With its road network undergoing a major renovation, Debed canyon is a great destination for traveling on touring bicycles. The paths and dirt roads running around the villages are a mountain biker’s dream.
Cycling in the Debed canyon is pleasant and challenging at the same time. Traveling along the main road, you have a chance to explore the canyon and enjoy its serene nature, but be ready to climb hills often, especially if you want to visit the historical and cultural sites, most of which are located off the main road, on the plateaus above.
One option to get from Yerevan to the Debed canyon in one day is to take the train to Gyumri and start cycling from there via Jajur and Spitak. Another option is to rent a bicycle on the spot.
Boo Mountain Bike Park Project in Vanadzor (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, phone: +374 91 107 774), for example, organizes cycling tours in the city and around the Lori province. You can also rent a bike here or learn about possible cycling routes.
Bicycle rental is also available at the Debed Visitor Center and the TUC camping base in the village of Dsegh, where you can take the Biking Loop Trail developed by the “Trails for Change” NGO and cycle around the village, exploring the surroundings.