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Silk Trade and Pilgrim Routes of Southern Armenia

Silk Trade and Pilgrim Routes of Southern Armenia. A journey from the sophisticated streets of Yerevan to the mountains of Southern Armenia discovering the hidden trade and pilgrim routes and among the ancient and modern villages of rural Armenia

Journey essentials

  • 12 days/11 nights from Yerevan
  • Internationally and locally led by experts in rural development and Armenia
  • 4 nights in a high quality, boutique hotel in Yerevan
  • 2 night in hotels in Southern Armenia (Goris and Yeghegis)
  • 5 nights supported camp trekking in Southern Armenia (Supported by 4WD vehicle to transport luggage and equipment)
  • 6 days of moderate trekking in total.
  • Price: from £1660

Journey dates:

2021: Trip in May (contact us for exact dates)

Journey highlights

A scenic, cultural and historic journey
  • Historical and cultural sites of the sophisticated city of Yerevan
  • Discovering Armenia’s 6000 year old wine making tradition (and collecting modern wine for our journey)
  • Traveling to stay at the remote mountain village of Khachik to watch the sun descend behind soaring snow-capped Mount Ararat (5137M)
  • Exploring the habitat of the Caucasian Leopard and the impressive Bezoar Goat with WWF community rangers as part of a collaboration to support emerging Ecco-tourism in Armenia
  • Pioneering a route through the Vorotan River Gorge that has not been walked by other trekking groups.
  • Travelling along hidden trails, village paths and mountain tracks and through natural forest, high mountain pastures and rocky hillsides with stunning views.
  • Staying in and exploring the ancient ghost villages that were forcibly evacuated during the soviet era.
  • Staying beside mountain villages far from any tourist trail and in villages where groups have never stayed before.
  • Having local villagers s host or join us for meals to explore the food, culture, history, legends and modern life of rural Armenia.
  • Discovering well known but also hidden ancient churches, monasteries, cave cities and monuments of a truly ancient land.
  • Puzzling about the meaning of the prehistoric standing stones of Zorats Karer reputed to be an ancient celestial observatory.

Background of the journey

Our founder, Gavin Anderson, has advised on rural development projects in Armenia for more than 12 years. He has built up a relationship with small local development organisations, conservation bodies and mountain communities. This unique journey was developed by Nomadic Skies in collaboration with a small local rural development organisation (SDA), The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Armenia, local mountain communities and Gevorg Gasparyen a leading mountain climber trek leader, who Gavin first met around 10 years ago when he was working as a veterinarian adviser in hill communities in Armenia.

Map of our Journey

Silk Trade and pilgrim routes of Southern Armenia
Overall route
Main trek route
Day trek Khachik
Day trek Yeghegis

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Silk Trade and Pilgrim Routes of Southern Armenia

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