There are many beautiful waterfalls in Armenia, the most powerful of which is Trchkan waterfall on the Chichkhan River. Surrounded by picturesque nature, the waterfall is one of the most popular attractions in the country and a favorite vacation spot for locals. The origin of the name of the waterfall is interesting. Translated from Armenian “Trchkan” means “jumping”. The fact is that river trout swimming for spawning is usually directed along the river against the current. At that time, you can see an unusual phenomenon – a large number of fish jump out of the water right above the waterfall. Trchkan is included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, as well as in the list of protected objects.
The well-established transport infrastructure of Armenia allows to get to Trchkan waterfall by a private car or with the help of various travel companies which offer regular excursions and tours to different sights of the country. Due to the geographical location of Trchkan waterfall the trip will not seem long.
The high season in Armenia lasts for a long time due to the pleasant climate conditions. Warm days in Armenia start in March and last until late autumn; winter is usually snowless and not long. The high precipitation season is variable. The tourist season for Trchkan waterfall depends on the weather conditions.
Trchkan waterfall is located above the Chichkhan River: on the left steam of the Pambak River, which is located on the border of the Shirak and Lori provinces of the Republic of Armenia.
The locals also call the waterfall Chran. The epicenter of the 1988 earthquake was here. Trchkan is the highest and most energetic waterfall among the waterfalls of Armenia. Its height is 23.5 meters.
The Trchkan waterfall has been on the list of natural monuments since 2008, and since 2011 this territory has been designated as a protected area. In 2011, the waterfall appeared in the center of public attention thanks to the actions of ecologists, who managed to prevent the upcoming danger: the construction of the hydroelectric power station was planned at the top of the waterfall.