Haghartsin monastery to Yenokavan


Region/Marz: Tavush
Town: Haghartsin, Yenohavan & Okonavan villages
Distance from Yerevan: 2 hours by car
Start of the trail: Haghartsin or Yenokavan villages
Duration: 3 to 4 days
Difficult passages: 2
Guides accompany is mandatory!

One of the most impressive, extreme and less known trekking destinations in Armenia.

A great opportunity to trek through forests and mountainous areas, will realize unique caves, coming across with shepherds, swimming in rivers and under waterfalls.

Getting relaxed in a fairytale place called Lastiver.

Get ready to live far away from civilization for three or four days, as you will deepen in forests of Ijevan and Hovk mountains into a pretty wild nature.

Trekking plan:

Day 1: Yerevan - Haghartsin - Haghartsin summer inhabitation
Hiking duration: 7-8 hours
Difficulty level: 4 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
1. Old Monastery
2. Haghartsin Summer Inhabitation (Bina)

Day 2: Haghartsin Bina – Icehouse cave (Buskhana) - Winding cave - Khachaghbyur Gorge
Hiking duration:
7-8 hours
Difficulty level: 5 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
1. Caving in the Icehouse or as locals call Buskhana
2. Caving in the Winding cave

Day 3: Khachaghbyur Gorge - Okonavan - Lastiver
Hiking duration: 5-6 hours
Difficulty level: 4 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
1. Lastiver Anapat resort
2. Lastiver cave
You can spend the night at wooden cottages; 5000 AMD per cottage for 3-5 person, or
you may stay in your tent and pay 1000 AMD.

Day 4: Lastiver - Yenokavan - Yerevan
Hiking duration:
2 hours
Difficulty level: 2 (on a scale of 1 to 10)
1. Do the Zipline
2. APAGA Gomer Resort in Yenokavan where you can spend a full relaxation time.

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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