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Trip Highlights

  • Five days trekking from Garmarud to Mt. Alam Kouh
  • Optinal ascend of Mt.Alam Kouh “4880 m”
  • Sightseeing & photography around Ovan Lake and village
  • Photography from Andej canyon “Red-Rock”
  • Visit fabled ruins of the Alamut historic castle “Eagle Nest”
  • Local home stay & socializing with indigenous people
  • Exceptional trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery
  • Visit small historic villages still inhabited
  • Visit an old caravanserai on this route
  • Cross 2 vast valleys of Alamut and Sehezaar

Summary  
We have designed this trip for hikers who would like to have long trekking in remote areas. This trip is one of our special trekking tours through the depth and breadth of Alborz mountain range and through a fascinating slice of Persian history. Passing many villages in the heart of Alborz, meeting local people and views of mountains make this journey a different one. This is a memorable trip not only because of its physical beauty and the variety of landscape encountered but also because of crossing paths with history and myth some of which have acquired world renown. We start from Tehran with one day exploring tour of the valley of assassin in the Alamut valley. Then we continue to an amazing huge canyon to visit the castle of assassins. Following an old historical Hashashin trail from Alamut valley will lead us to Mt Alam kuh. In this tour we will have 5 trekking days before reaching to Rood-Barak and Kelardasht, a village 50 km south of the Caspian Sea. There will be an optional ascend to Mt. Alam kuh (4850 m) from Hesarchal camp in the last day of trekking. The journey will finish in Tehran.

Introduction:
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. Our trek follows millennia old routes that have been established in humans which their origins are lost in the fog of time. More recently our journey was made famous by a British lady who came to these parts about one hundred years ago in search of the valley of the assassins and wrote a book about her adventures. Her name is Freya Stark and her book is available in English.
The history of Alamut Castle and this particular sect of Ismaelies go back to about 1000 years. They were able to build numerous castles and outposts throughout the mountains and maintain an independent lifestyle away from any central power. They lasted till the Mongol invasion of Persia about 300 years later during the 14th century. Their history is long and quite complex, during the trip we will have a chance to give more information and provide the chance to closely examine some of the physical remains of their structures.

Services Included

Meal Abbreviations (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)

Meals

7 B

6 L

6 D

Accommodation

2 nights Hotel, 6 nights tent camping and/or rooms in local villages

Transport

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

Other Services

Tour guide

Guide assistant (For groups more than 4 people)

Backpack handling by 4WD cars or 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

Not Included

Items of personal nature, travel insurance

Day 1: Arrival Tehran
Our representative will greet you and transfer you to the hotel. (B)

Day 2: Drive to Alamut Valley -  full day exploring
Depart hotel after breakfast at 6.00 A.M and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. We will have full day exploring of Alamut Castle, the canyon and Ovan lake. Local home stay (B, L, D)

Day 3: start trekking day
6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast and start at 7.00. From Garmarud we will pick the old historic trail through the mountains and work our way up to another historic villag. Camping

Day 4: Trekking
We are now traveling through the heart of the Alborz range towards the Caspian Sea. This means as we progress through the journey the climate becomes more humid and the vegetation increases till we have moved from a relatively barren landscape to a fully forested area.Camping (B, L, D)

Day 5: Trekking
Today after breakfast we will continue hiking through the Sehazaar valley up to the hot springs. We will have 2 hours or so stop at the springs. Plenty of time to soak our bodies in the rejuvenating springs.Camping (B, L, D)

Day 6: Hesar chal camp
This is definitely the high Alpine day spent hiking close to glaciers and high mountain vistas. The pass we take today is around 4000m height and then will descend.Camping in Hesar chal. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Mt. Alam Kuh – summit day- drive to Tehran
Early morning rise up and start climbing towards Mt. Alam Kuh peak (4880 m) which will take about 5-6 hours. We stop at a point for photography from Central Alborz Mountain range. we will spend day descending -hiking further into the valley where vehicles can pick us up. in the late afternoon drive to Tehran.Will arrive Tehran in the mid-night at hotel. (B, L)

Day 8: Departure
After breakfast the rest of the day is free to relax or follow your own interests. departure (B)

Sep 10, 2017- Sep 17, 2017

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Price: 895

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Oct 8, 2017- Oct 15, 2017

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Price: 895

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