The travellers must be prepared physically and mentally
Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season.
There are many mountains in Iran having their own attractions and beauty. Some of them are famous and some are still unknown. This chosen route is one the best areas for trekking in terms of wildlife, flora and fauna, mountain landscapes and villages. This route is totally off the beaten track and has created by Adventure Iran. Trekking on this route does not need any technical gear and you don’t need to be a professional climber. The trekking area is in two different regions and climate. The starting point is 50 km from the northern part of Tehran after Shemshak ski resort. We will reach into this area in less than two hours drive. In the beginning of the trek you will experience dry and pleasant weather of southern part of the Central Alborz Mountains and in the mountain on the ridge before the forest you will have cold climate of the of the Central Alborz Mountains while after crossing the mountain towards the Caspian Sea you will experience different weather of Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forests. We will start at 2700m altitude and will finish in – 28 m below the sea level on the Caspian Sea coast. On the trekking route we will cross many mountains and passes over 3000 m. The highest pass is 3900m with the chance and option of climbing up to the top of the Azaad Kooh Mountain with the altitude of 4400m. We will continue the trek through ridges of Alborz Mountain from the southern part of the northern part to reach the forests in the Caspian Sea region. On the way to the north we will visit a couple of interesting villages like Kandelus historical village. After crossing the forest, finally we will arrive to the coast of the Caspian Sea by foot. The last day would be touching the coast of the Caspian Sea. We will back to the capital on by bus takes 5-6 hours. In this trekking adventure we only carry our day pack with water, a light lunch and snacks. All other stuff will be carried by mules through mountains for half of the trip and also we will use vehicle through the road for another half part. We can catch our bags every evening in the camp area or local house. Total length of trekking will be around 113km. Level of difficulty of this trip is strenuous for summer time and in late spring or early autumn will be a quite challenging. All hikers must have prepared for weather change as we will be in very high altitude in some part and also they must to be prepared for 8-12 hours hiking per day. Our total ascent is around 6500m and total decent will be 9105 m.
Pick up from Tehran to Shemshak village takes one and half hours. Overnight stay at local house.
After breakfast start hiking towards Kholeno mountain takes around 8 hours. We will start from 2700. Overnight stay in camp around 3700 m height.
Continue trekking toward mount Azad Kuh second camp takes 8-9 hours. We will take a mountain ridge all the way to a lake and we will make a camp with amazing view of MT Azad Kuh. After arriving to the camp area, we will set up our camp for dinner and overnight sleep
We start at 3700m hiking up to 3900m passing many mountains. At this point, there is an option for the professional hikers to climb up to the summit at 4370m altitude. Continue trekking towards the north and we have a very hard and long day takes around 10-11 hours. Overnight stay in our tent or local home
After breakfast we will continue hiking towards the north. Like before we will pass through another mountain. From the peak we will descent to Kandelus village. We will enter into a forest and totally takes 8-9 hours. Overnight stay in a local house.
As we had continues trekking today we have chosen the best possible rest area for this trek. So we have no fixed plan for this days and our local co-worker are have a few suggestion for this day for you. Also the house is Kandelus is
After breakfast we will continue toward another forest which is more green and beautiful. We will take an old mule track between villages and the trek is mostly cross through villages. Overnight stay in tent in the forest.
The last day of trekking is only descending through a forest all the way to the Caspian Sea takes 7-8 hours. At the end, we will touch the sea and after swimming in the sea, we will stay in a local house
After breakfast in the house we will back to Tehran with a tourist bus. its take 5-6 hours
About Azaad Kooh Mountain (4,400 m / 14,288 ft)
Azaad Kooh Mountain is one the first ten highest peaks in Iran. The mountain is located in the central Alborz ranges. Azaad means free and Kuh/Kooh means mountain. Free mountain might be a local name because this peak has a cone shape which is separated from other surrounding mountains.
Azaad Kooh has a rocky summit that rises in the Central Alborz mountain range. If you assume a line from Tehran to the northern city of “Noshahr”, Free Mountain is located somewhere in the middle. In three directions of the summit; east, north and west faces are surrounded by steep rocky walls more than 500 meters tall. In the summer there is no need to use any technical equipment to climb Azaad kooh.