Trip Highlights

Visiting the historical Castle of Alamut
Pretty Ovan Lake,
Crossing a vast valley
Exceptional Trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery
Visiting small historical villages still inhabited
Local home stay
Ascending Mt. Khashe Chal (4180 m)

A very special journey through the depth and breadth of Alborz mountain range and through a fascinating slice of Persian history.
This is a memorable trip not only because of its physical beauty and the variety of landscape encountered, but also because we cross paths with history and myth some of which have acquired world renown. 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 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 ago. 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 A.D. 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

2 B

3 L

 2 D

Accommodation

1 night local village, 1 night tent camping

Transport

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

Other Services

Tour guide.

Guide assistant (For groups more than 4 people)

Mule / horse supprt (limited by 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment,  head lamp, 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 hotel after breakfast at 7.00 A.M and drive towards the city of Ghazvin. We will visit the village of Gazor-khan which has historical significance and then will drive to Alamut Castle.
Day 2: Trekking toward Mt. Khashe chal
6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast and start trekking at 7.00 A.M by picking the old trail through the mountains.
Day 3: Asending Mt. Khashe chal
6.00 A.M wake up and start trekking with a small day pack toward Mt. Khashe- chal peak after breakfast. Today we are going to have some stops here and there on our way for photography and rehabilitation before reaching to the top.

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