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Tatev Monastery and Devil’s Bridge Loop

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9.2 mile 14.8 kilometer loop
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,309' 704 m
Descent: -2,314' -705 m
High: 5,090' 1,551 m
Low: 3,190' 972 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 51% (27°)

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This hike begin at Tatev Monastey and leads to the Big Desert of Tatev, on the banks of Vorotan River and Devil's Bridge.

State Tourism Committee Republic of Armenia

Features River/Creek · Views

Cell service (via Ucom and VivaCell-Mts) is available throughout the hike. The 911 emergency services operate throughout Armenia in case of any accidents. Be sure to bring bottled water!

Overview

A great loop from the village Tatev beginning at the Tatev Monastey and leading to the Big Desert of Tatev, on the banks of Vorotan River and Devil's Bridge.

Description

In order to reach this trail, the most convenient option is to take a taxi from Yerevan to Tatev Monastery. This will cost around 25,500 AMD. It is advisable to t to take a taxi with a working meter (be sure the driver uses it), or agree on a price beforehand.
Another way to reach this hike is to take a bus that leaves from Yerevan’s Kilikia Bus Station up to Goris, for 13,000AMD. The best time to visit the area is April to mid-Novemeber

From the Tatev Monastery, the hike starts by heading into the gorge where you can admire splendid views, in a trail surrounded by vineyards, pear and apple orchards (which can be enjoyed in the autumn). The medieval Tatev Monastery was and is still considered the largest spiritual and cultural center of the Syunik province.

Reaching Tandzatav village and passing through the narrow streets, the trail continues up toward the ruins of Big Desert of Tatev, an ancient monastery, school, and one of the medieval cultural centers of the Syunik province, and onto the Devil’s Bridge Trail and Devil’s Bridge.

Devil’s Bridge is located over the Vorotan River. It will take you 20 to 40 minutes to explore this area of the gorge. Locals claim that the water flowing underneath the bridge has healing properties; as such, many people come in the summer months to reap its benefits.

From here, the hike continues back up to the village of Tatev to end back at the Tatev Monastery.

Several important places located on the way, but not included in the route, are also worth visiting: Noravank (Yeghegnadzor), Zorats Karer (Sisian), and the Wings of Tatev ropeway (Halidzor village). It is recommended to spend some extra time in the area to explore these trails. In Tatev village there are B&Bs and other forms of accommodation. For a magnificent view of the Aramazd and Bargushat mountain ranges, book a stay at the B&B located behind the St Minas Church.

Flora & Fauna

Flora: The trail passes through a forest of oak and hornbeam, as well as hawthorn, rose hip, wild pear and wild apple, maple and elm. There are primulas, squills and other flowers and herbs that blossom in the springtime. The prominent rivers of the region are the Vorotan, Voghji and Meghri. The mineral springs of Tatev, Kajaran, Goris, Vorotan (Urut) and many others are well-known here. The Sosi, Zangezur, and Shikahogh state reserves are also in this region. Within them are a number of other valuable and unique species, such as Greek walnut, Araks oak, Greek Silk vine, spindle tree and others.

Fauna: Brown bears, wolves, foxes, porcupines, lizards, snakes, and turtles are often seen in the area. Rare species of skink, cat snake and Transcaucasian rat snake are also seen here. The songs of forest jays and the common blackbird will accompany hikers during the whole length of the trail.Other species of birds living here are large and black titmice, chaffinches, green woodpeckers.

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Jul 18, 2019
Andreas Kelkel
test — 14h 02m
Jun 1, 2019
Jan Hoefer
Trail stops 20 minutes below Tandzatap village at a sheer cliff. Had to give up and return to Tatev the same way

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Tatev Monastery
Dec 19, 2017 near Shinuhayr, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
Big Desert of Tatev
Dec 19, 2017 near Shinuhayr, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
Big Desert of Tatev
Dec 19, 2017 near Shinuhayr, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
Hot spring
Dec 19, 2017 near Shinuhayr, Not set (Republic of Armenia)
waterfall
Dec 19, 2017 near Shinuhayr, Not set (Republic of Armenia)

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