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Need to Know
Beeline, Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are always available between Tsaghkavank (Flower Monastery) to Mount Ara. In case of emergency, call 911, a service which is available throughout Armenia.
Description of the Ski Trail
Mount Ara is located on the borders of the Kotayk and Aragatsotn provinces. The mountain is 2,577m high and 40km away from Yerevan. The mountain takes its name after Ara the Beautiful (Ara Geghetsik), an Armenian mythological God and king. The Mountain is also a jump off point for paragliding pilots.
The ski trail begins at a red apple orchard. This is considered a traditional trail, as it is used by both skiers and paragliding pilots. In winter, Mt. Ara is a great tourist destination, as the weather here is clear and sunny, and the snow is soft and silky.
Description of the Monument
Tsaghkavank (Flower Monastery) or Kuys Varvara (the Virgin Barbara) is a cave shrine on the slopes of Mount Ara. The residents here celebrate Christian and sometimes even pagan holidays. There is a healing water source inside this mossy monastery that is especially used for sight ailments. The water is healing due to its zinc content, which is also helpful for diseases of the joints and muscle spasms.
In the territory of Mt. Ara you’ll most probably come across wolves, gray or yellow foxes and rabbits. You may also meet a bear that has woken early from hibernation.
Technical Specifications of the Ski Trail
The best time: January- April 10
Yerevan is 21km away from Nor Yerznka village, so the road there takes 30m and costs about 2,100-2,500 AMD if you (take a taxi).
The distance of the ski trail is 9.4km.
The duration of skiing is 3hr. 56m.
The area is located 1,314-2,577m above sea level.
The best drink to have on hand is warm tea.
How to Reach the Ski Trail
To reach the trail, you need to get to Nor Yerznka village. It is most convenient to travel by taxi, which is quite affordable throughout Armenia. We recommend taking a cab with a working meter and making sure the driver uses it.
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