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Sign marking the Janapar trail
Section of Janapar trail

Janapar Trail is a marked trail through mountains, valleys and villages of Nagorno-Karabakh. The trail passes by monasteries and fortresses along its route. The trail is broken into day hikes, taking hikers to a different village each night.[1] Hikers can either stay with a village family or set up camp nearby. The paths have existed for centuries, but now are marked specifically for hikers.[2]

Janapar Trail Route[edit]

The Janapar Trail, marked in 2007, leads from the southern town of Hadrut to the capital of Stepanakert over the course of a week, and from there continues north to the region of Shahumian, and on to Vardenis in Armenia. Important sites along this hike include Dadivank monastery, Gandzasar monastery, Shushi, the Karkar Canyon with its high cliffs, the astonishing[3] Zontik Waterfall and ruins of Hunot, as well as the 2,000-year-old tree of Skhtorashen[4], Azokh Cave and Gtichavank monastery. There are also hot springs in Zuar, a geyser near Karvachar city and other springs and waterfalls along the way.

All of the Janapar Trail can be followed using the Viewranger app. In 2018 Trails For Change NGO has marked or remarked the entire trail and for the first time marked the trail North of Kolatak. Hikers are still advised to us the Viewranger app, or a GPS with the downloaded tracks, or the topographic maps made available on the Janapar website. There are a few reroutes in the works such as one near Karmir Shuka which should be open and marked in the Fall of 2018.

Janapar symbol[edit]

The symbol of the trail is an outline of Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast, with five circles of increasing size on top, which take on the appearance of a footprint.


Some photos from along the Janapar


  1. ^ Huffington Post, 01/27/2012, Nagorno Karabakh: The Black Garden. Olivia Katrandjian.
  2. ^ Walk, the magazine of The Ramblers, Summer 2009, "Up the Garden Path" p 67-69. Laurence Mitchell.
  3. ^ New York Times, 04/08/2015, A Warm Welcome in the Caucasus Mountains. Seth Kugel.
  4. ^ Atlas Obscura, Tnjri. Littleham.

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