The Armenian landscape, defined by its mountains, and consisting of seven different climate zones, is the ultimate destination for those who are inspired and invigorated by the great outdoors.
Cliffs and Mountains, Valleys and Gorges
The Armenian landscape is defined by its cliffs and mountains, its valleys and gorges. The massive ridges divide the country along its axes, rendering huge areas unreachable by regular transport, while giving way to large expanses of lush forests in the north, tunnels through mountain chains that become passages to other worlds, rolling green hills that leave behind the fog and rain and enter a new day of sun and summer frolic.
Adventure is the release of adrenaline, a chance to conquer and tame nature, and test your strength. In Armenia, lake Sevan braces its broad shores and welcomes all wind- and kitesurfing aficionados to rent a board and enjoy the day. If you are ready to convert to high-mountain diving or paragliding, this is the perfect place to be baptized. A flight in an air balloon over endless mountain ranges is guaranteed to be a thrill and will end with nothing less than champagne and an aeronaut certificate. The most enjoyed rock climbing walls (5a-7 difficulty grade) nestled in the “Valley of Sorrows” stand ready to challenge you. Keep going, and you will reach Noravank monastery. In the very same valley you can also discover Archeri – meaning bear cave, which is a special treat for speleologists.
Heading north through the country, into the high mountains of Tavush, explorers are encouraged to visit the local extreme park and go on horse treks that span the mountains of Dilijan and Yenokavan – vistas that rival the Swiss Alps.
Armenia is undoubtedly an ideal place for hiking and cycling. Mount Aragats, Azhdahak and Spitakasar in Geghama mountain range, as well as Khustup mountain are the most interesting sites for trekking. The extremely diverse terrains all brought together in a limited space gives avid trekkers an overwhelming sensation. Trekkers can also avoid bring overloaded by too much luggage, travel light, and stay overnight at the houses of locals.
Summer Time Joy
As the snow melts and new life springs into the landscape, birdwatchers flock to the hills of arid hills of the Arax Valley in the hopes of sighting eagles, falcons and hawks. Summer, probably the most popular season among tourists, pushes everyone out of Yerevan’s heat to enjoy and experience the shores of Lake Sevan, one of the countless hot springs, rivers, waterfalls, forests, or horseback riding across seas of grass, while others delve into their adventures via bungee jumping, zip lining, paragliding, biking, camping, hiking, mountain and rock climbing, to name a few.
As the seasons change, the visual elements and approach to nature change as well. As green turns to orange and deep shades of red, the forests of Dilijan National Park open up to mushroom pickers and hikers who were avoiding the spring and summer humidity. When the first snow comes in November, skiers start pining for the opening of Tsakhkadzor’s and Jermuk’s Ski Resorts, while the most extreme outdoor enthusiasts prepare their winter gear for cold ascents of Mt. Ara and Mt. Aragats.