Autumn hike in Tsaghkunyats Mountains
Autumn can be easily considered to be one of the spectacular seasons for hiking. Rich with its bright and vibrant colours, incredibly attractive it has its own special and warm spirit. When the weather is not too cold and not too hot the weekend shouldn’t have to be wasted. There is no need to stay at home, just grab some warm clothes, food, a thermos of hot coffee and head to explore new trails in the mountains of Armenia.
For the autumn hike in Armenia we recommend you to take the route up the Tsaghkunyats Mountains, which is a quite popular route taken by the Armenian hikers. It’s not far from Yerevan at all and starts in Solak village (Kotayk Province).
Photo by Sonia Bagdasarian
While hiking in Tsaghkunyants Mountains the first impressive and beautiful site you will see is Mayaravanq Monastery founded in the VII century by Hovhannes Mayravanetsi. Surb Astvatsatsin Church (the “Holy Mother of God Church”), built in XI-XIIcc., is the only thing left of the complex. Made of basalt stone it looks enthralling surrounded by the wooded hills.
You might probably get caught by a sudden rain while on your way because in fall weather conditions can change in a second. But there is nothing to worry about if you have a saving raincoat and a pair of waterproof boots that every hiker is just ought to have in his wardrobe. These kind of unexpected things like heavy rain, fog and even a lightning give the most striking and emotional memories that one would love to remember on a cold winter day having a hot cup of tea.
Continue your way down the trail that goes up and down through the breathtaking Tsaghkunyats Mountains. The views are amazing. They make one forget everything in the world and enjoy these great spaces, lined fields, pied woods and a surprising herd of beautiful horses running right in front of the eyes.
After numerous kilometers of walking slow down for a break on a slope, where the view opens up on a beautiful woody hillsides. A perfect time to arrange a small picnic, enjoy the meal and a warm cup of coffee, to get some rest and then continue the way down through the forest.
At the end of the trail be prepared to discover one of the oldest villages of Armenia, the village of Bjni, which was first mentioned in the historical documents in the 5th century. The village sits on the right coast of Hrazdan River, where you can find the remnants of a IX-X century Bjni Fortress of the Pahlavuni Family. Surb Astvatsatsin church of Bjni built in 1031 is located not far from the fortress in the center of the village. Bjni is also famous for its source of healing mineral waters.
In case you have hiking experience in Armenia, please share with us your experience about which is your preferred trail to hike in Armenia during autumn season?