Haghpat to Sanahin Monastery

The trail starts from Haghpat Monastery Complex or Haghpatavank, dated 10th century (Lori Province), heading towards Sanahin Monastery Complex dated 10th century (Lori Province), and passing by Kayan Fortress dated 13th century and Akner village. Both Monastery Complexes are recognized by UNESCO as “World Heritage Sites” as they represent the flourished Armenian religious architecture, where the unique style was developed by a blend of elements from Byzantine ecclesiastical architecture and the traditional vernacular architecture.

The trail is moderate and appropriate for family hikes.

How to get there?

The trail starts from Haghpat Monastery Complex, about 190 km (4 hours) from Yerevan, via E117/M3 connection roads. The end of this trail is at Sanahin Monastery Complex, for about 18 km (3.5 hours) from Yerevan via E117/M3 connection roads.

Trail characteristics

8 km/ 5 mi

** hours (hiking)

min: 794 m, max: 1032m, ascent: 441m, descent: 408m


8 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:

  • Haghpat Monastery Complex – dated 10th century
  • Kayan Fortress – Dated 13th century
  • Sanahin Monastery Complex – dated 10th century 

Where to stay?

You might stay at B&B’s and guesthouses in Haghpat, Alaverdi or Sanahin. For more information check out our database of B&B’s.

Nearby destinations

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

  • Horomayr Monastery (dated ***) stands still on a cliff 1 km south of Odzun village  
  • Stepanavan Forest Park (132km, 2.5 hours from Yerevan)

Flora & Fauna

To be updated shortly

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

Information generated by: Hikers.am

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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