Hiking in iran can be a rewarding experience in any season. Due to the country’s geography and diverse nature, hiking trails in iran can go through gorges, caves, deserts, canyons, springs, lakes, forests, and more depending on the season. Both trekking and hiking in iran are becoming popular activities for tourists visiting the country. Whether you’re a professional or a beginner, there’s a hiking route suitable for everyone in iran and it’s also the best way to experience the intact nature of the country along with its historic abractions. Most of iran’s hiking routes are in the alborz and zagros mountains, and you can start your adventure according to the seasonal conditions of the hiking trails.
#1 Damavand Summit Trail, Professional
Damavand volcanic peak with a height of 5610 meters above sea level is the highest peak in the Middle East and the highest volcanic peak in Asia. It’s the tenth most technical peak proposed for climbers in the world by the National Geographic. Besides, this trail is probably the most popular route for hiking in Iran. Damavand summit annually receives a large number of climbers from all over the world and Iran. To hike to the peak, you can go from Haraz Road to Plour and ride from the parking of Damavand Road on off- road vehicles that travel about 10 km of the trail.
#2 Tochal Summit Trail, Hard
Tochal summit is one of the most beautiful landscapes in the capital, very close to Tehran. Tochal is a 14.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail. To climb and reach this peak, you should go to the Velenjak district. Then you have two routes. You can walk from Velenjak to the summit or you can use the Tochal gondola liY to the 5th station. If you use the gondola liY, your hiking trail will be reduced to about 4 hours. If you’re using the cable car, you should pay a Bention to the sudden difference of temperature between the origin of the ascent and the destination.
Tochal ski resort is a popular aBractions for Tehranis during winter but it’s also the closest places you could escape the heat in summer.
#3 Alam Kooh Trail, Hard
Alam Kooh peak is the second highest peak aYer Damavand, which shines at an altitude of 4850 meters and has formed one of the most beautiful mountaineering routes in Iran. This mountain overlooks Kelardasht from the north and Taleghan from the south. Takht-e Soleiman (Alam Kooh) region has 47 peaks above 4000 meters and is known as Iran’s Alps among climbers. At the northern slope of Alam Kooh, there is a stone wall that is one of the most difficult and technical routes for climbers. This region has the largest mountainous glacial region in Iran and drinking water is found in its sources.
#4 Asal-Mahale -Daryasar Trail, Moderate
Daryasar is a plain that is full of yellow flowers in spring. The closest city to this hiking trail is Tonekabon, a coastal town in the north of Iran. Four mountains surround this plain. Daryasar is a border plain that connects the green and forest side of northern Iran to the nature of Alamut mountains. One of the most amazing features of this plain are the dozens of springs found in the area. This unique region is a May Paradise in Iran. To reach Daryasar, you should go to Tonekabon, then reach the Asal-Mahale village from the Dohezar road. From there, the hiking trail starts, and aYer 2 to 3 hours of moderate hiking, you reach Daryasar plain.
#5 Talesh Mountains Trail, Moderate
Talesh hiking trail is at the border between the provinces of Zanjan, Ardabil, and Gilan. This
route and its two famous peaks, Tilar and Baghro with a height of almost 2900 meters, is known as one of the most stunning destinations for hiking and trekking in Iran.
Talesh Mountains combine the beauty of nature and the aBraction of Gilaki and Azeri cultures. You can choose your route from Gawdool village and start hiking from there. This route to Gowl spring has water flows and springs due to melting snow, but there is no water from Gowl Cheshmeh. From there, you can go to the heights of Ardabil and Neor lake.
#6 Sabalan Summit trail, Hard
Sabalan peak with 4800 meters height is the third highest peak in Iran. This peak is considered sacred as the locals believe that Zarathustra rested on the Sabalan peak, under a rock near the lake. Ancient writings have also introduced Sabalan as the place of worship for Zarathustra.
One of the stunning features of Sabalan is its spectacular lake located near the mountain volcano. The lake is oval and is located 25 meters below the edges of the volcanic cone. There are three trails to reach the Sabalan summit. The usual route to reach the peak is the northeastern route that starts from the Shabil spa. Most of the trail is easy to hike and there are flags marking the trail. It’s not so difficult to hike this trail in spring and summer.
#7 Zard Kuh trail, Moderate
Zardkooh peak with a height of 4250 meters is famous as the roof of Chaharmahal-e Bakhtiari province. This peak is the second highest mountain in the Zagros Mountain range, aYer Dena Peak. Zardkooh is located between the two great rivers of Koohrang and BazoY. To reach this peak, you must first go to the Chelgerd city and then to the second tunnel of Koohrang. The most common route to reach Zardkooh Peak is from the eastern edge of the mountain.