Geghama Mountains


Region/Marz: Kotayk
Town/Village: Sevaberd and/or Artis village
Distance from Yerevan: 50 minutes
Start of the trail: Sevaberd and/or Artis village
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Dangerous passages: none
Guide(s) accompany is mandatory!

This almost evergreen region is a great destination for multi-day programs. In addition to the fascinating nature, meadows, water channels, rivers and lakes, you will come across with Stone Dragons (Vishapakar), and petroglyphs.

Trekking plan:

Day 1: Yerevan - Sevaberd village - Akna Lake (camp site)
7-8 hours
Level of difficulty: 4 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
While passing by shepherds camps, be aware of their dogs as they may behave aggressively.
1. Akna Lake or Karbi Gyol
2. Rivers & waterfall to swim in

Day 2: Akna Lake - Ajdahak - Petroglyphs - Vishap Lake
9-10 hours
Level of difficulty: 5 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
Be aware of wolves & bears.
1. Small mountain lakes
2. Mt. Ajdahak
3. Mt. Nazik
4. Volcanic lake on Mt. Nazik
5. Vishap Lake
6. 3000 years old Stone Dragons

Day 3: Vishap Lake - Artis village - Yerevan
5-6 hours
Level of difficulty: 2 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
1. a spectacular view of Geghard Monastery Complex
The first village you will get to on your way back is Artis Village also called Geghard Village by the locals.

Photo album:

Photo credit: Suren Khazarchian
Information provided by: Gor Ayzak Hovhannisyan

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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