Armenia and Switzerland, both cradled by breathtaking mountains and landscapes, share a profound connection. It's the exhilaration of hiking, the panoramic views, and the fresh mountain air that truly unites people, creating unforgettable experiences. For Armenians and the Swiss, this isn't just a hobby, it's a cherished pastime. There's something special about being alone in nature - it offers a moment of introspection and a deep sense of peace that fills your soul with pure joy.
I asked experienced hikers in Switzerland and Armenia why they love hiking. These were their answers:
Giovanni Giacometti, Grevasalvas, 1927
“I enjoy being active and outside. For hiking, I enjoy the slowness. There is plenty of time to notice and enjoy things alongside the path. Since it is low intensity, you can simply go on and be outside for hours without it feeling much of an effort. You can look around, take breaks or chat along the road with other people. It is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy nature and you tend to experience it the most”.
Martiros Saryan, Aragats, 1925
“I thoroughly enjoy hiking for several reasons. Firstly, it offers a much-needed escape from city life, providing me with peace and tranquility in nature. It's a refreshing break from the constant hustle and bustle. Secondly, hiking allows me to meet fascinating people along the trails, connect with individuals who share my passion for the outdoors. Exploring beautiful spots and learning more about my surroundings is truly amazing. Overcoming the challenges that hiking presents gives me a sense of achievement and boosts my confidence. Lastly, being immersed in nature during a hike helps clear my mind and organize my thoughts. It's a peaceful way to reflect and feel connected to nature”.
The thoughts of hikers from Armenia and Switzerland show that hiking is not just about exercise, but it's also a way to find peace, think deeply, and connect with nature and other people. This shows that loving nature and enjoying exploring the outdoors are feelings shared by people everywhere.
For hiking enthusiasts, these countries offer unforgettable experiences that should not be missed.
By Iren Minasyan