Tatev - Kapan Hiking Trail

This nature trail spans 43,5 km at altitudes ranging from 700 to 2000 meters above sea level. It extends along the very edge of the spurs lying in the north-east of the Bargushat mountain range.


Tatev - Kapan Hiking Trail

Tatev-Kapan Nature Trail

This nature trail spans 43,5 km at altitudes ranging from 700 to 2000 meters above sea level. It extends along the very edge of the spurs lying in the north-east of the Bargushat mountain range. The trail can be travelled by car or by bicycle, but walking would be best not to miss a single glimpse of natural wonders appearing around every corner of the road. En route you will pass several springs and picnic spots offering rest, nourishment and drinking water. You can put up tents for an overnight stay in small glades next to a spring or a trickling stream and continue your tour the next day. The sound of a trickling stream, the rustle of leaves, the starlit sky, the heady scent of vegetation and the night sounds of wildlife will leave indelible memories about this mesmerizing spot.

The trail runs through an oak and oak-hornbeam forest with hawthorn, wild pear, maple, elm and other trees also found in the area. In spring the understory blooms with Cowslip Primrose, Puschkinias, Scillas and other plants. Voices of Eurasian Jays and Eurasian Blackbirds will guide you through the forest with Great Tit, Coal Tit and Chaffinch occasionally seen overhead. If you get off the track and venture deep into the forest you will see Eurasian Green Woodpecker, Hawfinch and the elusive Semi-collared and Red-breasted Flycatchers if you get lucky enough.

While traversing the mountain-steppe area with patches of forb-feather grass steppes you will enjoy the whistling of the Black-headed, Rock, Ortolan and Corn Buntings. Branches of shrubs are home to Red-backed and Lesser Grey shrikes with Common Redstart, Red-fronted Serin and Icterine Warbler to be found in thickets of bushes.  Short-toed Snake-eagle, European Honey-buzzard, Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard and Eurasian Hobby can be seen soaring overhead.

The songs of Eurasian Skylark, Water Pipit and Common Rosefinch will follow you through the part of the trail that traverses the subalpine zone. Subalpine meadows in spring expose the Caucasian iris and species belonging to orchid and lily families. Sparsely vegetated rock outcrops provide excellent refuge for bird species such as Rufous-tailed Rock-thrush and Ring Ouzel. Blackcap can be spotted swinging in low-growing vegetation with Long-legged Buzzard, Booted Eagle, Lesser Spotted Eagle and Common Kestrel soaring overhead in search of prey.

Another part of the trail runs through semi-desert and sibljak vegetation exposing decorative Iris, Tulipa sosnowskyi, Óphrys oestrifera along with the shrubs of Jerusalem Thorn, Filipendula, Dog-rose, hawthorn and more. Bird species found in the area include European Bee-eater, European Roller, White Wagtail, Woodchat Shrike and European stonechat. Various warblers abound the trail. While walking down the river banks you will hear the explosive song of the Cetti's Warbler, see the elusive Winter Wren, the Dipper gracefully sitting on stones and Eurasian Sparrowhawk flying swiftly between trees and bushes.

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    How to reach Starting from Tatev look for the sign located 100 meters from the main entrance (panel on the village) and follow the hiking/biking markers. The entrance to trail is in Syunik village, near the Shikahogh forest intersection again follow the hiking/biking markers to complete 43km.

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