Conquer the Highest Peak of Armenia !
The highest mountain of Armenia, Aragats, has four summits (North summit - 4090 m, West summit -4080 m, East summit -3916 m and South summit - 3879 m). Between the peaks, a 350-meter deep crater stretches for three kilometers. Climate is changing by altitude: it’s cool in near-summit zone, and it is cold even in summer on the summits. Weather is unpredictable and often dramatic; with snow possible at any time multiply layers.
The high uplands provide grazing in summer for shepherd, as well as the clear air for Armenia’s observatories. The rocks, wildflowers and views make the ascent of the Aragats unforgettable.
The western uplands of the Aragats, a bleakly beautiful landscape of volcanic boulders and green, overlooking the Ararat Valley, are dotted with villages, each athwart a stream gorge.
Thousands of fresh water springs run down the slopes to create several brooks. Mountain cold lakes of Qari, Amberd and Lesing splash Aragats’ icy banks.
Cultural traces, irrigation canals and so called “vishap” fish-like steles (that point to worship of water in ancient times) based near water sources are preserved on the slopes of the mountain. There are also ruins of cyclopean fortresses and medieval castles, monasteries and churches, as well tomb fields, cemeteries and other historically significant places spread all around the massive.
We offer tours to Aragats’ historical sites and special extreme tours for those who wish to try in alpine climbing. A base camp is located at Lake Kari lich (Stone Lake).
Our skilled guides will assist you during the extreme tours to help conquer inaccessible peaks and majestic crater. You will experience the rush of your life after having climbed Aragats and remember your exhilarating climb forever.
The tours are tailored to accommodate customers’ individual physical conditions and skill levels. Tours range from light to rigorous, from walking tours to hiking and climbing for beginners, to rigorous mountain climbing for accomplished alpine climbers.
(April 1 – November 30)
Visit to Bronze Age temple-city of Agarak, Fortress and Church of Amberd, Kari Lich (Stone Lake), Byurakan Observatory. Return to Yerevan. This tour is designed for all levels
(From June 15 – September 30)
You will be accompanied by experienced attendant-instructors.
Tour 2. Ascent to the South summit of the Aragats Mountain (for people in average physical condition)
Tour 3. Ascent to the South and the East summits of the Aragats Mountain (for people in average physical condition)
Tour 4. Hike to the waterfall cascade of the Amberd gorge and ascent to the South summit (for people in average physical condition)
Tour 5. Hike to the crater of the Aragats Mountain (for people in good physical condition)
Tour 6. Ascent to the North summit of the Aragats Mountain (only for people in very good physical condition)
Tours 2-6 involve walking, hiking and climbing for several hours per day, carrying camping and survival equipment
and require progressively higher levels of physical fitness and endurance.
Consult your physician before attempting. Sturdy boots, sunscreen, lip balm, a hat and warm clothes a re indispensable.
NOTE: Extreme tours are not recommended to people with hypertension.