Due to the nature of these tours, from time to time, the itinerary may slightly vary. This would be because of circumstances beyond our control, such as footpaths damaged by seasonal flooding or landslides.
The wild walk takes us to the highlands of Talesh, part of the Alborz Range that rises up from the Caspian Sea. We start by travelling to Alamut and visiting one of the castles on Freya Stark's route in her classic book, The Valley of the Assassins. Then, after a visit to the beautiful and traditional village, Masule, the trek starts in earnest, taking in both the stunning mountain scenery as well as visiting the local Taleshi. The Talesh are pastoral nomads who have spent their summers on these high pastures tending to their herds for thousands of years.
Although we will be equipped to camp, experience has shown that most likely we will be invited to stay with the local Talesh in their semi-permanent homes known as Kapar, experiencing their warm hospitality and excellent local cuisine.
We have designed this tour as a special long trekking tour in the non-touristic region of Alborz Mountain range. If you are thinking of having a special tour focused on trekking this is the right one. An unusual journey through an exceptionally beautiful and colorful part of Iran. The unique character of the inhabitants, the unusual architecture and building methods, a combination of sea views, deep forested path ways, ridges with expansive vistas, bubbling dark water from the ground, local hospitality and some epic hiking makes this a journey to remember. A great historical fort and castle is on the agenda and the setting is spectacular. Then we switch gears and get on a full 8 day trekking adventure through the forest and high passes.
Upon arrival in Tehran, a representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
This day you can either relax in your hotel or you can visit and explore the capital city by yourself. In the afternoon having a brief session with the mountain guide. Overnight sleep at hotel in the Capital.
Departure from Tehran and drive towards the valley of the Alamut. We have full day Alamut sightseeing and we will cover the most important attraction through a tight day. Hiking through the castle of the Assassins and a walking in the canyon and the famous Ovan lake is our activities for this day. Overnight staying in the local house.
Drive from Alamut to the Caspian Sea. We will have hiking on RudKhan Castle and also visiting the historical city of Masuleh. Overnight stay at local house.
Drive to Ardebil and having short visit of the historical city. Flight to Tehran. Overnight stay at hotel
This is a free day and you can spend it the way you please depending on your flight departure time.
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.
Talesh is a region in north western Iran along the south western coast of the Caspian Sea. Talesh area is believed to be where the Aryan People (the first Indo-European people that moved down from what are today the Russian steppes to Europe, Iran, Central Asia and northern India in the second millennium BCE) first settled. It is also said to be the birthplace of Zoroaster, the prophet of the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism.
Talesh has a sub-tropical climate with a lush green landscape. The region can be divided into two parts, the lowlands and the highlands. The lowlands lie along the fertile coastal plain of the Caspian Sea and are abundant with rice paddies and orchards. The highlands constitute almost three quarters of the area of Talesh and are covered by dense deciduous forests and meadows. The Talesh massif forms a 300 km long natural barrier against the drier climate to the south and west. Its highest peak, Bagharo Dagh, has an altitude of 3200 meters.
The people of Talesh have their own distinct language and culture which have been preserved over the centuries by the remoteness of their land. A great many of them are pastoralists and semi nomadic. They migrate to the highlands with their herds of sheep and goats every spring for pasture. They live in wooden houses or a kind of fixed tent called Kapar in their summer encampments. During this undiscovered superb trek we will experience their genuine hospitality at first hand by staying and eating with them or camping next to them.
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