Mount Aragats (2,795m), West to Town Aparan: Ski Trail
ElevationAscent: 4' 1 m
Descent: -2,659' -810 m
High: 9,135' 2,784 m
Low: 6,477' 1,974 m
GradeAvg Slope: 12% (7°)
Max Slope: 37% (20°)
Current ascent conditions
Popular ski lines nearby
Mount Aragats: West Summit Ski Trail
7.4 mi 11.9 km • -4,059 ft Descent • -1237.18 m Descent
Singletrack Hnaberd, AM( 1 )
Mount Aragats: South Summit Ski Trail
2.7 mi 4.3 km • -2,166 ft Descent • -660.21 m Descent
Singletrack Aragats, AM( 1 )
Mount Hol Descent
2.2 mi 3.5 km • -1,852 ft Descent • -564.56 m Descent
Singletrack Spitak, Not set (Republic of Armenia)( 1 )
Bujakan Mountain: Ski Trail
2.3 mi 3.7 km • -2,508 ft Descent • -764.44 m Descent
Singletrack Zovuni, AM( 1 )
Mount Teghenis: West Summit Ski Trail
2.7 mi 4.3 km • -2,157 ft Descent • -657.57 m Descent
Singletrack Zovuni, AM( 1 )
Mount Teghenis: East Ski Trail
1.1 mi 1.8 km • -1,730 ft Descent • -527.27 m Descent
Singletrack Buzhakan, AM( 1 )
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“On your return path you can also visit the Armenian Alphabet Monument, Hovhannavank, Saghmosavank.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
To start this long ski trail, one should first get to the town of Aparan, in the Aragatsotn province. To reach this trail you must leave the town Aparan, and head toward the village of Kuchak, about 2km away. At the intersection, the trail starts. If the weather is clear and the road is passable you can go ahead and start walking on skis. Climbing a bit higher, you'll see the Ara, Teghenis 1 and Tsaghkunyac mountains. The routes is a long one, without any stops.
The Aragats Massif
Mount Aragats is considered the highest peak in Armenia (4,090m). It is an isolated shield-like massif of about 200km in circumference. Together with its fan-shaped slopes, it covers 4,000 sq. m, and is situated in both the Aragatsotn and Shirak provinces. Aragats used to be one of the world’s largest volcanos. It has a gigantic 400m-deep crater, 3km in diameter, and 4 peaks. The highest point is the North Summit- 4,090m; the West Summit is second with 3,995.3m and is followed by the East - 3,908.2m and South Summits- 3,887.8m.
Description of the Monument
The Holy Cross Church is situated in the town of Aparan, in Aragatsotn province. It was built at the end of the 4th century, and was renovated in 1877. The church received its name due to the relic of the Lord True Cross kept there. This chapel functioned till the 40's of the 20th century, i.e., even during the Soviet times.
The winters on Aragats Mountain are long, cold and snowy. There is steady snow cover during 250 days of the year. In the apical zone, it is cold during the summer too. While traversing the trail you may come across wolves, foxes and wild rabbits.
Technical Specifications of the Trail
The best time: January- April
Yerevan is 56km away from the town of Aparan, so the road there takes 59m and costs 5,600-6,000 AMD (by taxi).
The distance of the ski trail is 13km.
The duration of skiing is 3 hours and 40min.
The area is located 1,750-2,795 above sea level.
The best drink to have on hand is warm tea.
How to Reach the Ski Trail
To reach the above-mentioned trail, you need to get to the town of Aparan, in Aragatsotn province. It is most convenient to travel by taxi. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. We recommend taking a cab with a taximeter.
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