Yanikh is a village in the Novo-Bayazid uezd of the former Iravan governorate, later in the former Garanlig (Martuni) district, and currently in the Gegharkunik province. The provincial centre is located 13 km to the northeast of the settlement of Martuni, on the shore of Lake Goycha, and at a height of 2,275 m above sea level. The village was marked on the five-verst map of the Caucasus.

The village was inhabited by 194 Azerbaijanis in 1873, 245 in 1886, 303 in 1897, 360 in 1908, 730 in 1914 and 423 Azerbaijanis in 1916. The Azerbaijanis were massacred or deported by Armenian armed units in 1919. After the establishment of Soviet power on the territory of present-day Armenia, those who survived were able to return to their homes. The village was inhabited by 66 Azerbaijanis in 1922 and 37 Azerbaijanis and 163 Armenians in 1926. Armenians were removed to the village between 1922 and 1925. The Azerbaijanis were again deported in 1929–1930 and only the Armenians remained in the village.

The toponym was coined from the word “yanig” meaning in Azerbaijani “a burnt, arid place”.

By decision of the Armenian Parliament dated 4 July 2006, the village was renamed “Nshkhark”. It was integrated into the administrative territory of the Gegharkunik province according to the law “On the Administrative-Territorial Division of Armenia” dated 7 November 1995.

Geographic coordinates: latitude 40000’N., longitude 45014’E.