Hiking and camping adventure from Sisian to Tatev

Hiking and camping adventure from Sisian to Tatev image

Karahunj, a prehistoric archaeological site located outside of Sisian, is often referred to internationally as "Armenian Stonehenge." (Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program)

The two-day Sisian-Ltsen-Tatev tour contains cultural and natural wonders, unforgettable history, and gracious hospitality at the crossroads of Artsakh, Iran, and Nakhchivan. It winds through rugged landscapes, velvety green mountains, time-warped villages, ancient settlements, and medieval monasteries—all of which inspire further exploration. Katya Babayan, a young and enthusiastic hiker, developed the tour.


Starting off, Sisian town blends relics of the Soviet Era, both moribund and modernized. Steeped in history and culture are the villages of Aghitu and Vaghatin, believed to have been inhabited by Armenians since ancient times. Explore their lifestyles and practices, and embrace the local hospitality while savoring home-cooked national dishes and lessons on baking lavash. Marvel at the breathtaking view of Vorotnavank, built during the years 1000-1007; it once housed workshops, stores, a seminary, resort, cemetery, and almshouse. Relax in Vorotan Canyon with its mineral springs, amazing stalactites, crystal-clear stream, cliffs, and deep gorges. At the end of the day, set your camp in mostly abandoned Ltsen village, largely off the tourist track.

On the second day, the fifteen-kilometer hike from Ltsen to Tatev takes you through beautiful landscapes, culminating in a visit to the magnificent Tatev Monastery, dating to the ninth century.

6/48 H. Azoyan St. Sisian, Syunik marz

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

Photo courtesy of Katya Babayan, My Armenia Program

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