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Climbing mount Aragats (all 4 summits)

From Yerevan to Mount Aragats! This article is a useful tourist guide on how to climb all four summits of Mount Aragats, with Northern Aragats being the highest mountain in Armenia! Join my guided tour to explore Armenia's diverse geography and discover the beauty of Mount Aragats.

Mount Aragats is located in the central part of Armenia, northwest of Yerevan and north of the Ararat Plain at the border of Aragatsotn and Shirak regions! Emerging boldly amidst Armenia's rugged terrain, Mount Aragats proudly showcases its four summits, serving as a magnificent emblem of both natural splendor and cultural importance. Featuring its snow-capped peaks, verdant meadows, and ancient volcanic formations, this imposing mountain promises an enthralling adventure for both outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike.

The 4 summits of mount Aragats are named according to their relative geographic position:

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

Western—3,995 m (13,107 ft)

Eastern—3,908 m (12,822 ft)

Southern—3,888 m (12,756 ft)


All four summits offer accessible hiking routes suitable for adventurers of varying skill levels, with no technical expertise required. The Southern Summit stands out for its popularity, thanks to its easy accessibility. The Northern Summit presents a more challenging ascent, demanding robust physical fitness. The remaining two summits offer trails slightly more demanding than the Southern Summit. During our journey, we'll take a break to enjoy some playful experiments at "Aragats Gravity Hill".


Northern Aragats

The view of Northern Aragats from the peak of the Southern Summit, as witnessed by me


Northern Aragats — 4,090 m (13,420 ft)

Tour details:

Distance: 6km (One way)

Altitude Gain: 1090 meters

Duration:  4,5 hours (Ascent)! Descent takes around 3,5 hours

Start point: Gegharot Waterfall (3000m)

End point: Gegharot Waterfall (3000m)

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Off-road car

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

1-3 Participants: 110.000 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)


Eastern Aragats, Armenia

Eastern Aragats as seen by me from the top of Southern Summit

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Eastern Aragats — 3,908 m (12,822 ft)

Tour Details:

Distance: 5.5km (One way)

Altitude Gain: 1200 meters

Duration: 3.5 - 4 hours (Ascent)! Descent takes around 3 hours

Start point: 10 km up from Aragats village, towards Gegharod waterfall

End point: 10 km up from Aragats village, towards Gegharod waterfall

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Off-road car

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

1-3 participants: 100.000 AMD

For larger groups, please consider contacting for more details!

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The price includes:

Pick up & drop off (In Yerevan)

Transportation

Service of a guide

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Western Aragats, Armenia

Western Aragats from the top of Southern Summit


Western Aragats — 3,995 m (13,107 ft)

Tour details:

Distance: 6.5km (One way)

Altitude Gain: 800 meters

Duration: 3.5-4 hours (Ascent)! Descent takes around 3 hours

Start point: Stone Lake

End point: Stone Lake

Difficulty: Difficult

Trail Type: Linear

Transportation: Sedan

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

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

Service of a guide

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Lake Kari, Aragats

Southern Aragats as seen by me from the shore of lake Kari


Southern Aragats — 3,888 m (12,756 ft)

Tour details:

Distance: 5.5km (One way)

Altitude Gain: 688 meters

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

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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