Aragats Northern Summit ski trail

The ski trail is located on the highest, Northern Summit (4,090m) of Mount Aragats in Aragatsotn province of Armenia. The ski trail starts from Geghadzor village where you can stay for an overnight. You can take off-road vehicles (Jeep or Vilis) from the Village to take you to the start point. The ski run should be started early in the morning, as the trail usually takes 8-10 hours. We recommend taking the trail in spring (March, April, May) as the difficulties of reaching the North Summit of Aragats are less during this time of the year. The territory is mostly covered with an abundance of powdered snow. Be ready for a long descent, soft snow and marvelous sights.

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 Summit in the Republic of Armenia.  The West Summit is the second with 3995.3m and is followed by the East - 3908.2m and South Summits- 3887.8m.      

Where to stay?

It is recommended to get to the Village of Geghadzor a day before the tour. You can stay for an overnight in one of the guest houses 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: February - May
  • Ski trail length: 22 km
  • Ski run: 10 hours
  • Total ascent:1473m
  • Total descent: 1500m
  • Max elevation: 3,890m
  • Min elevation: 2,200m

How to get to the Trail

Take a taxi (or personal car) to get to Geghadzor Village.

  • Distance from Yerevan: 81 km
  • Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes on car
  • Cost: 8,500 - 9,000 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 of “UCOM” and “Viva Cell-MTS” service providers is available not only in the Village but also up to the Mountain. In case of incidents, rescue services function in Armenia with 24/7 principle; call 911. Beware of dogs in villages.

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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