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 trekking in Armenia 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 trekking 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, must-taste and Armenia things to do are long, so your travels in Armenia will be full of unforgettable moments.
The nature of Armenia is diverse, too. Snowy peaks tower high above deep gorges, green forests, stormy rivers and breathtaking waterfalls.
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 hiking Armenia. Days spent wandering through the most beautiful corners of the country on stunning trekking trails will be the brightest memories of your Armenia tour.
Armenia tours are a popular way to see the country and 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.