- Riding style(s): Road cycling, cycle touring, bikepacking
- Length: 98 km / 61 miles
- Elevation gain/loss: 1,498m / 4,915ft
- Suggested duration: 1 day
- Road conditions: Paved
- Terrain: Rolling valleys and deep gorges comprising a long, gentle descent
This route can be easily completed in a day due to the fact that it’s almost entirely downhill! In summer, it’s possible to take your bicycle on the Yerevan–Sevan train, which leaves at 8:30am from Kanaker station every day except Wednesdays. Alight at the starting point of your choice to begin this quiet and wonderful descent of the Hrazdan Gorge.
Starting from Sevan peninsular, turn right off the M4 lakeside road to reach the town of Sevan. From the square at the west end of Sevan town, follow the road to the north-east, which leads down a short hill and crosses the railway line. Immediately after this is a left turning, which will take you onto a long, straight road heading west from the town.
The route passes through a number of small villages in wide, open country, before reaching the town of Hrazdan. At the south-west end of Hrazdan, turn right off the main road in order to skirt the reservoir and end up on the north side of the river. From here, the road descends into a picturesque gorge. While paved, the road surface here can be somewhat bumpy, but the spectacular ride makes it worthwhile. Shortly after the town of Bjni is the village of Arzakan, in which can be found a natural hot spring and bathing complex.
The route continues via Nor Geghi. An interesting detour from here is to the bottom of the valley where Arzni’s natural mineral water may be found and drunk in and around the old Soviet spa complex. Ask locally for directions. In Argel, stop at Anna’s lavash bakery to feast on freshly-baked traditional Armenian bread and other delicious delicacies.
At Nor Geghi, watch out for a right turning to avoid the Arzni road bridge and the highway. This turning takes the route through the fruit-growing lands of Mrgashen, via Kanakeravan and reaches the outskirts of Yerevan before crossing the Davitashen bridge into the city, at which point a small amount of highway riding is necessary. Follow the route directions carefully after crossing the bridge for a quiet route into central Yerevan, ending at Republic Square.