Looking for some new adventure travel destination in Armenia? Look no further than the dormant Gutanasar volcano, that is worth a trip.
Gutanasar, also known as Gutan – is a dormant three-headed volcano in the center of Armenia’s Kotayk Province, 2.5 km south of the village of Fantan.
Covered with thick snow from January through March, it is part of the Geghama Mountains that neighbor Lake Sevan to the east. Gutanasar is relatively remote from other mountain peaks of the Geghama mountain range. The height of the volcano is 2,299m, relative height is 300m. The mountain is covered with a thin layer of meadow.
In Armenian, “gutan” means “plow”. The mountain got its name “Gutanasar” due to the northern slope, the folds of which look like furrows from a plow.
Gutanasar is rich with deposits of pearlite and pumice. Since the mountain is not particularly high, its snow cover is silky soft and enjoyable on every level. If weather permits, the peak of Gutanasar offers a view of the Hatis, Ara, Aragats and Ararat mountains.
If you are going to visit Gutanasar, it would be a good idea to get acquainted with the fauna in the vicinity of Gutanasar, which is represented by the following species:
Snakes: Radde’s viper (Montivipera raddei), Armenian steppe viper (Vipera eriwanensis), Copper snake (Coronella austriaca), Four-striped snake (Elaphe sauromates), Transcaucasian snake (Zamenis hohenackeri), Colored snake (Hemorps rag), Red-bellied snake (Hierophis schmidti), (Eirenis punctatolineatus), Western boa constrictor (Eryx jaculus), Water snake (Natrix tessellata) and Cat snake (Telescopus fallax).
Lizards: Medium lizard (Lacerta media), Nairian rock lizard (Darevskia nairensis) and Slender snakehead (Ophisops elegans).
Toads: Green toad (Bufo viridis).