Khosrov Forest State Reserve Hiking trail 1.2

Havuts Tar Monastery

Hiking trail 1.2

Garni village– Azat river canyon – Symphony of Stones – Old Bridge – Garni Visitor Center – Havuts Tar Monastery -Garni Temple

Length: 11.1 km
Duration hours: 3-4 hours (not counting the times of rest , food-breaks and vehicle transfer)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Minimum elevation: 1232 meters (4055 feet)
Average elevation: 1453 meters (4767 feet)
Maximum elevation: 1623 meters (5325 feet)
Maximum slope: 38.3-50.2%

 

 

 

 

Description: This hiking trip is a wonderful opportunity to see a medieval cultural-historical monument, a nature monument and great views of rocky landscape. It can be passed on foot or by horses.

The trip starts from Garni village then turn and follow the ancient path through the gorge down to the amazing ”Symphony of Stones” nature monument, which appeared during complex geological processes and is one of the very few formations of this kind in the world. The path is steep and requires you to be careful especially in steepest sections. Over the Azat river here is the Old bridge of Garni built in the 11th century. This medieval bridge connects the right lower bank of the river to the left higher one and it has linked Garni village with Havuts Tar monastery starting from the middle ages. From here the path continues towards the Garni Visitor Center of Khosrov Forest State Reserve. Then you hike towards the 11th century medieval monastic complex Havuts Tar located on one of the heights of the Azat river valley and it is a half-ruined but very beautiful monument with unique views of surrounding rocky landscape. On the way back from the complex you’ll again pass by Garni Visitor Center. The tour ends with a visit to Garni Temple.

You can find the trail route here.