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Lake Akna

Practical information on Lake Akna

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Volcano
  • Lake
  • Off the beaten track
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
About 2 hours walk from Sevaberd
When to go
From April to October for the fine season
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Lake Akna

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

Lake Akna, Aknalich in Armenian, is a very beautiful volcanic mountain lake whose water is vivid blue. At the heart of the Gegham massif which separates Kotayk from Geharkunik, accessible at the end of a trek, it is a small jewel of nature at the foot of mount Azhdahak.

My suggestion:
Trek across the Gegham massif, from Sevaberd in Kotayk to Tsaghkashen in the region of Lake Sevan via Lake Akna (about 15.5 ml). You will discover a magnificent typically Armenian mountain universe.
My review

Lake Akna produces an oasis effect when you have just crossed the lonely Geghama volcanoes! The massif, arid, bumpy, bare, gives the impression of a huge mountainous steppe. Its beauty is nevertheless remarkable, for it is also luminous and ethereal. From all sides, the relief, close to the sky...

Its rugged bumps, formed from coombs hollowed out by axe-like gashes, suddenly give you the spectacle of an eye from the sky placed on the mountain. Lake Akna is of surprising purity : bordered by green or yellow meadows depending on the season, it spreads majestically through a double crater that widens out, giving the impression of a horizontal telescope. Just like Lake Pavin or lakes in the Azores, it occupies a radiant place in the middle of the typically volcanic summits that surround it.

From these little headlands, I was on the crest of the Gegham Mounts, halfway between the Ararat plain and Lake Sevan . The panorama that I was rewarded with, thanks to the clear sky, was stunning, with the Sevan to the east, Mount Aragats to the northwest and Ararat to the southwest. In the forefront the Gegham's other summits.