Iran’s Summits at a Glance

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A number of important summits are scattered along the length and breadth of Iran. Some of them are profiled below.

Alvand Summit, Hamedan province

The mountainous region of Alvand houses numerous summits. But the most significant summit named Alvand can be reached from the Ganj Nameh route through Abbasabad in Hamedan province, CHTN reported.

The Quri Chay and Qarah Chay rivers spring from its northern slopes, and the Yujari Chay and Khorram Abad rivers from its southwestern end.

Kallaq Lan, Chal Qibleh and Chal Nabaleqan in the heart of the Alvand mountain-range have facilities to accommodate visitors.

Damavand Summit, Tehran province

With an altitude of 5,678 meters, Damavand Summit is located 75 km to the southeast of Tehran. Besides its natural beauty, the Esk and Gol-e-Zard caves are located on the route leading to Plure.

Some of the attractive sightseeing areas of the region include the thermal spring of Larijan near Vararou, which experiences 8 meters of snow in winter, and Lar Lake.

Dena Summit, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province

The track leading to Dena Summit begins at Hafshejan in Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari province. After crossing Kollak Garden and the lower and upper Kamar Qarchi gardens, mountaineers ascend the flat rocks of this mountain to reach the Dena Summit.

Taftan Summit, Sistan-Baluchestan province

Taftan Summit is located in southeast Iran at a distance of 50 km to the southeast of Khash city. This mountain embraces the Taftan volcano and is the tallest mountain of Sistan-Baluchestan province. Its famous volcanic summit known as ’Chehel Tan’ lies 380 km to the north of Oman Sea. This summit has two main branches: the northern one is the highest called ’Ziarat’ while the southern one is known as ’Madar Kooh’. In the northeastern side, this peak is known as ’Sobh Kooh’ and in the western side it is called ’Lor Kooh’.

Sabalan, West Azarbaijan Province

Sabalan is an inactive stratovolcano in Meshkinshahr, West Azarbaijan province of northwestern Iran. Sabalan is the third highest mountain in Iran and a permanent crater lake has formed at the summit. Sabalan has a ski resort (Alvares) and different tourist areas such as the Sarein spa. The mountain is known for its beautiful vistas, including the Shirvan gorge, where few climbers ever venture.

It is Iran’s second highest mountain peak located in the extreme North West of Iran. A mountain higher than Mont Blanc in the Alps, with many lakes & volcanic crater.

Source: Iran Daily

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