Armenia walking holiday, small group
Description of Armenia walking holiday, small group
Walking with an experienced mountain guide in Armenia is the best way to discover rural lifestyles as well as some absolutely stunning high altitude views.
This particular 11 day tour is designed to keep groups sizes small with no more than 10 people invited to make the most of Armenia on foot. This means that not only will we create less impact on the environment but we'll also be able to stay in smaller locally-owned guest houses and B&Bs.
Each day starts with a short transfer to a mountain or forest trail head from where average daily distances range from 6 to 12kms. You'll then be transferred to your next overnight accommodation.
Routes have been chosen to take in Armenia's cultural heritage as well as its amazing, untouched alpine landscapes and countryside. Many of the trails lead through forests to hidden waterfalls and lakes as well as opening out into alpine pastures where fortresses and ancient monasteries appear over the next brow.
As a round trip from Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, we'll also take in many of the country's most important sites: Geghard, Noravank and Tatev monasteries, for instance, as well as Lake Sevan and the beautiful forest trails in Dilijan National Park.
This is an ideal walking holiday for any active hikers looking to experience the real Armenia where welcomes are as warm as the steaming bowls of soup and natural highs are in plentiful supply.
High altitude information
Please consult your GP before hiking at altitude, especially if you have any issues with blood pressure. This tour takes in average elevations of around 2000 metres with a trip to Armenia's tallest summit, Mount Arargats, taking you to just over 4000 metres above sea level. Please get in touch if you need any more information. Thank you.
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3 Reviews of Armenia walking holiday, small group
Reviewed on 18 May 2021 by Nuha AlbulbulDid what I really missed last year Such as hiking/ cycling activity and contact with local people Read full review
Reviewed on 23 Aug 2019 by Jon TalbotEverything enjoyable. Read full review
Reviewed on 21 Jun 2019 by Charles LouisEvery day was wonderful. Probably the best walk was on our 3rd day when we walked up to the castle and then down and up again to the monastery and then on the way down walked with a herd of cows who seemed to enjoy our company. Read full review
PlanetThe destinations which we included in this program are very reach with Armenian monasteries, forests, caves and waterfalls. These places are the most beautiful and fragile parts of Armenia. You can find many sites preserved by UNESCO, ancient monasteries, large vineyards, mysterious caves etc. During our Walking tour tourists will visit Dilijan National Park and Arpi Lake National Park which provide for normal ecosystem development, landscape and biodiversity conservation, as well as protection of historical and cultural patrimony of Armenia.
Obviously, a walking tour consists of being outdoors a majority of the time. Our tourists will soak up plenty of Vitamin D from the sun, and their lungs will be filtering fresh air instead of polluted city air.
Modern cars, if kept in good condition, produce only quite small quantities of the air quality pollutants, but the emissions from large numbers of cars add to a significant air quality problem. So this tour will give an excellent opportunity to travel around our country without using cars for whole day and by this to reduce the level of air pollution.
Water is vital during this tour. This means that our tourists should have at least 2 bottles of water every day, but it is not necessary to have with them plastic bottles. Plastic bottles contain Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical used to make the plastic hard and clear. BPA is an endocrine disruptor which has been proven to be hazardous to human health. It has been strongly linked to a host of health problems including certain types of cancer, neurological difficulties and so on. So we suggest our tourists having with them bottles from hard material like steel rather than a plastic bottle. Not to mention the fact that Armenia is famous for its fresh drinkable delicious water so you wonít have a problem of finding a natural springs during your tour.
But in case of use plastic bottles, we offer an optimal way of action. There are special trash boxes for plastic bottles in Armenia. Bottles of that boxes pass a manufacturing process, which give an opportunity to save our resources.
PeopleWe are sure that our tourists will give a huge impact to the local communities while getting acquainted with their daily life. This gives a chance both to the tourist and local people to meet each others cultural differences. We always encourage our tourists to visit local markets, buy souvenirs and local products from local stores.
In this tour our tourists overnight in the guesthouses or B&B owned by local people. While staying there, they will have the opportunity to try local cuisine there and will have an impact to their development too.
Nowadays many houses that are located in the villages as well as guest houses and B&B try to set solar cells in their roofs, which are electronic devices that convert direct sunlight into electricity. This method helps them to save electricity.
The tour has a small group size, maximum 10 participants, as the routes are not intended for larger groups. And this means that it causes a very low impact to the environment. Another advantage of having a small group is that it helps to stay in a family run.
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