Tsovagyugh to Khachardzan
ElevationAscent: 965' 294 m
Descent: -4,114' -1,254 m
High: 7,534' 2,296 m
Low: 3,573' 1,089 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 38% (21°)
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“The miraculous view of Sevan Lake is the highlight for visitors to this dirt road.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
Heading up a few kilometers, you'll cross the Tavush province border and reach the Dilijan National Park. On the peaks and slopes of the upcoming mountains, you'll come across small alpine lakes created by rain and snowmelt.
For more information on Lake Sevan, read on below:
Lake Sevan is situated at an altitude of 1,900m above sea level. Its length is 78km and the maximum width is 56km. The lake itself is 1,260 km and is the largest body of water in Armenia and the Caucasus region. The average depth is 26.8 meters, the deepest place is Pokr (Small) Sevan at 83m.
The lake is cut into two parts by the Shorzha underwater dam - Mets (Big) Sevan (the average depth is 37.7m) and Pokr (Small) Sevan (50.9m). In summer, the surface water temperature reaches 21 degrees C, and it rarely freezes in winter. Sevan is fed by 28 rivers and streams, among them is the Gavaraget, Argichin, Masrik, and Dzknaget Rivers, but only the Hrazdan River outflows from Lake Sevan. Endemic fish live in Lake Sevan, such as Barbus goktschaicus, Varicorhinus capoeta sevangi, and the Salmo ischchan. The Salmo ischchan has also been taken to Central Asia, where it has perfectly adapted to the climatic conditions there.
The whitefish was brought to Sevan from the Ladoga and Chud lakes of Russia in 1,924, and is now productively breeding, and has gained great industrial importance in the area. Sevan National Park was founded in the basin of Sevan. It has four stocks and ten reserves. The lake is considered to be an important breeding center for gulls, the number of which is between 4,000-5,000 pair.
The basin of Sevan has been explored by hundreds of scientists and travelers. During all those explorations there was not even a hint of the existence of hidden historical monuments under the lake. But recently, the secret was revealed, when the water level decreased a little. 3,000-5,000-year-old ruins of castles and dwellings, and a large number of tombs were found.
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