Vayots Dzor, Armenia
A guide to 125km (6–7 days) of hiking on the Transcaucasian Trail
This guide will help you plan a multi-day, unsupported thru-hike on a 125km stage of the Transcaucasian Trail, passing through the mountains, canyons and vineyards of Vayots Dzor province in southern Armenia. Here you’ll find interactive maps, practical information and trail notes, plus downloadable GPS data to help navigate the route.
Newly launched for 2019, this dramatic 125km stage of the Transcaucasian Trail weaves through Vayots Dzor, the “gorge of woes”, passing Silk Road caravanserais, UNESCO-listed monasteries, and the world’s oldest known winery.
Self-sufficient thru-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 (Gnishik).
As of June 2019, the route is partially marked in both directions with red and white painted blazes and directional signposts. More information on the broader trail network in this region – particularly on the trails around the villages of Gomk, Kapuyt, Martiros and Artavan – can be found on the HIKEArmenia website and app.
The guide will describe the route in a north-south direction of travel, beginning at Selim Caravanserai and ending in the village of Ughedzor.
Parts of this route have been built, maintained and signposted by our friends at HIKEArmenia, Trails For Change and Barev Trails, whose work continues to benefit hikers in Armenia. You can visit their websites for more information about their ongoing work.
The TCTA strives to provide accurate, current information as to trail conditions and the trail route. However, actual trail conditions may be different, and such information may not be accurate or complete. Trail users are urged to consider all the information available from other sources and to heed local advice when available. Trail users are ultimately responsible for all decisions as to the trail routes, trail conditions, weather, and safety.
In addition to the hazards posed by steep terrain and mountain weather, hikers in should be prepared for difficult route-finding and challenging trail conditions, the possibility of washed-out bridges and dangerous river crossings in high water, aggressive dogs guarding sheep and cattle, giant hogweed, and frequent summer thunderstorms with extremely intensive periods of lightning. Access to emergency medical care and search and rescue is not always available.
Find this and other trails in Vayots Dzor on the free HIKEArmenia app, which allows you to navigate the trail using your GPS-enabled smartphone, as well as recommending accommodation and local guides:
…and on the following platforms:
Partners & Sponsors
This section of the Transcaucasian Trail was developed between 2016–2018 with the generous support of: