Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)

Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)

Vardenyats Pass (Selim Pass)
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,740 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Friends
This high mountain pass (over 2400 meters) crosses the Vardenis mountains range and connects Martuni, on Sevan Lake, with Yeghegnadzor, capital of Vayots Dzor province.
While towards the south (Vayots Dzor) the pass is facing from high altitude the valley below, then the road rapidly slopes down on the bottom of the valley itself with hairpin bends; instead towards the north (Gegharkunik province) the pass features a landscape completely different.
Because in fact the lake Sevan is at 1900 meters above sea level, the road climbs to the pass with a not abrupt slope, and in particular the stretch closest to the pass crosses many wide plateaus, featuring marshy bottoms and surrounded by soft reliefs (but bare of trees due to the high altitude). So it's a wild mountain landscape, fascinating in every season.
In summer (as we could see from some pictures) it looks like a rather arid steppe, and it's home to wide variety of birds (so that here is set up an important bird sanctuary). In spring (we visited the pass in late April) just the road itself is completely clear of snow; the rest is still largely white, although in the bottoms of the valleys the thaw water flows abundant.
So it's a mountain pass which offers amazing landscapes, made more impressive by loneliness. In fact, although the road is all paved, and although it's used since ancient times (as demonstrated inter alia by the wonderful Orbelian's Caravanserai, former Selim Caravanserai, just south of the pass), it currently connects together two lightly populated regions, then the road isn't busy at all; which adds charm to the site.
Written May 30, 2015
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JGDynamo
Canada2,158 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Driving the Vardenyats Pass about two weeks ago on our way to Sevan, it was a relatively easy route in our 4x4, surrounded by majestic snow-capped mountains and deep green valleys where the remnants of some colourful Spring flower explosions happened earlier this year. You do have to be careful on the road as it can be treacherous if you aren’t paying attention or if you are travelling too fast. Amazing route through the mountains and everywhere you look you feel you have to take a picture but your camera won’t do it justice so just sit back, soak it all up and enjoy.
Written July 20, 2017
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BuRaiR
Muscat Governorate, Oman2,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
One of the most beautiful ways in Armenia. Amazing landscapes and beautiful views. Heavy clouds, cold weather, and the snow covering the top of the mountains. Unforgettable memories. People who are coming from the Southern high way (Goris, Jermuk, Yeghegnadzor) and planning to visit Sevan and Dalijan take the chance and go via Selim pass. Just make sure you have full fuel. Highly Recommended.
Written September 18, 2015
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Theodor Abi-Mansour
Beirut, Lebanon3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
lovely historical place, willing to visit again for sure. Would love to see all the passes there not only this one.
Written November 5, 2019
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Tomas Å
Sollentuna, Sweden201 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
This party of the trip offered some superb scenery. Flower meadows, creeks, snow-patched mountains. Very pretty! (Almost like parts of the Swedish mountains that we're used to 😁).
Written July 21, 2019
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Kaj Elkjær K
Kongsvinger, Norway509 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Here in 2400 m osl you have a splendid view over the Armenian mountains. Very interesting history in this old pass on the old silkroad. Here there was a resting place for travellers. Fantastic.
Written July 14, 2019
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,778 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Couples
We drove this route from north to south in the first week of May. Plenty of snow to make the place look pretty, but only some very short sections where deep snow encroached across half of one lane.

From the northern side to the top it is fairly gentle, across a wide plain.

The southern descent is much steeper and more hairpin bendy.

The road surface wasn't too bad (compared to the absolute pits we had the day before .

A delight
Written May 3, 2019
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