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9-day ski tour in unexplored Armenia

Become one of the few people who has skied the Armenian mountains. Explore the heart of its mountains and sleep in its villages, with IFMGA-certified mountain guide Jean.

Duration9 days
Offer periodMar, Apr, May
Skill LevelIntermediate
Fitness LevelOccasional
Type of tripGroup

Description

In 2014, we were lucky enough to discover the snow-capped mountains of Armenia –and the daily life of its people. I invite you to join me on a week-long ski tour around this unexplored territory.

We will ski down Armenia’s northern mountains and then descend into the ones that border Sevan Lake. We will make a crossing from village to village, sleeping in some of them.

During the day, we will explore peaks and valleys and find small villages in between. Heated houses with Persian carpets will welcome us in the evenings. A cook will accompany us constantly. The Armenian cuisine is plentiful and varied. In the mountains, we will enjoy a copious pic nic prepared by our cook.

We will reach several of summits: Mt. Ara (2,575 meters), Mt. Tezhler (3,101 meters), Mt. Hatis (2,529 meters), Mt. Ishkhanasar (3,555 meters) and even an unnamed summit of 2,950 meters.

This trip does not require a high technical level as the terrain is suitable for “classic” ski touring. However, a good skiing level in all kinds of snow and a good physical condition are necessary to enjoy the tour.

On our way, we will visit famous monasteries such as Saghmosavank, the ancient temple complex of Garni, built during the 1st century AD, Geghard (13th century, Unesco World Heritage Site) and Novarank, one of the most beautiful Armenian sites. We will also discover Spitak city.

As we have already organized trips in this region, we are the only ones who can offer you a lightweight backpack logistics during the day. In the evening, you will find all your belongings at your accommodation.

So, if you are ready to ski in the unexplored mountains of Armenia and get a glimpse of its life and culture, do not hesitate to contact me.

Ski touring around the world is my passion. Other than Armenia, I can also take you to JapanKyrgyzstanMoroccoIran or any other place where you are wishing to go!

Accommodation

Homestay during the tour, hotel in Yerevan.

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This price is calculated on the basis of 5 participants per guide. Price is subject to change depending on flights' availability.

Meeting point

Paris Airport/Erevan.

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Itinerary

Day 1: Paris-Yerevan

By Air France, flight from Paris to Armenia´s capital, arriving in the evening.
Overnight at a hotel in the city center.

Day 2: Yerevan-Mt. Ara-Saghmosavank-Spitak

We take the road for the north of the country towards Spitak. On the road we will make the summit of Mt. Ara, 2,575 meters high.

Day 3: Spitak-Mt. Tezhler-Dilijan

Ascension of Mt. Tezhler, 3,101 m. Road to the town of Dilijan.

Day 4: Dilijan-Hatis-Yerevan

Road to Yerevan. On the way, ascent of Mt. Hatis, 2,529 m.

Day 5: Yerevan-Garni-Geghard-Jermuk

Transfer to the city of Jermuk (230 kms.). On the way, visit to the ancient temple complex of
Garni, which dates back to the 1st century AD, then the Geghard monastery (13th century, Unesco World Heritage).

Day 6: Jermuk-Goris crossing

Day 7: Goris-Ishkhanassar-Goris crossing

Ascension of Mt. Ishkhanasar, 3,555 m. Difference in altitude: 1,500 m. Back to Goris.

Day 8: Goris-Noravank-Khor Virap-Yerevan crossing

Ascension of an unnamed summit of 2,950 m. Visit to Novarank monastery, one of the most beautiful sites of Armenia, classified to Unesco.

Day 9: Flight to France

In the morning.


About the guide

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I have been a mountain guide since I was 25 years old. My passion for discovering the mountains of the world has led me to the four corners of the earth. Currently, I am also an instructor at the National School of Skiing and Mountaineering (ENSA).

Each year, I organize different trips. I'm in charge of each trip's organization and I'm sometimes also the guide who leads the group. It could either be me or one of my 4 guide friends, who I have been working with for years.

I have been organizing trips around the world for the past 26 years: Alaska, Antractica, Nepal, Mongolia...Over the years, I have organized trips in more than 30 countries.

In recent years I have had the opportunity to discover:
- Ski traverse in Greenland
- Ski touring in Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia, Argentina, Canada
- Climbing in the Yukon at the Lotus Flower, Jordan, Oman
- The high summits of Sichuan, Kula Kangri in Tibet, Langtang Ri in Nepal

I am currently based in Chamonix and the other 3 guides who work with me live nearby as well. If you are interested in traveling far away or discovering the Mont Blanc massif and other places in the Alps, for climbing, ski touring or ice climbing, please contact me. It will be a pleasure for me to organise a trip that meets your expectations.


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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 2660 each

Group of 2

EUR 2660 each

Group of 3

EUR 2660 each

Group of 4

EUR 2660 each

Group of 5

EUR 2660 each

Group of 6

EUR 2660 each

Group of 7

EUR 2660 each

Group of 8

EUR 2660 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Accommodation

• Flight to the start of the trip

• Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

• Transport during the trip

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

• Price per person to join a group of 6 clients minimum.


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