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Janapar Trail 06 - Karintak to Shushi

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Explore the gorgeous Hunot Canyon below Shushi. Marvel at the famous "Umbrella" waterfall and Hunot Village ruins.


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4.7

Miles

7.6

KM

Point to Point

4,517' 1,377 m

High

3,191' 973 m

Low

1,975' 602 m

Up

1,303' 397 m

Down

13%

Avg Grade (8°)

52%

Max Grade (27°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Cave · Fall Colors · Geological Significance · Historical Significance · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Waterfall

Need to Know

This section of the trail contains the Umbrella waterfall, which is one of the most popular destinations in Artsakh. Tour groups typically arrive after 10 a.m. daily and will come through late afternoon. Since the canyon is narrow and there is limited space at the waterfall, it's best to go early or stay late if you seek a more tranquil experience.

Description

Start your adventure in Karintak, where you can admire the sheer rock face of the Shushi Plateau towering above the village. Make your way out of the village and descend gradually to a footbridge crossing the Karkar River. The trail switches back immediately to the left after the bridge and climbs sharply but briefly on the opposite bank of the river.

Follow the contours of the canyon as you make your way toward the iconic "Umbrella" waterfall - locally called Zontik or Mamrot Kar. You'll cross back and forth over the river a couple more times on small foot bridges on your way toward the old Hunot Village ruins. On a hot summer day, feel free to take a refreshing dip in the river as you may see others doing!

Pass the ruins of old stone mills and residences that once housed workers who supplied flour to a population of over 40,000 people in Shushi. After the ruins, take a left at the junction where you'll see a final crossing of the river on a charming old stone footbridge. The trail will climb very steeply, but briefly, out of the canyon up to a bluff and viewpoint over looking the canyon. Continue a long and steady ascent up to Shushi, where you'll be rewarded with a variety of amenities and accommodations.

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Photos

Stopping to admire the Umbrella Waterfall in Hunot Canyon.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ
Cooling off under the Umbrella Waterfall (Zontik) in Hunot Canyon.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ
Checking out the old arched stone bridge over the Karkar River, Hunot Canyon.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ
"Two Eyes" seen from Hunot Village ruins.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ
Ghazanchestsots Cathedral at dawn in Shushi. The cathedral, finished around 1888, is one of the two largest Armenian Apostolic Churches in the world.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ
Stopping at a popular viewpoint of the Hunot Canyon.
Aug 21, 2019 near Shushi, AZ

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