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Arch Trail

Arch Trail

2h
5.0 km
2,132m
1,838m
Easy

Things to see

Kapuyt Cliffside Carvings
Gomk Khachkar and Chapel
Natural Stone Arch

To get to this natural wonder, you’ll make your way from Gomk village to the small settlement of Kapuyt, which is sparsely inhabited in the summer months only (no shortage of livestock and honey bees, though!). From Kapuyt, you’ll walk up a beautiful valley following the signs to Artavan. At a junction 300m above Kapuyt, you’ll see a sign for the Arch Trail pointing to the left. 

As you continue making your way up, you’ll pass scattered medieval khachkars (cross-stones) and burial sites. You’ll also come upon a cliff with khachkars carved directly onto its face—quite a rare site in Armenia! From here, simply follow the single-track trail up the valley and you’ll soon find what you came for: a spectacular basalt rock arch with a small river flowing through the middle. If you walk through the arch, you’ll see the river cascading over a large rock face and glimmering in the sunlight, if the weather permits—fingers crossed!

 
 

How to get there

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Peter Ochieano
An easy detour to make between Gomk and Artavan. Very therapeutic to listen to sounds of water trickling down beneath the shade of the arch.
Roxanne de
Very beautiful scenery, good marked and no other people on de trail :-)

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Get a taste of Armenian hospitality

Gomkers Guesthouse

35-50 USD

Nvard’s Homestay

<20 USD

Benson Tour Guest House

<20 USD