Vernashen to Spitakavor Monastery & Proshaberd Fortress

The trail starts from Vernashen village in Vayots-Dzor province, it leads to Spitakavor Monastery (14th c.) and Proshaberd (Boloraberd) Fortress (13th c.). The terrain is moderate and passes through forests for about 7 km to get to the Monastery, thereafter for about 2 km through steep slopes up to the ruins of Proshaberd Fortress. Several kilometers from the Fortress, you will come across with ruins of an old town.

Even-though you can take the same trail back to Vernashen but it is highly recommended to go around Proshaberd where you will find the steep slopes and high cliffs surrounding the Fortress, making it inaccessible for invaders.

Water streams will be found all around the trail. Beware of bears especially in early morning and late-night hikes.

How to get there?

The trail starts from Vernashen village, for about 130 km (2h15m) from Yerevan, via E117 interstate road.

Trail characteristics

6.5 km

7-8 hours (hiking) back & forth 

min: 1544m, max: 2343m, ascent: 882m, descent: 83m


* marking signs (posts)

What to do?

The trail is appropriate only for hiking. 

What to see around?

Within the trail you will come across with cultural monuments & attractions listed below:

  • Spitakavor Monastery (St. Holy Virgin), 14th century
  • Boloraberd (Proshaberd) Fortress, 13th century
  • National Hero, Garegin Njdeh’s grave

Where to stay?

You might stay at B&B’s and guesthouses in the region or camp around the Monastery. For more information check out our database of B&B’s.

Nearby destinations

There are several destinations and hiking trails in the region; it worth you spend several days in the region.

  • Aghavnadzor to Hors town
  • Shatin to Shativank Trail
  • Yeghegis to Smbataberd Fortress & Tsakhats Kar Monastery
  • Amaghu to Noravank Monastery

Flora & Fauna

To be updated shortly

Elevation profile

Photo album 

GPS track

Follow the GPS track of this trail via the below map; however, keep in mind to consult with local guides before heading to the trail.


Trail marked by AHA Armenia

Photo credit: Suren Khazarchian

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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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