6 days Artsakh Adventure Mountain Bike Ride on the Janapar Trail with Trails For Change NGO
Along the way, you will see magnificent scenery, incredible historical points of interest and meet some of the friendliest people on earth!
The ride is a total of 150 miles (225 km) most of which is in the Republic of Artsakh (formerly known as Nagorno Karabakh) This is a very mountainous region with lush green forests.
The participation fee for the ride is $1200 which includes accommodations during the event, in-country transportation (Armenia and Artsakh), food and other details (see below for full list). Each participant may pay this fee or set up a campaign fundraiser. (we will assist to set up the fundraiser on a crowdfunding site)
The funds raised will cover expenses for the trip and the remainder will go toward improvements on the Janapar Trail and other trails in Artsakh. Not only do you get an awesome adventure but you also get to help us do something very positive.
Our fundraiser in 2018 helped us complete much-needed signage, blazing, reroutes, brushwork and other maintenance on the trail.
Our goals for 2019 are as follows:
Reroute a steep unsustainable segment of the trail near Kolatak Village
Bench cut a segment of the trail above Zuar. This segment is currently a cross country route and is difficult to follow.
Clear and mark a jeep track above Zuar that connect Zuar Village to the Janapar Trail. This trail will provide a loop option from Zuar Village and the hot springs.
There are other trails in the Gtichavank/Togh/Azokh areas that can provide other hiking opportunities but are very overgrown with brush at this time and need work.
Create a trail map of the Janapar Trail and other trails in the region.
August 25 - Day 1. Yerevan-Vardenis to Tsar Village -Home stay in Tsar.
August 26 - Day 2. Tsar to Zuar Village - Home stay and camping in Zuar.
August 27 - Day 3. Zuar to Dadivank Monastery-Gandzasar Monastery, then continue by shuttle vehicles to the historic town of Shushi to spend the night. Hotel in Shushi.
August 28 - Day 4. Riding from Shushi to Karintak, Stay in Karmir Shuka Village.
August 29 - Day 5. Riding from Karmir Shuka through Azokh Village. Transfer to Shushi. Stay in Shushi.
August 30 - Day 6. Return to Yerevan: Stopping at the very famous Noravank Monastery and Wine testing at Areni Wine House.
Transportation in Armenia/Artsakh
Guide services on and off the trail.
Overnights in home stays.
Transportation service of bikes
Basic bike repair tools and pump
Bike bags and other gear storage in Yerevan if needed
The price does NOT include.
Airfare to Armenia, Travel insurance, Visa for Artsakh ($8 dollars) and Bikes. It is best to bring your own bike.
For more information on this trip see the past blog post at the following link:
If interested in participating or more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.