This is a memorable trip not only because of its physical beauty and the variety of landscape encountered, but also because we cross paths with history and myth some of which have acquired world renown. This is a voyage through a region that was the territory of Ismaelies and the famous Hassan Sabbah and his infamous Alamut Castle. The castle and quite a few other fortifications belonged to the Hashashin or what in the west is more commonly known as the Assassins.
This tour will start from Tehran to Tonekabon on the shore of the Caspian sea. You will be back to Tehran from Tonekabon by VIP bus. In this trekking and sightseeing tour you will have the chance of having an activity and enjoying beautiful landscapes. Although the highlight of this tour can be visiting the castle of Alamut and know more about its history but you will also visit the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar. On the way to the Caspian you will visit a beautiful lake “Ovan” having the chance of staying with local people and tasting their food. The route encountered in this itinerary is mountainous scenery with many beautiful spots ideal for photography.
The trekking is tough approximately hiking around 8-10 hours per days for 3 days. We will start at 2200m crossing the Sialan pass at 3850m, finishing at 1600m. Also optional climbing to the summit is available for professional hikers from Sialan pass (3850m) to the top (4250m).
On the trek we have many attractions like viewpoints, spring waters, waterfalls, snow fields and some villages.
North of Iran around Caspian Sea is an ideal climate for planting rice, tea, fruits and so on, that’s why one day of this tour has been allocated to an exploring day visiting pottery workshops, rice farms and a tea factory giving you the maximum time to mix with local people and know more about their culture and customs.
Alamut is a region situated on the western edge of the Alborz Mountains (northeast of Qazvin province) between the dry and barren plains of Qazvin in the south and densely forested slopes of Mazandaran in the north.
Historically, the mountains of this area were ideal for construction of castles because of its natural heights that could be used as a section of the defensive structure of the castles. The nature of this area is covered by hills, curvatures, forms, scars and wrinkles. Two big citadels of the Ismailis (a branch of Shia Muslims whose adherents are also known as Seveners), Lambsar and Alamut castles are in this area. Hassan-e Sabbah (1050-1124) and his Hashshashin controlled the area for many years.
Hassan-e Sabbāh was an Ismaili missionary who converted a community in the late 11th century in the heart of the Alborz Mountains, later he seized a mountain fortress called Alamut and used it as the headquarters for a decentralized Persian insurrection against the dominant Seljuk Turks. He formed a group of fadaiyan (those who sacrifice themselves) whose members are often referred to as the Hashshashin or "Assassins" in the western literature.