The Best Trekking Trails in Iran
Take a look on the best hiking trails in Iran
The Iranian plateau in southwest Asia covers an area of 3,700,000 kilometers covering many countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, China and Kyrgyzstan. However, about half of it is located in Iran and has built low and high lands. In the meantime, there are many majestic peaks that shows the greatness of nature to human beings. Climbing them is like going through a path that is at the end of it another life is flowing.
Iran with 1500 peaks over 3000m is one of the most mountainous countries in the world.
Watch the nature on the top of peaks
If you’re a fan of hiking, you should meet the highest peak in the Middle East. This mountain stands in the north of Tehran, the capital of Iran. The 18,605 feet mountain is located in the Alborz mountain range. You should also know that the mountain is an 1.8 million-year old volcano and has a mythological role in Persian and is recognized as a symbol of endurance. In scriptures like the Avesta and Bible and many other historical books this mountain is named. Conquest of this peak takes between 2 and 5 days. Climbers can take one of 16 major routes up Damavand, navigating its rocky terrain, mineral hot springs, and rich flora and fauna.
This mountain is located on the Alborz mountain rage along the borders of the provinces of Iranian natural and cultural diversity. The mountain owns its beauty to its vast forest foothills. From the Soubatan village, which is also as amazing as the top of the Talysh peak, visitors can hike to Abbas Yurdi and foothills of Baghro Dagh. Tourists who experience trekking in Talysh mountains have the chance to get familiar with Talysh, Azerbaijan and Gilac languages, their rich cultures and sometimes if been lucky, their nomadic lifestyle.
Sahand mountain is one of the highest mountains in Iranian Azerbaijan, in addition to being an important dormant volcano in the country. The absolute dating of Sahand rocks indicates that this volcano has been sporadically active from 12 milion years ago up to almost 0.14 milion years ago. The highest peaks, Jam and Kamal can easily be reached with no equipment from two routes: Tabriz and Maragheh where visitors can witness nomadic life.
As it is located in the northwest of Iran, Sahand has long and cold winters. It has a 1200 meters length complex skiing stadium and snowboarding area. The snow sculpture competition, which runs once a year at mid-winter is a famous entertainment that attracts spectators and competitors from all over the country.
This mountain is also located in Azerbaijan, Iranian turk culture people of this country. Sabalan, or Savalan mountain with 4811m height is the third highest mountain in Iran. It has a permanent crater lake formed at its summit. The mountain offers many attractions throughout the year. On the slopes of the mountain the mineral water from springs attracts large number of tourists each year, many of whom have fait in healing properties attributed to the springs. The foothills of Sabalan mountain are also famous for their great spas.
Zagros mountain range in southwestern Iran, extending northwest-southeast from the border areas of eastern Turkey and northern Iraq to the Strait Hormoz. This mountain has a total length of 1,600 km long and more than 150 miles wide. It has wonderful trekking and hiking routes. The peaks of Zagros have steep slopes, very narrow gorges and deep valleys. Kuhrang lake, high peaks of Zard Kuh and Dena, Oak forests and Zarivar kale are some of beautiful attractions of the mountain. Zagros have been the home of Homo neanderthalensis and many ancient tribles such as Sumerian in Iran, therefor it has a big history in its old caves.
Mount Alam is a a mountain in Alborz mount, the second wide mountain range in Iran and forming a peak of Takht-e Suleyman massif. With an elevation of 4,850 meters it is also the second highest peak in Iran after mount Damavand. The 800 m high, steep grantie north face provides some of the most difficult and interesting mountaineering routes in the country and the climbs rank alongside major climing routes in the European Alps. Climbing Alam Kuh via all north routes is class five high altitude technical climbs which need to hard struggle with rock, ice and rock falls, but the southern slopes are steep covered with boulders and scree. Summer, especially June to October is the best time to go.
The mount is also known as Behistun or Bisotun, it is located in the Zagros mountain range in Kermanshah province of western Iran. It is well known for famous Bisotun inscription and rock relief in which the great Achaemenian king, Darius the Great, had narrative of his exploits carved around 500 BC.
There is a famous legend about this mountain, written by Persian poet Nezamin, about a poor man named Farhad, who was in love with Princess Shirin. The legend states that, exiled for his transgression, Farhad was given the task of cutting away the mountain; if he was succeeded, he would be given permission to marry shirin. After many years and removal of half the mountain, he did find water, but was informed by Khosrow, his love rival, that Shirin had died. He went mad, threw his axe down the hill, kissed the ground and died.