2.2 Hiking Tour (combined)

Type of service: hybrid (hiking and off-roading combined)

Route: Garni Visitor Center -Geghmahovit village ruins -Astghik’s Waterfall -Vahagn’s Waterfall – Garni Visitor Center

Description: This is a tour to deeper parts of Khosrov Forest State Reserve passing through various historical and cultural sites. You start the hike at Geghmahovit settlement’s ruins from where you head up towards Astghik’s waterfall and then Vahagn’s waterfall, both amazingly beautiful and connected by the mythological meanings of the names. In the earliest prehistoric period Astghik had been worshipped as the Armenian deity of fertility and love, and she was been the wife or lover of Vahagn Vishapakagh (Vahagn the Dragon Reaper), the god of fire and war worshiped in Armenia. The trip is relatively short and end at the same spot where you started, at Geghmahovit settlement’s ruins. You can be picked up by off-road vehicle or continue the tour on horses and get to Garni visitor center where you started. Duration of the tour is approximately 2.10-2.40 hours, and the length is 6.1 km. This is a very challenging tour, and passes through the Azat river picturesque gorge, bridge, natural landscapes and monuments, ruined villages and waterfalls. Bezoar goat, Caucasian Brown bear, white – headed griffon, variety of reptile species can be observed in this area.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.

Minimum elevation: 1356 meters (4449 feet)

Average elevation: 1438 meters (4718 feet)

Maximum elevation: 1561 meters (5121 feet)

Maximum slope: 36.2% -36.2%

Condition of trail: middle

Status of trail: unbuilt, unmarked, unsigned (GPS file available)

Length: 6.1 km (3.76 mile)

Difficulty level (and score): challenging, 14

Duration and Type:* 2.10-2.40 hours, linear

*(not counting the times of rest, food-breaks and off-road vehicle transfer)