EXTREME FLIGHT in ARTSAKH! + Hiking to Umbrella Wate...Davidsbeenhere
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We began our day at the We Are Our Mountains Monument in Stepanakert. I actually didn’t know what we’d be doing today. Lusine said it was a surprise! After the surprise, we’d hike through one of the deepest gorges in Artsakh to Umbrella Waterfall!
The We Are Our Mountains Monument is the symbol of Artsakh. It’s a representation of the heads of a grandmother and grandfather. The rest of their bodies is in the rocks, which symbolize that the roots of the Artsakh people are in the land. The monument is about 30 feet high and is made from tuff, a volcanic rock that comes in roughly 40 shades.
Then, we visited a souvenir shop so I could buy a new hat. After trying several that didn’t fit, I found one for 10,000 dram/$20.89 USD for it. Then, we arrived at an airport for my surprise!
I was pumped and nervous at the same time, but the flight was incredible! It was super extreme, though! We flew over Stepanakert, a small town, and through Hunot Gorge before wheeling around the airport and touching down again.
Then, we headed to Zontik Waterfall (Umbrella Waterfall) at the end of Hunot Gorge.
After arriving, I enjoyed a quick snack of bread and sausage ahead of our 30-minute hike. We followed a natural trail, from which I could see the 18th-century Shushi Fortress just past the lip of the gorge.
Walking through the gorge was so beautiful and peaceful. I listened to the sounds of the Karkar River and the birds as I walked. As we walked, Lusine told me about an 18th-century village that milled and produced flour and transported it up to Shushi.
We passed over an 18th-century bridge that connects the two sides of the gorge, and I could see the ruins of the old town as well.
We stopped at a picnic area in a meadow near the bridge where there was a local man making some traditional tea. I tried his incredible tea with some traditional walnut compote. I was told it was like a Korean walnut and the sauce was like honey and caramel. It was so sweet that I couldn’t believe it was a walnut! There were also blackberry preserves.
I learned that about 130 people lived in the village here in the gorge. It was a strategically important place, as they would send their flour up to Shushi. I could see lots of ruined houses as we continued our hike. It was a tough hike, but the air was super fresh. We continued across a bridge and finally arrived at the Umbrella Waterfall! It was slippery, so I had to keep my feet on the dry rocks.
The Umbrella Waterfall is amazing. It’s the most famous waterfall in Artsakh, and it’s covered in moss. You can go inside the cave and take a shower. It’s a great place to chill. I went inside and stuck my head under the flowing water. It was so refreshing! What an amazing morning!
Special thanks to my friends at Armenia Travel for their kindness, hospitality, and for arranging my trip. I couldn’t have done it without them! Huge thanks to everyone at Artsakh Travel as well for making this part of my trip super fun and smooth!
Also, if you would like to visit Stepanakert and the Umbrella Waterfall, please contact Lusine. I hope you enjoyed coming along on my extreme flight and visit to Umbrella Waterfall in Stepanakert, Artsakh! If you did, please give this video a thumbs up and leave a comment below. Also, please subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the notification bell so you don’t miss any of my travel/food adventures!
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