Janapar Trail 09 - Patara to Kolatak
ElevationAscent: 3,108' 947 m
Descent: -2,650' -808 m
High: 5,463' 1,665 m
Low: 2,879' 877 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 52% (27°)
“Hike over a forested mountain to Khachaghakaberd, a ruined 9th century fortress perched high atop a sheer rock pinnacle.”— Janapar Trail
This section begins and ends in small villages with no public transportation. Pre-arranged transportation is advised. A longer suggested trip combines routes 08, 09 and 10 for a 3-day, 2-night adventure from Stepanakert to Vank (end points where there are better taxi and shuttle bus options).
After passing the church and picnic area, you'll begin a steady ascent along a forested ridge. (If you end up in a shady gorge, go back and look for blue and white blazes near the picnic area). After about 3 kilometers, look for a left turn at a junction and continue another 2 kilometers to contour and climb the mountain toward the forested summit. You'll pass in and out of clearings where there are some nice views of the surrounding terrain.
As you make the final approach to the summit, the trail becomes less defined and braided as it crosses through clearings on the ridge line. Keep heading up steeply until you reach the summit where there is an old faded interpretive sign. You'll find a small saddle between the summit and the pinnacle with the fortress ruins.
You must descend the saddle, then carefully scramble up the steep rock face of the pinnacle to reach the fortress. Caution: there are no safety devices on the rocks, so please take care with your footing in this section. This is the most accessible route as the other sides of the fortress are surrounded by sheer rock walls.
After enjoying the ruins and spectacular views from Khachaghakaberd, descend again to the saddle and continue along the trail going down around the western side of the mountain. The trail drops steeply off the mountain for about 500 meters until you reach a logging road. Follow the road until it takes a sharp left turn. Turn off the road, following a small path to the right. You'll reach another road which you'll follow through some clearings.
Look out for the left hairpin turn which you'll take you back into the forest. Continue along this road. Then, follow the trail down to the river. Cross a suspension bridge over the river. On the other side of the river, follow the dirt road about 3 kilometers which will wind up and out of the forest to the paved main road to Kolatak. Turn left, and follow the road into Kolatak where you'll find a small village store and public spring.
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