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Aparan Water Reservoir to Arthur's Resort Ride

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This trail is in the Aragatsotn province, which is a real paradise for biking trails.


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14.7

Miles

23.7

KM

15%

Singletrack

8,371' 2,551 m

High

6,052' 1,845 m

Low

2,553' 778 m

Up

2,261' 689 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

A mobile connection is always available in the territory of the trail (Aparan Water Reservoir and Teghenis 1 Mountain). Swimming is not prohibited in the Aparan Reservoir, because it is intended for irrigation. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep.

Overview

Travel through a tranquil province that once bustled with activity centuries ago. This ride combines a casual but steady warm-up that passes the reservoir and the remains of a church before piling on the elevation on a steep physically demanding climb to the ridge below Teghenis Mountain. From there, enjoy a fast descent to the end-point on the other side.

Need to Know

  • The start of the ride is generally reached via a taxi ride from Yerevan (about 1.5 hours away) that should cost between 6,500-7,000 AMD.
  • Best ridden April to October. The ride generally takes between five and six hours.
  • Like many of the area's rides this one can be very remote so be prepared with adequate water, food, layers, tools, and a first aid kit.

Description

Start your ride by pedaling through Jrambar and continuing north above the reservoir. You'll get plenty of views of the water and surrounding hills in this peaceful setting. After a few kilometers you'll encounter Saint Poghos-Petros Church (St. Paul and Peter Church) on the left.

There is still a good section of easy pedaling, but eventually the grade steepens before reaching the Village of Yeghipatrush (where St. Mariam Astvatsatsin Church makes a nice place to take a break). On the other side of the village, follow the Country Road to Teghenis Mountain for a progressively steeper climb that only backs off once it reaches the ridge above. You'll feel the burn in your legs and may find yourself walking along the grass and beautiful slopes.

Just a little to the south the Teghenis Trace begins a fun descent over open meadow, old road-traces and faint singletrack to work down to a small knoll with livestock pens. From the pens transition to the Aghveran Country Road that continues descending into the forest as it enters the Aghveran National Park and then Arthur’s Resort. Without any bridges to aid in crossing, you'll get acquainted with the Lorutaget as you ride through it three times to reach the end.

Flora: There are numerous flowers in the meadows, which change in color and shape with every kilometer. Here you can see such species as dapple, chamomile, forget-me-not, violets, and flowering thorns. That’s why apiculture does so well in Armenia. There are also edible herbs (falcaria, nettle, lily, tragopogon pratensis), which the residents of the community gather in spring. Armenia also exports tea herbs growing in the fields, like thyme, mint, teucrium polium and felty germander, among others.

Fauna: In beautiful meadows, wheat fields, and from the slopes up to the top of mountains, especially in the territory of the Aparan Reservoir, and the dilapidated monuments there, you can come across such reptiles as snakes (viper, grass snake), lizards, frogs in marshy spots, bears, rabbits, wolves, foxes and other animals in the forests.

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Dec 21, 2017 near Zovuni, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
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Dec 21, 2017 near Zovuni, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
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Dec 21, 2017 near Buzhakan, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
St. Mariam Astvatsatsin Church.
Dec 21, 2017 near Kasakh, Not set (Republic of Armenia)

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