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Summer vacation in Gegharkunik region: 5 fascinating ideas

If you are looking for a place where you can hike in beautiful mountains, try different adventure experiences or just quietly relax enjoying gorgeous lake sunsets, Gegharkunik region of Armenia is the place to go. This picturesque region can offer you everything you need for an enjoyable holiday – mountains with stunning views, crystal clear air, fresh and delicious local food, and of course the jewel of Armenia – Lake Sevan.

Lake Sevan or as the locals call it “Sevan Sea” is one of the largest high-altitude fresh water lakes in Eurasia. It is situated at an altitude of about 1,900m above the sea level and occupies about 1/6 of Armenia’s territory. The area around Lake Sevan is very popular among the locals and foreigners alike for summer holidays and weekend trips. Let’s explore together what this beautiful region has to offer to make your summer holiday a memorable one.

    1. Hike and trek with some spectacular views

There are several easy day-trip trekking routes in the area around Kalavan village that offer scenic trekking through forest covered hills where you can also explore the hospitality of the local people in the surrounding villages trying some locally-grown fresh village produce.

You can also climb Mount Artanish (2,460m) for a breathtaking view of Lake Sevan. Notably, from top of Mt. Artanish you can see the narrowest part of Lake Sevan, the place where “Small” and “Large” Sevans converge. 


   2. Soar like an eagle above Lake Sevan

Gegharkunik hosts one of the most popular extreme adventure spots in Armenia – the paragliding site near the village of Tsovagyugh. Here you can experience the joy of soaring in the sky like an eagle with the view of the beautiful lake framed with the mountains. Even if you are not a pilot yourself and don’t have your own flying gear, you can still try paragliding in tandem with an experienced pilot – an unforgettable adventure that will become the highlight of any holiday!


   3. Catch the winds with kiteboarding, windsurfing or sailing

Lake Sevan’s being situated at a high altitude guarantees good winds for adventure lovers. Sevan is the place to go for kiteboarding or windsurfing if you are up to adding some adrenaline into your summer holiday. Alternatively, if speed and adrenaline aren’t completely your domain, you can go on a sailing trip enjoying the relaxing mountain views or try your luck fishing with the locals!


   4. Slow down and relax at the beach

What if you aren’t into any adventurous activities? Well, you can relax and unwind at one of Sevan’s beautiful beaches sunbathing and enjoying vibrant sunset views, greeting the sun with your yoga routine at the beach or just meditating to the sound of the waves.

   5. Indulge yourself in high-class hospitality

The best way to relax after a day full of adventures and bright impressions is arriving at Avan Marak Tsapatagh by Tufenkian Heritage Hotels, a top-class boutique hotel situated on the eastern shore of Lake Sevan. Located in a small farming and fishing village right on the shore of Lake Sevan, the hotel is the perfect recreational site where you can enjoy an outdoor swimming pool, hot-tub and sauna, billiards. The restaurant offers a wide selection of local specialty dishes, all freshly grown in the surrounding villages. The hotel is the perfect destination for a completely relaxing holiday experience if you want to settle in a remote and tranquil village to enjoy all the recreational facilities it has to offer. Or it is the perfect spot to stay if you want to explore Lake Sevan area and try all of the adventures it has to offer.

Lake Sevan will definitely give you many enjoyable experiences for your summer holiday. Plan your long vacation or just a weekend trip to explore all that it has to offer, and make sure to book your stay at Tufenkian Heritage Hotels to make your vacation even more memorable!


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