Karvachar region is situated in the northwestern part of Artsakh, covering an area of 1830 km square.
If you like hiking and horseback riding, you are attracted to rafting on mountain rivers, and you are an enthusiast of rock climbing and mountain climbing; a trip to Karvachar is waiting for you! In the Karvachar region of the Artsakh Republic, along with extreme sports, you will find ancient and unique architectural monuments and will experience the charm of pure nature.
Karvachar region is situated in the northwestern part of Artsakh, covering an area of 1830 km square. The regional center, the city of Karvachar, is located 128 km from Stepanakert. Across the region flows one of the largest rivers of the area, the Tartar River.
The relief of the Karvachar region is mountainous and extremely rugged. In different periods of history, this region was called Vaikunik (until the XII-XIII centuries), Upper Khachen (XIII-XVIII centuries), Kolan (XVIII-XIX centuries). Numerous architectural monuments have been preserved here, attesting to the significant role of this area in the history of Armenia. Among the most renowned monuments are the Dadivank Monastery and the Andaberd Fortress. Karvachar is well known for its nature - dense virgin forests, turbulent mountain rivers, low, but very picturesque waterfalls, thermal springs, and lakes.
The largest, monumental, and well-preserved fortress of the region, is situated on the top of a wooded and steep mountain, at an altitude of 1665 m. The only path to the fort is a trail stretching under the southwest fortress wall. Handaberd holds a special place among the fortresses of Eastern Armenia. It had a powerful fortification system and was a critical defense point both for Artsakh and for the whole of Armenia. 800 m east of the fortress are the ruins of the Andaberd monastery. Several stone inscriptions have been preserved on the territory of the monastery complex resembling the history of the monastery, the fort itself, and the whole of Artsakh.
Tartar River Gorge
Tartar is the largest and most full-flowing river in Artsakh, with a length of 184 km. The river runs through a gorge, the slopes of which are covered with dense forests. If you are a fan of rafting, then the gorge of the river Tartar will not leave you indifferent. Professional rafting tours are held here, and according to various reviews of tourists, the gorge of the river Tartar is one of the most fascinating and striking places in Artsakh and Armenia. The gorge has thermal springs with natural stone pools.
Kusanats Anapat Monastery (or Monastery of the Holy Virgin), built in the XII-XVII centuries, is located on the right bank of the Trtu River.
The monastery complex consists of 9 structures built from limestone. The structure of the monument includes farm buildings with an oil mill, cross-stones and chronicle. Before the liberation of this territory, the Turks, unfortunately, managed to destroy dozens of Armenian lithographic inscriptions in several churches.
Dadivank or Hutavank is a majestic monastery complex, an outstanding example of Armenian architecture of the 9th-13th centuries, located half a kilometer north of the river Tartar at an altitude of 1100 m. Throughout its history, the monastery was repeatedly attacked by enemies but managed to persevere and survive. The first name of the monastery is associated with the name of St. Dadi, who preached Christianity in the west of Armenia and was a student of the Apostle Thaddeus. According to legend, the monastery was built over his grave. The second name comes from the Armenian “Hut” (hill) and “Vank” (monastery): “monastery on a hill.”
In addition to the mentioned rafting tours, horseback riding and hiking trips are also organized in the region. We assure you that a trip to Karvachar will meet all of your ambitious expectations!