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Climbing Southern Aragats in Armenia

Ready to conquer a peak and witness breathtaking scenery? Join me on a guided hiking adventure to the summit of Southern Aragats, the most accessible peak offering a truly unforgettable experience. The journey from Republic Square to Lake Kari spans 60km, and within just 1 hour and 10 minutes, we'll arrive! Discover Armenia with me and don't miss the chance to experience "Aragats Gravity Hill" along the way.

Aragats, a majestic four-peaked mountain, dominates Armenia's rugged landscape. This natural wonder, adorned with snow-capped summits, vibrant meadows, and remnants of ancient volcanic activity, promises a captivating experience for adventurers and nature lovers alike.


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Mount Aragats as seen by me while hiking around Aparan Reservoir Loop Trail


Mount Aragats has four summits, which are named according to their relative geographic position:

Northern—4,090 m (13,420 ft) Highest in Armenia

Western—3,995 m (13,107 ft)

Eastern—3,908 m (12,822 ft)

Southern—3,888 m (12,756 ft)


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Western, Northern and Eastern summits as seen from the top of Southern summit

Southern Aragats, at 3,888 meters (12,756 ft), is especially popular due to its relative ease of access. An old, well-maintained asphalt road winds its way up to 3,200 meters, where you'll find the captivating Stone Lake, the Meteorological Station, and the Cosmic Ray Research Station. This is where our hike truly begins!



We start our hike from the shore of Lake Kari (Stone Lake)! This is how you see Southern Aragats from there!


Reaching the trailhead from Yerevan's Republic Square takes about 61 kilometers. By starting early in the morning, we can avoid traffic and reach the starting point in about an hour. But the fun doesn't stop there! Along the way, we'll make a pitstop at a fascinating natural anomaly – the "Aragats Gravity Hill" – for some gravity-defying experiments!

This isn't just a hike; it's an adventure! Join me and discover the beauty and wonder of Southern Aragats.


We have left Lake Kari behind and moving towards the summit!


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Tour Details:

Start: 7:30-8.00 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 5 PM in Yerevan

Hiking Distance: 5.5km (One way)

Duration: 2.5-3 hours (Ascent)! Descent takes around 2 hours

Altitude Gain: 688 meters

Start point: Stone Lake

End point: Stone Lake

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Sedan

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Tour Price to the Summit of Mount Aragats (Southern)!

1-4 Participants: 80.000 AMD

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!

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