MTB Project Logo

Janapar Trail - Karmir Shuka to Hadrut

Difficult

Trail

26.9 mile 43.3 kilometer point to point
Doubletrack
Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 5,588' 1,703 m
Descent: -5,313' -1,619 m
High: 4,084' 1,245 m
Low: 1,957' 596 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)

Dogs

Off-leash
Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Trails For Change NGO

Weather

Current trail conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History

Navigate on-trail with our free app

iOS App Store Android App Store

Many historic points of interest along this route in Beautiful Artsakh.

Trails For Change NGO

Electric Mountain Bikes Allowed

Features Views · Commonly Bikepacked

None

Description

This route is along the popular Janapar Trail in Artsakh (formerly know as Nagorno Karabakh). The map will show it as being in Azerbaijan, but that is not the case. Some parts are wide dirt roads and some are narrow singletrack.

If bikepacking the route, there are homestays along the way. Seejanapartrail.org for a list of homestays. In Karmir Shuka you can find stores and a few small restaurants.

Above the village of Shekher the route will get steep as it follows a ridge up the mountain. It will be a short hike-a-bike of around 1 km or less depending on your fitness level.

You may notice a small grave/shrine where people come to light candles. Here there may also be some remains of animals that have been sacrificed as offerings - usually the legs of chickens or lambs tied to the trees. This is a ritual leftover from Pagan times.

Past this point, the trail will become steep and rocky as you descend to Azokh Village. In Azokh you'll find a few small stores. The smoked fish makes for a tasty snack. If you want to explore the Azokh Cave, It is best to leave your bike at the base and hike up as the short route to the cave is steep. Human activity in the cave goes back 7000 years.

The climb up to Gtichavank Monastery can be bypassed by staying on the road and then turning right at the gas station. However, the climb up to Gtichank is not too bad until you get to the last 1 km or so. From that point, the jeep track becomes very steep, and only the fittest of riders will stay on the bike to the Monastery! As you are climbing up you pass the Janapar Trail sign and continue another 150 meters to the Monastery.

From the Monastery, you can drop down into Togh Village several ways. You can remain on the Janapar Trail or drop-down either side of the Gtichank Loop Trail. The segment just below the Monastery is the most fun in our opinion!

In Togh Village there are a few markets, the Meliks Palace and a couple of historical Churches. You can also hang around the square and play Nardi (Backgammon) with the locals in the evenings.

The route from Togh is mostly flat and downhill to finish up in Hadrut.

Keep an eye out for the Janapar Trail blue and white blazes and signs along the route.

Biked this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Photos, Family Friendly, ADA Accessible, Need to Know

Rate This Trail

Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Trail

Check In

Check-Ins

none

Trail Ratings

  5.0 from 1 vote

#1

in Togh

#2323

Overall
  5.0 from 1 vote
5 Star
100%
4 Star
0%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#1

in Togh

#2

in Artsakh

#2,323

Overall
1 Views Last Month
27 Since Aug 2, 2019
Difficult

0%
0%
0%
0%
100%
0%

0 Comments

MTB Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Mountain Bike

MTB Project is supported by

Support Your Local IMBA Chapter