One of the natural beauties of Armenia, Trchkan waterfall is situated on the border between Shirak and Lori regions at 33 km distance from Gyumri, cultural capital of Armenia. Trchkan waterfall is sometimes called “Armenian Niagara”. When you see it with your eyes, you’ll say that it’s as beautiful as Niagara for sure.
Trchkan waterfall is the highest waterfall in Armenia – 23 m. Its width is about 4 meters. It rushes down on Chichkan river (on the left tributary of the River Pambak.), which is famous for its tasty trout. The trout gave name to the waterfall. The thing is that during the spawning period the trout is swimming against the flow and jumping over the waterfall. So the waterfall got the name “Trchkan” which means “jumping” in Armenian.
The Armenian beauty – Trchkan waterfall is registered in the list of miraculous monuments of nature since 2008 and in 2011 the waterfall was defined as the special protected area.
Trchkan waterfall is 33 km away from the northern capital of Armenia – Gyumri. One of the nearby sights is Yereruyk Cathedral. Yereruyk Cathedral is one of the most important and beautiful monuments of early Christian times (V-Vl c.) and is a classic example of a basilica.