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Apakeqar

Apakeqar

4h
8.0 km
1626m
931m
Hard

Things to see

Hovk Cliffs
If your aim is elevation gain, the hike up to Mt. Apakeqar in Dilijan National Park will certainly make you feel the strain! The views from the top are well worth it though.  

Starting from the M4 highway and going through the village of Hovk, you have a short but sweet hike to the peak of Apakeqar (1,626 meters). You can also start your hike from Hovk and cut the trail in half if you choose. 

The name Apakeqar comes from the Armenian words “apaki” meaning glass, and “qar” meaning rock. Once at the top, you’ll be able to enjoy a panoramic vista over the park. From there you can either walk the 5km back to Hovk, one of the highest settlements of the park, and stop by Lake Kari along the way, ideal for cooling off and watching the sunset. Or, you can continue to the other side of the mountain and on to the village of Haghartsin, 4.5km away. Don’t be surprised if you run into some locals celebrating life over a barbecue and homemade fruit brandy; don’t be surprised if you’re offered a victory toast for completing the hike!

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