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We are pleased to invite you to the fascinating world of climbing with us!
Welcome to Armenia and to one of its beauties – the top of Azhdahak mountain.
Azhdak is an extinct volcano, the highest point of the Gegham Range, 3597 meters high above sea level. It is the third highest mountain in the territory of modern Armenia.
At the top of the mountain there is a crater filled with water – a nameless lake.
In Persian, Azhdahak means giant, huge, powerful, large. In Armenian mythology – is the creater of vishup (dragons)
In the vicinity of the volcano, many petroglyphs of the Bronze period (2 thousand BC) were discovered – rock paintings carved on the rocks, as well as the idols of Vishup. Depicted are people in hunting and racing scenes, as well as astronomical bodies and phenomena: the Sun, the Moon, star constellations, fireballs, comets and lightning.
In the summer season, you can go uphill in one day, only on condition that you drop into the foot of the mountain on off-road vehicles and there is no snow on the approaches.
Trekking period: June – September
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Yerevan-Sevaberd-Akna LichOf particular interest in the Geghama Range is the lake of volcanic origin Ackna. Akna means “eye” in Armenian, and also Akna is the goddess of motherhood and birth in Maya mythology. Transfer to the village Sevaberd. We start our journey from the village of Sevaberd and go 13 km to the mountain lake Akna. Lake Akna is located at an altitude of 3032 meters above sea level in the Gegham Highlands, 6 km from Mount Azhdahak. Lunch (lunchboxes). Marching dinner Camp, kitchen and other luggage, a jeep will take you to the lake. Overnight in tents.
Lake Akna Lich - Azhdahak (a nameless lake in a crater) - Duck LakeAzhdahak in the Armenian mythology of man-vishap (man-dragon). Vishaps, live in high mountains, in big lakes, in the sky and in the clouds. Climbing to the sky or going down, especially on the lakes, they make a roar, sweep away everything in their path. A vishap that has lived for a thousand years can swallow the whole world. Breakfast. Climbing to the top of Mount Azhdak 3597 m. Azhdahak is an extinct volcano, on top of which there is a crater lake. From the top there are views of the Ararat mountains, Aragats, Lake Sevan, as well as the slopes of the Gegham Range and the valley of the Kotayk region. Not far from the Duck Lake, we will set up our second tent camp. A visit to the cave paintings of the early Bronze period (2000 BC) Camp, kitchen and other luggage, a car will take you to the lake. Vertical drop 750m. Transit time 7 hours (15 km). Lunch (lunchboxes). Marching dinner Overnight in tents.
Lake Vanqi - Geghard villageOn the shores of Lake Vanki, we will study Vishapacaras. Vishapakaras (vishapas) are stone falic sculptures depicting ancient mythological creatures. Initially, they were gods or spirits of water and were installed at water sources. Go to the village of Gegard. Height difference 900m. The transition time is 5 hours (11 km). Lunch (lunchboxes). Transfer to Yerevan, with visits to Garni and Geghard temples.
Food according to the program
Off-road vehicle for throwing luggage to overnight stays
Kitchen / Tent
Camping equipment rental (tent, sleeping bag, mat)
Transport Geghard – Yerevan
Extra food and drinks
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