Mount Urts (Urts Ler)


Located in Ararat region, Mount Urts (2446 meters) is the birthplace of Armenian moufflon and habitat of red-listed species, overlooking the Ararat Valley. The slopes are semi-deserted, however, you might come across with herds all around.
Winter and spring are considered as best ascending seasons; you might even ski down the hill in winter.
Few might have ever visited or even heard of the Surp Karapet (St. John the Baptist) monastery tucked away in the Urtsasar mountains. Built in the early 14th century, the monastic complex is notable for its relatively well-preserved main church and a graveyard with hundreds of tombstones with fine ornamentations.
Do not miss to get into contact with the villagers; tasty Armenian lavash (Armenian bread) is awaiting you.
Urts mountain range is located between Shaghap and Aratso rivers of Vedi, in the south of Ararat region, with 25 km length. 


Location: Ararat region (Urts mountain range)
Distance from Yerevan: 95 km, 2-2.5 hour
Start point: Moshaghbyur, between Lanjar village & Surp Karapet monastery
Duration: 5 km, 4-5 hours (back & forth)
Altitude: 2446 m
Type: Folded mountain
Difficulty level: 2 (on 1-10 scale)
Dangerous passages: none
  Accompany of guide(s) is recommended!



Camping around the slopes.

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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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