Cycling Mt. Aragats Armenia #1/World #29 ranked road bike climb
Ride 39 kilometers gaining 2,119 meters at 6.9% average grade.
Thank you to Gevorg Nahapetian, Pleasanton, CA, USA and Hmo Gh, Yerevan, Armenia for the photos on this page.
Climb summary by our Legendary Mountains co-author, Ties Arts, Bussum, Netherlands.
The highest and hardest mountain of Armenia. The dormant strato volcano with four peaks (highest 4080m). Mostly the peaks are snow covered the entire year. The climb up to the Kari Lake (~3200m) starts south of the mountain at Agarak.
From here it is more than 30km upwards….a small paved road, not in the best condition anymore though still quite rideable.
The road is paved for the observatories of Mt. Aragats along the way and most at the Lari Lake and made Armenia one of the world’s centers for astrophysics during the Soviet period. There are no restaurants or water points until the top (there is a restaurant) so make sure you have enough water with you during this long ride.
The road is not steep (~7% average) but not soft either, with many parts ‘rolling’ (10%+) upwards, around 3,5km is between 10% and 13%. The altitude, length and steeper sections requires strength. The finish line is at the Kari Lake, where stunning views of the Mount Aragats and its surrounding makes you feel one with mother nature. And that’s how cycling needs to be.