Take a hike in the Ijevan mountains

Take a hike in the Ijevan mountains image

Visitors hike along the side of one of Ijevan's mountains. (Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program)

Vahe Mayilyan, a fourth-generation woodcarver and hiking guide from Tavush, combines his intimate knowledge of woodcarving with his longstanding love of nature to offer an exciting variety of workshops and hiking tours that demonstrate the natural beauty and traditional culture of the mountains, forests, and villages surrounding Ijevan.

One option is an immersive hiking experience – either half or full day – where Vahe also demonstrates his woodcarving skills on pieces of wood and roots picked up along the way. On the full-day tour, visitors are treated to a sumptuous lunch in a house in a village along the trail. Another option for visitors is an hour-long class on woodcarving, in Vahe's own workshop in the central square of Ijevan, to learn about the region's distinctive woodcarving traditions and even to try their own hand at carving a souvenir.

Vahe Mayilyan, a fourth-generation woodcarver and hiking guide, demonstrates his carving skills on pieces of wood and roots.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Visitors hike in the mountains and villages surrounding Ijevan.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

The hike includes the natural beauty and traditional culture of the area.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

Full-day hikers enjoy a delicious lunch.

Photo by Karen Nersisyan, My Armenia Program

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