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Trip Highlights

  • Hike from Alamut to the Caspian
  • Visit the remains of Lambesar Castle
  • Sightseeing & photography around Ovan Lake & village
  • Photography from Andej canyon ”Red-Rock”
  • Visit the fabled ruins of the Alamut historic castle “Eagle Nest”
  • Local homestay & socializing with indigenous people
  • Exceptional trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery
  • Visit small historic villages still inhabited
  • Cross two vast valleys of Alamut 3000
  • One day exploring tour in tea plantation & factory, pottery workshop, rice plantating farms, local fresh market, Orange & tea garden
  • Optional swimming in the Caspian sea 

 

This tour will start from Tehran to Tonekabon on the shore of Caspian sea. You will be back to Tehran from Tonekabon by VIP bus. In this trekking and sightseeing tour you will have the chance of having activity and enjoying beautiful landscapes. Although the highlight of this tour can be visiting the castle of Alamut and know more about its history but you will also visit the remains of another castle used at the same era called Lambesar. On the way to the Caspian you will visit a beautiful lake “Ovan” having the chance of staying with local people and tasting their food. The route encountered in this itinerary is mountainous scenery with many beautiful spots ideal for photography.
North of Iran around Caspian Sea is an ideal climate for planting rice, tea, fruits and so on, that’s why one day of this tour has been allocated to an exploring day visiting pottery workshops, rice farms and a tea factory giving you the maximum time to mix with local people and know more about their culture and customs.

 

Services Included

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

Meals

4 B

4 L

3 D

Accommodation

1 night local village, 1 night tent camping, 1 night guest house

Transport

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

Other Services

Tour guide.

Backpack handling by 4WD cars or Mules/Horse (limited by 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: Tehran to Alamut Valley - Depart at 6.00 A.M and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. (B, L, D)

Day 2: Pichebon & Salajanbar - 6.00 a.m. wake up for breakfast and start at 7.00 a.m. From Garmaa-rood we will pick the old historical trail through the mountains and work our way up to another historical village called Pichebon. . (B, L, D)

Day 3: Maran, Yuj & the Caspian - After breakfast at 7:30 a.m. we will hike our way through some spectacular scenery towards the village of Maraan. The village is an active agricultural area and there are lots of fields and plantations.  (B, L, D)

Day 4: Explore Caspian, Drive to Tehran – After breakfast, we have one day sightseeing and exploring tour around Tonekabon in the Caspian.. In the afternoon you will transfer to bus terminal to leave for Tehran. We will be Tehran around evening. (B, L)

Briefly information about

Alamut is a region situated in the western edge of 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 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.
The very first village to be visited by travellers in this itinerary is the unpretentious but pleasant little cherry-growing village of Gazor Khan. If you are a climber and want to climb to the castle on foot the access path starts about 700m beyond the village square via a stairway that requires a steep, sweaty 25-minute climb. The next village is canyon-framed Garmarud, 18km east of the Gazor Khan which is mentioned by British traveller and explorer Freya Stark as a place she visits during one of her Persian tours in the 1930s.
Pichebon village which you will visit in this journey is a picturesque village with fabulous views and is the place where you will see its historic caravanserai. If on foot it can take you about 5½ hours from Garmarud to that caravanserai.
Maraan is the next picturesque village before getting to pretty Yuj village set in flower-filled meadows.
The next historic castle which you will visit in this itinerary is Rudkhan castle which was also constructed by followers of Ismaili sect with an area of 2.6 hectares (6.4 acres). Rudkhan Castle has been built at the two peaks of a mountain at an elevation of 715 and 670 metres containing strong fortifications at a length of 1,550 metres. It has 42 towers all still standing intact.

 

 

•    We will need your hotel name  and number to pick you up.
•    Please buy an Iranian SIM card when you arrive and let us know your number by calling our office in Tehran at 021 26 56 60 26 or our 24 hour mobile number  0098 902 1168502.

Jul 3, 2017- Jul 6, 2017

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Jul 31, 2017- Aug 3, 2017

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Sep 11, 2017- Sep 14, 2017

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Start Date End Date Price Single Supplement Status Book
Jul 3, 2017 Jul 6, 2017 460 N/A Closed Book
Jul 31, 2017 Aug 3, 2017 460 N/A Available Book
Sep 11, 2017 Sep 14, 2017 375 N/A Available Book
Oct 9, 2017 Oct 12, 2017 392 N/A Available Book
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