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Climbing mount Azhdahak

Hiking tour to the highest summit of Geghama mountain range: extinct volcano Azhdahak. Discover awe-inspiring landscapes of wild Armenia, encounter endemic flora and fauna, and witness traces of wildlife on this unforgettable hike. Join your guide in Armenia for an immersive journey through nature and heritage. By choosing this trail and hiking in Armenia you will take with you unforgettable moments...

Located in the Geghama Mountain Range, extinct volcano Azhdahak with its crater lake offers an unforgettable experience for those seeking awe-inspiring landscapes and an immersion in Armenia's rich history.

Standing proudly at an elevation of 3,597 meters (11,801 feet) this “Red Giant” attracts every hiker who learns about it! On a clear day, from the top you can see Lake Sevan in the distance, nearby Lake Akna and Vishapalich (Dragon Lake) while the rugged peaks of neighboring mountains create a dramatic backdrop.



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Approaching to mount Azhdahak



This is how my DJI Mavic 3 Mini Pro drone saw mount Azhdahak!


The ascent to Mount Azhdahak unveils a tapestry of diverse flora and fauna. As you navigate the trails, you'll encounter  endemic wildflowers and traces of animals that call this mountain home.


wolf traces, traces on snow, bear traces

The traces of some wild animals that we saw on our way to mount Azhdhak


This is the view that opens up in front of your eyes from the summit of mount Azhdahak


As mentioned above, Azhdahak is home to diverse flora. During my hikes, there's a tradition - each time we encounter flowers, we place our boots close to the flower and take a photo! In this photo, you can see Dianthus pavonius, the peacock-eye pink. These species are mainly found in the southern Alps of France and Italy and in the Pyrenees. However, on your way to Azhdahak, you can also encounter them. Dianthus pavonius grows in grasslands and prefers sunny areas with moderately nutrient-rich, moist soil, at altitudes ranging from 1,100 to 3,000 meters (3,600 to 9,800 feet) above sea level.



 Dianthus pavonius, the peacock-eye pink


A visit to Mount Azhdahak is not just a journey through breathtaking landscapes but also an opportunity to immerse yourself in the rich heritage and natural wonders of Armenia.


petroglyphs

The famous petroglyphs of Geghama mountains

On our way back we will have a stop near famous Geghama petroglyphs, dating back centuries  and standing as a testament to the mountain's cultural significance and the rich history of Armenia.




Mount Azhdahak and Red Ridge as seen by my drone!




Let the spirit of adventure guide you as you explore this magnificent peak and create lasting memories in the heart of Armenian Highland!

Tour Details:

Start: 7:30-8.00 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 5 PM in Yerevan

Hiking Distance: 5.2km (One way)

Duration: Around 2.5 hours (Ascent)!

Altitude Gain: 600 meters

Start point: Foot of mount Paytasar

End point: Foot of mount Paytasar

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Off-road Car

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Tour Price to the Summit of Mount Azhdahak

1-3 Participants: 100.000 AMD (If there will be a free bigger car (Mitsubishi Delica) available it’s possible to include one more hiker in this price list!).

For larger groups, please consider contacting for more details!

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The price includes:

Pick up & drop off (In Yerevan)

Transportation in air conditioned vehicle

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!



Azhdahak in November! Feel the cold!

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