Paragliding in Armenia

The first paraglide lifted aloft in Armenia in 1997. Lately, paragliding has found rising popularity as an adventure sport among those who are seeking an adrenaline rush and wanting to discover the country from literally a new perspective.

Armenia isn’t new to Paragliding. As a matter of fact, the first paraglide took off in 1997 as the Small Aviation Club of Armenia was founded.

Lately paragliding has found a rising popularity as an adventure sport among those who are seeking an adrenaline rush and wanting to discover the country from literally a new perspective. To get to the take-off sites, paragliding tours usually offer a 4x4 drive, which is an extreme experience on its own, battling dirt roads and steep hills.

Given the mountainous nature of the country, there are endless options for the take-off, usually varying between 1300 to 2800 m above sea level. Moreover, with more than 300 days of sun a year, Armenia has favorable weather for paragliding, therefore allowing to practice this sport throughout the year.

For anyone who is a beginner, tandem flights (with an expert paraglider pilot, who will be handling the launch, flight and landing) are the way to go.

These flights last on average 10 to 20 minutes. For a more prolonged experience, you can opt for cross-country flight, which can last over an hour, with the take-off and landing spot being up to 50km apart.

SKY CLUB Paragliding founded by one of the members of the of the Small Aviation Club of Armenia, Armen Sargsyan, in 2009 is now Armenia's leading club in tandem paragliding flights, organisation of paragliding festivals/events, as well as developing small aviation in Armenia. Learn more:

Another member and leading instructor of the Small Aviation Club, Harutyun Atshemyan along with acro / xc pilot Tigran Ayvazyan, continued their activity under the name of AERO Club. They offer paragliding tours, tandem flights and are one of the go-to places for paragliding training in Armenia. Learn more:

Of course, for paragliding experts, solo flights are also possible.

Flying Sites to Explore

Take-off is usually done from six locations, all within an hour and a half drive of Yerevan.Mt. Gutan and Mt. Hatis are both around 30km from Yerevan, and are some of the most active spots among locals. Flights are long and enjoyable.

Mt. Teghenis, known for its ski resort in the winter, is active all year round – some paragliders have begun incorporating skiing with their flights, and can be seen paraskiing down the slopes of Tsakhkadzor!

Just above Lake Sevan is a common flight spot in the summer months for those seeking the thrills of dynamic soaring; flying close to the mountain range and crossing the boundary between different air masses to gain speed and height

There are 3 take off locations in Vedi; they are Shaghap, Lanjanist, and Ulgyur. There are no asphalt roads available, hence to reach the take off areas a 4WD vehicle is necessary. Precipitation is relatively scarce in this region and sunny weather is usually what you will find. There are unlimited fields for landing, and no surprise changes of weather. The long stretch of mountain range allows great distance flying, with good conditions, relatively high thermals and long lasting thermal cycles.

These locations are for the more experienced paraglider, as the air is turbulent during hot, thermal seasons, the landing zones taken separately may have limited dimensions, and the landscape is rocky with steep cliffs.

Aparan offers a very large, clean and smooth take off location, good for top landings and XC flights. The mountain range has a long ridge, so it’s also very good for dynamic soaring. Take off can be reached by foot or by 4WD vehicles, as there are no asphalt roads leading to the take off location. Usually no “surprise” changes, oriented for Southern winds, and the cloudbase sometimes reaches 5000m.

Paragliding is for anyone who weights between 20 and 120 kg and in good health. So there you go, all you will need is to wear some warm, comfortable sportswear, put some sunscreen, wear your hiking or running shoes ...and you’re good to go!

Of course, you will also get to immortalise this one of a kind experience, thanks to a GoPro that would record your Paragliding adventure in the lovely Armenian Sky.