Mount Vayots (Vayots Sar)


Located in Vayq district of Vayots’ Dzor region (3 km to South-West of Karmrashen village, North-West of Herher village), Mount Vayots (Vayots Sar) is a volcanic cone with an altitude of 2581 meters standing still in Laynanist mountain range. At the top, there is a 125-meters deep crater.
The slopes of Vayots Sar are used as pasture; therefore, you might come across with herds. Ascend Vayots Sar from Eastern slope. Winter and spring are considered as best ascending seasons; you might even ski down the hill in winter.
It is noteworthy to know about the crevice passing through Herher village, with a cold air flow out from the crevice. Villagers have built cellars on the crevice to utilize the cold air flow.

Geo-location: Latitude: 39° 47' 47.5" (39.7965°) north; Longitude: 45° 29' 46" (45.4961°) east.


Location: Vayots' Dzor region, Vayq district
Distance from Yerevan: 158 km, 3-4 hour
Start point: in-between Herher and Karmrashen villages
Duration: 10 km, 4-5 hours (back & forth)
Altitude: 2581 m (Altitude gain 600m)
Type: Volcanic cone
Difficulty level: 1 (on 1-10 scale)
Dangerous passages: none
  Accompany of guide(s) is recommended!



Camping around the slopes.

Photo album:

Photo credit: Suren Khazarchyan (

Information provided by: Suren Khazarchyan ( 


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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