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Janapar Trail -Section 10 - Kolatak to Gandzasar

Hike from the village of Kolatak to Gandzasar - with one of Karabakh's most beautiful monasteries.
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 10.9 miles
Duration: Unknown

Overview :  This is an easy hike along the roads. In the morning you may want to check out Metsaranits Monastery first, then head back down to... more »

Tips:  *As usual, have comfortable shoes, sun screen, and charge up your batteries.
*You can get your basic necessities at the village shop... more »

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Points of Interest

1. Kolatak Village

Start off your hike in the village of Kolatak, under the shadows of the impregnable Fortress of Magpies (Kachaghakaberd), but head north to Metsaranits Monastery.

2. Metsaranits Monastery

7-8th century monastery above the village of Kolatak.

3. Junction with North-South Highway

Going left (north) here will take you on the road to Gandzasar Monastery and the village below it.

(photo is not of the junction, it's after the junction as you get closer to the monastery)

4. Gandzasar Monastery

Stunning details carved around the doors and into the walls, a commanding view of the surrounding mountains, fortified walls and great architecture make this a highlight of Karabakh. Few leave without seeing it.

St. John the baptist's head is said to be buried in the walls of this monastery known as Gandzasar. Gandzasar means "treasure mountain... More

5. Vank Village

Often just called Gandzasar, the village name is officially Vank (meaning monastery).