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  2. Yerevan
  3. Hovhannavank

From Yerevan: Kasakh Gorge Trekking

Product ID: 231792
Hike through Kasakh Gorge, a beautiful valley with rocky steppes and a pristine river. Travel the route from Hovhannavank Monastery to Saghmosavank Monastery while learning about the history of the region and admiring stunning natural landscapes.
About this activity
Duration: 4 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, French, Armenian, Russian

Pickup included

Pick-up and Drop-off from your hotel in Yerevan
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get out of the city to see some of the most impressive natural landscapes that Armenia has to offer
  • Admire ancient cultural and natural landmarks side by side
  • Go on a hike nearby Yerevan ideal for a one-day excursion
Full description
Leave Yerevan in the morning and head to the Kasakh Gorge, just a 45 minute drive from the city. Arrive at Hovhannavank Monastery (also known as the Monastery of St. John the Apostle), an impressive example of medieval architecture that was built in two phases, first during the fourth century and second during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Pass through the village of Ohanavan and descend into the Kasakh Canyon, where the beautiful river of the same name flows and dramatic geological formations along rock cliffs combine with structures from the first and second millennia BC.

Hike along the canyon to reach the orchards of the village Saghmosavan and check out the Saghmosavank Monastery (Monastery of the Psalms) which overlooks the gorge like its sister Hovhannavank Monastery. Learn about the unique architecture of a thirteenth century structure, which, poised atop a precipitous cliff face, dominates the ridge line and has an impressive silhouette that can be seen from the neighboring villages. Explore the old annex of monastery dug deep into the rock and admire the spectacular views of the gorge below before heading back to Yerevan.
Includes
  • Transportation to and from the hiking trails in a private vehicle
  • English or French-speaking guide
  • Mineral water and a packed lunch

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Please consider bringing:
• Sun hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen
• Hiking sticks
• Water bottle
• Comfortable shoes and clothes