Amberd area, Mount Aragats

Aragatsotn  >  Armenia

A small part of an upland area with a derelict village and rocky outcrops. The whole mountain is worth prospecting.

Added* by Axel Kirby
Most recent update 18 February 2020
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Several species of mountain and moorland passerines and the derelict buildings add further opportunities. In spring, there are migratory raptors and Painted Lady butterflies.



Own transport is needed to get to this location and to relocate. Good walking shoes for moving off-road.

Terrain and Habitat

Scattered trees and bushes , Plateau , Mountain , Moors/heathland


Hilly , Rocky , Mountainous , Open landscape

Circular trail


Is a telescope useful?


Good birding season


Best time to visit

Spring migration


Paved road , Narrow trail

Difficulty walking trail

Average walk

Accessible by

Foot , Car

Birdwatching hide / platform


Extra info

In springtime, it's probable that there will be snow on the ground and this may prevent exploration on foot or by car. Bring warm clothes. At this time of year (May), the ground will have spectacular carpets of flowers.

The suggested site is spread over three miles of road. At one one end is a gorge with Amberd Castle, a historic church, a rough restaurant and toilets (where there may be a swallow's nest).

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