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A Hiking Adventure to Mount Tesilk and its Mysterious Cave

Mount Tesilk, standing at 1372 meters high, may not be a popular hiking destination for tourists due to its distance from Yerevan. However, among Armenian hiking groups, it is quite popular and promises to leave an unforgettable impression.

Situated in the Tavush region, near Gandzakar village (137km from Yerevan), Mount Tesilk is one of the branches of the Miapor mountain range and is easily visible from the city of Ijevan.

 

Through a field of chamomile flowers I am hiking towards mount Tesilk


On the slopes of the mountain, one can still observe the ruins of the Budur fortress. On the eastern side, a mysterious cave with the same name, Tesilk, remains hidden. In June, the entire path is adorned with chamomile flowers, creating a fairy-tale-like atmosphere. If you have some extra time to spend in Armenia and wish to explore more, this trail is for you! It is hiking-friendly in all seasons.

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Tour Details:

Start: 7:30 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 6 PM in Yerevan

Hiking Distance: 4.5 km (One way)

Duration: Around 2 hours 

Elevation Gain: 700 meters

Start point: Gandzakar Village

End point: Gandzakar Village

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Point-to-Point    

Transportation: Sedan

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Tour Price to the Summit of Mount Tesilk

1-4 Participants: 100.000 AMD

For larger groups, please consider contacting for more details!

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The Price Includes:

Transportation (Pick Up & Drop-off)

Service of a guide

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The Price Does Not Include:

Airport transfers

Insurance

Lunch (Lunchboxes can be added in case of an extra payment)

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List of things you should consider taking:

1. Backpack: A sturdy backpack to carry all your essentials.

2. Water: Sufficient water to stay hydrated throughout the hike. At least 1.5 liters…

3. Food: Pack lightweight, high-energy snacks or meals to keep your energy levels up.

4. Clothing: Dress in layers, including a waterproof/windproof outer layer, and choose moisture-wicking materials. Having extra socks and boots always welcomed…

5. Hiking Shoes/Boots: Wear comfortable and supportive footwear suitable for the terrain.

6. First Aid Kit: I have mine but in case you are using specific medicaments take with you!

7. Sun Protection: Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect yourself from harmful UV rays.

9. Headlamp/Flashlight: Essential for hiking in low light conditions or during overnight trips.

10. Whistle: A loud whistle for attracting attention in case of emergencies.

11. Trekking Poles: Optional but helpful for stability, especially on challenging terrains.

12. Rain Gear: A lightweight, waterproof jacket or poncho to stay dry during rain showers.

13. Trash Bag: Carry a small bag to pack out your trash and keep the trail clean.

Remember, this list may vary depending on the length and difficulty of the hike, weather conditions, and personal needs. But this were the basic things I decided to emphasize!

 

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