Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry
In order to reach the start of the trail, visitors should be take a taxi from Yerevan to Shaghap village of Ararat marz, then continue another 2-3 km. The ski trail begins from the allies’ road. Please use the taxies in which counters are installed. Taxies throughout Armenia are quite affordable.
The ski trail is located between Shaghap and Langanist villages of Ararat marz about 2-3km from Shaghap village. During the winter months, dry grasses can be seen on the peaks of Mount Urc where the wind has blown away most of the snow. On the back side of Mount Urc, the weather is amazing, and meters of snow layers are formed.
If you are lucky enough to climb the peak on a sunny day, you'll enjoy wonderful views from the peak. There is the Armash River to the southwest. You can also see the Araks River and the two giants, Sis and Masis mounts (Ararat 5138m), hanging in the air.
The wild goat and the Armenian mouflon my be encountered on Mount Urc; these animals are registered in the IUCN Red List, and hunting them is strictly forbidden in the Republic of Armenia. This area is a transit zone for them because it is immediately adjacent to the Khosrov Reserve.
Once you have enjoyed the views from the summit, take the Mount Urc Ski Trail
back down to where you started.