Hiking in Armenia
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Armenia is developing as a hiking destination

After hiking to Mt. Aragats’ south peak, it’s time to sit down and have some hot tea.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

The rolling hills and lush forests of Dilijan National Park could be mistaken for the Appalachians.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

Landscape view of Armenia’s Mt. Aragats in spring.

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Our camp site near Kari Lake was at about 10,000 feet elevation.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

Climbing any of the four Mt. Aragats peaks in June involves hiking through snow and sometimes storms that obscure visibility.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

Climbing any of the four Mt. Aragats peaks in June involves hiking through snow and sometimes storms that obscure visibility.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

The Jukhtak Vank Monastery in Armenia’s Dilijan National Park.

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Savanavank Monastery on Lake Sevan, consisting of two churches built in the 9th century, is one of the most visited sites in Armenia.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

The Avan Dzoraget Hotel, located along the roaring Debed River in Lori Province, is about midway between Yerevan and the Georgian capital Tbilisi.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

Wild poppies and other flowers bloom in the Armenian spring.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

A roadside bakery near Geghard sells Armenian sweetbread, a good item for the backpack.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

The sun provides a dazzling backdrop for an ancient church beside Sevan Lake in Armenia. It’s one of two stone churches in the Sevanavank monastic complex.

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Republic Square in downtown Yerevan drew tens of thousands of protestors during 2018’s velvet revolution that brought down the ruling party and put democracy advocate Nikol Pashinyan in charge of the country.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

The Garni Temple was built in about 100, before Armenia became the world’s first country to adopt Christianity. The temple is a short drive from Yerevan.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

Sweeping vistas and lush forests draw hikers to Dilijan National Park.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

A shepherd watches his flock along the road to Kari Lake at the base of the Mt. Aragats peaks.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

The Transcaucasian Trail runs from Georgia through Armenia, marked by small signs nailed to trees.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

Armenians are noted chess players, and the Chess House in Yerevan in the center of the action for speed chess, big money tournaments and just hanging out.

 (Marc Vartabedian)

A reasonably short hike in Dilijan ends at the ruins of the 11th century Jukhtak Vank church. The church dome has collapsed.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)

Our last dinner in Yerevan included a trout from Lake Sevan, a tomato salad and stuffed grape leaves.

 (Ralph Vartabedian)
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