Aragats Southern Summit Ski Trail

The ski track is located on the lowest, South Summit (3,887. 8m) of Mount Aragats. The ski run starts from the Physics Institute (the ‘Aragats’ Scientific Station) on the slopes of Aragats and continues uphill by the marked trail. Stone Lake (Kari Lich), one of the crystal-clear mountain lakes of Armenia, can be seen on the way to the Institute.

Monument Description

Mount Aragats is an isolated four-peaked volcano massif of about 200km in circumference covering 4000 sq.m, situated in both the Aragatsotn and Shirak provinces. It has a gigantic 400m-deep crater, 3km in diameter, and 4 peaks. The northern summit (4090 m) is the highest peak in Armenia and the Lesser Caucasus.  The West Summit is second with 3995.3m and is followed by the East - 3908.2m and South Summits- 3887.8m.  

Where to stay?

Ashtarak, Artik, Aparan, Talin, Oshakan, Byurakan are located on the slopes or foot of Aragats. The most convenient option is Byurakan. You might stay at hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses in the village. For more information check out our database of B&B’s.

Nearby destinations

Do not miss visiting the below destinations:

  • Hovhannavank Monastery (5th-13th centuries) in Ohanavan village in Aragatsotn province
  • Saghmosavank Monastery (13th century) in Saghmosavan village in Aragatsotn province
  • The Armenian Alphabet Monument after M. Mashtots near the village of Artashavan

Trail characteristics

  • Best period: March - May 
  • Distance of the walk - 8.3km/2 hours.
  • Ski trail length: to be updated
  • Ski run: to be updated
  • Total ascent: to be updated
  • Total descent: to be updated
  • Max elevation: 3,888m
  • Min elevation: 3,250m

How to get to the Trail

Take a taxi (or personal car) to get to Stone Lake (Kari Lich).

  • Distance from Yerevan: 84km
  • Duration: 1h 25minutes
  • Cost: 9,000-10,000 AMD

Fauna

While descending down the route there is a chance to see many traces of animals: wolves, foxes, wild rabbits and dogs in rural areas.

Safety precautions:

Mobile connection is available up to the South Summit of Mount Aragats. In case of incidents, rescue services function in Armenia with 24/7 principle; call 911.

Photo album 

GPS track

Follow the GPS track of this trail via the below map; however, keep in mind to consult with local guides before heading to the trail.

 

Credits:

State Tourism Committee of RA

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