Trip Highlights

6 days amazing hiking route from Tehran to the Caspian Sea
Spectacular mountain scenery in the heart of the central Alborz Mountains
Crossing highest central Alborz mountains during the trek
Passing Caspian Hyrcanian mixed forest in north of Iran
Visiting a couple of historical villages on your trek to the Caspian Sea
Ascend MT Azad Kuh 4370 m, the most beautiful peak in heart of Alborz mountains
Passing through Alborz Markazi protected area  
Local homestay & socializing with locals
Visiting the historical village of Kandelus

  • Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
  • Trip Code: 204-STN-TRK
  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Activities: Trekking,
  • Service Level: Standard
  • Group Size: ( 4 - 12 )
  • Tour Type: Private Tour
  • Price: 560
  • Single Supplement: N/A

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.



Services Included


8 B

8 L

 8 D


6 nights local house in different villages, 2 nights camping


All transportation, backpack handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)

Other Services

English spoken mountain guide

Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, duffel bag  for non-trek items left at our office in Tehran


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

Day 1: Tehran to Shemshak village

Pick up from Tehran to Shemshak village takes one and half hours. Overnight stay at local house.


Day 2: Trekking to 1st camp (Kholeno Mount)

After breakfast start hiking towards Kholeno mountain takes around 8 hours. We will start from 2700. Overnight stay in camp around 3700 m height. {Camp 1} (B, L, D)


Day 3: Trekking to 2nd camp  

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. {Camp 2}  (B, L, D)


Day 4: Cross Azad Kuh Peak - summit day

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 north and we have a very hard and long day takes around 10-11 hours. Overnight stay in our tent or local home. {Camp 3}  (B, L, D)


Day 5: Trekking towards Kandelus village

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. {Camp 4}  (B, L, D)

Day 6: Rest day in Kandelus


Day 7: Trekking to Dalasm village

 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. {Camp 5}  (B, L, D)


Day 8: Trekking towards the Caspian Sea coast

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. (B, L, D)


Day 9: Transfer to the capital

After breakfast in the house we will back to Tehran with a tourist bus. (B)

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.

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