Where to climb in Iran?

Where to climb in Iran?

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Where to climb in Iran?

Iran is mostly known as a cultural destination for tourists. On the other hand, there are many pure locations suitable for rock climbing in iran that attract tourists there. So by reading this article you can get familiar with the best places to climb in Iran and the hubs of rock climbing. The best theme for adventure travelers, who has chosen Iran as their destination, is the combination trips. And the good point about rock climbers is that they can have an interesting venture on their trip to the rock climbing cities.

  1. Rock climbing In Bisotun

Bisotun region is located at Kermanshah province at west side of Iran. To your knowledge, you must know that it is one of the old cities of Iran with numerous historical sites. So, if you are interested in BigWall Climbing and sport climbing you can choose Bisotun region for your venture.

What to see in Kermanshah:

Taq-e Bostan, Mount Paraw, Bisotun old city, Statue of Hercules.

 

  1. Bouldering in Hamedan

Hamedan is one of the oldest cities of Iran and once the capital of Achamenid Empire. But when it comes to rock climbing Hamedan is recognized as the home of the top rock climbers in Iran.

If you are interested in Bouldering, Hamedan is an interesting place to be. Beside that you can enjoy the culture and city sightseeing.

What to see in Hamedan:

Hegmataneh, Alavian Dome and Meuseum of Hegmataneh, Ali-Sadr Cave and Ganjnameh.

 

  1. Qazvin, Bouldering

Qazvin, a medieval city. And the history of it, backs to Safavid dynasty. There are many potentials for sport climbing and bouldering in Qazvin.  You can find different routes with any kind of difficulty levels in this area. Mostly it is a very good place for mountain biking. Road biking in Alamut road is also recommended on this region.

What to see in Qazvin:

Alamut historical, Alamut Castle, Evan Lake, Caravanserai of Sa’d al-Saltaneh, Chehel sotoun palace.

 

  1. Tehran, Bouldering, sport climbing

One of the easiest locations to reach in Iran is the capital. So you can have a direct flight to Tehran and accommodate in the somewhere in the city. To get to the climbing spots all you need is a ride to the safest climbing spot. Depending in your skills and style, you can choose different places to climb.

As you may know, the capital is a different city in comparison with other provinces we talked about on this article. And you can find different types of activities. Enjoying the historical sites, cafes, museums and other activities of the same nature.

What to see in Tehran:

Grand Bazar, Golestan Palace, Abgineh museum, Sa’ad Abbad Palace, Eram amusement park, Pars Aqua village, museum of music, Milad tower.

 

  1. BigWall climbing in Kelardasht

The best place for BigWall Climbing is Kelardasht. In fact, when it comes to Kelardasht you must know that we are going to climb on Alam-kuh (4848 m). A giant granite wall that is recognized as the most technical wall in Iran. An 800-hundered meters of granite wall.

What to see in Kelardasht:

Ojabiat palace, valasht lake, Alam-Kuh, Vandarbon village.

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Iran top summits

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Iran top summits

Iran is among the top 20 countries in the world, in terms of the total area (1,648,195 ) according to Statista.com.  Approximately around two/3rd of the area of Iran is the covered with mountains.  

Iran enjoys from more 150 summits above 4000 meters and crosses the all the summits of the Alps. Here on this article we are going to get familiar with top three highest mountains. We are going to understand where they are located. When is the best time for climbing, skiing? And other general details.

  1. Mount Damavand

Mount Damavand is the highest volcano of Asia and the highest mountain of Iran. It recognized as the symbol of Iranians. Regarding to these facts it is an interesting place for mountain climbers. Activities like trekking, mountain biking, ski mountaineering, glacier climbing and winter expeditions and other activities of the same nature.

There are so many routes to climb mount Damavand. However, there are mostly two faces of the south and the north east which are popular among mountain climbers.

There are two huts on Damavand. One placed on the south route at 4200 meters (Bargah Sevoom). You can rent private rooms or public rooms and use the facilities of the hut.

The other one located on the northeast face and located at 4400 meters above the sea level. The hut is the basic shelter and you must be equipped well especially in winter.

There are also eco camps in the trekking season on the both faces, which are according to the international standards.

If you are interested in trekking the highest volcano of Asia, you can trek Damavand between mid-June to late September. And if you are interested in winter ascend you can start from November to early March.

  1. Alam-Kuh

Alam-Kuh is the second highest mountain of Iran and known as the most technical mountain of Iran. From trekking to BigWall climbing and ski mountaineering you can enjoy the different paths. And more to have chance for summiting many 4000rs summits.

There are no hut on Alam-kuh except the hesarchal Eco-camp, which is suitable for foreign adventurists and tourists.

If you are interested in BigWall climbing you can take the Alam-chal route for climbing. You must conquer with 300 meters wall of granite for climbing.

The best time for trekking is between June to September and for ski mountaineering you can try Alam-kuh between early December to end of March.

 

  1. Sabalan

Sabalan Mountain is the third highest mountain of the Iran and located in Ardabil province. It is 4811 meters. The bold point about sabalan is the Crater Lake summit, it is mostly frozen during the year. Between July to September (trekking season) you can enjoy the lake at the summit.

There is shelter on the northeast face of Sabalan with only basic facilities and to get you ought to be well Equipped. Ardabil is recognized as the coldest part of Iran and regarding this matter it mostly covered with snow and it is a perfect place for ski mountaineering.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Adventure in Iran

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Adventure in Iran

Here on this article we are going to talk about the Adventure activities that are mostly common in Iran.  As you might know, adventure has no borders you can travel everywhere and make your story. However, to start your venture you need to know at first, your interests and then looking for the convenient location.

Moreover, you can get familiar with some popular activities in Iran that might be you interest.

 

  1. Trekking

Iran benefits from a vast natural potentials and above them all, there are many mountains here to climb. In fact, you can find more than 150 mountains that are above 4000 meters above the sea level. Therefore, that makes it a suitable destination for those who would like to spend their holiday on trekking.

Beside that Mount Damavand (5610 m) is the most famous and the most popular destination for both foreign and domestic climbers. Damavand is known as the highest volcano of Asia. During the harsh weather in fall and winter. Many climbers give their effort to trek Damavand in summer (Between June to September.)

So if you are interested in trekking, go for Damavand.

 

  1. Skiing, and Ski mountaineering

Second place belongs to Skiing. Snow condition on Mountains in Iran are the best. As we have the most leveled ski resorts, it is a very convenient place for skiing. In addition, even for those who are seeking for more adventure they try Ski Mountaineering in Iran. You can find many unknown places here in Iran to Ski. One of the top destinations for ski Mountaineering in Iran is Alam-Kuh (4848 m) and Doberar mountain ridge.

Although Ski mountaineering is all new kind of sport in Iran but the Mountaineering federation with the help other related associations have provided a very good platform for Ski mountaineering enthusiasts.

 

  1. Rock Climbing

Rock climbing has become more interesting day by day in Iran among people. Regarding this matter the more climbing sites has been spotted. You can find in every city or province. Normally for those who are interested in rock climbing they can find the best spots from BigWall Climbing to Bouldering and sport climbing.

Bisotun region in Kermanshah is one of them. If you are interested in other categories you can have the opportunity to spot other places near the big cities, without worrying about transportation or the safety of your travel.

  1. Expeditions

As we mentioned before Iran is mostly covered by mountains. In fact, 2/3 of the country is covered by mountains. And in some regions like Zard-Kuh or Alborz Mountain ridge it benefits from a very long winter. Therefore, for those who are seeking for a cheap training spot for training Iran can be a very good destination. As they can, Climb leveled mountains in winter and get ready for their biggest dreams like expeditions in Himalayas.

Mount Damavand (5610 m) as the highest summit in Iran is a good destination for that. And in the following, you can try Alam-Kuh (4848 m), which is the second highest mountain of Iran. On the other hand, try Sabalan (4811 m) which is the third highest one in the country.

 

 

 

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Climbing History in Iran

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Climbing in Iran

Climbing in iran is really interesting, Iran is a country with so many mountains with the elevation of above 4000 meters and it also a home to the highest volcano of Asia, Damavand. Damavand itself is a symbol of power and perseverance to Iranian people.

In a country with this great background, there must be intriguing stories about first ascends to each mountain. In this context we are going to find out about two of the highest peaks in Iran, Damavand and Alam-Kuh.

Damavand

As mentioned before, Damavand is the highest volcano of Asia and also the highest peak in Iran. Every year, thousands of people ascend Damavand in different ways such as trekking, ski-mountaineering and etc. One of the documented attempts for ascending Damavand dates back to more than thousand years ago. An Arab geographer called ‘Abu Dolaf’ tried ascending Damavand. Although he could not reach the summit, he has mentioned sulphuric stones. There is also a weak evidence that says that local people could reach the summit in five days and saw a flat peak although it looks like a cone from distance. All these sayings show that first attempts have been made around thousand years ago for the first time.

During 1793 to 1798, European tried climbing Damavand but it was not successful as well. They faced the same giant volcanic sulphuric stones that blocked their way. The first recorded ascend belongs to an English explorer named Taylor Thomson. He stayed there for a night.

The first winter ascend was done by a French mining engineer, geologist and archeologist named Jean-Jacques de Morgan in 1889.

A group of Iranian people could get to the top for the first time in 1853 which is in Qajar time.

Alam-Kuh

Alam-kuh is the second highest mountain of Iran which is also famous for its technical big walls. It was first reached by Iranians in 1951. First attempts for climbing big walls of Alam-kuh took place in 1964 by an Iranian mountaineer named F. Amiralayi and a German engineer could move 400 meters but the path was long and they got tired so they returned. Two years later, French people could construct a new path which was easier to climb. In in 1968 the first group of Iranian people could ascend these walls.

Today, there are so many tours available for people who would like to clime these technical walls of Iran.

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Mountain and Climbing Events in Iran

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Mountain and Climbing Events in Iran

If you are a fan of mountaineering and you are seeking an adventure, Iran is a great destinations for you.

Iran, home of the highest volcano of Asia, Damavand, and Crater Lake Mountain like Sabalan, offers variety of activities such as trekking, climbing, ski-mountaineering, splitboarding and big wall climbing.

Every year so many events are held in different spots of Iran and all adventure enthusiasts from all over the world are welcomed. Here is a list of three events that take place in Iran every year.

UIAA Youth Camp

UIAA Youth Camp is a program for young people in their 20s or even 30s that they climb with the help of experienced mountaineers. The aim is that the youth get more familiar with mountains and nature.

It is a 12 day program which starts with trekking Alam-Kuh, the second highest mountain of Iran. Alam-Kuh is also famous for its big walls but this time mountaineers take the other path, Hesarchal. After ascending and staying in the camp, mountaineers head to Noor City where is by the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake in the world. Then it is time to ascend the highest volcano of Asia. In order to trek Damavand, first climbers stay in either of Polour Mountaineering Lodge or Rineh Mountaineering Lodge to get some rest. After four hours of trekking, they arrive at eco-camps in the south face of Damavand. After all the trekking, it is time for a city tour. These youth will take a tour around Tehran.

This camp has taken place for five times in a row in Iran.

 

 

UIAA Youth camp in Damavand

ISMF Ski-mountaineering Series

With the aim of enhancing ski-mountaineering in Iran, this event was held in Mount Damavand. Local adventure groups and Iranian sponsors.

 

ISMF ski-mountaineering event in Iran

 

Big Wall Climb Bisotoun

This brilliant event takes place in Bisotoun County in Kermanshah Province. The aim is to introduce Bisotoun big wall and other attractions of Kermanshah to people. If you can summit the top of the wall, you can also try base jumping. This Festival is organized by Groupe de Haute Montagne which is an international organization based in France, IRI Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation and the Alpine Club of Iran.

 

 

ISMF ski-mountaineering event in Iran
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Rock Climbing in Iran

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Rock Climbing in Iran

 

In Rock climbing, players are supposed to climb or traverse natural rock faces or artificial rock walls with the help of special equipment like ropes and harnesses or even without any of these depending on the level of difficulty. It is a kind of sport which tests climber’s strength and balance.

Since there are different kind of rock formations, it has been divided into several types such as big wall climbing, bouldering, sport climbing and free solo.

As you might know, Iran is a four season country which means you can rock climb natural rocks in all seasons in different areas of Iran. Here is a list of places where you can climbing in Iran.

Travellers must be noted that the best time for any type of rock climbing is from June to September.

Bouldering sites:

Tehran

There are plenty of bouldering sites in Iran where you can climb. Let us start with the great capital, Tehran (Teheran). Apart from all the historical architectures, grand bazaar and national museums, Tehran Province has three great spots for bouldering. If you want to climb all three rocks, you need a 4 day tour. First you can boulder in Keshar region where is a small village in North West of Tehran. Ice-Line in Darband and Vardij Village are the other two sites where you can boulder in Tehran.

Hamedan

Hamedan, the capital of Hamedan Province is believed to be one of the oldest cities in Iran. Climbing rocks in Hamedan is suggested to be mixed with cultural plans because this city is filled with historical sites. Beside bouldering in Qasemi region in Hamedan, you can visit Hegmatane, Alavian Dome, Alisadr Cave and Museum of Hegmatane.

Sport climbing

Qazvin

Sang Souri region is where you can sport climb in Qazvin. Not only is it highly recommended to sport climb but also there are lots of other things that any rock climber would need to do while they are recovering.

Big wall climbing sites

Alam-Kuh (4848m)

First of all, let us introduce you the great Alam-Kuh. It is the second highest mountain in Iran after Damavand and also it is the most technical mountain in Iran. Alam-Kuh is famous for its big walls. You can also try crack climbing in Alam-Kuh. In order to get to these big walls, you need to take ‘Alamchal’ route where you also will camp. First you head to Vandarbon County; from there you trek to Alamchal where you can also rent mules to carry your extra loads.

You should know that the level of difficulty varies from 5.9 to 5.14 depending on the route you choose to climb.

Bisotun

Bisotun is an ancient site related to ‘Achaemenian’ dynasty. Mount Bisotun (Bisotoun) is a mountain in Zagros mountain range. It is located in Kermanshah Province where is in west of Iran. Beside the historical monuments it has a great potential in conducting adventure such as rock climbing, base jumping and high lining.

The Bisotun Big Wall climbing event was held three times in Bisotun area in Iran in at last three years. It can be said that this is the biggest and one of the most important rock climbing events in Iran.

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Gear up for Alam-Kuh

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Alam-Kuh (4848m.) is located in Kalaradsht, Mazandaran province. Mazandaran province is one of the most popular destinations for Iranian people. It benefits from a humid weather. Moreover, you can enjoy the great view of the marvelous Caspian Sea and dense forests. Beside all these activities, you can also experience mountaineering.

Gear up for Alam-Kuh

Alam-Kuh (4848m.) is located in Kalaradsht, Mazandaran province. Mazandaran province is one of the most popular destinations for Iranian people. It benefits from a humid weather. Moreover, you can enjoy the great view of the marvelous Caspian Sea and dense forests. Beside all these activities, you can also experience mountaineering.

Trekking Alam-Kuh

Alam-Kuh is the second highest mountain of Iran after Damavand and it is part of Alborz mountain range.

Alam-Kuh itself is a combination of two words ‘Alam’ which means ‘flag’ or ‘tall’ and ‘Kuh’ which means ‘mountain’.

For those who are planning on climbing Damavand, it’s suggested that they climb Alam-Kuh first for an acclimatization so that their bodies are accustomed to the elevation.

Alam-Kuh is also famous for its big walls that are considered the most technical wall of Iran.

How to get there

Generally, there are two popular routes to take. Either of them come with different levels of difficulty. The northern face aka ‘Alamchal’ has big walls to climb and it is considered the hardest path. The southern face, ‘Hesarchal’ is the most popular route to ascend. To summit via southern face, first you should take Chalous road to get to Kelardasht. From there, there’s a one hour ride to Vandarbon County and there you can get some rest or take a shower at the ‘Federation Mountaineering Lodge’. Then, you head to ‘Tange-Galu’ by a four wheel drive where your journey begins. There are mules to carry the extra load on your way to Hesarchal. Hesarchal is a vast field where mountaineers usually camp there. The next morning, you will summit Alam-Kuh which takes 5-6 hours and then you come back to the camp for a convenient rest. The day after, you can head back to Tehran.

Note: All the travelers and mountain climbers who are interested in climbing Alam-Kuh have to pay permit ascend at the Federation Mountaineering Lodge, before starting their venture. You must be noted that you can pay for permits in every federation office but there is option for you to pay the permit in Vandarbon (the closest village to Alam-Kuh).

Activities

If you’re into big walls, you can enjoy big wall climbing from the north face, Alam-Kuh.

Nature enthusiasts can also try trekking from the south face and there, you will enjoy the scenery of the camping spot including pond, river and the panoramic view of the leveled summits around.

For those who seeking an adventure, Alam-Kuh ski mountaineering is among programs that are highly recommended.

Time to visit

Regarding the location of Alam-Kuh and your interest, you should decide when to go. For big wall climbing and trekking the best time would be from June to September. According to the snow season, ski mountaineering would better be done between November to March.