Stage 6: Dilijan to Jukhtakvank

Part of the Transcaucasian Trail route through Dilijan National Park, Armenia.

Distance: 7.1km
Difficulty: Easy
Status: Open & Marked

Route description

Starting in the centre of Dilijan, make for the NW corner of the traffic island, next to the Mimino statue and drinking fountain outside the souvenir shop and information centre. Follow the Vanadzor road away from the roundabout and take the first left, so you are walking along the sidewalk parallel to the river with the river on your left. Follow this boulevard for 900m, then cross the pedestrian footbridge on your left. Turn right off the bridge and continue 430m along the riverside with the river on your right.

Look out for a string of cultural points of interest along this short stretch, including the children’s amusement park whose entrance is directly opposite the bridge; a new cathedral under construction for Dilijan residents; open-air murals by local children, and a hilltop monument to those lost in World War II.

Re-cross the river on a second footbridge. Cross the road and continue straight, away from the river and past the school on your right. Round the corner to the right at the end of this street and continue up to the main Vanadzor road. Make a sharp hairpin left on this road.

If you’re hiking through to Hovk, the markets on this stretch of main road represent your last opportunity to stock up on supplies.

Follow the sidewalk along the main road for 1.3km. Cross the road at the junction by the bus shelter. Continue on the opposite sidewalk for a further 650m to the junction with Abovyan Street. You’ll see several signs for Jukhtakvank. Turn right at this junction and follow the broken asphalt road for 2.7km to reach the trailhead for Jukhtakvank.

Got extra time on your hands? This is also the trailhead for Matosavank, a ruined monastery high in the forest on the SW side of the valley, which is considerably less visited and more authentic feeling owing to the minimal approach to restoration. The hike there and back takes no more than an hour.

Follow the dirt road up to the right. After 400m, the main TCT route branches off and right up a narrow footpath into the forest. Continue another 250m up and to the left on the dirt road to find the Jukhtakvank twin churches.

TCT Dilijan National Park

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