A WORLD FIRST TRIP TO EUROPE'S LONGEST NEW WALKING TRAIL
10 PLACES AVAILABLE | 11th - 19th August 2018
This is a world first opportunity for a group to take to Europe's newest long distance hiking trail. The TCT and YesStories speaker Val Ismaili have engineered this opportunity to give you a first glimpse of a soon to be famous route. Trek the route with Val, the first thru-hiker of the 1500km route and you'll enjoy a week of adventure, stunning views, great company and a feast of memories to stick around forever.
We've got loads of interest in this adventure so please get in fast!
11 Aug, Day 1: Yerevan transfer to Drakhtik. Welcome meal on arrival and spend the night in a local guesthouse.
12 Aug, Day 2: Full day (16km) of mountain trekking: Drakhtik to Kalavan. Night spent in a guesthouse.
13 Aug, Day 3: Full day (18.5km) of mountain and forest trekking: Kalavan to Gosh Lake with overnight wild camping.
14 Aug, Day 4: Part day (11.5km) of forest trekking: Gosh Lake to Parz Lake including a monastery visit and trail maintenance in the afternoon. Wild camping overnight.
15 Aug, Day 5: Part day (14km) of forest trekking: Parz Lake to Dilijan. Work on the trail maintenance in the morning and spend the night at the Trans-Caucasian Trail HQ.
16 Aug, Day 6: Full day (21km) of mountain trekking: Dilijan to the Cliffs of Dilijan and wild camp overnight.
17 Aug, Day 7: Full day (14.5km) of mountain trekking: Cliffs of Dilijan to Haghastsin and Hovk Cliffs. Visit a monastery and spend the night in a homestay.
18 Aug, Day 8: Full day (15km) of mountain trekking: Hovk Cliffs to Hovk and a transfer to Dilijan and have a celebratory meal. Overnight is spent at the TCT HQ (Dilijan).
19 Aug, Day 9: Goodbyes. Transfer to Yerevan.
What to Expect
It’s easy to see why Dilijan is known colloquially as the “Little Switzerland of Armenia”. As well as taking in the stunning limestone escarpments and broadleaf forests of the region, your hike will also pass close to some of the most iconic historical sites in the traditional Armenian Highlands, including the early Christian monasteries of Haghartsin and Goshavank, which date back to the 10th century, as well as several lesser-known natural and cultural sites.
Some of our nights will be spent in the homes of local shepherds or guesthouses to offer a local flavour to our time on the trail.
We’ll even spend an afternoon completing some basic trail maintenance as a way to contribute back to the region and the TCT project.
We will be wild camping for several nights, and occasionally making use of a local guesthouse to offer a local flavour to the trip.
We'll also be able to stay at the home of the Trans-Caucasian Trail HQ as well as spending the night in a local homestay for a truly Armenian experience!
About Val Ismaili
Val was the first thru-hiker to explore the full 1500km route of the Trans-Caucasian Trail in 2017 and this time, he's taking The YesTribe back with him!
His journey took him through lush forests and along the limestone cliffs of Dilijan National Park meeting local shepherds and being treated with incomparable hospitality. Val will be taking us the newly built section of the Transcaucasian Trail through Dilijan National Park to experience the unique landscape and get a taste of Armenian hospitality first-hand.
Val has shared the story of his expedition at YesStories (36mins in!), with Lonely Planet, the BBC Travel Show, and on the stage of the Royal Geographical Society.
Help the Trail
The trip will contribute to the growth of the TCT and act as a perfect insight into the region and worth of the path. It might even pave the way for some new opportunities for you to be involved in the trail.
We’ll spend an afternoon doing some basic trail maintenance which requires no previous experience.
You will be the first to test the first completed section of the trail, being invited to offer your thoughts and suggestions for its future use and development. Local hosts will welcome your sense of adventure as pioneering trail users, building an inspirational community for the trail's extension across the Caucasus.
£500 + plus flights to/from Yerevan.
This price includes you return transfer from airport to base camp if you book the recommended flights below. Individuals taking an alternative flight will be required to make their own way into Yerevan City Centre.
Also included in the price is all your accommodation, any tools needed for the trail maintenance, all camping stoves and cooking equipment and food.
All you need to bring is snacks and money for local beer!
Choose to pay in one go or a deposit of £250 (refundable up until 11th July) and the balance of £250 due on 11th July.
There are a few options into Yerevan but these fit best with the itinerary. Airport transfers to and from Yerevan are included for the following flights:
Airline: Aeroflot: 22:45 Friday 10th August - LHR > EVN via SVO - landing in EVN 10:20 Sat 12th August.
Airline: Aeroflot: 14:45 Sunday 19th August - EVN > LHR via SVO - landing in LHR 21:25 Sunday 19th August
Our Home Away From Home
Recommended Kit List
Individuals will need to bring their own camping gear and suitable walking shoes for a multi-day trek.
Stoves and other cooking essentials will be provided by TCT staff.
Backpack (large enough for all your kit with space left for food & fuel)
Tent suited to terrain, with guylines and repair sleeve
Tent footprint (optional)
Sleeping bag (3-season)
Knife or multi-tool
Waterproof map case (optional)
Trekking poles (optional)
LED headlamp with extra batteries
Water filter or purification tablets
Matches or lighter
Bowl, mug & utensils (or a spork) (for eating/drinking)
CLOTHING & FOOTWEAR:
Quick-drying long-sleeve shirt
Quick-drying trekking trousers
Quick-drying T-shirt (optional)
Fleece jacket or vest, or insulated jacket or vest
Waterproof/breathable rain jacket
Bandana or Buff
Warm base layers & hat for sleeping
Hiking boots or hiking shoes suited to rocky, mountainous terrain
Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
Sandals/flip-flops (for fording streams and relaxing in camp) or water shoes (e.g. Crocs)
Water bottles or hydration reservoirs (3 litres total capacity)
Toothbrush with cover and biodegradable toothpaste
Women’s hygiene items
Spare glasses or contact lenses
Plastic zip-loc bags
Personal first-aid kit
Quick-drying towel (optional)
Mobile phone & backup power pack (don’t rely on signal)
Book/e-reader/diary & pen (optional)
Credit card; small amount of GBP/USD/EUR cash
The only thing you need to add on top are your flights, travel insurance and snacks for the trail.
We have 10 places for this unique adventure, and if you're interested please do fill in the short form below and let us know. We'll get right back to you with the next steps, answers to any questions you might have and dates for payment and deposits.
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