2.6 Hiking Tour (combined)

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

Type of trip: Linear

Route: Crossing the road towards Martuni and Khosrov District of KFSR – Confluence of Vedi and Khosrov Rivers – Old settlement ruins – Bank of Vedi river – Barrier – Confluence of Aghjur and Vedi Rivers – Confluence of Mankunk and Vedi Rivers – Fishfarm – Barrier – Bridge – Jghin Lake -Mankunk village ruins – Spitak (white) Monastery

Description: The tour starts by an off-road vehicle or horse heading towards the Barrier after Fishfarm, where you start the hike up to the wonderful wilderness area. Being in the very heart of this beautiful forest you are highly encouraged to stay quiet in order to maintain the harmony of wilderness. Duration of the tour is approximately 5.40-7.00 hours, and the length is 16.5 km. This is a difficult complexity tour during which you can see remnants of Spitak Vanq (monastery), numerous cross-stones, the beautiful valley of the River Mankuk, forest landscapes, huge vertical rocky mountains and many other beautiful views. Bezoar goat, Caucasian Brown bear, white-headed griffon, the variety of reptile species can be observed in this area. The hike ends at the same spot where you started, from where you can be picked up by off-road vehicle or continue the tour on horses and get to Garni visitor center. 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: 1659 meters (5443 feet)

Average elevation: 1900 meters (6233 feet)

Maximum elevation: 2055 meters (6742 feet)

Maximum slope: 33.4% -34.0%

Condition of trail: middle

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

Length: 16.5 km ( 10.3 mile)

Difficulty level (and score): difficult, 22

Duration and Type:* 5.40-7.00 hours, linear

Price / AMD (entry fee): local visitors 2000, foreign visitors 4000

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