Janapar Trail 12 - Andzavner to Zuar
ElevationAscent: 1,469' 448 m
Descent: -2,737' -834 m
High: 7,084' 2,159 m
Low: 4,589' 1,399 m
GradeAvg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
“Cross a high mountain pass through rugged pastoral terrain, then descend to a forested canyon and soak in a hot spring.”— Janapar Trail
About 1 kilometer after the pass, look for a right turn off the jeep track on to a poorly-defined singletrack going steeply down to a gorge and small creek. The trail improves somewhat as you get closer to the creek, then turns left to follow its course downstream about 1 kilometer. The trail may be a bit overgrown along the creek, and you may need to cross it a number of times. The singletrack ends at the junction with the Yeghjerunik River. You'll need to make a shallow ford of the river to continue on the jeep track on the other side.
You'll follow the Yeghjerunik River downstream for about 2 kilometers toward an abandoned village of the same name. You'll follow the contours of the valley with river well below you at this point for another 2 kilometers, eventually entering some nice bits of forest. Watch for a left fork in the road which will lead you away from the Yeghjerunik and descend steeply on disused roads 3 kilometers toward the Tutkhun River.
As you approach the river, look for a left turn off the main road onto a singletrack going upstream about 1 kilometer to a shallow river crossing. (Caution: If the river is flooded and impassable near the hot spring, you can follow the river downstream 3 kilometers on an unmaintained trail to a road bridge.) After the river, you'll continue briefly upstream to Zuar Hot Spring. There are two natural pools on the river bank that are popular with locals and visitors. There is a parking area, water, outhouse, changing stalls, and picnic areas. Entry is free and open to the public.
After enjoying the hot spring, the trail continues downstream along the river on the main road to the tiny village of Zuar. There is a very small store and a private campground in Zuar (ask locals to direct you to Yessai's campground).
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