Mount Shresht

Mount Shresht is located in Vardenis Mountains of Vayots Dzor province, on outskirts of Yelpin village (2 km North-East). Mount Shresht is a conical mountain with steep slopes, especially on the southern side, where you will have to climb some sections up to the Summit. Mount Shresht has a flat summit where you might realize the remains of the 13-14th century Nerbuyn (or Nerbin, Nerpin) fortress. It is said that Yelpin is the transformation of Nerpin. Moreover it worth to know that the Mountain is called Shresht due to the flora on the Summit; Shresht or Eremuarm plant grows on Mount Shresht.

You will have to start the hike at Yelpin village, with an amazing view of Karkatar Mountain range. It is highly advised not only ascent Mount Shresht but also to hike around Mount Shresht massif, where you will visit the ruins of old Armenian villages, a church and a cemetery. You will find a nice place next to Vardanes (Vardenik) reservoir to spend some time for refreshment.

On your way back to Yelpin, you will realize fascinating scenes of high cliffs and small waterfalls in Shresht River gorge, underneath the trail. The round trip will take about 14 kilometers. Be aware of shepherd dogs and avoid hiking in small groups.


Altitude: 2098 m

Province: Vayots-Dzor

Town/village: Yelpin village

Mountain range: Vardenis Mountains

Trail length: 14 km

Distance from Yerevan: 100 km (1h45m)


You can set up your camp next to the reservoir.

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  • 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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