Meghri Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.535m (8,316ft) above the sea level, located in the Arevik National Park, in Syunik province, Southern Armenia.
The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called Kapan-Meghri motorway, also known as M17. The M17 highway, during harsh winters often blocked by snow, is the main road connecting south of Armenia (and Iran) with Yerevan. The pass itself offers an amazing vista over mountain landscape in Southern Armenia to nearby Iran and Azerbaijan.
The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. The road is dangerous because the extreme weather: blizzard, strong winds, fog, low visibility, black ice on some road sections and danger of avalanche are common. It’s said to be the highest paved road in the country. The weather is unpredictable here, and if you are driving along a dry autumn road it doesn’t mean that in 300 metres you won’t get in winter with snow-covered mountains and hills and snow glistening like diamonds. The route is spectacular with endless switchbacks and rugged mountains as far as the eye can see.
Pic: Narek Sargsyan