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Debed (Armenia)

Practical information about Debed

  • Viewpoint
  • Hiking / Trekking
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  • River
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4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
Approx. 200km drive from Erevan
When to go
Preferably during summer
Minimum stay
1 to 2 days

Reviews of Debed

Timothée D. Travel writer
285 travel articles

A river that runs from Armenia towards Georgia before joining the Kurat River, Debed is primarily known for its gorges and magnificent monasteries dotted around the north of the country.

My suggestion:
A visit to the Debed Gorge wouldn't be complete without a visit to the incredible Haghpat and Sanahin Monasteries, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

The Debed Valley boasts stunning views, particularly in the north of the country where, towards Alaverdi, you'll find a deep valley and spectacular gorges. There's a host of places to visit, not least its amazing monasteries that are over a thousand years old and often nestled in rocky, almost inaccessible, locations.

I have to admit that I found the valley a bit too overdeveloped for my liking. As a region that links Armenia with Georgia, industrialisation has taken a hold. The valley forms a major transport link, as seen by its roads, railways, power lines, mines and numerous industrial bases. Consequently, I found this considerably reduces the charm of the area, even though I still recommend you come here from Erevan for a day out during your holiday in Armenia.

Typical Debed Valley landscape