Hunot canyon

Visitors will have an unforgettable experience of unsurpassed beauty of the State Reserve "Hunot Canyon".

Amazing is a small word to describe the experience you are going to have when visiting the unparalleled and unsurpassed beauty of the State Reserve "Hunot Canyon". Travelers walking along the gorge can observe beautiful waterfalls, lush forests, caves, inhabited in the Stone Age, the ruins of the village Hunot and ancient bridges, massive mountains and river, persistently breaking through the rocks.

You can see the graceful walls of the canyon, towering 250 meters above the river Karkar from the highest point of Jdrdyuz in the south-west of the city-fortress Shoushi.

City-fortress Shoushi is mostly famous for caves of the canyon, where it is built. The largest and most famous of them is the cave "Avana Karan". It is located to the southwest of Shoushi, in difficult terrain, called Avani Kertz. The depth of the cave is about 75 meters and height - up to 7-10 meters.

Another cave Alexana Gouze is in the south-west of the village Karin Tak. The cave has a depth of about 50 m and 7 separate halls. As a settlement in the Hellenistic period, from the 1st millennium BC to 1st millennium BC, it became a place of pagan worship.

On the outskirts of the city of Shoushi, right on top of the cliffs is the valley of Katarot or Jdrdyuz.

Spectacular views of the canyon and the river Karkar flowing down this place has become one of the most photographed places in Artsakh. One of the favorite places is the high plateau at the top of the canyon Shoushi-Karkar. Walk along the edge of the canyon gives visitors the amazing scenery and unforgettable experiences. The valley has an area of about 5 hectares, part of which is spruce. Visitors mostly come here during the day, but starry nights give also a fabulous experience.It’s also a great campsite. Trail in the gorge descends gradually, almost stepping down the steep cliffs, so different from the other hiking trails.

Imagine 400 hectares of a nature reserverich with historical, natural and architectural wonders. The paths to the many attractions are marked with signposts.

The main road to the canyon, marked by blue signs-pointers, leads to the amazing waterfalls "MamrotKar" ("Mossy Stone") that is known also as "Hovanots" or "umbrella". It is a spectacular natural monument with a grotto in the form of an umbrella that amazes visitors of all ages, and is considered a wonder of the canyon. Undoubtedly, this is one of the beauties of the canyon which is impossible to miss. Along the way, visitors can see the ruins of the old mill and taste the cool water of natural sources.

2nd route is the road marked by red signs which leads to the caves Amarat and Zuyg Achk. The 3rd route, marked with green signs, leads to the ruins of the village Hunot and arched stone bridge and to the springs.

Village Hunot, located on the left bank of the river Karkar, was founded in the 18th century and abandoned in the 20th century. The ruins of this small village now occupy an area of almost half a hectare. Here visitors will see the ruins of old buildings and cemeteries. Between Hunot canyon and towering cliffs, are the defending constructions of the city of Shoushi. There are many towers and about 40 meters of fencing here. Stone fortifications helped to defend Shoushi against invaders advancing from the south, and from the villages Mkhitarashen and Karin Tak.

Hunot is also known for the famous arched stone bridge, built in 1720 which still serves as a convenient way of crossing the river. This bridge once played an important role in connection Shoushi with the Varanda and other regions. The length of Hunot Bridge is 25 meters, width is 4 meters, and height is 8 meters. It is located at an altitude of 889-meters above sea level.

Monument “Stone of Pyly Pughi”. For the people of Artsakh humor has become an integral part of nature, regardless of the difficulties of the last. The symbol of their love for humor and joy symbolizes the "Stone of Pyly Pughi" - clown of Melik Shahnazar of Varanda. Pyly Pughi entertained Melik and his guests during the relax time.

Attractive buildings were built in the canyon along the entire length of the picturesque river. Today you can still see the ruins of many of these mills on the banks of the river. Every single thing you explore here will long stay in your memories.