Vorotan Trails Revival
Tatev - Tandzatap trail
Length: 2 km
Bardzravan- Mets Anapat
Length: 10.5 km
Mets Anapat - Old Khot
Length: 12 km
In 2018 a professional group of trail builders and designers from “Trails for Change” NGO (TFC) started the expedition and scouting in the area of Vorotan canyon, Syunik region in Armenia.
During the scouting traces of ancient trails were found that had been used by our ancestors centuries ago to commute and move cattle or products. The result showed that those trails were currently well-preserved taken the period when they were built, but at the same time, they're endangered. Understanding the historical, cultural and economic value and impact that those trails can have for the area of Tatev community, medieval monastery complex of Tatev and its surroundings, TFC team started to develop a project called “Revival of Ancient Trails in Vorotan Canyon" with a goal to construct and re-building trails in the historical Syunik region, connecting Tatev village with surrounding villages of Tandzatap, Khot, Halidzor, Shinuhayr and Bardzravan, passing through the Great Hermitage of Tatev (Mets Anapat) monastic complex, waterfalls, ancient settlements, caves and dazzling landscapes.
One of the main goals of the project is to make Tatev and its surrounding villages more appealing to tourists, developing those communities via ecotourism and trail network.
For completion of this TFC team designed the new trail network that in total was planned to be 20.5 km long, including river passes with bridges, tourist and directional signs, information boards, trailheads. But in reality the project has achieved more than the expected results in developing trail network infrastructure up to 28.1 km to meet internationally recognised standards of safety, sustainability
In the frame of “Ancient Trails Revival in Vorotan Canyon” due to specific fundings it
became possible to implement two volunteering programs: TCT International
Volunteering Camp and “Youth for Change” local volunteering program. Due to these projects it became possible to prolong “The Revival of Ancient Trails of Vorotan Canyon” Project and get more results.