Very Close to Metropolitan Tehran and in the north , There is a beautiful mountain which name is "Tochal " . Thre ridgeline is 12 km long ! the highest peak is 3933 meters high . There is a cabin from Tehran which goes to the pass of summit ( 3900m) and ends in Tochal ski resort . Tochal base is also a place for recreational activities . Zip line , Bunjee Jumping , Rock climbing and many restaurants are working in the base of the summit .
The ridgeline consists of the following peaks from west to east :
Lavarak ( 3560m ) , Bazarak ( 3753m ), Palangchal ( 3520m ), Sar-Bazarak ( 3640m ) , Shah Nashin(3875m), Tochal ( 3933m) , Espilet ( 3120m) , West lezon ( 3585m) , Piazchal ( 3540m ) , Kolackchal ( 3350m ) , Siahband ( 3320m )
Tochal lift ( Cabin ) Consists of 7 station which is the highest reach the Tochal ski resort .
There are different routes up to the summit :
• Darband , Shirpala shelter, Amiri hut, Summit ( Normal route )
• Jamshidiye park , Kolackchal shelter , Piazchal valley, Piazchal summit, Tochal summit ( Long route )
• Velenjak , Normal road up to 3rd cabin station and trek up to the summit .
• Darakeh , Palangchal shelter, 5th cabin station , summit
• Darabad, Darabad summit, Piazchal , Tochal summit
• Darband , Osun valley , Spidkamar hut , Tochal summit ( The oldest way to the summit )
• From North face and the Ahar up to the summit
• From North face and from Shahrestanak ( the old village )
Normal route is from Tajrish Sq toward Darband square , and then trek up for 3 to 4 hours to Shirpala hut (2850m ) close to twin waterfall . From this hut with 2 hours of climbing will reach to Amiri shelter . From Amiri shelter with another 1 hour of climbing , we will reach to Tochal summit !
Darband Sq, Start of the normal route
On the way up to the summit
Summit of Tochal
Hotel Tochal , on the ski resort of Tochal
A view of Tochal from Tehran in Winter
Some photos from KZIRAN.Com and wikipedia website
On the way