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Hiking tour to Tghit cyclopean fortress

Step off the map and explore a cyclopean fortress that few people have visited. Though still a non popular destination I personally see a huge potential in this trail and consider it to be one of the best hikes an outdoor adventurer can take! Join my guided tour, discover and experience Armenia.

If you are the one who wants to step off the map and explore non-popular hiking destinations then this trail is for you.

Tghit Cyclopic Fortress is a Late Bronze and Early Iron Age fortress located 2.5 km west of Tegehnik village in the Kotayk region, on one of the wooded peaks of the Tsaghkunyats mountain range.


cyclopic fortress, walls, megalithic marvels, fortress

The thick bushes were hindering my advance but already I am a few meters away from conquering the cyclopean fortress!


It was discovered in 1975 by the joint archaeological expedition of the Institutes of Art, Archaeology, and Ethnography of the Academy of Sciences of the Armenian SSR and the Armenian Studies Center of Yerevan University. The fortress comprises a walled settlement, a reservoir, and tombs, covering an area of approximately 1 hectare. I stood there, gazing in wonder, contemplating how our ancestors managed to build walls that have stood for thousands of years. In some places, the preserved parts of the walls and towers exceed 6 meters in height. The main gate is approximately 5 meters wide and two existing entrances are still intact.




Coffee break inside Tghit cyclopean fortress


Although extensive excavations have not been conducted on the site thus far, it beckons further exploration and study to unravel its secrets and shed light on this ancient civilization's remarkable accomplishments.

 

Tour Details:

Start: 7:30-8.00 AM from Yerevan

Finish: Around 4-5 PM in Yerevan

Hiking Distance: 5 km (One way)

Duration: 2.5-3 hours (Ascent)!

Altitude Gain: 640 meters

Start point: Tegheniq village

End point: Tegheniq village

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Sedan

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Tour Price to the Cyclopic Fortress Tghit

1-4 Participants: 60.000 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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