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Aparan Reservoir Loop Trail

Discover the Aparan Reservoir Loop Trail, just 45 km from Yerevan, perfect for hiking in all seasons. Learn about the reservoir's history, its impact on local villages, and the fascinating submerged church. Choose between the Big Loop and Small Loop, both winding through picturesque pine forests and alpine meadows. Get your guide and embark on a trendy outdoor adventure!

Aparan Reservoir Loop Trail is perfect for hiking at any season of the year, although in winter in some places the layer of snow can be above knees, thus hinder the movement!

 


Aparan reservoir, reservoir

The reservoir was built in 1962-1967 and the area is 7.9 square kilometers. For the construction 2 villages Kasakh and Zovuni were relocated to the vicinity of Yerevan.

 


church, Armenian church, destroyed church

In 1967, 2 small churches Surb Vardan and Tukh Manuk, built in the 5th century, were also relocated to a safe place. Built in the 4th century, St. Poghos-Petros basilica partially goes under water 3-4 months a year.

 


mount Aragats, Armenia

Throughout all your way you can feel the calming presence of the reservoir and enjoy the view opening towards mount Aragats!

 



On Aparan reservoir loop trail in winter


The trail is devided into two parts : The Big Loop and The Small Loop, the first one is relatively more difficult, there are some ascents, but both trails run through a beautiful pine forest and alpine meadows!

  



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Tour Details:

Start: 7:30-8.00 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 5 PM in Yerevan

Big Loop Trail: 5.4 km

Small Loop Trail: 4.9km

Duration: Around 5 hours 

Elevation Gain: 195 meters

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Loop    

Transportation: Sedan (Wolkswagen Jetta)

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Tour price:

1-4 Participants: 60.000 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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