Saghmosavank to Hovhanavank Monastery


The trail starts from Hovhannavank Monastery located in Ohanavan village (Aragatsotn province), heading to Saghmosavank Monastery through Kasakh river gorge. You will be hiking through beautiful mountainous scenery with views of Mount Hatis (2,524 m) to the east, Ararat (5,165m) to the west, Ara (2,605 m) to the south, and Aragats (4,095m) to the north.  

You might come across with reptiles all during this trail, therefore, you will have to beware.

The trail is appropriate only for hiking. The best time to pass through this trail falls between April to November.

How to get there?

The trail starts from Hovhannavank Monastery, about 27 km (40 minutes) from Yerevan, via Ashtarak Highway/AH81/E117/M1 connection roads. The end of this trail is at Saghmosavank Monastery, for about 34 km (45 minutes) from Yerevan via Ashtarak Highway/AH81/E117/M1 and AH81/E117/M3 connection roads.  

Trail characteristics

7.5 km/ 4.66 mi

3.5 hours (hiking)

min: 1326 m, max: 1633m, ascent: 257m, descent: 538m


5 marking signs (posts)

What to do?

The trail is appropriate only for hiking. 

What to see around?

Within and in the vicinity of the trail you will come across with cultural monuments & attractions listed below:

Where to stay?

To be updated shortly

Nearby destinations

There are several destinations and hiking trails in the region; it worth you spend several days in the region.

Flora & Fauna

Yellow flowers, mostly ‘ascension’ flowers are spread throughout the trail. There are also yellow dandelions, chamomiles, blue forget-me-nots, colorful violets, flowering thorn plants, edible mushrooms, and herbs all around the trail. There are also apricot, peach, and apple tree orchards adjacent to the trail. The flora is lush on either side of the hike in the spring and summer.

In Aragatsotn province, the meadows, cornfields, and slopes up to the summits are abundant with reptiles; the dilapidated monuments are full of snakes (like vipers and green adders) and lizards. In the mountain forests brown bears might be seen, as well as their tracks and dens. The sightings of hares, wolves and foxes are also common. Birds like wood and field larks, owls, quails, woodchat shrikes, griffon vultures and others inhabit the forests.

Elevation profile

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.


Trail marked by AHA Armenia

Photo credit: Suren Khazarchian

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