Uphill   from  Byurakan    is  Antarut (until 1949 Inaklu, founded in the 2nd half of the 19th c.), with early khachkars.

   On the way to Amberd is situated the small town of Nor Amberd. The road continues climbing up the mountain. At the fork, a sign painted on the asphalt points left to the fortress and church of Amberd. Taking the right fork away from Amberd, a narrow paved  road, often closed by snow wellinto June) climbs to a small lake beside the Cosmic  Ray


Institute at about 3200 m. This is the jumping off point for the climb of Armenia’s tallest mountain.