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Kakavaberd (Armenia)

Practical information on Kakavaberd

  • Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • Castle and fortress
  • Place or Historical Monument
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
30 min from Garni in a 4x4
When to go
All year, sometimes hampered by snow in winter
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Kakavaberd

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
117 written opinions

Kakavaberd is a sumptuous and typically Caucasian site: a fortress on a rocky promontory, 1516 meters above sea level, dominating the wild and beautiful environment of the Khosrov National Reserve and the gorges of Mil.

My suggestion:
Consider a trek from Garni; walk up the Mil canyon, one of great natural beauty, for 10km, then make the ascent to the fortress. You will appreciate the beauty of the National Reserve of Khosrov!
My review

Here is one of the most remote sites in Armenia! To reach Kakavaberd, it is necessary to travel at walking pace on a less than secondary road or consider a trek on foot through the mountains. In this valley, no houses, no hamlets... The nearest village is Garni, a dozen kilometres away. 

Amid mixed forests and barren peaks, Kakavaberd appears as the only trace of civilisation. One wonders about what and against whom have used this fortress perched like an eagle's nest on the summit of its mountain... The walls, particularly well preserved, with numerous turrets, tell a different story, around the year one thousand, the Bagratuni dynasty reigned over the highlands, home to a brilliant Armenian kingdom.

Kakavaberd has been abandoned since the 13th century. The mountainous environment of the Khosrov National Reserve has fused its stones with its basalt rocks and its high altitude prairies. A site incredibly well integrated into the natural landscape, Kakavaberd seems to be an extension of the mountain, a great reward for those courageous enough to climb those heights!

Kakavaberd Fortress