by Lucy

    Lucy Reply August 17, 2017 at 5:22 am

    Great Article! Armenia is a great place to spend a vacation. It has various destinations for all the tastes. Hiking areas are exceptional in this country, there are so many hidden places which are worth exploring. One should definitely visit this country at least once.

    • Comment by Jane

      Jane August 17, 2017 at 5:29 am

      Thanks Lucy! The pictures of these hikes are stunning and it’s really got me interested in going :).

      J

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