Lake Kari, Armenia 

Mount Aragats, considered the highest peak in the South Caucasus at 4,091 meters, has become a permanent home for mountaineers. With its unique nature, this mountain has sub-alpine and alpine zones as well as four peaks and one of the biggest craters in the world, created by a volcano eruption in the distant past.

The crater of Mt. Aragats is a sub-polar zone, 750 meters below the rim of the mountain. There is no lake inside the crater, though in particularly warm summers, as ice melts it forms shallow ponds.

There is a high altitude lake nearby called Kari Litch (Stone Lake) mostly formed by ice and snow. It is located 3,190 m above the sea level and has a perimeter of 1,150 m. From Byurakan village an asphalted automobile road stretches towards the source of Arkashen River, the lake Kari, located on a plateau below the peaks. On the eastern side of the lake there is a meteorological station. It is well known in the country and a favorite campsite for climbers.

Epic Armenia Culture & Adventure Route © Monika Newbound

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