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Hike Armenia by choosing the popular Smbataberd hiking trail

Join my guided tour to discover the beauty of Armenia with a hike along the popular Smbataberd - Tsaghats Kar hiking trail. A favorite destination among outdoor adventurers.

Smbataberd (fortress of Smbat) is one of the most popular hiking trails in Armenia! Except for hot July and August other months are “hiking friendly”.

The walls that stood for centuries...

From Eghegis village, the trail will take us to the medieval Smbataberd (Fortress of Smbat). This is one of the best-preserved medieval fortresses in Armenia and it takes around 1 hour to reach there. Then we will proceed towards the monastic complex Tsaghats Kar, which is approximately a 2-hour hike from Smbataberd.


The tourist among the ruins of Tsaghats kar monastic complex!

The site consists of two groups of structures, separated by a distance of 200 meters and it will leave a huge impression on you especially the half ruined upper complex!

Afterward, we will descend to the village of Eghegis and conclude our hike near Zorats Monastery! The view towards gorge and opposite cliffs is something which will make you create fascinating Instagrams Reels!


 Tour Details:

Start: 7:30-8.00 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 (Tsakhats Kar Monastery)

Difficulty: Moderate

Trail Type: One way

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:

Transportation (Pick Up & Drop-off)

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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