Hiking to Smbataberd fortress

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Hiking to Smbataberd fortress

1. Hiking to Smbataberd fortress
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Hiking to Smbataberd fortress
Founded during 5th century and then better fortified in 9-10 centuries, this was a significant defensive construction guarding vast territories, due to its advantageous uppermost position. Smbataberd is located in the East of Artabuynk village of Vayots Dzor province.

There are several name origins connected to the fortress. According to one of them, Smbataberd is said to have received the name from its founder Smbat Orbelian, the prince of Syunik province. Another viewpoint belongs to Ghevond Alishan, who assumed that the fortress had been named after Smbat I Bagratuni. Lastly, Kapuyt Berd (Blue Fortress), mentioned by Stepanos Orbelian as one of the strongest fortresses of Vayots Dzor province, finds its identical copy in the descriptions of Smbataberd.

The ruins of the citadel, residential buildings, as well as water reservoirs have been preserved till the present day.

In 2006-2007 a large-scale reconstruction of the fortress was carried out.


  • Professional instructor services (English, Russian, or Armenian)
  • Transportation to/from hiking area
  • Air-conditioned vehicles
  • Lunch boxes, when "include lunch" option is chosen
  • Bottled water
  • Free pick-up & drop-off within Yerevan
  • Vehicle & passengers insurance
  • Extra stops on the route upon request


  • Significant deviations from the route
  • WiFi in the vehicles
  • Hiking duration: 3 hours
  • Distance: 9-10 km
  • Difficulty level: moderate
  • Elevation: ↑800 m ↓900 m (1666-2050 m above sea level)
  • Season: year round
  • You will be guided by most skilful instructor, whose services are foreseen for a group consisted of up to 10 people. In case of more participants extra sum is to be charged
  • Recommended items in your hiking checklist: hiking boots or shoes, hiking backpack, wear-resistant socks for walking long distances, windproof jacket, fleece jacket, trekking poles, sсunglasses with a factor of at least 3, sunscreen SPF50, headgear, breathable light trousers, long sleeves T-shirt, thin fleece gloves, first-aid kit. The list can be shortened or supplemented based on personal experience
  • The possibility of arranging hiking depends on weather conditions