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Gomk to Artavan

Gomk to Artavan

6h
15.9 km
2,532m
1,838m
Medium

Things to see

Kapuyt Cliffside Carvings
Gomk Khachkar and Chapel
Natural Stone Arch
Don’t worry—there haven’t been bandits in these parts for a long time. This trail, thought to once have been part of the Silk Road, connects the villages of Gomk and Artavan.

You may notice that this trail overlaps with the Stairway To Heaven trail, but there’s a vital turnoff that takes you to the village of Artavan from Gomk, and vice-versa. While hiking the Old Bandit Road, you’ll find yourself on man-made stone steps that switchback up the mountains dividing the two villages. This section of the trail is thought to have been part of the Silk Road! Continuing up, you’ll traverse a scenic cliff-ledge pathway along rock outcrops. Near Artavan, ancient trails have been restored in a beautiful forest, where you’ll notice old Silk Road bandit camps, without the bandits—they’re long gone. This trail is part of the Transcaucasian Trail route that goes through the Vayots Dzor Province.

How to get there

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Charlotte Poulain
My new favorite trail in the whole country!! The climb in the first 8km is tough (not for the faint of heart - very steep) but you will be amply rewarded by the view. Also love that this trail goes through a part of the old silk road route.
Peter Ochieano
It is a pretty steep climb out of the canyon--pack plenty of water--but the views from the top are spectacular, and you can also scramble further for big views over to the Nakchivan border. Further down in the valley, a kind herder (Georg) invited me in for cheese and other goodies.

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Taron's Homestay

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Gomkers Guesthouse

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Artavan Campsite

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Benson Tour Guest House

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