Trip Highlights

  • 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 locals
  • Exceptional trekking route through spectacular mountain scenery
  • Crossing two vast valleys of Alamut and 3000
  • One day exploring tour in pottery workshop, rice plantation, local fresh market, Orange & tea garden and felting workshop
  • Optional swimming in the Caspian sea 
  • Visit historic Masuleh village and Rudkhan Castle

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.
After the trek we will have a short journey to Masuleh historical village and will have a sightseeing tour around the village.

Services Included

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

Meals

5 B

4 L

 3 D

Accommodation

2 nights 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.

Guide assistant (For groups more than 4 people)

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

Brief information about

 7 days Alamut to Caspian sea, Masuleh & Rasht

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.

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.

 

In this trip Masuleh would be the last village visited before getting to a big city Rasht. Masouleh is very famous for its unique architecture. In this village the buildings have been built interconnectedly into the mountain. Courtyards and roofs both serve as pedestrian areas similar to streets and motor vehicles are not allowed in Masuleh due to its unique layout.


Rasht is the largest city on Iran's Caspian Sea coast. The people in this city are said to spend much on books, clothes and food. The dominant cuisine of people here is the various types of fish. Mirza-Qasemi, Vavishka (a type of Haggis), Nargesi, Baqala Qatoq and Ashpal are some other popular local dishes of this city. Among the local cookies of Rasht, Reshte Khoshkar is a well-known one. Zeitoun Parvarde (a kind of cured olive) is a delicacies prepared from olive and is a popular seasoning in Rasht City.

 

 

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