The Viva Cell-MTS network is partially available on the way up to the North Lake of Aragats. Beware of thunderstorms during rainy periods in spring and summer. Please, avoid climbing up the mountain in gloomy and rainy days. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep.
Family Friendly: The trail promises beautiful views.
This gravel road travels south from the edge of the village of Gehadzor to climb up the north slope of Aragats Mountain. In the spring and summer the beautiful scenery is a popular place for riders and hikers along with couples.
The slopes ares extremely rich with volcanic stones that echo the nature of the mountain. And while you'll work plenty hard on the steeper climbs, the views are fantastic. The doubletrack eventually fades away along the side of a small mountain lake.
If you're looking to extend the adventure there is a hiking trail at the end that climbs all the way to North Lake before circling back to the doubletrack. If stowing your bike and adding some on-foot mileage isn't appealing, this is still a beautiful out-and-back ride.
This doubletrack is most often reached by taking a taxi from Yerevan to Geghadzor (roughly 1.5 hours) that costs 8,100-8,500 AMD. Generally it will take between five and six hours and July to September is the preferred time to visit.
The semi-desert, dry mountain grasslands and alpine zones follow each other along the slopes of Mt. Aragats. Rivers, flowing through beautiful gorges and valleys covered will low grasses, create waterfalls in some spots. There are lots of fragrant flowers in the meadows - forget-me-nots, alpine violets, wild lilies, poppies, bellflowers, among others. Variegated ‘alpine carpets’ and snow-vegetation are well-spread in the high mountain zone (2,800-3,400m).
Animals are rather rare in this territory because of severe weather conditions. One may come across a bear, wolf, fox, rabbit, lizard, or sometimes turtles and snakes and lots of birds.