Mount Aragats

Description:

An isolated four-peaked volcano massif in Armenia - the Northern summit (4,090m) is the highest point of Armenia. Its northern summit, at 4,090 m (13,420 ft) above sea level, is the highest point of the Republic of Armenia.

There are firn fields and snowfields on the sides of the crater cirque, as well as moraines and glaciers inside the crater. Glacial meltwater dominates the upper part of the rivers descending from Aragats but its importance decreases farther down the valleys.

Features:

Location: Aragatsotn & Shirak Province; Aragats village
Distance from Yerevan: 1.5 hour(40 km)
Start point: Kari Lake, Gegharot waterfall
Duration: check out ascending options
Altitude: N:4,090m, W:3,995m, E:3,908 m, S:3,888m
Type: volcanic with a crater in between
Difficulty level: 6 (on 1-10 scale)
Dangerous passages: several, esp. on Easter summit
  Accompany of guide(s) is highly recommended!

Ascending options:

Option 1- Start point: Kari Lake

Southern summit: 10.3 km back and forth; 760m elevation gain

Western summit: direct access (12 km back and forth; 840m elevation gain) or from the Southern summit, through the crater

Northern and Eastern summits also accessible through the crater

Option 2- Start point: Aragats village or Gegharot region

Eastern summit: 10.13 km back and forth; 1,238m elevation gain

Northern summit: 25 km back and forth (starting Aragats village); 1,829m elevation gain

Accommodation:

1. Camping around Kari Lake or on the slopes

2. Staying at the Meteo Station

3. Around Gegharot Waterfall and Western slopes

Photo album:

Photo credit: Suren Khazarchian
Information provided by: Your Armenia™

 

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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