13:39  ,  September 26, 2012

Armenian alpinists will head to the Himalayas

By Lusine Shahbazyan

Armenia has an opportunity to develop extreme tourism, head of the Armenian Extreme Club Gor Hovhannisyan told reporters on Wednesday.

Two Armenian alpinists - head of the organization Gor Hovhannisyan and Zara Khachikyan will participate in an international festival of mountain tourism to be held from Oct. 5 to Nov. 1. Last year the number of participants in the festival was 18,000, and Armenian team is participating in the festival for the first time. 

Hovhannisyan also added that the alpinists will climb to the peak of Himalayas - Annapurna (8,000 m). The festival will last for about a month and the alpinists will cover 300 km. A group of two Armenians and three Russians will join the Armenian team. Hence the total number of Armenian team participants will be seven.

“Armenian alpinists will head to the Himalayas and participate in an international festival. As for the alpinism development in Armenia, it is developing fast. We have all what is necessary. AS to financial assistance of the government, but we are sure we will get it as soon as achieve tangible results,” Hovhannisyan concluded.

Photo by Sona Barseghyan

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