Hiking trail 2.1*
Garni Visitor Center – Geghmahovit early medieval church – Vahagni’s and Astghik’s Waterfalls – Garni Visitor Center
Length: 21 km
Duration hours: 5.30-6 hours (not counting the times of rest , food-breaks and vehicle transfer)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Minimum elevation: 1291 meters (4255 feet)
Average elevation: 1549 meters (5121 feet)
Maximum elevation: 1945 meters (6381 feet)
Maximum slope: 32,7%-32,6%
Description: This trail passes through Garni and Kakavaberd districts. It can be passed on foot or by horses and partially by car.
This hiking trail starts from Garni Visitor Center and it brings to Geghmahovit uninhabited village. According to the data of historical-architectural analysis the first buildings here were constructed even in the V century of a roughly trimmed crude stone. The semi-destroyed walls and bases of the houses are preserved in the territory. A one-nave church with a basilica structure is located in the village center. The abandoned village and the church are considered as one of the best samples of early medieval architecture. Next on this route is Vahagni’s waterfall, and then to Astghik’s waterfall. Visiting these waterfalls is a perfect opportunity to rest on hot summer days. The trail has some difficult passages but the great impressions from surrounding nature and refreshing energy of waterfalls will help to gain power back and continue the hike. These two waterfalls are connected to each other by their mythological names: in Pagan times Astghik was the Goddess of fertility and beauty, the lover or wife of Vahagn the Dragonfighter – God of war and fire. After visiting the waterfalls the trail goes back to Garni Visitor Centre. This tour offers you a good hiking opportunity that would be much enjoyed in combination with either horseback-riding or off-roading due to its length and complicity.
* Hiking – Guide is required
You can find the trail route here.