Khor Virap with Ararat. Image: Getty-1159236642
4.7
| 26 reviews

Adventure Hiking in Armenia

6 nights
Moderate

Hit the trails of the Great Silk Road, explore caves and zip-line above a gorge before tackling Armenia’s highest peak

What's Included?

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 13 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
From

excluding flights

What's it like?

4.7
| 26 reviews
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
November 2023
Rohan
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
November 2023
Rohan
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
November 2023
Rohan
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
November 2023
Rohan
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
November 2023
Rohan
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
October 2023
Martin
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
October 2023
Martin
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
October 2023
Martin
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
October 2023
Martin
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
October 2023
Martin
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
September 2023
Sachin
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
September 2023
Sachin
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
September 2023
Sachin
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
September 2023
Sachin
Overall great experience...
August 2023
Lacky
We had a wonderful time on this MBA trip. I...
July 2023
Ross
We had a wonderful time on this MBA trip. I...
July 2023
Ross
The trip exceeded my expectations. Armenia...
July 2023
Maciek
The trip exceeded my expectations. Armenia...
July 2023
Maciek
Fantastic country with beautiful scenery, i...
September 2022
Jo
Fantastic country with beautiful scenery, i...
September 2022
Jo
This was an interesting and really dynamic...
August 2022
Simon
This was an interesting and really dynamic...
August 2022
Simon
This was an interesting and really dynamic...
August 2022
Simon
This was an interesting and really dynamic...
August 2022
Simon
This was an interesting and really dynamic...
August 2022
Simon
Brilliant trip. It showcases the best of th...
August 2022
Andras
Brilliant trip. It showcases the best of th...
August 2022
Andras
Brilliant trip. It showcases the best of th...
August 2022
Andras
Overall really enjoyed the trip. Our tour g...
July 2022
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Hike along the iconic Silk Road, the ancient trading route which linked the West with the East for millennia

Trek through gorges, forests and meadows and take a dip in the second-highest freshwater lake in the world

Spend a night under the stars before clambering to the top of Mount Aragats (4090m), Armenia's highest mountain

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Armenia

Remains of Zvartnots Temple and Mount Ararat, Armenia. Photo: Getty-889725394

Touch down in Yerevan and transfer to your central hotel. If you arrive early enough, meet your fellow travellers and guide and head out late morning on a guided walking tour, soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and narrow streets of Armenia’s capital city. This evening, enjoy some free time in Yerevan to explore the lively local cafes and bars, then take a walk to Republic Square to watch the colourful show of the dancing fountains. Back at the hotel, bed down for the night and get ready for the adventure ahead.

Day 2

Armenia's underground caves

Caving, Day 2, Hiking in Armenia. Photo: Host/Arara Tours

Caving

3-4hrs

Driving

2.5hrs

Head out of Yerevan for your first taste of Armenia's majestic landscapes. Stop off at the iconic Khor Virap Monastery for some sweeping mountain views, then have a traditional Armenian BBQ as you stare out at Eastern Turkey's enormous Mount Ararat – the fabled resting place of Noah's Ark. Spend the afternoon amongst bats as you explore the labyrinth of underground chambers and tunnels of the Magel and Areni-1 cave systems. The latter has proven to be a treasure trove of Copper Age artefacts, where the oldest shoe, brain, and winery in the world have been discovered. This is a proper caving experience with some very tight squeezes through dark and dusty tunnels and chasms. Later, tuck into a delicious evening meal and bed down for the night at your cosy guesthouse in Yeghegnadzor.

Day 3

The road to Spitakavor

Spitakavor monastery, Armenia. Photo: Customer/Mark Mckay

Hiking

4-5hrs · 11km · 600m up · 600m down

After breakfast drive to the nearby village of Vernashen, the start point of today's hike which lead to the remote Spitakavor monastery, which dates back to the 14th century and is the gateway to the Silk Road. Enjoy the mountainous route and stunning views as you trek along rocky trails, past rivers and green fields. Keep your eyes peeled for the endemic Armenian Bezoar goats which roam the area. Tonight, enjoy authentic Armenian hospitality as you stay overnight in a tiny village (either Yeghegis or Hermon) tucked away in the mountains.

Day 4

Hike the Great Silk Road

Adventure Hiking in Armenia. Photo: Customer/Somers Brewin

Hiking

4-5hrs · 12km · 600m up · 600m down

Driving

3.5hrs

Enjoy an exhilarating exploring part of the Great Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes which once connected East and West. Soak up the amazing views of the Caucasus Mountains and the medieval fortress of Smbataberd. This was likely built for King Smbat II Tiezerakal, known as the Master of the Universe. Have a picnic lunch with gorgeous views of the Lower Caucasus Range and then hike on to the ancient trading post of Selim Caravanserai, where ancient medieval traders used to stop for a night. End the day with a well-deserved dip in Lake Sevan – the second-highest freshwater lake in the world, at a whopping 1900m above sea level. Spend the night in Yenokavan village, which is surrounded by lush forests and deep canyons.

Day 5

Ride the zip line

Adventure Hiking in Armenia

Hiking

2-3hrs · 7km · 200 up · 200 down

Driving

3-3.5hrs

Begin the day flying over a 300m deep canyon on a vertigo-inducing zip line (for anyone who isn’t keen on heights, you can swap this for horse riding for a small extra cost – just speak to your guide). Back on the ground, you'll hike into an unspoilt and rugged part of Armenia. Considered one of the nation's best-kept secrets, you'll pass through a dense forest, cascading waterfalls and a deep gorge into a large and picturesque meadow region of the Caucasus foothills. After dinner, help set up camp for the night and sleep beneath the mighty peak of Mount Aragats.

Day 6

Summit Mount Aragats

Climbing Mount Aragats, Armenia. Photo: Host/Arara Tours

Hiking

7-9hrs · 17km · 890m up · 890m down

Driving

1.5hrs

Set off early and walk to Kari Lake (3200m), then climb to one of the four summits of Mount Aragats. The mountain is a four-peaked volcano massif: if conditions permit, you'll aim for the northern summit (4090m) – the highest point in Armenia. Expect some rocky sections, some loose scree, and a bit of a scramble to the summit. However, if your guide has safety concerns about either the hiking/weather conditions or the group's ability, they will suggest a suitable alternative such as the southern summit (3888m) or the western summit (3995m). All going to plan, you’ll have lunch on the summit looking down on all of Armenia and deep into neighbouring Turkey. Descend down the mountain to the campsite, pack up and head back to Yerevan, the last stop on your Armenian adventure.

Day 7

So long, Armenia!

Use your spare time to explore Yerevan, before heading to the airport and back to reality.

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 3 – Day 4

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Wild camping · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 7

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

On hiking days you will have lunch boxes provided with sandwiches, a salad and dessert (cookies, fruits etc). In restaurants, you will find traditional Armenian dishes – lamb, aubergine, yoghurt and bulgar wheat are all staples of the Armenian diet. Armenian meze, served with a traditional bread called lavash, is a must. For dessert, be sure to try baklava.

These are generally meat-based meals, though vegetarians and vegans can be catered for if you let your host know in advance. Food allergies or other special dietary requirements can also be catered for, just let your host know on the passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

Yerevan

You’ll stay in a modern, 3-star hotel in Armenia's capital, usually Cascade Hotel or similar. The hotel has a central location close to bars and a popular arts centre.

Yeghegnadzor

After the caving day, you'll stay in a beautiful family-run guesthouse and winery set in a lovely location, with mountain-view balconies and an open fire – this will be either Old Bridge guesthouse or Gohar's guesthouse.

Herman or Yeghegis Village

Spend one night tucked away in Armenia's picturesque mountains and immersed in nature. You'll stay either at the cosy Lucy Tour guesthouse in Herman Village, which has a sauna and a pool, or at the comfortable ecohotel Arevi in Yeghegis village.

The Great Silk Road

You'll stay at the Apaga Resort in an amazing natural setting with incredible mountain views all around.

Mount Aragats Camp

You’ll wild camp on Mount Aragats at an altitude of 3200m. There are no facilities and you’ll have to pitch-in to set up and take down the camp before and after reaching the summit. Sleeping bags and mats will be provided.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and tent can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Zvartnots International Airport, Yerevan, Armenia

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Zvartnots International Airport, Yerevan, Armenia

Any time on Day 7

Transfers

Private transfers between the airport and Yerevan are included for any time (and day) you choose to arrive or depart. Please provide your flight information upon booking so that your host can book these services prior to the trip.

For those wanting to extend their trip, extra nights can be arranged with your host at an extra cost. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Yerevan from major airports across the UK and Europe.

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Whats provided?

  • Tents, sleeping bags and mats are provided whilst camping

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Soft overnight duffel bag or rucksack
  • Daypack (35+ litres)
  • Waterproof liner for kitbag/rucksack, or drybags

Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or similar
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Warm hat and gloves (especially for May/June/early July departures)
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts (winter trekking trousers for May/June/early July departures)
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear and socks (thermals for May/June/early July season departures)
  • Swimwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • High-top hiking boots (worn-in, waterproof, with ankle support)
  • Gaiters
  • Old clothes for caving (that you don't mind getting dirty)
  • Sandals

Other

  • Trekking poles (highly recommended for Mount Aragats)
  • 2 x 1-litre reusable water bottles
  • Padlock for left luggage
  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Power bank or solar charger
  • Spare camera batteries
  • Passports (and visas if needed)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Headtorch or torch
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Double/Twin room in Yerevan

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin room in Yerevan

Single room in Yerevan

Payable Before Departure

Single room in Yerevan

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room & Tent Upgrade

Rohan(November 2023)
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....
Our host Levon was excellent on this trip....

Our host Levon was excellent on this trip. He had great knowledge of the history of Yerevan and the Armenian people. He kept us informed all the way and engaged enthusiastically with us as a group and on a one on one basis.

Armenia is an untouched country and tourism is in its infancy. However, MBA found a way to pull together the best bits in a fun packed week. The food and accommodation were excellent and better than I expected from a hiking adventure holiday.

There were so many highlights but a few stood out:

  1. Topping out on Mt Arragats 2)Traditional Armenian BBQ 3)Swim in Sevan 4)Climbing into the prison of Gregor the Illuminator
Martin(October 2023)
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...
Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one...

Absolutely loved this trip., Armenia is one of the best kept secrets I have visited and so glad I did. We all got on grey as a group and respected each others privacy and socialised when wanted. Food and hospitality was remarkable! Certainly don’t expect to lose weight as so well looked after!!! I would Not change a thing and my highlights have to be the views from the accommodation 2nd night and 4th night across the mountains along with the caving which I did not think I would be able to do. But as a group we made it. Anyone with a sense of adventure and want to go somewhere new, this trip is for you!

Sachin(September 2023)
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...
Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A cou...

Armenia is a hidden gem in West Asia. A country filled with so much and has a lot to offer. From caving in a bat cave to summiting the highest peak in the country, I truly enjoyed every moment of this fantastic tour and would easily highly recommend anyone to go and check it out!

Stacey(August 2023)

Adventure hiking in Armenia was a fantastic experience Much better adventures provided a great itinerary and an awesome guide, I highly recommend this trip, my first with the company, already looking at where to go next.

Lacky(August 2023)
Overall great experience...

Overall great experience

Gigi(August 2023)

It was my first MBA trip and I enjoyed it a lot. It was though somewhat different than expected. The hikes were easy to moderate with the exception of the last one, that’s a tough one varying in degree of toughness depending on which peak you do. My expectation was more of a hiking holiday than it actually was. However, the variety of activities easily compensated for this. The people of Armenia are very hospitable, the country is very beautiful. But don’t forget that situations with neighbouring countries can change quickly, so don’t be blissfully ignorant for the geopolitical situation.

Ross(July 2023)
We had a wonderful time on this MBA trip. I...
We had a wonderful time on this MBA trip. I...

We had a wonderful time on this MBA trip. Its a beautiful country with wonderful people, complex history and great food. The tour maximised our time and we got to see the varied landscapes Armenia has to offer. Highly recommended 😊

Jamie(July 2023)

Armenia is a beautiful country. The hikes apart from the summit day were easier than I expected. Caving was shorter than described. Zip lining was fun. Some days have lots of free time and others are very busy!

Maciek(July 2023)
The trip exceeded my expectations. Armenia...
The trip exceeded my expectations. Armenia...

The trip exceeded my expectations. Armenia offers a great variety of landscapes within 2hrs drive from Yerevan and the trip had a very interesting, varied programme. The local hosts (Sati and Leovan) went out of their way to accommodate to changing circumstances and our needs and to make our experience unique. This trip is for anyone interested in hiking, who doesn't mind crawling a bit through the cave and spending the night camping at 3200m high altitude at possibly 0°C condtions. Most of the trips on the programme as well as most of the accommodation offer fantastic views onto the mountains. Also other group members made the trip really fun and enjoyable. For June trips where there are still some ice packs left after the winter I would recommend taking mini crampons for Mount Aragats.

Jo(September 2022)