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A great cultural experience.
The first day of the Janapar Trail takes you from the southern regional town center of Hadrut to the historic village of Togh. You climb up Hadrut valley to a high pass, and then descend down into Togh Valley and towards Togh Mountain for your next days hike.
In Hadrut, you head towards the only working church (yekeghetsi), which is in a neighborhood called Yerebazaar (upper market). You'll see the blue trail markers by the church, which you can follow up into the hills. As you come immediately out of Hadrut the markers are slightly less frequent, until you reach a clearer road. On the right will be some fences with more markers. You'll pass farms on the right, and reach a bigger intersection. You go left at this intersection and start climbing. (a diversion to the right will take you to an old simple church). Some of the markers beyond this are on electrical poles. You go all the way to the top and reach a better dirt road and head right towards the highway. (Left would take you to a different trail to distant Katoravank).
Hitting the highway, go left along the highway about 50 meters and then the trail goes off to right. There is a marker on the electrical pole and on the highway divider. From there you go down. You reach the intersection for Tsakuri. Don't turn right into the village, go onto the highway downhill for a while until you reach the first left towards Taghut village. Take that turnoff. You go through Taghut village, down the hill, crossing the bridge, you enter Togh village. When you enter the village, the trail hits the main road of the village.
*Find the trailhead by asking the villagers in Hadrut where the church (yekeghetsi) is. The church is in the Yerebazaar neighborhood.
*You can find most staples you'll need in Hadrut, but it may be easier to shop in Stepanakert beforehand, and definitely worthwhile to pick up things like batteries there before heading south.
*From the Stepanakert bus station there is a cheap bus/van that will take you to Hadrut twice a day. Once around 9 am and once around 3:30. It's always wise to double check the departure times upon arrival in Stepanakert and to get to the bus early. Hitchhiking is also an option, and taxis are 150 drams a kilometer.
Welcome to the Janapar Trail project. The Janapar Trail is a 500km (311 mile) hiking trail taking you past high mountains, over hills and through valleys and canyons, discovering many ancient monasteries and experiencing unbelievable hospitality. Much of the trail is green and forested, and much of it is pristine. Few travelers make it to many of the remote areas the trail takes you to, and you'll likely have the trail to yourself much of the time, or share it with a shepherd, as you are one of the first hikers to discover this area rich in history, culture and nature.
Shared By: Trails For Change NGO