4 Days
Duration
Strenuous
Activity Level
Jun, July, Aug, Sep
Month
Trekking
Activities
Adventure
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

TOUR CODE 203-STN-TRK
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) North of Tehran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Camp: 2 Nights, Local House: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Private vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
NOT INCLUDED Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
International airfare
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Laundry
Mini bar used in the room
Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
Tips (optional)
Cost of medical immunizations
Bottled water
Phone calls
Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Shemshak

Shemshak is the name of a village & a ski resort 57 Km away from central Tehran in the northeast. The village is on the Alborz Mountains and is one of three largest pists in Iran. Shemshak was a small and unknown village lost in the mountains before the beginning of the 20th century. Soon after discovering coal deposits in the region, Shemshak became important and a road was built to connect it to Tehran. After a few years at the end of mining operations, the village became a leisure resort for rich people due to its heavy snow winters and beautiful mountains surrounding it. In 1958, Shemshak ski resort was built, offering the upper class of Tehran a place to learn and practice this trendy sport from Europe.

Today, Shemshak is a famous place for people to go for relaxation and enjoying its fresh weather. Even-though the resort hasn’t expanded since its opening, it is still one of the largest in Iran. The proximity of Shemshak with other ski resorts like Darbandsar and Dizin, makes it the Ski Capital of Iran!

The ski resort base elevation is about 2,550 meters and the top elevation is about 3,050 meters. There is a hotel, some restaurants and ski, snowboard and sleigh rentals in the area. Also there are electric lights including LED lamps along the piste allowing better visibility for night skiing. The ski time in northern Tehran has changed year by year but in general the best time for skiing in Shemshak is early Dec to late March.

We will have a one night stay in a house in the upper part of the village.

Azad Kuh Mountain (4,400 m / 14,288 ft)

Azad Kuh Mountain is one the first ten highest peaks in Iran. The mountain located in the central Alburz high mountains. Azad means free and Kuh means mountain. Free mountain might be a local name, because this peak has a cone shape which is separated from other surrounding mountains.

The Azad Kuh Mountain is a giant and a huge rocky summit that rises in the Central Alborz mountain range. If you assume a line from Tehran to the north direction “Noshahr”, Azad Kuh located somewhere in the middle. In three directions of the summit of Azad Kuh, east, north and west faces are surrounded by steep rocky walls, more than 500 meters tall. In the summer climbing there is no need to use any technical equipment.

After transferring from Tehran to the house in Shemshak, one night resting in our special home place at 2700m altitude could prepare you feeling fresh for the next three days of peak hiking and lands trekking (Azad Kuh 4370m) and two nights camping experience. In departure taking a shower and comfortable sleeping in the house, would be please you for the next day departure after breakfast. On the second day after transferring to the base of the mountain, we have long trekking to reach the camp place. Approximately we will hike around 1200 so you have to be fit for the climb. All of the equipment and food and extra stuff carried through mules and we just carry our day pack. We will stop on the treks during our hiking to the camp. We know same spot and viewpoint and also a good location for the photography. One of the main important points in Azad Kuh trek is a vast valley and way to the top have different attraction and beauty if we want to compare with other mountain in Iran. Azad Kuh trek is NOT only a climbing to the top. The flora & fauna, wildlife, visibility of many mountains from the peak like Alam kuh (4800 m) and the roof of Iran, Mount Damavnd (5671 m) is so amazing from the top.
The third day is summit day and we have to carry water and our packed lunch and takes around 10 hours. Totally ascending is around 700 m from our camp with steep slope to reach the peak.
On the day 4 we packed everything and collect the equipment and camp and start descending to the base and drive back to Tehran

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Day 1: Tehran to Shemshak

You will be picked up from your hotel at 5.00 pm to drive to Shemshak village which is around 60 km taking around 1 hour and a half through a mountainous road. The house has a good view to Shemshak ski resort and Sarakchal Mountain. In the village we will have some time to enjoy the area and take some photos before dawn. Dinner will be served there and tea/coffee is available at any time. Overnight stay in the local house. (D)
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Day 2: Trekking to Base Camp

Start trekking to the first camp at 8.00 am. It takes between 8-10 hours depend on the group speed. We have to pass a huge canyon and a couple of mountains on our way to the camp. Also, we will stop in a spring water to have a light lunch and around evening we arrive the camp. Setting up the camp, dinner and overnight sleep at the tent. (B, L, D)
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Day 3: Summit day – Azad kuh 4370 m

we will hike our way through some spectacular scenery towards the peak. We have to get around 700 m height to the peak from the camp. We will be at noon time on the peak and after one hour rest descending to the camp. After dinner a rest and overnight sleep on the tents. (B, L, D)
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Day 4: Decent to the base – drive back to Tehran

After breakfast we collect the camp and start descending to the base. We lost the altitude around 1300 m and we arrive the base in the late afternoon. After a short rest and lunch we will drive back to Tehran, taking two and half hour. (B, L, D)
Azadkuh Mountain view Iran Trekking Tour

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