Lake Al 6 days

Yerevan, Armenia (0)
  • Hiking


Hiking is a manifestation of activity and vigor: overcoming obstacles, extreme conditions, and the most important – healthy lifestyle. We’ll spend these 6 unforgettable days in the boundless expanses of Armenia, enjoying the freedom and the beauty of nature. Welcome to Armenia!

Meeting at the “Zvartots” airport, transfer to the hotel in Yerevan. We’re leaving the luggage here and getting ready for the upcoming trip.

The tour is 180 kilometers, starting from Yerevan up to spa town of Jermuk. The 120 kilometers – long road to Areni is completely smooth.

Village of Areni

On our way we’ll stop at the village of Areni. The area has a very rich history. Recently in one of the caves of Areni a 5500-year-old shoe was found, which is the oldest shoe in the world. There have also been found ancient jugs, proving that winemaking in Areni has a long history. Of course, we’ll take the chance to visit the famous cave. After having dinner we’ll have the opportunity to taste natural Armenian wine.

The distance from Areni to Jermuk is 60 kilometers. The nature is indescribably beautiful and charming. On the both sides of the road we can see high cliffs and densely growing trees. There are numerous cultural and historical monuments in the Vayots Dzor Province and one of them is Noravank, where we’re heading to.


The monastic complex of Noravank was built in the XII-XIV centuries. It’s located in a narrow gorge made by the river Amaghu. The gorge is famous for the steep red rocks, towering above the monastery. The monastic complex was the residency of the Armenian Orbelian princes. In the territory of the monastery we can see unique khachkaars carved by the skillful Armenian masters.

We’ll have dinner in nature, then we’ll have a rest and then will continue our tour.


One of the main attractions of Jermuk is the reservoir of Kechut with a beautiful name – “Pearl”. The reservoir, with the average depth of 20 meters, was built in 1981. Standing on the bridge, which leads to the reservoir, we can admire the gorgeous view of the endless forests and steppes of Jermuk. The beauty of nature is just admiring.


Further on, an unforgettable walk in the picturesque Jermuk is waiting for us. We’ll see the healing geysers and the waterfalls of Jermuk. We’ll also visit the Gallery of Jermuk which is really a unique place. In the territory of the gallery there are water taps, from which you can drink mineral water. After tasting the miraculous water, enjoying the fresh air and the admiring nature, no one wants to leave this place, in order to extend the pleasure.

Jermuk is divided into two parts by the gorge of Arpa River. Through the gorge runs the waterfall, named “Mermaid’s curls”. Also there are stone monuments here – The Arch of Wishes and the Peerless Heart.

We’ll spend the night at the hotel in Jermuk.


Yerevan Cascade



After having a healthy breakfast we’ll continue our jeep-tour through the rude off-roads of Armenia, with a lot of mysteries. We’ll have dinner here, enjoying the

National Park

Overcoming the obstacles and climbing the steep and stony mountain, we’ll reach the National Park of Jermuk. Here are growing more than 50 species of trees, which are included in the Red List. Here we’ll have dinner, enjoying the natural harmony, and then we’ll continue to conquer the mountain up to its highest point. We’re heading to the lake.

Lake Al

Lakes are just like paradise for those, who are fond of active tourism. Today we’ll start our walk from Lake Al in the Syunik Province, located on a volcanic plateau about 3000 meters high above sea level. The average depth of the lake is 1.88 meters. Here’s the right place for walking, fishing, baking fishes on fire and tasting the dish, enjoying the fresh air. The water in the lake attracts and strikes with its purity, leaving the best impressions.

After the supper we’ll settle the tents to spend the night here. Before going to bed, for sure, we’ll enjoy all the pleasures of nature: we’ll set fire, bake potatoes, play the guitar, dance, play entertaining and intellectual games.


After the night, spent in the arms of nature, we’ll have breakfast and then we’ll continue our way.

Jermajur (Istisu)

We’re going to the village of Jermajur in the Nagorno – Karabakh Republic on foot. The mineral water of Jermajur, like the geysers of Karvachar, is healing and is used for therapeutic baths. There are 2 springs. The Upper Spring of Jermajur is located at an altitude of 2225 meters. At the times of USSR there was a resort, which is abandoned currently. The Lower Spring is located at an altitude of 1700 meters. After bathing in these curative springs and relaxing, we’ll have dinner, to gain strength and energy.

We’ll continue our way searching for a comfortable place for spending the night.

After the supper we’ll set up our tents comfortably, then we will set fire, bake potatoes, play different games, in a word – we’ll relax and get prepare for sleep.

We’ll have breakfast in the tents and then we’ll continue our tour in the Shahumyan Province. We’re heading to Dadivank, also known as Khutavank (monastery on the hill).

The architectural complex of Dadivank is located at an altitude of 1100 meters on the slope of a wooded mountain. Dadivank Monastery, built in the I century, is an evidence of the fact, that Christianity came to the Armenian land still in the I century. The monastery was founded in the I century on the grave of St. Dadi, who was the disciple of Thaddeus the Apostle. St. Dadi spread Christianity and sacrificed his life for his faith on this holy place. Dadivank is also famous for its delicately carved khachkars (cross – stones).

Then we’ll drive down to the Tutkhun River Gorge by Jeeps through the roundabout. Right behind the roundabout we’ll see an iron bridge. A little further we’ll see a tunnel, in the middle of which is built a small branch with access to the river Tartar. Reaching the gorge, admiring the picturesque scenery, we understand that it worth the difficult rocky way we’ve passed. The valley of the Tutkhun River is not densely populated, and the upper parts are completely uninhabited. The canyon is very high, the banks of the river merge with the wooded slopes. We’ll have dinner in the very gorge, enjoying the beauty of nature.

Gaining strength, we’re continuing our tour. We’re going to Gahanist by Jeeps, as a tortuous path is waiting for us, through steep slopes, rivers and forests.

We’ll spend the night in Gahanist, where we’ll set tents again. Before going to bed, we’ll set fire and enjoy the wonderful nature.


We’ll spend our free day in the village of Gahanist. We’ll get acquainted to the locals and their life. We’ll taste natural homemade honey and learn how to make it. We can pick mushrooms, sunbathe lying on grass, play basketball and volleyball, and do whatever comes to mind. After all, the nature and the open spaces are just perfect for that.

After having breakfast in Gahanist, we’re heading to the town of Berdzor (Lachin) by cars. The town is famous for its mountain pass, which is known as the Lachin Humanitarian Corridor. Due to this pass the town has a strategic importance, connecting Armenia and Nagorno – Karabakh.

On May 1992, as a result of the operations of Armenian military forces to raise the blockade, the Nagorno – Karabakh army took control of the town and it was renamed into Berdzor. Here in 1996 was established the St. Rapture church, the construction of which was completed in 1998. From the territory of the small, bright church you can tirelessly admire the expanses of the majestic Artsakh. We’re having dinner here, and then we’re heading to Yerevan.

You’ll have rest in the hotel in Yerevan and then you can get prepared for the departure.

Transfer to the “Zvartnots” airport.