DAY 3 HIKING AND MOUNTAIN CLIMBING
“Every mountain peak is within your reach if you just keep climbing”, a famous Canadian author wrote. If you’re one of those courageous “self-challengers” by nature, indulge yourself with an incredible mountain-climbing experience in Armenia. ”The land of mountains and rocks”- this is how Armenia is often dubbed by the locals and foreigners. It offers a myriad of options for both professional mountain climbers and those with more modest physical abilities.
Want to reach the highest point of Armenia? Then grab your hiking/climbing arsenal and head to 4-peakedMount Aragats, included in the list of World Country High Points. The highest, North Summit is 4090 meters high! But the stunning bird’s eye-view opening from above is well worth the effort, indeed. In reality, the North Summit peak comprises 2 peaks – fake and real. The tourists aren’t advised to climb up the real one as it contains many hazards; the majority of mountain climbing tours including scrambling the fake peak of the North Summit.
However, if mesmerized by the beauty of the mountain you’re still no sure you’ll be able to scramble up so high, never mind: the lowest, South Summit, is an easy walk for one with an average physical training (3879 meters high). Climbing generally starts from Lake Kari, and is likely to take about 4-5 hours. Aragats is snow-capped almost all year round, which is why July-September is the best months for you to conquer its summits.