Hiking in Dilijan National Park

Important note: This section of the TCT will be under active development throughout 2017, with much of the trail being redesigned and rebuilt over the course of the summer. The route described here makes use of existing dirt roads and footpaths to allow trail users to pass through the landscapes the future route of the TCT will traverse. It is not intended as a final trail guide, and the details of the route and the maps used in this section of the website are subject to change at any time.

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.

Route Map