Growing up in Armenia, I spent all the summers in the village, in a tiny house just a few feet from a cliff in the canyon of Hrazdan River. The cliff is majestic at any time of the year, with its gray orange coloring and random bushes growing here and there. Oh, and all the thyme that grows on the rocks and fills the air with a wonderful aroma.
I moved to the USA in the early 2000s. But no matter what I did or where I lived, that piece of land didn't leave my mind for a second. So, in 2015 I decided to rebuild my grandfather's old house that was actually falling apart. My grandfather, a concentration camp survivor, returned to his village after the war ended and as he built his house he carved a dove above the door - the symbol of peace. I couldn't demolish the house just for this dove, it was the only thing left from my ancestors. Thus, I decided to restore it.
I turned the little house into a little loft. It is home to the very first rock climbing school in Armenia. Along with Luca Keushguerian, a pro climber from the US, who moved to Armenia last spring, we offer beginner classes to anyone who is interested in joining the fascinating world of rock climbing. We have 11 routes that vary in difficulty. We have climbing equipment that you can rent and we also have hammocks that you can borrow to sleep in the garden, or you can stay in our cute loft overnight. It fits up to 6 people. It is the very last house of the village, so you might get occasional visits from cute foxes (very rare), hedgehogs, stray cats and tortoises. Oh, and the night sky is unbelievable. The elevation above sea level is about 1500 meters and you can actually see the Milky Way on a clear night.
We'd love to welcome you in our beautiful country. Send me a note if you feel like visiting us and trying our routs. A fresh thyme tea with something baked is on us!