Mount Azhdahak is an extinct volcano, the highest point of Geghama Range, 3597 meters above the sea level. On the top of the mountain a crystal-clear crater lake is situated, which is filled with icy water of the mountains all year round. From the top of the volcano you can see Mount Ararat, Hatis, Ara and Aragats. A lot of secrets and mysteries these mountains keep.
Azhdahak is one of the most popular destinations for hiking and trekking in Armenia. Geghama mountains are also a perfect place for multiday trekking tours, as there are a lot of different routs.
Early in the morning on the SUVs we will move to the mountain lake Vanki, then we’ll see the petroglyphs of Azhdahak. After the SUVs will take us to the height of 3000 meters above the sea level and from here, on foot, we will start our hike to the top of the mount Azhdahak.
In Armenian mythology Azhdahak is a man-dragon (Vishap), whose name is Azhidahaka. Azhi means – snake, dragon, who fights against the god of thunder Freydun. Vishaps live high in the sky, but sometimes they descend into the depths of the lake, while emitting a dreadful roar.
Ancient myths are reflected in the mysterious cave paintings and scientists from around the world climb the mountain to witness the petroglyphs on the rocks. But until now, a mystery which they keep, remains unsolved.
During our hike you will have an opportunity to see these petroglyphs and vishaps.
In the evening we will return to Yerevan.
- Location – Gegharkunik province
- Height of the mountain – 3597 m
- relative altitude – 600 m
- Distance from Yerevan – 50 km
- gth of the route – 12 km
- Difficulty level – moderate
- The best hiking period – June – September
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Cancellations can be made free of charge up to 30 days prior to the beginning of the booked service. The deposit (10%) is only refundable if the booking is canceled at least 30 days in advance.