This, ladies and gentlemen, is the breathtakingly lush Shikahogh State Reserve, situated on a mysterious edge of worlds. Located in Armenia’s southern tip, it forms Europe’s bridge, through the Caucasus, into Middle East. Surprising diversity of landscape creates conditions for a jaw-dropping variety of flora and fauna, including both European and Asian species, as well as endemic ones.
It is Armenia’s 2nd largest forest reserve and covers some 10,330 ha of land and is home to about 1,100 species of plants, 70 of which have been registered in the Red Book of endangered species. The fauna of Shikahogh includes rare species of animals such as leopards, bezoars, bears, snowcocks, vipers and hedgehogs.
The mountains, gorges, forests and rivers of Shikahogh have preserved something untapped since perhaps even the beginning of time. If you hide yourself behind century-old trees, you may catch glimpses of this ancient past.
Our current campaign is linking Tatev to Kapan via hiking trail, but ARK Armenia's end goal is to one day link Kapan to Shikahogh Forest, via professionally marked and mapped hiking trails and eco-camps. You can help us reach our goal by visiting our campaign page and making a contribution!