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Noravank Trail

Noravank Trail

1-2h
2.8 km
1560m
1390m
Medium
The 13th century Noravank Monastery, one of Armenia’s most iconic monuments, sits high above the Gnishik River Canyon, through which this trail winds… Get ready for some epic photos!  

The Gnishik River Canyon is part of the Arpa Protected Landscape, home to almost 900 species of plants and around 525 species of animals, including the majestic bezoar ibex, a species indigenous to Armenia and an all-round mountain climbing badass. You may just spot a herd of these guys while making your way through the canyon (if you’re not posing for photos against the backdrop of the canyon’s impressive, rocky walls, that is)! The Arpa Environmental Foundation, which manages the reserve, has placed informational signs throughout the trail about the flora and fauna species that live there, plus info on cultural sites. 

You can hike this trail and others in the Protected Landscape beginning either at Noravank Monastery, or in Areni village 10km away. Other routes through the reserve, like the Chukar and Bezoar trails, are marked by signposts. Check out their trail profiles on our app or website to learn more, and follow the appropriate signs while in the reserve to access them!

How to get there

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Peter Ochieano
A nice, little trail. Easy to hitch to Noravank, but there's much less traffic on the other road between Areni and Nor Amaghu. The river provides a nice, little bathing spot on a hot day. Just before Nor Amagu there's a farmhouse with a run-down, yellow bus out front that looks like a place where hippies would live. Rather, it is the residence of several big, snarling dogs who look and behave like they'd love to attack and devour a poor hiker. Remain calm as you walk. They will follow and bark but never charge or bite. Their job is to keep people away from the cows, and they certainly did a good job of that when I passed through!

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