Hiking trail 2.5*
Confluence of the Vedi and Khosrov Rivers – Tapi Fortress – Vedi” Visitor Center- White House – Bridge – Khosrov village ruins – Old Meteorogical Station –Oak forest- Trchnaberd (Bird Castle) – Vedi Visitor Center
Length: 30 km
Duration hours: 4.30-5 hours (not counting the times of rest , food-breaks and vehicle transfer)
Difficulty level: Moderate
Minimum elevation: 1165 meters (3822 feet)
Average elevation: 1475 meters (4839 feet)
Maximum elevation: 2002 meters (6568 feet)
Maximum slope: 31,1-31,3%
Description: This trail passes through Khosrov district and includes wonderful cultural-historical and nature monuments. It can be passed on foot or by horses and partially by car.
The tour starts by an off-road vehicle or horsebeack riding towards Tapi Fortress (also called Gevorg Marzpetuni), which is a small fortified structure with a church within its compound. It is located on a hill in the north-western part of Urts town being surrounded by mountains. Tapi Fortress was built in the 10th centuary and it has great architectural and fortification value. It is set on a low hill, suggesting it may not have been built as a castle per se, but rather as a fortified monastery. After returning from Tapi Fortress the trail continues to Vedi visitor centre from where starts the hike. The next stop of this trip is by the White House. The White House was previously used by scholars for scientific research. It is a cozy nice little house where you can take some rest and continue further. From here as the road goes up, it starts to descend and reaches the iron bridge. Near the bridge 10 m to the north there is a beautiful waterfall and a resting pavilion. After the bridge the trail turns to the north towards the ruins of Khosrov abandoned village surrounded by wall-nut trees, remnants of a church and numerous beautiful cross-stones. The trail goes through the picturesque canyon of the Khosrov River valley covered by forests with many beautiful landscapes and natural monuments such as homogenous dense oak forest, mountainous slopes with broken stones and a high mountainous rocky mountain called “Trchnaberd” (bird’s fortress). In this area at certain hours you Bezoar Goats can be observed on rocky slopes. On the way up you may be lucky to observe the gorgeous flight of black vultures since they have a nesting area nearby. This is the only place in Armenia where the unique black vulture (IUCN Red List) nests in juniper sparse forests. Most of all hiking in the very heart of this beautiful forest you are highly encouraged to stay quiet in order to maintain the harmony of wilderness. The hike ends in the White House from where you can be picked up by off-road vehicle or continue the tour on horses and get to Vedi 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.
*Hiking – Guide is required