This mountain biking route is located in Pemzashen Village, Shirak province. The route differs greatly from the gorges and trails through the lush green.
There are not many rocks on the route, which is not typical for this rocky country. The route is marked by Pemzashen St. from the Astvatsatsin Church, which is currently active. The asphalt road to the village rises to Makaravank VII. From there, the main mountain biking route begins and the quiet camps go up to the camps of people living in the mountains, enjoying the summer sun. They live in small houses and tents, producing products from locally produced milk. This is an out-and-back so the return is the same way. The route ends back in Pemzashen village.
Need to Know
Best period from June to September.
Length: 22.5 km.
Duration: approximately 6 hours
Altitude: 1,780-2,680-1,780 m.
Take a bottle of water with you.
All telecom networks are almost always available. In the case of any emergency, call 911. Beware of rural dogs.
To get to the above mentioned route, it is necessary to leave Yerevan and reach Pemzashen village by taxi. Please use taxis that have a speedometer. Taxis throughout Armenia are quite affordable.
There are few type of animals in these areas of Shirak province due to the lack of forests. There are bears, wolves, foxes, rabbits, mice, birds, butterflies, insects and beetles. You can spot snakes and lizards during summer months.
History & Background
Harichavank is a medieval church complex in Armenia, situated in Shirak province. It is one of the oldest medieval Armenian monasteries. The oldest building, the Gregory Church, was built in the 7th century. This monument is one of the gems of medieval architecture, surrounded with delicate ornaments. The famous Armenian poet Avetik Isahakyan studied here between 1887-1889. At present, there are other clergy schools in the Vardarshapat and Sevanavank schools.
St. Astvatsatsin Church is located in Pemzashen village of Shirak region. This church, located in the center of the village, consists of three ancient medieval churches built adjacent to each other. The monument is one of the unique examples of Armenian architecture. It is made of stone with a pebble tuff. There are masters' notes on the stones. Ornamental decoration is typical of VI-VII cc. Armenian architecture. There is a sculpted entrance on which the Virgin Mary is painted by the infant Jesus Christ.
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