The Sevan Lake (Sevana Lich) is like a sapphire hidden in the mountains. Its sky-blue waters rise above 1,900 meters (6233 feet) and they are surrounded by the Pambak, Shagdah, Vardenis, and Geghama mountain ranges. It is one of the largest alpine lakes in the world and is also known as ‘The pearl of Armenia’.
The air is pure in Sevan Lake and during the hottest months, the average temperature of its crystal-clear water is around 18 degrees. It is a good place to practice windsurfing, sailing, wakeboarding or other water sports. Of course, it is extremely freezing in winter.
Lake Sevan is located in the center of the province of Gegharkunik and if you have your own car, the best option to explore it freely is to drive on the road which surrounds the lake. Discovering it by bicycle is another option, and free camping is legal on its shores. Along with the Mount Ararat, it is one of the national icons and its waters have served as inspiration for many artists. “It is so beautiful that one wants to be shipwrecked in it,” Avetik Isahakians wrote as he contemplated its vastness.
During the Soviet period, the ecosystem of Sevan Lake was in serious danger, since the authorities drained it until lowering its level by 20 meters. Fortunately, the Government retracted, and they became aware of the important role played by this exotic place, converting it into a national park in 1978. Nowadays, the waters are returning slowly to their course and their level has increased a couple of meters, which has meant that the ecosystem of its waters has also recovered slightly.