Durée  une heure 23 minutes

Coordonnées 488

Publié 27 novembre 2014

Recorded octobre 2014

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près de Goght’, Kotaykʼ (አርሜኒያ)

October is not the best time to climb high mountains in Armenia, but I had work to do and so we gave it a try. Our aim was Azhdahak, one of the high (3597 meters), but not difficult mountains near Yerevan, and part of the Geghama range. Azhdahak is not a sharp peak. The slopes of Azhdahak are inhabited in summer by shepherds, and there are some faint 4WD tracks.

We rented a Lada Niva, arguably the best-suited care for this terrain. It was an old car, and the engine was tired, but it managed very well even in difficult rocky passages.

We selected a route starting from Geghard village (near the well known Geghard monastery), and reached an elevation of about 2900 meters where we planned to camp. The last few kilometer lead across pastures without a visible road.

One could see across the lights of Yerevan, and even Ararat showed for a few moments. Given good weather, the hike to the summit would normally be a breeze.

But it was getting cold and cloudy. During the night, snowfall set in and our 3-season tent bent down under the weight. At first light, we were engulfed in thick fog, with a prospect for more snow. With our bald summer tires on the Lada, the first order of the day was to get the car out of the snow back on a trail.

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3 commentaires

  • Photo de BT0004

    BT0004 20 févr. 2015

    Very nice shot. Fantastic light, all in gold. As we where there in August 2014, it was kind of foggy.
    Regards from Germany
    Bernd https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/trailhead-of-azhdahak-8347246#wp-8347248/photo-4865463

  • Photo de Palmtreeproduction

    Palmtreeproduction 20 févr. 2015

    Thanks, we also back in Germany :).

    https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/trailhead-of-azhdahak-8347246#wp-8347248/photo-4865463

  • dazi 30 oct. 2018

    I have followed this trail  View more

    Thank you Palmtreeproduction for trail and description. We did the trail in October 2018 on Lada Niva (rented from Naniko LLC). It was beautiful weather, no snow, just a bit freezing at morning. This was one of my first offroading trip.

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