Natural Monument Turtle Stone

Turtle Stone near Dzorakap village is a natural stone monument included on the Turtle Stone near Dzorakap village is a natural stone monument included on the list of Armenia’s Natural Monuments. Natural monuments are rare in Shirak Province, list of Armenia’s Natural Monuments. Natural monuments are rare in Shirak Province, therefore, this sculpture in the…

Karnut Village

Village of Karnut lies 11 km east of Gyumri. It’s a small farming community in the foothill of the St. Minas peak suitable for short excursions and half day hikes. A partially preserved basilica (4th-5th c.), erected on the foundations of a pagan temple, is located in the NE part of the village next to…

Karmrakar

Karmrakar is a tiny rural community situated 10 km north of Gyumri, at 1,800 meters above sea level. With only 52 residents, this 5,000 year-old hamlet is rapidly emptying out. Karmrakar has two ruined churches and a pre-Christian fort remains nearby. Beside the road entering the village is a 2nd-4th c. graveyard. Two kilometers to…

Dzorashen Village

Dzorashen village is probably the most picturesque village in Shirak. Situated close to the border with Lori, it offers beautiful natural landscapes with numerous hiking possibilities. The unique peculiarity of the village is a nearby hill, which is believed to be the epicenter of the Spitak earthquake. During the quake the hill was completely reshaped…

Lake Ardenis

Ardenis Lake, a unique example of a high-mountain natural reservoir, is a site of global importance from the viewpoint of environmental protection. It presents a rare natural ecosystem with a wide variety of crop species, algae and other plants specifi c for high mountainous humid areas. The rare water lily Candok (Nuphar lutea), which was…

Akhuryan Sanctuary

Akhuryan Sanctuary offers a great hiking tour through the upper part of the Akhurian River gorge. The total length of the trail, from Pokr Sepasar village to Amasia, is 13 kilometers. Akhurian Sanctuary is an ideal place to observe diff erent species of birds, butterfl ies and plants. The trail is not marked and a…

Trchkan Waterfall

The Highest Waterfall of Armenia One of the natural beauties of Armenia, Trchkan waterfall is situated on the border between Shirak and Lori regions at 33 km distance from Gyumri, cultural capital of Armenia. The highest waterfall of Armenia, beautiful Trchkan of 23 meters high rushes down on Chichkhan river, the left rivulet of Pambak…