Lavasan is a gorgeous town in Shemiranat county in the province of Tehran and the centre of Lavasanat district. It is the closest summer resort near Tehran city which is located 11 km northeast of the capital. In colloquial terms, this town is called Lavasoon. Lavasan means the ridge of the mountain from which the sun rises or the ridge of sunrise. The town of Lavasan is surrounded in the north by the mountains of Varjin, Baghdereh, Kand and Afjeh, in the west by the Qasran Mountains, from the northeast and east the mountains of Ira, Phil Zamin, Lavasankooh and Jajrud, and from the south the mountains of Telo, Quchak, Zinkooh and Arakooh.
Lavasan is a summer valley with a pleasant climate on the southern slopes of the Alborz Mountains, which is famous for its pristine and beautiful landscapes, the Jajrud River and the beautiful lake of Latian Dam. Latian Dam is located in the south of Lavasan, which went into operation in 1967. This concrete dam has an important role in providing water and electricity to Tehran. The name of this dam was Farahnaz before the revolution. Jajrud River, which originates from the heights of Darbandsar, Garmabdar, Igal, Zaygan and the southern parts of Touchal (part of the Central Alborz Mountains), is the main catchment area of the dam.
The unspoiled landscapes around this town depict nature in such a way that the four seasons of the year can be seen as memorably as possible. In addition, Lavasan town is known to be one of the safest cities in the world, and is the first most fashionable city in Iran. Lavasan has such good facilities and a lifestyle in some areas that it is known as Switzerland or the Beverly Hills of Iran. This town is home to many wealthy families and celebrities who prefer to live a more peaceful life, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
Part of the Verjin Protected Area is located close to this town, and is home to a large number of animals and birds, such as: Central Alborz rams, ewes, goats, leopards, wolves, brown bears, hogs, vultures, golden eagles, sparrow hawk, quail, small owl and horned owl, partridge, etc. To enter this area, it is necessary to obtain a prior permit from the Department of Environment of Iran. This is in order to prevent any inconsistencies. It is vital to preserve the peacefulness of the area and ensure optimal use of its natural resources.
Due to its location in the northern mountainous region of Tehran province and the Alborz highlands, this town has a semi-humid and humid climate with long and cold winters, so that the average temperature in the coldest month of the year can reach lower than -15 degrees Celsius. The climate of this town is generally influenced by geographical factors, especially ruggedness. Heavy snowfall and rain in most seasons of the year have resulted in the region having many springs, waterfalls and rivers. The snow level in some valleys, mountain crevices and high peaks around Lavasan town in winter, reached more than 20 metres and created glaciers that will remain until the next winter’s rain.
The pleasant climatic conditions, its vicinity to the city of Tehran, and having very exquisite landscapes, have turned this region into a tourist and recreational attraction, so that during the holidays, millions of tourists enter this town. In the field of skiing and ice climbing, there are two ski resorts near Lavasan being Shemshak, Dizin, and Darbandsar, as well as Kūh-e Ham Lūn, which are suitable places for skiing and ice skating. As Lavasan is a mountainous area, visitors can also go mountain hiking and mountain biking and enjoy a breath-taking view with very fresh air.
Adventure Iran Company is also located in this spectacular town and welcomes many tourists here every year. Here are some of our adventure tours that we operate in Lavasan town: Cycling in Lavasanat countryside, Northern Tehran, Cycling in Lavasanat & Varjin protected area of Central Alborz Mountains.
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