During this trail you can visit the Khor Virap Monastery and other beautiful sights.
This long and interesting ride forms a 48 kilometer loop in the Ararat province in the heart of Armenia. The first third travels along a steady paved-road as it climbs into the slopes above the village of Narek. The rest of the ride follows the ups and downs on a dirt road cirque through a beautiful landscape before winding down to the village of Dvin. As you pedal, or take breaks, you'll find majestic views of Mount Ararat. The Khosrov Forest will also come into view adding to the sights and satisfaction of this mountainous ride.
Mobile connection in the Narek and Verin Dvin villages and in the surrounding areas is always available. However, Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are partially available in the Yeranos Mountains. In case of emergency, call 911, a service which is available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep!
Need to Know
- For the best experience take a taxi to the village of Narek. We recommend taking a cab with a working taximeter, and making sure the driver uses it.
- Riders should keep the MTB Project mobile app handy as there are many unmarked connecting roads.
- Best ridden from April to Ocotober. The ride generally takes between nine and ten hours. Bring plenty of water, supplies, and necessary tools.
From Narek head west on the paved road for about 14 kilometers of steady but easy climbing. Where the pavement ends the Dvin Country Road
continues a long loop with some sections of punchy climbs and descents as it meanders over the terrain.
At about 30 kilometers the Yeranos Massif Trail
provides a nice extension and a little more climbing for spring and summer flowers or great views of the golden fields in the autumn. You might also get a chance to see some donkeys. Back on the Dvin Country Road
you're rewarded with a fast and fun descent before the long ride down to Dvin village below.
History & Background
Along this ride you'll experience a beautiful landscape managed for thousands of years. The Ararat province is famous for its viticulture and you'll be able to see the vineyards that go into the areas red and white wines.