Azhdahak Climbing Notes

  • January 08, 2013
    Yulia Grigoryants from Armenia

    To climb Mount Azhdahak, there are many routes, each one unique from the other. Some of these routes can take 1 day others can take 5 days or more. Along the way the hiker will see places of scenic beauty as well as ancient buildings.

    Here are some of the routes:

    Rout 1: Sevaberd village – Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak – Sevaberd village
    Season: June-October
    Duration: 2 days
    Distances:
    Sevaberd village – Lake Akna: 12km
    Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak: 8km
    Mount. Azhdahak – Sevaberd village: 15km
    Total route length: 35km

    Rout 2: Sevaberd village – lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak(3597м) – Mount. Nazeli(3312м) – Mount. Spitakasar(3555м) – Yeranos village
    Season: June-October
    Duration: 3 days
    Distances:
    Sevaberd village – Lake Akna: 12km
    Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak: 8km
    Mount. Azhdahak – Mount. Nazeli– Mount Spitakasar: 11km
    Mount. Spitakasar – Yeranos village: 16km
    Total route length: 47km

    Rout 3: Sevaberd village – Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak(3597м) – Lake Vank - Goght village
    Season: June-October
    Duration: 3 days
    Distances:
    Sevaberd village – Lake Akna: 12km
    Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak: 8km
    Mount. Azhdahak – Lake Vank: 11km
    Lake Vank - Goght village: 14km
    Total route length: 45km

    Rout 4: Tsakhkashen village – Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak(3597м) – Lake Vank - Kaqavaberd fortress(through Khosrov State Reserve) – Garni village
    Season: June-October
    Duration: 5 days
    Distances:
    Tsakhkashen village – Lake Akna: 14km
    Lake Akna – Mount. Azhdahak: 8km
    Mount. Azhdahak – Lake Vank: 11km
    Lake Vank - Kaqavaberd fortress: 13km
    Kaqavaberd fortress – Garni village: 18km
    Total route length: 64km

    Rout 5: Geghard village – Mount. Azhdahak(3597м) – Lake Akna – Sevaberd village
    Season: June-October
    Duration: 2 days
    Distances:
    Geghard village – Mount. Azhdahak: 18km
    Mount. Azhdahak – Lake Akna: 8km
    Lake Akna – Sevaberd village: 12km
    Total route length: 38km

    Durations of each route are based on a typical physically well-prepared group and good weather conditions. Тhereafter, it could be 1 - 2 days longer.
    The above mentioned routes are a select 5 of all possible route combinations. It is possible to climb Mount Azhdahak by a number of various route combinations of approaches and descents.