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Mount Aragats: South Summit Ascent

Intermediate

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2.6 mile 4.2 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,153' 656 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 12,624' 3,848 m
Low: 10,471' 3,192 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 16% (9°)
Max Slope: 53% (28°)
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This part of the mountain opens to miraculous views of Ararat.

State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia
Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

The South Summit of Mount Aragats is located in the Aragatsotn province of Armenia. It is the lowest summit (3,887.8 m) of Aragats. It is recommended to take the trail in spring (March, April, May) as the difficulties of reaching the South Summit of Aragats are lower during this time of the year. You should get to the Physics Institute (the ‘Aragats’ Scientific Station) on the slopes of Aragats by car, and then start walking uphill using the marked trail. The snow is partially melted at this time of the year, so you can see Stone Lake (Kari Lich), one of the crystal-clear mountain lakes of Armenia.

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 square meters, 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 (3,995.3m) and is followed by the East (3,908.2m) and South Summits (3,887.8m).

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Spectacular views in the distance as skiers make their way across a flat section.
Dec 20, 2017 near Aragats, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
The Ascent of Mount Aragats
Feb 14, 2018 near Aragats, AM

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