Pambak is a village in the Alexandropol uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Boyuk Garakilsa (Gugark) district, and currently in the Lori province. The provincial centre lies 7 km to the northeast of the town of Vanadzor (Boyuk Garakilsa), at a distance of 25 km on the Boyuk Garakilsa–Allahverdi highway, at a height of 1,200 m above sea level. It was marked on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was originally inhabited by Azerbaijanis, and following the settlement of Armenians in the region, the population gradually left the village. Armenians from abroad were moved and settled there after 1920.

The toponym consists of two components. The first component is “paam / baam, bom / boom”, which means “a narrow passage” in Old Turkic, the second component is the word “bak” (bek) used in the meaning of “height” “a hill”, peak, beginning” and means “a village at the top, at the hill near the narrow passage”. “Bak” (bek) is also manifested in the Turkic word “baku”, which means “hill chains”. Currently, the name of the settlement is written as “Pambak” in official documents in Armenian.

According to the law “On the administrative-territorial division of the Republic of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995, it was integrated into the administrative area of the Lori province.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 40°50’ N., longitude 44°33’ E.