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Sevaberd, Geghama Mountains, Akna Lake (3,031m)

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Distance
18.02 mi
Elevation gain
3,284 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
3,278 ft
Max elevation
9,965 ft
TrailRank 
34
Min elevation
6,774 ft
Trail type
One Way
Time
3 hours 52 minutes
Coordinates
1678
Uploaded
December 14, 2016
Recorded
September 2016
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9,965 ft
6,774 ft
18.02 mi

near Sevaberd, Kotaykʼ (አርሜኒያ)

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Itinerary description

Mountain Biking Trail Description
This biking trail begins in the village of Sevaberd, in the Kotayk province. The village is located at an altitude of 2,000m above sea level. You should get to the village of Sevaberd, and start riding about 1-2km down the paved road. After 1-2km, the road up to the Geghama Mountains is covered by sandstones. Here, you will see rounded hills standing next to each other, typical of the Geghama Mountains. When you reach the plateau of the Geghama Mountains, at a height of 3,030m, you will see the crystal clear, Akna Lake. The area is rich with fragrant flowers, and diverse plants, a place where the mountains and the sky have been mirrored in the lake for all eternity. A cemetery memorial of Yezidi people is also located near Lake Akna.
The trail is long, and the road is covered with sandstones, with cold spring water sources along the way. While traversing the trail you will probably see lots of birds, especially eagles, actively searching for food during the autumn months.
On your return path, you will have a chance to ride from the end of the trail right up to the town of Abovyan (the nearest big town, 8-10km away), and visit the Saint Poghos-Petros Church at the foot of Mt. Hatis, as well as the Saint Hovhannes Mkrtich Church, in Abovyan town.

Monuments description
Sevaberd Cyclopean Fortress is located on the right (south) of the highway leading to the Sevaberd community. This monument is an example of a medieval castle. There is no historical information about the monument; no scientific studies have been conducted, but it is known that the castle’s bottom masonry is cyclopean, and the upper masonry is medieval. So it can be dated back to about the 2-1st millennium BC, the medieval period. Now, only the western wall of the Cyclopean castle is preserved.

Saint Poghos-Petros Church (St. Paul and Peter Church) is located near Zar village, at the foothills of Mt. Hatis, in the Kotayk province. The Poghos-Petros chapel-sanctuary was originally built in the 13th century. In 1930, a foreman named Grigor (Gregory) had a dream in which he saw the grand design of the church and continued its entire construction. Two churches were built next to the chapel, called Poghos and Petros. Now, this area has also become a place of pilgrimage. Every year, two weeks after Holy Easter, people go on pilgrimage to the Church to celebrate Saint Poghos-Petros Day. In 1969, and again in 1989, the two chapels were reconstructed, and the builders were later buried in the Churchyard after their deaths.

Saint Hovhannes Mkrtich Church (Saint John the Baptist Church) Abovyan town, Kotayk province, was constructed relatively recently, in 2006, and later was consecrated in 2013. It is in the town of Abovyan, in the Kotayk Province of Armenia.

Geghama sierra is of volcanic origin, and located in the center of Armenia, in the provinces of Kotayk, Gegharkunik and Ararat, stretching along the meridian. There are several small lakes (also craters) within the Geghama Mountains. One of the lakes is in the famous crater of Azhdahak Mountain, which is fed by winter’s thaw. The range of the Geghama mountains is about 65km in length and 35km in width, with an arched base in the center. The range includes many volcanic peaks, such as the Seghanasar (3,219m), Sevkatar (3,225m), Spitakasar (3,555m), Nazeli (3,312m), Vishapasar (3,157.7m), Yerakatar (2,589.6m), Geghasar (3,444m), and the highest peak of Azhdahak (3,597.3m). The Azat, Vedi and Getar rivers all originate from the western slopes of the Geghama mountains, with the Gavaraget, Argichi, Bakhtak and other rivers originating from the eastern slopes.

Akna Lake is a lake of volcanic origin located on the plateau at the top of the Geghama mountains, at an altitude of 3,030m above sea level, with a surface of 0.5 sq. km. The lake is fed by snowmelt and spring water, and is surrounded by volcanic cones and beautiful alpine meadows. The water is so clear that the mountains and the blue sky are reflected in the mirrored surface of the Lake.

Flora
The flora of the Geghama Mountains is very grassy, curative and healthful. There are no forests and trees along the sierra as it is located 2,800 meters above sea level. Meadows blooming in the Geghama Mountains create a ravishing combination of colors. The alpine nature is marked with meadows and small mountain lakes, and the frigid shores of streams and rivulets descending from the mountains are surrounded with alpine flowers. Here, we can meet the dark blue alpine violet; also chamomile, immortelle, thyme, nettle, dandelion and bellflowers in the lowlands.

Fauna
In the Geghama Mountains once can see many various species of wild animals. In the petroglyphs found on the rocks of the Geghama mountains, we can see the diversity of animals, with large and small groups of wild bulls and oxen, Caucasian deer, a lion, roes, domestic and wild horses, foxes and wolves, many species of dogs, a boar, lynx, leopard, hare, several unknown types of small animals, various types of reptiles, also a duck, goose, stork, swan, and a partridge. Many of these animals (jerboa, hare, wolf, fox, lizards and snakes) are still living in Geghama Mountains today. There are also many birds, especially eagles and vultures that can be spotted from far away.

Safety and Security
Ucom and VivaCell-MTS networks are partially available between Sevaberd and Lake Akna. In case of emergency, call 911, a service available throughout Armenia. Beware of dogs guarding flocks of sheep.

Technical parameters
Best period: May - October
Distance: 36 km from Yerevan
Duration: 48 min.
Biking trail length: 29km.
Ride duration: 7hours.
The area is located at an altitude of 2,000-3,030m above sea level.
90% of the road is covered with sandstone, the other 10% is paved.
The best drink to have on hand is bottled water.

How to Reach the Trail
To reach the above-mentioned trail, you need to get to Sevaberd village, in the Kotayk province. It is most convenient to travel by taxi. Taxi services are quite affordable throughout Armenia. We recommend taking a cab with a taximeter.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 6,790 ft

001 STARTING MTBING DR WOTER

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,949 ft

002 LAKE AKNA

PictographWaypoint Altitude 9,957 ft

003 EZIDI SEMETERI

PictographWaypoint Altitude 6,781 ft

004 FINISH

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