Tailor made Treks

1. Day hikes Alamut
a) Piche Bon to Maran
b) Piche Bon to Yuj
c) Hiking around Ovan/Evan Lake
d) Navizar Castle
2. Multi day treks Alamuttrek
a) 2 days 1 night treks
b) 3 days 2 nights treks
c) 4 days 3 nights treks
d) 5 days 4 nights
e) 4-7 days 3-6 nights treks
3. Trekking Summits Alamut
4. Free roaming treks
5. Exploring treks
6. Desert treks and MTB
7. Bear watching
8. Horseriding
9. MTB routes
10. Lar National Park
11. Other treks
12. Important points about the treks

1. Day hikes Alamut:


1a) Piche Bon to Maran:
a 15 km hike from one of the most picturesque villages in Iran (2700m ASL) and fewer than 20 families living there up to the Salambar Pass at 3200m and down to Maran visiting Kolam e Laat and Salambar villages along the way. Salambar Caravansary on the crown was built in the last century to provide shelter for people who crossed this windy ridge in adverse weather. It is in a sad state of affairs after millions were spent by the local authorities to renovate it a few years ago only to see vandals destroy it.
Maran is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way hike and a taxi to Tonekabon or Khoonegeli would take 90 minutes.



1b) Piche Bon to Yuj:
Starting from Piche Bon at an altitude of 2700m you hike uphill towards Salambar and after crossing the pass at 3200m you slowly descend westwards on a ridge which on its left has a deep valley leading to Siyalan Summit at 4250m, in this valley there is a holy shrine called Pirevar which can be seen from above. The trek to Yuj enters the village via an old cemetery which lies on a hilltop just south of the village and a nice stroll towards the end in the Hyrcanian forest. The most spectacular sight along this hike is when you suddenly see the sea from 3000m and still have the Alam Kuh region to your east ie right hand side. Truly mind-blowing!
Yuj is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon. This is a one way hike and the ride to Tonekabon or Khoonegeli would take some 80 minutes.
Both hikes may be done the other way round.



1c) Hiking around Ovan/Evan Lake:
If you have only a short time in the valley of Alamut and want to go for a walk or a horse ride around Ovan Lake then this is the hike for you. You may arrive on the day and start straight away or spend a night in the village, accommodation can be arranged, either a homestay or an apartment.



1d) Navizar Castle:
The path that goes up the remains of this spectacular summer castle of the Assassins is not an easy one. There are parts where only mountain goats dare go but if you are not scared of heights and steep valleys walking on scree then you may want to give it a try, the places where the castle was build defies belief, one wonders how they managed to get material up there. This is probably the least visited of all Assassin’s castles due to difficulty of access. We did it for the first time in 2015 and here it is for you to try.



2) Multitrek:


2a) 2 days 1 night treks:
1. Garmarood to Maran via Piche Bon, a 6-7 hour trek from Garmarood will take you to Piche Bon from where the next day you get to Maran in 5-6 hours. The night will be in a home stay in Piche Bon, full board. It is also possible to have a mule to carry your load. This trek without the mule can be undertaken via Navizar Castle, please see Alamut Day hikes A5.
Maran is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way trek and afterwards most people would opt for a taxi to Tonekabon or Khoonegeli. The drive to Khoonegeli takes 90 minutes.

2. Garmarood to Maran via Gachelaat and Salambar Pass, the first day of this path is quite wild and remote, it’s a hunting ground and it is quite steep in places, expect to walk 7-8 hours, mules cannot pass this trail. The night may be spent in Piche Bon as per above or in a tent. The second day is similar to A1. Maximum altitude reached 3200m.

3. Garmarood to Piche Bon via Namrelaat and Dine rood. The trek from Garmarood to Dine rood passes a spectacular canyon of upper Alamut and the remaining of an ancient pine forest of southern Alborz. Dine rood is an authentic Alamut village of a few houses still without road or electricity although any day this could change as construction is on the way. A homestay is available.

4. Garmarood to Yuj via Piche Bon. You may opt for one of many routes from Garmarood to Piche Bon and then take the ridge that goes from Salambar to Yuj. See Alamut Day hikes A2. Yuj is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way trek and the drive to Khoonegeli takes 90 minutes.



2b) 3 days 2 nights treks:
1. Garmarood, Evater, Piche Bon, Maran. This is a tough trek as the first day is some 10 hours long. A more leisurely trek on this route would be D1. Garmarood to Evater can be done in 2 days with one night spent in Dine rood. Evater is the furthest settlement just behind eastern part of the Alamut ridge on the southern side of Mount Narguess (3860m), no one lives there in spring or autumn and only shepherds in the summer with their families, and it is cut off from civilization with no road access or electricity or mobile coverage. It is as remote as you get in Alamut. Huts are available for overnight stays. Maximum altitude reached about 3500m. Maran is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way trek and the drive to Khoonegeli takes 90 minutes.

2. Garmarood, Evater Piche Bon, Yuj. The first and the last night will be spent in shepherd’s dwellings. Yuj is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way Trek and the drive to Khoonegeli takes 90 minutes



2c) 4 days 3 nights treks: Garmarood, Dine rood, Evater, Piche Bon, Maran. The first day you may trek up close to Shah Alborz summit (4200m) which separates Taleghan Valley from Alamut before turning eastwards and into Dine Rood village, a home is available for the first night. Maximum altitude m.
Maran is on the Caspian side and belongs to the Sehezar Valley of Tonekabon, This is a one way Trek and the drive to Khoonegeli takes 90 minutes.



2d)5 days 4 nights :

Garmarood, Evater, Mt Narguess or Evater Pass, Sehezar Thermal Springs, Hesarchal and Alam Kuh 4850 m. An enduring trek in some of the remotest and picturesque areas of northern Iran. This trek can be extended with a stop over in Dinerood or terminated by doing Soozansar summit 4550m in the Sehezar Valley.



2e) 4-7 days 3-6 nights treks:
1. Ovan Lake to Dohezar Valley. Starting from Evan village right next to the lake a steep trail on day 1 will take you as far as the refuge at 3800m where the old salt trail from Tonekabon to Alamut separates and from here on you are in complete wilderness until you enter the sub-tropical forests of Tonekabon. This trek has surpassed many trekkers’ expectations in terms of beauty and variety of landscape. The trek has many exit points and hence the length of the trek can vary. From the end point the drive to Khoonegeli takes approximately 30 to 40 minutes.




3) Trekking Summits Alamut:

Khashechal 4180m
This is a nice rocky summit that is doable in 2 days from any of the 4 villages and several ridges surrounding Evan Lake. The first day would take us from 1900m to 3800m where we camp and the second day from the camp to the summit and back to Evan.

Shah Alborz 4200m
This summit separates 2 major and important valleys i.e. the Alamut and Taleghan valley it has a glacier on the northern i.e. the Alamut side and the climb takes 2 days from Garmarood. The night will be spent in a shepherds hut.

Alam Kuh 4850m
Starting in Garmarood, for this spectacular trek you will need at least 5 days. Mules are available for carrying the load. It is a rather unusual route for ascending the second highest summit in Iran and therefore much less crowded in high season until you get to Hesarchal.



4) Free roaming treks:

Design your own routes anywhere in the Alborz mountain range and hire a guide, get some food and a tent and trust us take you on a trek of a life time at your pace like you have never experienced it before.




5) Exploring treks:

Every year we explore new routes in this region and beyond. The aim has been to offer a 10 day or even longer trek for the more adventurous type. If you are looking to do a trek for longer than 7 days then we would invite you to opt for an exploring trek. In 2018 I aim to explore a little known area in the Zagros mountains, if you are interested please get in touch!




6) Desert treks and MTB:

The excursions are best done in March, April, early May and then October, November.

1. A 3 day trek along the sand dunes of Maranjab to or from Yakhab mountainous area. 7-8 hours of trekking (approximately 25km) per day . A 4WD will carry the logistics. A combination of 4WD riding and walking is also possible.


2. MTB from Matin Abad to Aran and Bidgol via Yakhab and Latif mountains. This is approximately 200Km of dirt road with spectacular views of desert and mountains as high as 2200m. This area is used by shepherds in winter. For further information please email.



7) Bear watching:

Brown bears are often seen roaming around the orchards in the Alamut Valley . You will be staying in a tent or hut in the middle of a hazelnut orchard in mid Alamut and will have a very high probability of seeing a brown bear at close range. The best months for seeing them are July and August



8) Horse-riding :

Horses are available to ride in the Alamut Valley.




9) MTB routes:

In 2018 I hope to offer mountain bike hire in the Alamut Valley. Below are some of the routes on the northern side

Day rides:
1. Khoonegeli Aghuzhal down to Dohezar Road, an enduring route through a quiet dirt road that leaves Khoonegeli southwards uphill and descends via the Dohezar road further east. Total km 45. The route can be done up to Aghuzhal at 1200m in 3–4 hours and back in 45 minutes downhill.

2. Khoonegeli-Falakdeh. This is a medium route that can either start from Khoonegeli or if you do not want to cycle on busy tarmac take the bike and start in Goleyj Pol. The forest road, after a few kilometres of tarmac passing through quiet small settlements, becomes a dirt road and after 3 hours reaches a few huts. Carrying the bike on a steep downhill forest slope you reach the riverside next to which lies a cave with sulphur thermal water dripping from the roof!

3. Khoonegeli-Gazane Chal. This a very strenuous ride through a forest road that lies east of Khoonegeli. The altitude difference is almost 1800m, it is only possible to accomplish in one day there and back in the summer.

Multi day rides:
4. Khoonegeli-Alamut. This is a multi-day mountain bike ride from Khoonegeli to the Alamut Valley. The altitude difference is some 3100m. The road under construction through the Sehezar valley is an unpaved road with sharp turns and steep sections which makes this an enduring ride. Night 1 would be spent in Maran in a local home, night 2 in Piche Bon in a local home and day 3 spent exploring the Alamut Valley with several options thereafter i.e visiting Atan and Andaj, Gazorkhan and the main Assasin’s castle, Evan Lake and the surrounding area.




10. Lar National Park:


Lar is a national park close to Mount Damavand (5671m) and some of the most impressive 4000m + summits of central Alborz. It is an area where semi nomadic shepherds of the desert areas further south take their herds to graze in the summer months.

The best time to visits is when giant Damavand poppies are out and the area’s grassland is covered with wild flowers, this, in the 2 week window period when the park is opened to public and before the herds arrive to eat all that is colourful, which means sometimes in the first two weeks of June.

Entry for foreign visitors is not without hassle, a written permit is needed from the environment ministry in Tehran which is bureaucratic and time consuming and overnight stay is forbidden, an entry fee is charged and to get permission your visa and passport is required. This does not mean you should give up, I am happy to do the paper work!


L1 Hiking from Garmabdar to Yalrood in 3 days and 2 nights. This trek starts in Garmabdar an hour’s drive from Tehran and follows the old path that locals took for centuries getting from Mazandaran province to Tehran. There are dirt roads which were built after the revolution on old mule tracks for the shepherds and we will have to cross them on two occasions. The nights are spent in tents.


L2 Damavand Summit and Laar National park excursion 5 days. Climb the highest summit in Iran and then spend a couple of days visiting the National Park.


L3 Free roaming Lar. An exploratory trip in 4WD plus a mountain bike and on foot into the hidden valleys of Lar and the surrounding area visiting nomads. An excellent opportunity to hike, bike and take photographs of a large area in a short space of time. Tailor made to your time.



11) For treks elsewhere in the Alborz mountains see www.caspiantrek.com



12. Important points about the treks:

1. The treks and their timing are all approximations taking into account average fitness levels under optimal late spring/summer climatic conditions. The treks are of varying degrees of difficulty please be honest with your degree of fitness and ability to withstand possible adverse weather conditions prevailing in remote mountain areas. We never take risks and endeavour to make the treks as enjoyable as possible but at the end of the day it is you who needs to do the walking! Ask for a horse or a mule to carry your gear beforehand if you feel the need to. The guides are well experienced and know the terrain well.

2. You are expected to have your own personal gear including backpacks, trekking poles, cups, cutlery, water bottles and adequate clothing and footwear. I can provide tents, some sleeping bags and mats if needed. For winter treks crampons, ice axes and down clothing may well be needed.

3. If you have a chronic illness for example diabetes or hypertension or take regular medication please let me know beforehand (remember I am a physician). It is recommended to have travel insurance which covers mountain sports.

4. The majority of the treks are tailor made and organized for you. However, if you wish to share some of the costs and there are other hikers interested in the same trek on the same dates you may share with them. The point to remember is that sharing with others will inevitably mean having a mixed group in terms of rhythm, fitness and tastes and you accept this on making a booking.

5. The distances to the starting villages in the Alamut Valley from Tehran and Qazvin are so that it is recommended to allow an extra day to get to the starting point. So for example a 3 day 2 night trek described on this page would mean 3 days and 3 nights not counting the final night after the trek ends which most people spend in Khoonegeli. However, it is possible to end the trek and leave for your next destination on the same day as usually the final day is shorter than the rest.