Old Khot is the Armenian “Machu Picchu”.

Old Khot settlement

The settlement Old Hot is often called “the Armenian settlement of Machu Picchu”, meaning the mountainous terrain, the existing old buildings and houses, which are very similar to the old Inca settlement in Peru, built in the mid-15th century. In the vicinity of the old village are preserved pre-Christian tombs that are 3000 years old, dwellings, old cemeteries, one of which is the ruins of the Red Monastery built in the 12th century. According to legend, the bells of the church were famous for their powerful sound, hence the origin of the name of the region Zangezur, which in Armenian means Ringing Bell. On the territory of the old village is the church of “Mrgadzor’s Cross”, built in the second half of the 17th century. In the old village is the church “Mrgadzor’s Cross”, built in the second half of the 17th century, and in the north-eastern part of the Old Khot, on a high hill, is the monastery of Khot, an ancient building, built in the 5-6 centuries.

The village is situated on the left side of the Vorotan river, on a high plateau, 67 km to the north-east of Kapan, the administrative center of Syunik region. It is surrounded on all sides by inaccessible rocks and forests. It was inhabited until the 1970s, after which the villagers moved to a more comfortable area, which is now the village of Khot .

For several years now, near the village of Hot there is a traditional festival “Sheep Shearing”. During which participants compete in a sheep shearing contest.

Religion: Armenian Apostolic Date of foundation: 4th century Status: Monastery in function State: Good From Yerevan: 252 km / 4h. 15 min.

Date of foundation: 2012 Opening days: Tue-Sun. Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00 From Yerevan: 239 km / 4h

Status: Protected by state Altitude: 1200 to 1500 m From Yerevan: 248 km / 3 hours 59 min.

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Status: Protected by state Date of foundation: 4th millennium BC From Yerevan: 210 km / 3h. 3h 35 min.

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Old Hot or hello from the Armenian Machu Picchu

Old Hoth Village

This is the best trek I’ve ever done in Armenia. Once again, amazing views, only 10 kilometers of travel and 4 hours on the road. I didn’t wander, I got caught up in the rain, and at the end I was driving in a trashed-out five-wheeler hugging a wheel in the backseat. This is Old Hoth, I’ll tell you about it now.

About the route.

This is one of the first trails I planned to do. In the sense that I definitely want to do it. It leads from the abandoned village of Old Hot to the nearby village of Halidzor. Judging by the description, there is only 10 km in one direction and a small drop in elevation. But it was more interesting because of the resemblance of the abandoned village to the world-famous Inca city in faraway Peru. With the same Machu Picchu.

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The trek itself.

I honestly skipped a couple of kilometers at the beginning of the route, driving my car. My neighbors from Germany drove me there and I advised them to check out the views of the local Machu Picchu. They left to continue traveling in Armenia, and I hit the trail. The peculiarity of Old Khot is in its tiered structure, which makes the village look like its Peruvian cousin. The first photo is a top view from the beginning of the trail. The second photo is from below, after a couple or three kilometers of the hike.

Top view of Old Hoth View of Old Hot Village

Named the track the best at the beginning, because by the abundance of orienteering marks it is at the first place in my list of traversed routes. In fact, you can walk this trail almost without looking at your phone. The trail is very well marked and that’s a big plus. There are a couple of places where you can scratch in the back of your head wondering where to go next, but overall it’s great.

Self-portrait against the background of the trail marking

And the entire trail is marked both ways, which is also good. Part of the trail runs through grass/bushes, but even there the trail is clearly visible on the ground. The only thing left to do is to swing the sticks around, pushing the branches apart. Because it’s one thing when it’s just grass, and quite another when there are briars growing there. Do not be seduced by the fact that you have come to Armenia and all the clothes with long sleeves can be left at home.

Well, that’s not the case. First of all, during the first two hikes my arms got a little, shall we say, overtanned. So from there on out I wore exclusively a long sleeve shirt. Plus I put a sweatshirt on top. Rosehip, you know, is not very friendly to the skin.

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Another good thing about this route is that you’re walking along a gorge. A healthy gorge, that’s why the views around are appropriate.

Mountains in the clouds in Armenia Serpentine in the mountains View of the gorge Mountain landscape

And then I got caught in the Armenian rain. My raincoat, which had been riding in my backpack for the last two years, was finally renewed. Just before the finish line I decided to wait out the rest of the rain under a tree after all.

Breakdown under a tree

And the final photo of this trek is the only signpost I encountered. There must have been at least one more at the start, but since I got a little ride from the start, I didn’t see the first one.

Self-portrait against the background of the signpost to Alidzor

If you tuck your pants into your socks, people won’t ask much of you. As a matter of fact, that’s how I did the whole track.

What’s in the end

And in the end, the walking part of the trek from the village of Old Hot I ended at the trailhead, where there were 10-14 kilometers to Tatev. Decided to play hitchhiking or hitchhiking in our own words. A few drove by, but suddenly, without asking me, a trash-truck killed in the trash stopped. “Get in, honey! Are you going to Tatev?”

In the backseat, the men were carrying some kind of wheel, which was what I was driving around with. The car slowly climbed up the serpentine, all rattling and tapping. The second gear would not come on, and the driver was colorfully expressing his disapproval of the car in the local language.

At the same time the front seat passenger was giving me a tour, trying to block out the rumble of the Zhiguli, which was trying hard not to fall apart. About the Devil’s Bridge, about the zip line, about Tatev – I had never had such a powerful tour in every sense. They flatly refused to take money – “You’re a guest, what are you!

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