Mount Aragats: North Summit Ski Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -4,936' -1,505 m
High: 12,597' 3,840 m
Low: 7,661' 2,335 m
GradeAvg Slope: 13% (8°)
Max Slope: 100% (45°)
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“It is the highest of the summits (4,090m., 13,419ft.) at Mount Aragats.”— State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
The North Summit of Mount Aragats is in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. The Mountain has a huge crater, with a 400m depth and 3km diameter, and the ruins of its decayed walls form the four summits of Mount Aragats. The crater is open from the southeast.
Usually, the trail on the North Summit of Aragats takes 8-10 hours (climbing up and down). You need to take a car (Jeep) and begin the trail with an expectation of steep grades toward the summit, soft snow, and marvelous views. The area is usually covered with an abundance of powdered snow.
Mount Aragats is considered to be the highest peak in all of Armenia (4,090m., 13,419ft.). It is an isolated shield-like massif of about 200km in circumference. Together with its fan-shaped slopes, it covers approximately 4,000 sq. m, situated simultaneously in both the Aragatsotn and Shirak provinces. Aragats used to be one of the world’s largest volcanoes. It has a gigantic 400m-deep crater, 3km in diameter, and is comprised of a total of 4 peaks, the highest of which is the North Summit (4,090m., 13,419ft.); the West Summit is the second highest (3995.3m., 13,107ft.) and is followed by the East (3,908.2m., 12,822ft.) and South Summit (3,887.8m., 12,756ft.).
The best time to access this ski line is February to May. Yerevan is 81km from Geghadzor village, so the trip there takes around 1h 30m and costs 8,500-9,000 AMD by taxi.
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