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Janapar Trail -Section 16 - Tsar to Vardenis

Serious hike from the plateau of Tsar over the mountain range and down into Vardenis by Lake Sevan.
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Strenuous
Length: 21 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  As you climb to the pass and head over the mountain into Armenia proper, you are rewarded with great views of the surrounding... more »

Tips:  *This area is sparsely populated and has few visitors of any sort - local or foreign. The residents you do meet are very hospitable, ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Tsar Village

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2. Ruins of Zeylik visible

The village had to be abandoned during the Karabakh war, and was subsequently ruined.

3. Scenery along Tsar-Vardenis trail

As you climb to the pass and head over the mountain into Armenia proper, you are rewarded with great views of the surrounding mountains, plains, gorges and pastures.

4. Border between Armenia and Republic of Mountainous Karabakh

Congratulations, you've reached the border between Armenia and the Republic of Mountainous Karabakh!

5. Verin Shorzha village

6. Ayrk village

This small village has a couple of old church/chapels and some very plain and beautiful old khachkars.

7. Vardenis town

A major town by Lake Sevan, and a good spot to catch transportation to and from Yerevan, or stock up on supplies.