Armenia is not such a big place, and the North is full of mountains, forests and ancient lives:
so I decided the best way to see it would be, like Matsuo Basho in “Narrow Road to the Deep North”, to walk:
Started this morning, and the route covers about 500km, two mountain passes and a lake.
The passes are snow-covered at this time of year but I have good gear. Pack weight is about 16kg.
The prevailing Armenian view seems to be “You’re crazy. Nobody does this.” Good enough.
By way of precaution I carry a big stick (for dogs), and a heavy Russian knife (for wolves) strapped to my ankles.
And this time, a map.
(pictures above taken from first 4 days)