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Here in Armenia, we are lucky enough to be surrounded by natural beauty, so you don’t necessarily have to climb the tallest mountain or traverse the most taxing terrain in order to experience stunning views. But, if you’d like to, you certainly can! Maybe you’ve been cooped up over the colder months and now that spring is peeking out at us, announcing its long awaited return, you are hoping to put your strongest foot forward as you reacquaint yourself with hiking.

If you’re looking for some of Armenia’s most challenging trails, look no further! On the other hand, if you would like some easier trails, you can look further at our article, 5 Easy Spring Hikes. But, there are a plethora of trails that will satisfy you if elevation gain and/or difficult terrain are your goals. …

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Spring is just around the corner here in Armenia! As the ground thaws, vegetation pokes through to greet the long-awaited warmth of the sun, and bird songs fill the air, you might find yourself ready to return to the great outdoors. Whether you’re in Armenia or not, spring is an especially beautiful and exciting time to reconnect with nature.

If you are in Armenia, or will be soon, we’ve put together a list of five easy day hikes you can, and really should do while you’re here. Whether you’re new to hiking or just want a relaxing time in the mountains, there are many options for you to choose from! …

Finally! Armenia is receiving the recognition it deserves as an exciting and unique hiking destination. Travel publications from Condé Nast Traveler to Forbes have placed Armenia in their top places to travel in 2020, and with good reason — Armenia has something to offer everyone, from history buffs to wine enthusiasts to nature lovers.

Considering this, what, specifically, makes Armenia and its hiking trails special? And why is now the best time to visit? Here are 5 reasons to hike in Armenia this year.

Free Hiking Support from Us

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Our free hiking app, which is available for Apple and Android devices, puts everything you need for an incredible hiking experience, right in the palm of your hand. GPS navigation? Check. Things to see on the trails? They’re there. Local guides you can contact directly? We got you covered. A cozy, local B&B to spend the night? Yes! Get ready; you’re in for a real adventure.

Since 2015, we’ve been developing a free hiking app and website to help connect international hikers in Armenia to trails all over the country. In addition to over 30 trails, the app offers information on how to get to the trail heads, what to expect while hiking, and sights along the way. What’s more, the app provides accommodation options, reviews of local guides you can get in direct contact with, GPS tracks to help you navigate the trails on and offline, and trail essentials such as elevation profiles, distance, and even the weather forecast! …

Fall is upon us, which means the Armenian countryside is a stunning kaleidoscope of color! This is especially true for Dilijan National Park, known for its lush forests, healing mineral springs, medieval monasteries, and hiking trails. In fact, hiking infrastructure in Dilijan is among the most developed in Armenia — the park is home to over 150km (93mi) of trails.

Needless to say, it’s a beautiful time of year to go hiking in Dilijan. While there, consider staying the night to take in the town’s local charm. …

Armenia’s monasteries are pretty well-known, so well known that you’d be hard pressed to find a visitor to Armenia who didn’t visit one or two (or three, or four, or five…). But monasteries aren’t the only historical monuments hikers can experience while in Armenia.

With its mountainous terrain and location at the crossroads of East and West, Armenia has historically found itself caught between larger, more powerful empires vying for control of the region. As a result, the Armenian countryside is dotted with fortresses today.

Here are 4 fortresses you should definitely hike to using our free app!

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Smbataberd Fortress

Location: Vayots Dzor Province
How To Hike There: Tour Through Wine…

One of the first things travelers to Armenia typically learn about the country is that it’s the first one on the planet to have adopted Christianity as the official state religion (yes, even before the Romans, an Armenian will probably assure you).

Since adoption in the year 301, Christianity has been a cornerstone of Armenian culture, identity, and tradition. Part of that tradition has been building beautiful, sprawling monastery complexes, which historically served religious as well as academic and political purposes. Today there are over 4,000 monasteries in Armenia. That’s an impressive number for a country smaller than Maryland. …

Armenia is located at the junction of major geographical zones, wedged between the Caucasus Mountains, Anatolia, and the greater Near East. This means that despite its size, landscapes in Armenia vary greatly, even from just one side of a mountain to the other!

Making these landscapes and the wonders they hold accessible to you is our job, which is why we’ve compiled the first of what will be many lists of natural wonders in Armenia that are only accessible by hiking. …

You can find snakes on hiking trails the world over. But what are the right steps to take if you encounter one? What should you do if you’re bitten? We have all the answers to your questions.

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A pair of Armenian vipers, also known as Radde’s Mountain Viper (called “haykakan izh” locally).

We get asked a lot about wild animals in Armenia. How likely are you to encounter them? Should you be worried about your safety? Wild animals typically stay away from humans, so, no, there isn’t much cause for concern, though we always encourage hikers to practice caution and show our four-legged friends respect.

But what about our friends that don’t have legs? Yes, we’re talking about snakes. Our media team went out into the field recently, and encountered not one, but four snakes! …

You have questions about the world’s next great hiking destination. We have all the answers.

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Do we organize tours? How much is the app? Are there wild animals on the trails? You probably have a lot of questions about the world’s next great hiking destination. Good. We have all the answers.

Ah, hiking in Armenia… Gorgeous trails, history around every corner, warm and hospitable local people ready to feed you at the drop of the hat… There’s really nothing like it!

How can you experience this magic? Simple! Download our free mobile app, and visit our Information Center in downtown Yerevan to plan an epic hiking adventure in Armenia. Have further questions? Check out some FAQ’s we receive often from future Armenia-philes below. If you still have a question, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us! …

Our free mobile app is the perfect guide for anyone hiking in Armenia, from those who’ve never set foot on a trail before to professional hikers.

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At HIKEArmenia, we believe that everyone should be able to access world-class trails and experience nature to the fullest. It’s why we created our app! Before us, there were few resources about Armenia’s beautiful and often hidden trails that were both free and easily accessible to international hikers.

It’s also why always try to feature different trails for all tastes and needs, including:


HIKEArmenia Team

We're dedicated to boosting ecotourism in Armenia and making trails accessible to hikers using our free app and the HIKEArmenia Resource Center in Yerevan.

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