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Azhdahak Route

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Length

12.0 Miles 19.3 Kilometers


Doubletrack

Elevation

5,129' 1,563 m

Ascent

-223' -68 m

Descent

8%

Avg Grade (5°)

70%

Max Grade (35°)

11,719' 3,572 m

High

6,780' 2,067 m

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To reach this route, you need to get to Sevaberd village, in the Kotayk province.

State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia

Overview

Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are partially available between Sevaberd and the Azhdahak mountains. In case of an emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep.
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Family Friendly: The trail promises beautiful views.

Description

This biking trail begins in the village of Sevaberd, in the Kotayk province. The village is located at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level. You should get to the village of Sevaberd and start riding about 1-2km on a paved road, up to the Geghama Mountains, which are covered by sandstones. Here, you'll see rounded hills, one after the other, which is typical of the Geghama Mountains. The foothills of Mount Azhdahak are at an altitude of 3,200m, with the top at an altitude of 3,597m. We suggest hiding your bike in a safe place and walking up to the top of the mountain, where you'll be able to see the cold and crystal clear volcanic crater lake of the peak and a marvelous view beyond.

Flora
The flora of the Geghama Mountains is very grassy. There are no forests and trees along the sierra as it is located 2,800 meters above sea level. Meadows blooming in the Geghama Mountains create a ravishing combination of colors. The alpine nature is marked with meadows and small mountain lakes, and the frigid shores of streams and rivulets descending from the mountains are surrounded with alpine flowers. Here, we can meet the dark blue alpine violet; also chamomile, immortelle, thyme, nettle, dandelion and bellflowers in the lowlands.

Fauna
In the Geghama Mountains, one can see many various species of wild animals. In the petroglyphs found on the rocks of the Geghama Mountains, we can see the diversity of animals, with large and small groups of wild bulls and oxen, Caucasian deer, lions, roes, domestic and wild horses, foxes and wolves, many species of dogs, boar, lynx, leopard, hare, several unknown types of small animals, various types of reptiles, also ducks, geese, storks, swans, and partridges. Many of these animals (jerboa, hare, wolf, fox, lizards and snakes) are still living in Geghama Mountains today. There are also many birds, especially eagles and vultures that can be spotted from far away.

Technical Specifications
The best time to access this trail is May - October. Yerevan is 36 km away from Sevaberd, so the road there takes 48 min. and costs about 3,600 – 4,000 AMD (by taxi). The distance of the biking trail is 20 km one way, 40 km as an out-and-back. The duration of biking is 6-7 hours round trip. The area is located at an altitude of 2,000-3,597m above sea level. 99% of the road is covered by sandstones, with 1% paved. The best drink to have on hand is bottled water.

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