Climbing - Trekking & Skiing Tours
Iran is paradise of Mountain, 60% of plateau has been covered by Young Mountain with sharp broken profiles, lofty peaks rising to 18600 ft and crowned by snow and snow resorts .All Nawafir tours staffs have mountaineering experience, several are Rock Trainers. We invite our guests to participant in trekking, climbing & skiing tour in Zagros Image and benefit pleasure as othrs benefited.
Iran is the country of mountain and desert that located in southeast of Asia. there are two main mountain chains in Iran which are called te, Iran has some ski resort that surely will provide a memorable winter for each traveler. Zagros and Alborz. The climate of Iran is variable so that the people who live in northwest have a mild spring and fall, a cold winter with heavy snowfall, and a hot and dry summers; while, people in the south of Iran have a mild winter and very hot summer.
Because of its geographical status and climate, Iran has some ski resort that surely will provide a memorable winter holiday for every traveler.
Ski holiday in Iran, in Dizzin ski resort or shemshak or Pooladkaf, could be combined with some days in Persian Gulf islands with warm water in winter, Scuba Diving ! Towards the end of March it is usually possible to go skiing in the morning and swimming & fishing in the afternoon.
List of Ski resorts in Tehran Province
Dizin Ski complex is located in the Alborz Mountain range just about 120 km north of Tehran and was established in 1969. It is undoubtedly the best ski resort in Iran which has been officially recognized by the International Ski Federation for its capacity in administering official and international competitions. With the high altitude of 3550 meters, Dizin is the 40th highest ski resort in the world. Due to this highaltitude, the ski season in this resort normally begins in November and lasts to the end of May, longer than most European ski resorts. The great snow quality at Dizin makes this resort a rival to many European and Rocky Mountain ski slopes. Dizin has 23 ski runs and the ski lifts include three cable-cars, two chair- lifts, seven dish tele-skis, and one Hammer Tele-ski.
Shemshak ski resort is only 45 minute drive north east of Tehran in the Alborzmountain range. After Dizin Ski complex, it is the second biggest ski resort in Iran which started its operation in 1958. Shemshak has two main slopes that lie at an altitude of 2250 to 3050 meters above sea level. The light powder snow at these high elevation and a vertical drop of 500 meters, have made this resort a popular skiing destination with the more experienced and advanced skiers. This ski resort has two chairlifts, three dish teleskis, and two Hammer teleskis. Shemshak resort operates from December to the end of March and is also equipped with the lighting facilities for night skiing and snowboarding.
Aab’ali ski resort is located 70 Km north east of Tehran and is the closest ski slopeto Mt. Damavand (5610m) – the highest peak in Iran. Aab’ali ski slopes are the birth place of modern skiing and the base of the winter sports in Iran. In 1953 it was the first ski resort of Tehran to have installed a mechanical ski lift. This slope is situated at an altitude of 2650 meters, with a vertical drop of 250 meters, ideal for beginners as well as intermediates skiers!
Tochal ski complex located in the northern Tehran, is the closest ski resort to the city. It is accessible by catching a cable car in the northern neighborhoods of Tehran called Velenjak , which makes this ski area a popular place for daytrip skiers. The famous cable car line from Tehran to Tochal is one of the longest and the highest in the world. It takes 40 minutes to reach the resort from the base station.Tochal is the least developed ski resort around Tehran and offers fewer runs than others. It has five skilifts, 1 cable car, 2 chair lifts, and 2 surface lifts.
Mt Damavand (5760m) is the most prominent natural feature of Iran looming majestically near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. It has a narrow summit crater with permanent snowcap which is surrounded by many beautiful peaks of the “Alborz” Mountain Range. Mt Damavand is visible far from 250km in a clear sky. Just below its crater there are few famous glaciers such as “Yakhar”, “Sioleh” and” Dob”i Sel. This majestic peak is located about 80 km north east of capital city Tehran, midway the “Haraz” Road. Damavand Mountain is a silent dormant volcano in a shape similar to Fujiyama of Japan but much greater. Its snowy white top with its regular clouds is one of the most beautiful sights of Iran. There has been no eruption reported throughout it’s history, so it is sometimes regarded as an extinct volcano. There are some hot springs on its lower slopes like Larijan village. At the summit there is a crater about 150-200 meters across, with a lot of yellow sulfurous rocks and pumice stones. At about 5400 meters high, there are also some sulfuric gas making a little problem for climbers. Snow covers the crater and upper slopes in winter, spring and autumn. Because of its great height, the view from top is very extensive, a big panorama of mountains and valley covering many hundred of square Kilometers. All around are other peaks of the Alborz Mountain Range, in the north to the Caspian Sea plain and in the south descending to the deserts of central Iran. It is the highest peak of Iran and Middle East and the highest if you travel from Europe eastward to Iran.
Mid June to mid September is the best climbing season for Damavand. During this period the footpaths are usually free of snow and the weather is relatively mild. But in winter climbing is almost impossible due to low temperature and heavy winds.