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Adventurer sparks Eurasian rebirth of hiking tourism

Hopes high as first section of newly built Trans-Caucasian hiking trail opens in Armenia

Staff members of the Trans-Caucasian Trail work in parts of the Caucasus that have rarely ever seen tourism. (Courtesy of Trans-Caucasian Trail)

YEREVAN, Armenia -- The international group of young adventurers who set up operations in a disused building on the outskirts of Dilijan National Park, a two hours' drive north of the Armenian capital, do not quite look like game-changers.

Indeed, they live communally, don simple outdoor gear and bunk down in tents at night, but that is all it has taken to kick off the ambitious Trans-Caucasian Trail (TCT) project, a long-term scheme set to change the face of adventure tourism in the westernmost fringes of Eurasia.

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