armenia

The Stone Lake

The Stone Lake

The Legend has it: A long time ago, on the Mount Aragats used to live four stone dragons, who were brothers. After the death, they were transformed into rivers and started to flow in different directions. Because they liked each other much, they did not want to be separated neither when alive nor when dead. They made a hole on the Mount Aragats and directed their flow to that hole. That’s how the Stone Lake (Lake Kari) was formulated.

The Stone Lake is 3190 m above the sea level. Besides the legend, there is also a real reason of how the lake appeared on that plateau. Being situated below the four peaks of Mount Aragats it had collected the water from melted ice, snow, and rains. The water of the lake is clear and transparent like a glass.

Credits to Tomasz Dutkiewicz

You can get there only in a good weather. In winter the roads are covered with snow and it's just impossible to get to the lake. In summers it's an excellent place to escape the heat and to enjoy fresh air, some snow that never managed to melt and the cooling wind of Aragats. Accordingly, it's recommended to have warm clothing even in summer. Many people even camp by the lake and stay for several days. There is also a small cafe nearby where you can have food or tea.

Do you remember the dragons I told you about? So yes, I forgot to say that while digging to make a hole for the lake they had thrown thousands of small stones all around the hole. The stones were so many that they have formulated a stone hill right behind the lake.

You have two options to get to the Stone Lake (unless you do not have a helicopter:)) - the easiest one is to go by car taking the road that starts from the Byurakn village that leads you right to the lake, the other option is to walk/climb there (this is recommended only to those who are more experienced and are really able to spend the whole day walking).

Lake Kari (Stone Lake)
Lake Kari (Stone Lake)
Kari Lake, Armenia
Mount Aragats
Mount Aragats
Aragats, Armenië
40

Mentionned places


The author

Lusine

Lusine

I’m Lusine, from Armenia. I like to travel and explore new places. I'm interested in art, culture, music and sports. On itinari I’ll show you Armenia the way I see it.


Stories you might also like

Click here for more stories in armenia

Fortress Amberd: On top of the world
armenia

Fortress Amberd: On top of the world

Lusine
by Lusine
April 2018
Spa resorts in Serbia
serbia

Spa resorts in Serbia

Lejla Dizdarevic
by Lejla Dizdarevic
October 2017
IT get-together: join the BarCamp in Armenia
armenia

IT get-together: join the BarCamp in Armenia

Lusine
by Lusine
June 2018
Rajacke Pimnice: A small stone village with a big winemaking tradition
serbia

Rajacke Pimnice: A small stone village with a big winemaking tradition

Milena Mihajlovic
by Milena Mihajlovic
June 2018
Byurakan observatory: The universe from Armenia
armenia

Byurakan observatory: The universe from Armenia

Lusine
by Lusine
February 2018
Ohrid: legend of its lake
macedonia

Ohrid: legend of its lake

Zlata Golaboska
by Zlata Golaboska
May 2018
The mystery behind the Armenian alphabet
armenia

The mystery behind the Armenian alphabet

Lusine
by Lusine
May 2018
Home of winged girls – Kladanj
bosnia and herzegovina

Home of winged girls – Kladanj

Ljiljana Krejic
by Ljiljana Krejic
May 2018
Holy Ejmiadzin: the place where the Only Begotten descended
armenia

Holy Ejmiadzin: the place where the Only Begotten descended

Lusine
by Lusine
May 2018
Best villages around Lake Como
italy

Best villages around Lake Como

Eleonora Ruzzenenti
by Eleonora Ruzzenenti
February 2018
Tsaghkazard: How do Armenians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem?
armenia

Tsaghkazard: How do Armenians celebrate the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem?

Lusine
by Lusine
March 2018
Carahunge- the sound of stones
armenia

Carahunge- the sound of stones

Lusine
by Lusine
May 2018
Armenia: A journey through millennia
armenia

Armenia: A journey through millennia

Lusine
by Lusine
February 2018
Caribbean of the Alps – Grüner See
austria

Caribbean of the Alps – Grüner See

Ogi Savic
by Ogi Savic
May 2018
Traditional dishes: Food made with love. Part 1
armenia

Traditional dishes: Food made with love. Part 1

Lusine
by Lusine
February 2018
Borjomi – The sparkling water that makes you feel part of Georgian nature…
georgia

Borjomi – The sparkling water that makes you feel part of Georgian nature…

Anano Chikhradze
by Anano Chikhradze
February 2018
Tsitsernakaberd: Armenian Genocide Memorial
armenia

Tsitsernakaberd: Armenian Genocide Memorial

Lusine
by Lusine
April 2018
Slovenian baby dragons aka the human fish
slovenia

Slovenian baby dragons aka the human fish

Darja
by Darja
April 2018
Gyumri: Cultural Armenia
armenia

Gyumri: Cultural Armenia

Lusine
by Lusine
March 2018
Lake Garda and its surrounding
italy

Lake Garda and its surrounding

Nicolas Casula
by Nicolas Casula
July 2017

Responses

itinari has launched a crowdfunding campaign to support its tremendous growth. Willing to take part to it, and get equity in return? Click here.