Hiking in Dilijan National Park
A 5-Day Walk Among The Forests & Monasteries of Dilijan National Park
The northeastern Armenian province of Tavush is home to some of the largest forested areas in the Lesser Caucasus Mountains. This five-day section of the Transcaucasian Trail will take you on a journey through the very best the region has to offer, focused around the spa town of Dilijan and the surrounding mountains of Dilijan National Park.
As well as taking in the stunning limestone escarpments and broadleaf forests of the region, your hike will also pass close to some of the region’s most iconic historical sites, including the early Christian monasteries of Haghartsin and Goshavank, which date back to the 10th century, as well as several lesser-known natural and cultural sites.
Self-sufficient hikers will find plentiful wild-camping opportunities along the route, giving you the ability to modify the itinerary to suit your preferred schedule and level of challenge. For those wishing to spend their nights indoors, guesthouse accommodation is available at all but one of the suggested overnight stops (Haghartsin Monastery). However, the monastery is within easy reach by taxi of guesthouses in Dilijan.
The trail can be hiked in either direction, although the guide will describe the route beginning at the village of Hovk and ending at Khachardzan.
This trail is partially marked on sections where existing trail infrastructure has been used.