Dzoraget (river)

The Dzoraget (Armenian: Ձորագետ) is a river in the Lori region in Northern Armenia. It originates in the Bazum Mountains and flows west to east through spectacular gorges around Stepanavan. It finally feeds into the river Debed near Dzoragyugh, which ultimately drains to the Kura.

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The Dzoraget as seen from the bridge in Stepanavan
Physical characteristics
 • locationBazum Mountains, Lori
 • elevation2,200 m (7,200 ft)
 • location
Near Dzoragyukh
 • coordinates
40°57′25″N 44°37′57″E / 40.957°N 44.6325°E / 40.957; 44.6325Coordinates: 40°57′25″N 44°37′57″E / 40.957°N 44.6325°E / 40.957; 44.6325
 • elevation
920 m (3,020 ft)
Basin features
ProgressionDebedKhramiKuraCaspian Sea

Dzoraget is a compound word in Armenian meaning Gorge-river and formed with the lexemes ձոր [dzɔɾ] ('gorge') and գետ [ɡetʰ] ('river') joined by the interfix ա [ɑ].

The gorge in certain places (e.g. at Kurtan) is over 200 metres (660 ft) in depth.


The Armenian Travel Bureau considers the Dzoraget River the only Armenian river suitable for rafting. The commonest rafting route begins at the Dzoraget bridge, near the town of Stepanavan. Rafting on the river is concentrated in the Dzoraget Canyon, which is in some places as deep as 300 meters.[1]

Towns and villagesEdit

Towns and villages along the river include: Stepanavan, Amrakits, Lori Berd, Agarak, Vardablur, Kurtan, Arevatsag, and Dzoragyukh.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Dzoraget River". Armenian Travel Bureau. Retrieved 24 July 2013.