If you're looking for a travelling experience that involves a lot of extreme sports then Armenia should be your number one choice. Armenia offers visitors the chance to experience trekking, hiking, skiing and many more diverse extreme sports. The landscapes are breathtaking, with many mountain ranges, lakes, thick forests, alpine meadows, and deep gorges. Regardless of your age, gender or experience, Armenia has something to offer everyone. Visitors can either choose to plan the trip themselves or rely on a travel agency. If you choose the former option, below are some top tips to help you plan the best trip possible.
Armenia is particularly great for hiking and trekking. There are approximately more than 1000 different options if you want to try trekking or hiking in Armenia. All of which ensure that you get to see the beautiful landscapes and natural beauties. If you embark on a walking tour then you will be blessed with the chance to see the ancient Christianity monuments such as the first churches and monasteries, old caves and fortresses. Climbing the southern peak of Mount Aragats is one of the most popular choices for tourists. If you want to try hiking then the Dillijan National Park is highly recommended.
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Skiing and snowboarding are also an excellent choice to embark on at some point in your journey. In recent years Armenia's skiing industry has expanded and gained popularity, making it a perfect destination for a skiing holiday. There are three main well-equipped ski resorts to date. The most popular resort is in Tsaghkadzor town. The best time to visit Armenia for a skiing holiday is around January or February.
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Many visitors do not leave Armenia without having tried paragliding, which is another well-developing extreme sport. The weather and terrain conditions make Armenia an excellent place to para-glide. Mount Hatis, which is situated near Yerevan, is probably the best place to enjoy paragliding. Mount Hatis has fantastic views and offers flat fields for landing and predictable micrometeorology. Tsovagyugh is also a favorite spot for those that want to enjoy paragliding.
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If none of the above is appealing to you then there is also the option of rafting or kayaking. Although such sports are slightly underdeveloped in Armenia, they are slowly gaining recognition. Experts report that some of the rivers in the country make perfect spots for rafting. Some of the best rivers to try rafting on are Tartar and Dzoraget during the months of May, June and July. All of the equipment can be hired for the day or by the hour for a very reasonable fee.
Lastly, Armenia has many different and exciting climbing locations for those with an adventurous streak. There are many local clubs that organize hikes and everyone is welcome to join. The most suitable time for climbing and mountaineering is during the May, June, September and the start of October. During these times the weather is pleasant. There is little rainfall or overly hot days. It's important to note that there are some locations in Armenia where climbing is not permitted to protect the beautiful landscapes.