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Two Churches + Gorge

Two Churches + Gorge

3.5h
7.9 km
1,630m
1,328m
Medium

Things to see

Saghmosavank Monastery
Hovhannavank Monastery
Gregory the Illuminator Church

Visit two historic medieval monasteries as you travel between the villages of Saghmosavan and Ohanavan. Just a 45-minute drive from Yerevan, this trail will take you back in time.

History and architecture buffs will not be disappointed by this trail, as the monasteries here played important roles in the history of Armenian Christendom. You’ll follow the Kasagh River Canyon while hiking between the 13th-century Saghmosavank Monastery and the 4th-century Hovhannavank Monastery. Both are perched atop the picturesque canyon. Along the way, you’ll encounter the ruins of the 4th-century Gregory the Illuminator Church.

Please note that there are actually two trails, one that goes above the canyon and one that goes into the canyon. This trail is the one that goes into the canyon, which uses old restored trails in the Saghmosavank area that gently wind you down into the river gorge. Be wary of snakes in the gorge in the spring, and keep in mind that there are two short sections where the trail consists of small boulders that need to be traversed.

How to get there

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Aline Yordikian
Hiking from Hovhannavank to Saghmosavank was a Wonderful experience. We stopped by Anoush's house right by Hovhannavank church to observe how they prepare lavash! Arriving to Saghmosavank was also one of the highlight of this trail because of the breathtaking view over the canyon. Enjoy Armenia!
Maral F.
Note that it is easier to get a cab back to Yerevan, or wherever you are going, from Hovhanavank, so it is best to start from Saghmosavank. That being said, it is beautiful in either direction. An easy hike, perfect for a half day outside of Yerevan.
Charlotte P
This trail is SUPER FLAT, perfect for those who can't decide whether they want to go for a hike or a walk!

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