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Herb gathering tour 7 days


7 Days Botanic Tour by Armenia

Day 1
Arrival to Yenokavan; Descent to Nvezner (alt. 960 m/1050 yards); Lunch in a cave; Familiarization tour by an alpine vineyard as well as by highland fruit and vegetable garden; Hike to Homer, by a rout driven along a canyon, across few caves and small waterfalls; Ascent to the altitude 1280 m/4200 feet; Night in DBL houses in Homer.

Day 2
Breakfast; Hike to Pstik Sar (Small Hill) – altitude is 1400 m/4593 feet; Herb’s gathering (see the Herb’s Date); Lunch by a spring; Return to Homer through a coppice; Supper; Night in Homer.

Day 3
Breakfast; Hike to Okon (1800m/5905 feet); During the ascent from 1280 to 1800 m/4200 to 5095 feet the track is going through mixed forest and mountain river up to the fields zone; Lunch at the apiary; Excursion along with a bee-master, honey tasting; Tent-camp set is scheduled nearby Okonokhach village; Fishing and swimming; Supper; Overnight stay in tents by Okon.

Day 4
Breakfast; Hike to Kamut; This road ascent for 300 m/984 feet and runs over copses, springs and fields; Lunch by a spring; Return to Okon; Roost in tents;

Day 5

Breakfast; Descent along river through mixed forest to Lastiver; Lunch; Seeing of caves; Later on, hiking by a beech forest situated on the altitude 1000-1300 m/3281-4265 feet to Kranataht (Khachkar’s workshop); Supper and roost in Homer.

Day 6
Breakfast; Hike through Kanach Er to Nvezner; Field Work in the Kitchen Garden (Gathering of vegetables for lunch); Lunch in the cave; Photographing; Hike by a new rout from Nvezner to Khachaghbyur (Cross Spring) river and then to Getahovit village; 2 km/1.24 miles transfer to Ijevan; visitation of the country market; Excursion to Botanical Garden of Ijevan; Supper in a quay cafe in the Sculpture’s Park; Transfer to Homer.

Day 7
Breakfast; Transfer to Sev Kar (Black Stone) village; Excursion by pomegranate garden; Garden works; Lunch on the bank of Agstev river; Return to Yerevan.

HERB’S DATE
May:

Oak – cortex
Great Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – leaves
Great Bur (Arctium Lappa) – roots
Coltsfoot – blooms and leaves
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) - blooms and leaves
Caseweed (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) – grass
Plantain (Plantago Lancrolato) - grass
Black Currant (Ribes Nigrum) – leaves
Pine (Pinus) – needles, buds
Bird Cherry Tree – blossoms and fruits

June:

Wild Strawberry (Fragaria Vesca) – berries and leaves
Great Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – leaves
Tillet (Tilia Cordata) - inflorescences
Coltsfoot – blooms and leaves
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) – grass and roots
Caseweed (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) – grass
Common Plantain (Plantago Major) - leaves
Common Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthium) – grass and leaves
Pine (Pinus) – needles, buds
Bird Cherry Tree – blossoms, leaves and fruits
Swallowwort (Chelidonium Majus)

July:

Hawthorn (Crataegus) – blossoms, fruits
Touch-and-Heal (Hypericum Perforatum) – grass
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria Vesca) – berries and leaves
Great Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – leaves
Great Bur (Arctium Lappa) – roots
Tillet (Tilia Cordata) - inflorescences
Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) – berries, leaves
Coltsfoot – blooms and leaves
Corn Mint (Mentha Arvensia) - grass
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) – grass and roots
Caseweed (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) – grass
Common Plantain (Plantago Major) - leaves
Plantain (Plantago Lanceolata) – grass
Common Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthum) – grass and leaves
Wormwood (Artemisia Vulgaris) – grass
Black Currant (Ribes Nigrem) – berries
Pine (Pinus) – needles, buds
Nosebleed (Achillea Millefolium) – grass
Dog Rose – blossoms, berries

August:

Vandalroot (Valeriana Officinalis) – roots
Great Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – leaves
Great Bur (Arctium Lappa) – roots
Red Raspberry (Rubus Idaeus) – berries, leaves
Coltsfoot – blooms and leaves
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) – grass and roots
Caseweed (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) – grass
Common Plantain (Plantago Major) - leaves
Common Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthum) – grass
Nosebleed (Achillea Millefolium) – grass
Dog Rose – berries

September:

Vandalroot (Valeriana Officinalis) – rhizomes and roots
Great Nettle (Urtica Dioica) – leaves
Great Bur (Arctium Lappa) – roots
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) – roots
Caseweed (Capsella Bursa-Pastoris) – grass
Common Plantain (Plantago Major) - leaves
Common Wormwood (Artemisia Absinthum) – grass
Nosebleed (Achillea Millefolium) – grass
Dog Rose – berries
Horse Sorrel (Rumex Confertus) - rhizomes and roots

October:

Vandalroot (Valeriana Officinalis) – rhizomes and roots
Cankerwort (Taraxacum Officinale) – grass and roots
Dog Rose – berries
Horse Sorrel (Rumex Confertus) - rhizomes and roots

The price is €335/person (if the group is not less then 3 people) The price includes:
  • DBL accommodation in Guest Houses or tents
  • Three times meals a day
  • Transfer
  • Conduce service
  • Insurance for Active Rest From "RESO Garantia"
The price excludes:
  • Overflight, Harbour Dues
  • Alcohol
  • Personal Expenses
Weather
It is hot and sunny in Armenia at summer, but at mountains weather is quite broken. Nights there could be pretty cold, but during afternoon t-shirts are well-timed. Ideal could be long sleeve shirts with high collar covering hands and neck against sun and wind. Also, a wind-cheater, a sweater, 2 pairs of sportive foot-wear, socks, a bays-ball cap, sun-glasses, sunblock are all essential.


 

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