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Cañón Azat

Practical information on Cañón Azat

  • Hiking / Trekking
  • Mountain
  • River
  • Caves
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  • Unesco World Heritage
5 / 5 - One review
How to get there
20 minutes by road from Erevan
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Cañón Azat

Nicolas Landru Seasoned Traveller
106 written opinions

The Azat River Canyon forms one of Armenia's most distinctive landscapes. At the heart of the volcanic Geghama Mountains with their basalt cliffs, it is home to two of the country's major attractions - Garni and Gueghard. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

My suggestion:
Above the Azat, go hiking in the Khosrov National Park, where you will find some splendid landscapes.
My review

From Yerevan, I arrived in the 55 km-long Azat Valley via the Azat Reservoir, formed by one of the country's largest dams. Up above, a wondrous landscape was awaiting me.

The first main stop in the Azat is the ancient Garni temple, built on a rocky headland perched above the Azat River Canyon. It is one of the country's most beautiful natural sites - where the Goght flows into the Azat, an enormous natural basin lined by cliffs and basalt columns has been formed, as beautiful to admire from above as from inside it, where you will find an 11th century bridge!

Then there is the Gueghard monastery, a bit further upstream, which is an exceptional place. Beyond, the natural scenery of the Armenian Lesser Caucasus takes over, with boulders, cliffs, shepherds tending flocks of sheep, and protected mountain wildlife. Climbing to the source of the Azat, where it meets the Sevan plateau, is a delight for any nature lovers. Then all that is left is to climb the Ajdahak volcano, which dominates the mountain pastures like the Cantal of Caucasus.

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