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Best Hiking Trails in Armenia

Overview

The Caucasus mountains dominate a large part of this former Soviet Republic and there are plenty of opportunities for hiking in Armenia.  Some of the main regions include the Syunik region, Garni gorge, Geghama Mountains, Yeghegis Valley, Mount Aragats, Dilijan National Park, and the Lori region. One of the earliest Christian civilizations, it is one of the few Christian majority countries in this part of the world. The best months to hike in Armenia are May to September.  Read on for more information on where and when to go hiking in Armenia. 

Capital: Yerevan

When To Hike in Armenia?

May – September: May can be too rainy in some parts; warmest during Jul-Aug, higher altitude areas will be most accessible during summer months
November – April: Cold and rainy/snowy

Climate: Continental – In some parts of the country, the rains will be more abundant and trails muddy.  It’s possible to hike later than September but particularly for longer treks, visitor services and herding settlements will be closed.

 

Armenia Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Medium: There are some marked trails but they don’t have the hiking infrastructure yet that neighbouring Georgia has.   Much of the hiking seems to be from towns scattered across the mountains and from monastery to monastery.  The best thing to do is base yourself in a town and hire a guide for hiking.

Transportation required: Car

Where to stay in Armenia for hiking:

  • Tsaghkadzor
  • Haghartsin
  • Stepanavan
  • Spitak
  • Kapan
  • Dilijan 
  • Yeghegis

Most popular hikes in Armenia

Armenia is generally at a high altitude, with the lowest part at 400 m above sea level. The main areas for hiking are listed below. Highest Mountain: Mt Aragats (4090 m)

Filter out hiking places of Armenia by month

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Southern Armenia

  • Syunik region – one of the most visited areas of Armenia 
  • Arevik National Park 
  • Shikahogh State Reserve
  • Zangezur State Sanctuary

Central Armenia

  • Garni Gorge – close to Yerevan
  • Khosrov Forest State Reserve
  • Town of Tsaghkadzor – good base for hikes in the area; ski resort and popular health resort town
  • Geghama Mountains
  • Yeghegis Valley – excellent hiking territory 
  • Around Lake Sevan

Mount Aragats

Dilijan National Park

  • Approximately 200 km of marked trails 
  • Many of these trails are on the Trans Caucasian Trail (TCT)
  • South of the national park, around Haghartsin, there are trails

Lori region

  • This region in northern Armenia is popular for hiking
  • Some of the towns that are good bases include Stepanavan and Spitak
  • Debed Canyon

Long Distance Trails of Armenia

  • A cross country trail is currently being built, that will be about 950 km in length, going through more than 100 villages
  • Trans Caucasian Trail (TCT): About  – ambitious project began in 2015 to build a 3000 km long trail through the Caucasus Mountains, connecting Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia; Hiking the Trans Caucasian Trail – Planning

Armenia's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Armenia Hiking Books:

  • The Caucasus: From Elbrus to Ararat, 80 Beautiful Hikes, by Richard Bærug, 2024, Mta Publications
  • Adventure Armenia: Hiking and Rock Climbing, by Carine Bachmann and Jeffrey Tufenkian, 2004, Kanach Foundation
  • Rough Guide to Georgia, Armenia, and Azerbaijan, by Rough Guides, 2024, Rough Guides – https://amzn.to/3uVtEPG
  • Lonely Planet Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, by Tom Master, Joel Balsam, Jenny Smith, 2022, Lonely Planet Global Limited – https://amzn.to/4ccyYyH
  • Armenia, with Nagorno Karabagh: The Bradt Travel Guide, by Deirdre Holding and Tom Allen, 2023, Bradt Travel Guides – https://amzn.to/4a5GN7y

 

Armenia Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hikes in Armenia: 

You can find more details on hiking these trails in the hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites from the country/region, trail maps/apps or other websites:

  • Transcaucasian Trail
  • Mount Aragats
  • Mount Azhdahak
  • Mount Dimats
  • Ayrikar
  • Yeranos Mountains
  • Mount Apakekar
  • Mount Ara
  • Tatev Monastery

Easy Hikes in Armenia:

  • Mount Artanish
  • Smbataberd fortress

Armenia Hiking Websites:

 

Armenia Official Tourism Site:  

 

Armenia Hiking Apps: 

 

Armenia Hiking Maps: 

What Else To Do

  • Medieval monasteries
  • Khachkars (carved memorial stones)
  • World’s oldest shoe
  • Caving (more than 10,000 caves in Armenia)

Other Important Points

  • First country to have Christianity as state religion 
  • Avoid hiking near border with Azerbaijan where there’s a conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh region