Shemshak village
Iran Central Alboz Mountain Trip


Shemshak village is one of the highest villages in Iran situated in the heart of the Central Alborz Mountain, with 2,700 m altitude. It is only 65 km from the centre of Tehran, about a 1 ½- hour drive to reach through a mountainous road. There is also a ski resort beside Shemshak village called Shemshak Ski resort. This ski resort is famous, as it was the first to open in Iran in 1958, and is now the third largest ski resort in the country after Dizin and Darbansar.
Shemshak village is surrounded by numerous mountains above 3,000 m and 4,000 m; which makes the area ideal for hiking and mountain biking during spring, early summer, and summer. It is perfect for skiing in the winter., The 3,000m mountains are just right for easy and moderate hikes and are close to the village. For strenuous and challenging trekkers the renowned mountains above 4,000 m. are perfect.

Shemshak view in Winter
Sepidestan and Shemshak view in Winter

There is a 15 Km mountain ridge above Shemshak village, stretching from Koloon Bastak (4,170m) in the west to Sarakchal (4,210m) in the east. Between the two peaks there are even more mountains over 4,000m (Sarakchal 2 & Sarakchal 3), making this ridgeline so very challenging.
In the south, there is Mt Abak (3,520m) which is above Shemshak Ski Piste. If the weather is clear, you can view a number of Iran’s high mountains such as Kholeno (4,387m), Azadkuh (4,350m), Borj (4,326m), and the roof of Iran, Mt Damavand (5,610m).
On Adventure Iran websites, we have a variety of hiking, mountain biking and ski tours in this region, with different difficulty levels suitable for all travelers. We will briefly introduce some of these tours, so that you can get a general idea.

Shemshak Mountains
Shemshak Mountains

Shemshak Wall and Abak Mountain tour is another moderate tour that suits individuals with average physical fitness and the appropriate clothing.
Koloon Bastak Mountain Ascent (4,156 m) tour is a moderate trek during summer, but it is a challenging trek during spring and autumn. We must emphasize the necessity to have proper mountain clothes, as you may sometimes confront vigorous wind blows, snow and rain at the peak.
MT. Koloon Bastak to MT. SarakChal ridgeline trek tour is one of the most amazing treks we have to offer for adventurous takers. This trek during summer is demanding, so it is vital for travellers to have an excellent fitness level. During spring and autumn, this route is one of the strenuous level routes that is only suitable for experienced climbers. Depending on the time of travel, there may be occasional snowfall and hail on the ridge. This ridge is one of the most spectacular mountain ridges in Iran with a 360-degree view of most parts of Central Alborz Mountains.
Mountain Biking alongside Shemshak ski resort tour is a moderate mountain biking tour. The ideal time for this tour is late spring to early autumn.

Dizin to Darbandsar Single Track MTB adventure tour is a demanding mountain biking tour. The itinerary is an exciting round tour combination of cycling on the asphalt and dirt roads, carrying the bike to the summit and returning to the starting point. Summer is the perfect season for this challenging mountain biking in Iran.


Shemshsak-Darbandsar Trekking


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Bellow is one of our winter trekking video in Shemshak Ski Area: