Achieve The Inaccessible Pics Of Armenian Highland
For most people Armenia is not a place associated with great skiing, we aim to uncover just that: it’s an exceptional adventure skiing destination. On this tour we will explore Mount Aragats, an extinct volcano with four peaks and one of the biggest volcanic lakes.
Day 1: Gorge of Flowers, Skiing
The tour starts in Yerevan with a meeting with our tour leader and other group participants. We will head to Tsakhadzor, a beautiful mountain resort with largest area for skiing in Armenia to acclimatize and ski before heading off to the mountains. We will have short but picturesque drive (1.5 hours) to head deep into Tsakhunyats Mountains and arrive at Tsakhadzor, Gorge of Flowers. Check in at the hotel. It’s time for rest and half day skiing in not crowded slopes and lifts, downhill and off-piste skiing areas.
Overnight: Hotel in Tsakhkadzor Meal plan: Breakfast
Day 2: Gorge of Flowers, Skiing continues
Get ready, the fun begins! We will have a full day of downhill and off-piste skiing around the vast terrain of Tsakhakhunyats Mountains including an option to hike to the peak of
Mount Alibek (2,821m). Evening is free to have fun in the quiet cafes, nightclubs and discos. In winter this small town hosts many fun events ranging from jazz festivals to an exhibition of unique miniature paintings on rice! Optional trip to Arzakan nearby to relax at volcanic hot springs!
Overnight: Hotel in Tsakhkadzor, Meal plan: Breakfast
Day 3: Mount Adzdahak
Early morning (6.00) transfer to the village Sevaberd, at first by Russian 4WD car UAZ and later by horses. We will pass for two days of exploring the classic snow covered volcanic terrain at Mount Azhdahak (3,579 m), the highest point of a spectacular plateau in the eastern part of Yerevan. Dressed in flowers in summer, the mount is not less impressive in winter - vast lands of untouched snow with surrounding mountains serve as a scenic backdrop. At 8:00 we start a 14 km ski ascent along an easy slope of the Mount. We will set our camp at the slopes of Azhdahak. This day we should prepare everything for our volcano climb for the next day.
Overnight: Winter camp Meal plan: All meals.
Day 4: Climbing Mount Adzdahak
In the morning we start the ascent to the top of Mount Azhdahak rewarded by superb all-round views and a tangible sense of wilderness. We reach the summit on midday and have a chance to enjoy the unforgettable views of stunning volcanic landscape surrounding us. We will ski down the opposite slope (35-40 degree) and do ski touring about 5 km towards our high camp to the direction of mountain village Yeranos.
Overnight: Winter camp Meal plan: All meals.
Day 5: Farewell to Snow Wilderness
At 8:00 we will ski down to village Yeranos (about 10 km) where our coach awaits to take Yerevan. We check in our hotel in Yerevan. Returning to civilization will be something of a culture shock after our ski adventures in the mountains. Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan Meal plan: Breakfast
Day 6: Mount Aragats, Acclimatization
Transfer to Byurakan village in the early morning. We start our ski adventure. We ascent from Byurakan to Kari Lake (3,200 m) spectacularly situated at a cirque beneath. The towering spires of Aragats will be tracked by vehicles. We reach the Cosmic Ray Institute around the Lake and it will be our base for 2 nights. Start our first acclimatization hikes in the area. Overnight: Rooms at Cosmic Ray Institute at Aragats, Meal plan: All meals
Day 7: Mount Aragats, Southern Peak
An early morning ski tour gets us to the saddle between the peaks, then we will do downhill skiing in the crater (35 degree slope), then up to the opposite saddle. This day includes traversing, ski ascent and a journey through an incredibly picturesque terrain. Back to the Institute for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Rooms at Cosmic Ray Institute at Aragats, Meal plan: All meals.
Day 8: Mount Aragats, Northern Peak
In the early morning we start the ascent the highest peak of Aragats, northern peak (4,080 m) followed by skiing down the crater (40 degree slope). A 16 km ski descent (20-30 degree slope) leads us to Aragats village. Transfer back to Yerevan, check-in at hotel, rest.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch
Day 9: Yerevan
Yerevan is one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in the world and deserves a tour. We will do this with a local guide who will show us the main highlights. We will have afternoon free to browse Vernisage for last-minute souvenirs.
Overnight: Hotel in Yerevan, Meal plan: Breakfast
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