- Hiking / Trekking
- Place or Historical Monument
- Off the beaten track
Aparan is the epitome of the Armenian high plateau town. It holds a central place on the plateau of the eastern slope of Mount Aragats, an extinct volcano with an elevation of 13420 ft and the country's highest point.
With its severe climate, its rural or Soviet buildings made from big blocks of pink tuff or basalt, it gives off an austere air. With its dryness and its lunar landscape, it is quite a charismatic place... You will perhaps pass through here, as it is located on the Yerevan-Tbilissi road which happens to be the Armenian north-south trunk road.
For me, Aparan makes an interesting stop in more ways than one. Firstly, to undertake a splendid climb, that of Aragats, whose four summits are situated about 8 miles away. Next, to go on the trail of Armenian history: Aparan was the site of decisive battles during World War One and several monuments commemorate this period. The town is also home to a lovely 5th century basilica. Lastly, to go in search of the way of life of the Yezidi Kurds , many of whom live in Aragatsotn, in villages spread out on the volcano's slopes.