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Mount Qarkatar



2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
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Ascent: 18' 5 m
Descent: -2,524' -769 m
High: 8,141' 2,481 m
Low: 5,635' 1,718 m


Avg Slope: 18% (10°)
Max Slope: 56% (29°)
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On the way back you can visit Noravank, Areni-1 cave (Vayots Dzor marz), Khor Virap (Ararat marz).

State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Need to Know

From Hors village to the highest point of Mount Qarkatar, Ucom and Viva Cell-Mts mobile connections are available․ In the case of an accident, 911 rescue services operate in Armenia 24/7. Beware of dogs in the village.


To cross the above mentioned ski trail it is necessary to reach Hors village of Vayoc Dzor marz. It is convenient to travel by taxi. Taxies throughout Armenia are quite affordable. Please use the taxies with installed counters.

In the north of Vayoc Dzor marz, we offer you a ski trail with indescribably beautiful, high and peaked mountains. This ski trail begins from Hors village (1,765m, 5,791 ft.). The peak of Mount Qarkatar lies 5km west of Hors village.

Winter wildlife scenes are added to the pleasant ascent and snow quality. The ski trail is up to 2,520m (8,267 ft.) above the mountain, but the pleasure of landing doesn’t suffer from it. During the landing in front of you, the giant Mount Ararat will appear. In the evening, under the sunset rays winter Vayots Dzor, the mountains and roads of Qarkatar, the small and big villages surrounding under the white snow layer, the forest fragments become real sights.

Mount Qarkatar is located in the northwest of Vayoc Dzor marz. It begins from Mknasar Peak of Mount Vardenis and stretches southeast. The highest peak is Mount Qarkatar (2,961m., 9,715 ft.), at 20 km. The sierra gradually decreases from the northwest to the southeast. The highest peaks are also Colasar (2,772m., 9,094 ft.) and Mount Partam (2,681m., 8,796 ft.).

Best period: January, February, March
Distance: 138 km from Yerevan, by taxi
Duration: 2 hour 29 min
Cost: 13800-14000 AMD
Ski trail length: 9.28km
Ski run: 4 hours 27 min
Height from sea level: 1765-2520m
The best drink is hot tea.

History & Background

During the winter, bears, wolves, foxes, wild rabbits, and wild goats are sometimes encountered on the slopes of the mountains.

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On the way up.
Dec 19, 2017 near Aghavna…, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
Rounding a bend.
Dec 19, 2017 near Aghavna…, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
Mount Qarkatar
Dec 19, 2017 near Aghavna…, Not set (Republic of Armenia)


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