Sherpa is one of the major ethnic groups native to mountainous regions of Nepal, as well as certain areas of China, Bhutan, India, and the Himalayas.

Sherpas are highly skilled and experienced climbers. They are paid to prepare the route for foreign climbers to follow, fix ropes in place, and carry the necessary climbing kit up the mountain.

Climbing Everest is tough and being a Sherpa is really a risky job.

As some of our friends just started their journey on Everest Base Camp Trek, would like to share some facts on this Trekking Program. Hope to share impressions of our friends after they are back home.
Wishing safe and successful journey for the Team in Nepal!
Destination to Everest base camp is one of the biggest dreams that every trekker has. As the highest base camp trek of the world, thousands of trekkers trek to the Everest base camp annually. Here are some facts about the Everest base camp trek you might wonder to know about:

38 տարեկան փորձառու և ամբողջությամբ առողջ լեռնագնացը Կորդիլլերա Բլանկա (Cordillera Blanca, Պեռու) լեռնագագաթ վերելք կատարելիս երեք օրերի ընթացքում ծանր ուսապարկով 2700 մետր բարձրությունից ուղևորվում է դեպի 4300 բարձրություն.

Սկսենք արկածային զբոսաշրջությունից: Եթե դուք հիմա կարդում եք մեզ, ուրեմն, հավանաբար, շատերի նման սիրում եք լեռներ գնալ կամ քայլել արշավային արահետներով: Հայաստանում դրանք բազմաթիվ են և տարբեր մարզերում կապում են գյուղերն ու դրանց շրջակայքում գտնվող տեսարժան վայրերը՝ հուշարձանները, վանքերն ու եկեղեցիները, ամրոցները, ձգվում են անտառներով, կիրճերով, գյուղերով, լեռներով, դրանցով կարելի է անցնել ոտքով, հեծանիվով, ձիով կամ արտաճանապարհային մեքենայով: Արշավային արահետները արկածային զբոսաշրջային ենթակառուցվածքների մի մասն են, գիշերակացի կազմակերպման վայրերի և այլ հարմարությունների հետ միասին, որոնց բարեկարգ վիճակն ու ապահովությունը կարևոր են, որպեսզի զբոսաշրջիկը նորից ու նորից վերադառնա Հայաստան, աշխուժացնելով ոլորտը մարզերում՝ արդյունքում կայուն եկամուտ ապահովելով տեղում զբոսաշրջիկներին զանազան ծառայություններ մատուցող բնակիչների համար:

We have the pleasure to announce that on late October 2016 the “AHA – Armenia” was launched by the direct support of AHA international chapters and collaboration of local mountaineers. AHA Armenia is aimed to support the development and improvement of adventure tourism in Armenia, more particularly the required infrastructures.

“AHA Armenia highly values the role of tourism in regional development of Armenia and has an in detail evaluation and understanding of challenges to be overcome. We also realize the importance of recognizing and maintaining the Armenian cultural heritage - hiding as treasures in the Armenian Highlands – in achieving our goals.”, announces AHA Armenia.

Telma Ghazarian Altoon (age 41), is the only Armenian ultra-marathoner on the planet. Born to Armenian parents in Iran, raised and living in California, USA, Telma has been running and competing since she was a child. She got on the High School Varsity team in 9th grade and competed all through High School in Track and Cross Country at Glendale High School. She has also competed in track and cross country during her college years at USC (Devision I) on a full athletic scholarship.

May 2016 was fulfilled with new achievements for the Armenian mountaineering community; two successful ascends by Armenian mountaineers to Mt Everest Summit.

Irena Kharazova (from Russia), is the first Armenian lady who successfully ascended the Summit on May 20, after spending 44 days on the Mountain (35 acclimatization days). “…I realized a guy wandering around wearing a hat with Armenian flag on it… stepped forward to find out who is he… there he was, Ara Khatchadourian”, says and smiles Irena during a Skype call.

March 08, 2016- An hour ago we got an update from Artashes about his successful solo ascent to Mt. Elbrus (5642m) after his first attempt on January 5-9, when he made it to 5100 meters and headed back due to closed weather window. According to his Facebook post, he has spent the night in 5300 meters in extreme weather conditions.

He is on his way back to 4200 meters.

Wishing him a safe descent.

By: Hikers.am

A group of four mountaineers from Armenia made a successful ascent to the highest summit in Iran - Mount Damavand - on February 26.

The group started its ascent on February 25 from 2500 meters, experiencing a real feel of -10 degree Celsius at about 3000 m with 15 meters per second wind speed. After an overnight stay at 4200 meters, the group did its final and successful push up to the Summit the next morning and turned back to 4200 meters after spending minutes on the highest point of the Iranian Highlands. 

The group descended back to the starting point on February 27 safe and sound. 

Wishing them more safe & successful ascents & descents. 

The program in details 

The first external summiting attempt of 2016 was performed by Artashes Aramazd Mkrtchyan to Mt. Elbrus during January 5-9, 2016 after his two attempts in 2015 - of whih one has been successful.According to Artashes, over 25 mountaineers (solo or groups) some of them with 8000m and plus experience tried to puch up to the Summit several times but no one could make it to due to absence of an appropriate window.

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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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