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Hiking tour to Smbataberd Fortress

Smbataberd – Tsaghats Kar – Zorats Monastery is for those who want to discover rich Armenian cultural heritage on their hiking trail. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy this guided tour since there are many historical monuments to discover and the diverse terrain is hiking friendly!

Smbataberd – Tsaghats Kar – Zorats Monastery is an ideal route for travelers seeking to explore the abundant cultural heritage of Armenia during their hiking expedition.

The walls that stood for centuries...

Smbataberd is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Armenia and it takes around 1 hour to reach there.

Taking photos after reaching Smbataberd fortress

Then we will proceed towards the monastic complex Tsaghats Kar, which is approximately a 2-hour hike from Smbataberd.

The site Tsaghats Kar consists of two groups of structures, separated by a distance of 200 meters (656 feet), and it will leave a huge impression on you. The upper complex, in particular, always appears mysterious to hikers.

Inside the Tsaghats Kar complex, visitors can explore Surb Hovhannes church, constructed in 989, Surb Karapet church dating back to the 10th century, and numerous other edifices that currently lie in a state of disrepair.

Afterward, we will descend to the village of Eghegis and conclude our hike near Zorats Monastery!

Zorats church: end of the trail!

It's advisable to refrain from selecting this route during the hot summer months. It's wise to omit it from your itinerary, particularly in July and August.


Tour Details:

Start: 7:30 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 6 PM in Yerevan

Hiking Distance: 10.5 km (One way)

Duration: 5 hours

Altitude Gain: 600 meters

Start point: Yeghegis village

End point: Yeghegis village (Zorats church)

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Circular with linear branches

Transportation: Sedan


Tour Price to Smbataberd Fortress

1-4 Participants: 90.000 AMD

For larger groups, please consider contacting for more details!


The price includes:

Pick up & drop off (In Yerevan)

Transportation in air conditioned vehicle

Service of a guide


The Price Does Not Include:

Airport transfers


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


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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