Ski Tour in Zagros Mountain Range & Zardkouh Ski Mountaineering
Tour Code: WI 25/ST-C
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Ski tour/ Cultural Excursion
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One of the Most Popular Iran Ski Tour Packages ★★★★★
Iran Adventure Tours has a huge variety of choices that you can pick your interesting one from the north of Iran to the South in different seasons of the year. Zagros Mountain range with more than 1,200 kilometers length started from the northwest by Mount Sabalan and continued to the south of Iran and near the Persian Gulf. With over 40 peaks of 4,000 meters and hundreds of peaks above 3000 meters, Zagros summits are one of the world’s best and most suitable places for skiing in Iran, especially ski tour Zagros. Zardkouh Mountains, Dena, Oshtorankuh, Alvand, and Mount Sabalan are the most important and the best spots for Zagros ski, that each has many peaks, suitable slopes and untracked valleys for skiing in Iran. Zardkouh mountains in the center of Zagros mountain range is one the most accessible Iran ski tour spots with around 2 hours distance from Isfahan city, has a great potential of more than 12 days ski touring Zagros virgin summits. By arriving at Chelgerd city, Zagros ski tour base camp with 2300 m altitude, you can have short on-piste skiing at Chelgerd ski resort (2750 m) that is too useful for completing acclimatization process of Zagros ski tour in next days. As Iran ski season begins in early winter, the best time of Zagros Mountains ski touring also starts in late December and continue until mid-March, but the golden time would be January & February due to the rich snowfall, good temperature, and great powder snow conditions. (see Zagros Mountain weather in Holiday Information above.) Depends on your travel time, in most of the days, you will start touring directly from your residence, climb one of Zagros summits and skiing directly to the overnight accommodation in local houses with facilities of a hot shower and welcoming people, otherwise daily transfer to start point of ski tour will be too short. It’s worth it when you come to Iran to feel cultural side of this big country which is reputed by its rich culture and history. Isfahan, great city with many UNESCO world heritage sites that attract huge numbers of tourists annually, will make unforgettable memories for you after the unbelievable experience of Ski Tour Zagros mountains.
- Day 1: Arrive to Isfahan, Transfer to Chelgerd town
- Day 2: Ski tour from Sheikhali Khan to Mohamadabad village
- Day 3: Ski touring to Mohamadabad summit
- Day 4: Ski touring to Niakan summit
- Day 5: Ski tour to Samsami summit
- Day 6: Ski tour at Shah Mansouri summit
- Day 7: Ski tour to Cherry summit
- Day 8: Ski tour at Khoshke La summit
- Day 9: Drive back to Isfahan, Sightseeing
- Day 10: Full day Isfahan sightseeing, fly back at midnight
TOUR PHOTO GALLERY
TOUR FULL ITINARY
Day 1: Arrival, Transfer to Chelgerd town
Thanks to Isfahan international airport and Turkish airline, you can arrive Isfahan at 2:00 am with a short stop in Istanbul. Welcome and greeting to the group, then you will transfer to your hotel in Isfahan and have a rest. After breakfast, we start driving to Chelgerd city (2300 m) in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province (3-4 hours). There we will go to our guesthouse/local house, check the equipment and have a short ski tour near Koohrang ski resort next to the city. O/N at guesthouse or local house with full board (B.L.D).
|200 km/ 4 hrs||+ 450 m/ 2 hrs||– 450 m/ 30 min||2750 m|
Day 2: Ski tour from Sheikhali Khan to Mohamadabad village
Today after breakfast we leave Chelgerd to Sheikhali Khan village via mountain road (30-45 min). Here we start our ski tour from Sheikhali Khan village to Mohamadabad pass and skiing in fresh & untracked snow to the village. In the case of blocking Sheikhali Khan road by snow, we drive to Mohamadbad and ski touring in Mohamadabad summit. O/N at local house (B.L.D).
|20 km/ 30-45 min||+ 700 m/ 5 hrs||– 800 m/2:30 min||3100 m|
Day 3: Ski touring to Mohamadabad summit
After spending a good night in a local house with nice & kind people, today we start ski tour from our local house in the village to the Mohamadabad summit. It takes 4 hours to reach the main summit, there we skiing down to Niakan village in a different route. We can also ski tour some of the unnamed summit in this area and enjoying skiing in fresh snow and perfect slopes. O/N at local house (B.L.D).
|0 km/ 0 min||+ 850 m/ 5 hrs||– 850 m/2 hrs||3300 m|
Day 4: Ski touring to Niakan summit
Like the last day, today after delicious breakfast, we start our ski tour from our local house in the Niakan village in ~ 2450 m altitude. Climbing Niakan summit as well as unnamed summit surrounding the village make a memorable ski tour for us in this nice area. Afternoon we will drive to Chelgerd city. O/N at guesthouse or local house (B.L.D).
|25 km/ 30-45 min||+ 950 m/ 6 hrs||– 1050 m/3 hrs||3500 m|
Day 5: Ski tour to Samsami summit
Today we drive to Samsami village via an asphalt road and Shah Mansouri pass. On the top of the pass, we start ski tour to Samsami summit 3800 m. Descend to Samsami village. O/N at local house (B.L.D).
|65 km/ 1:30 min||+ 1050 m/ 6 hrs||– 1600 m/3:30 hrs||3800 m|
Day 6: Ski tour at Shah Mansouri summit
Today after breakfast we drive to the top of the pass and start ski tour to Shah Mansouri summit 3950 m. After nice ski tour into the summit, we descend from the valley to the main road where our car picks us up to our local house in Samsami village. O/N at local house (B.L.D).
|15 km/ 30 min||+ 1200 m/ 6 hrs||– 1700 m/3 hrs||3950 m|
Day 7: Ski tour to Cherry summit
Today we leave Samsami village to Cherry pass by our car and start from the top of the pass (~ 2750 m) to Cherry summit. Afternoon descends to Chelgerd. O/N at local house (B.L.D).
|80 km/ 2 hrs||+ 1300 m/ 5 hrs||– 1700 m/3 hrs||4050 m|
Day 8: Ski tour at Khoshke La summit
Today is your last day of ski tour at Zagros mountain & Zardkouh. After a good rest at our guesthouse in Chelgerd, depends on your decision we can have a ski tour at Khoshke La summit (~ 4000 m) or unnamed summits around Chelerd. O/N at guesthouse or local house at Chelgerd (B.L.D).
|20 km/ 45 min||+ 1250 m/ 5 hrs||– 1600 m/2:30 hrs||4000 m|
Day 9: Drive back to Isfahan, Sightseeing
Today after breakfast and packing ski stuff, we start driving to Isfahan. Afternoon we will have sightseeing in this beautiful historical city. In the evening we have enough time to walking around our Hotel, and enjoy the landscape of old bridges. O/N in Hotel (breakfast and bed B.B).
|200 km/ 4 hrs||4 hrs|
Day 10: Full day Isfahan sightseeing, departure at midnight
Today we will have a full day sightseeing in Isfahan. Ali Qapo, Chehelsoton Palace, Hasht behesht Palace, Si-o-Se pol, Old Bazar, and many other historical places, are some of the sites that you can visit today in Isfahan. At the evening we will go to one the best traditional restaurant for a a farewell dinner. After dinner, the group will transfer to Isfahan Airport to fly back home via Turkish Airline to Istanbul and your country (B.D).
|10 km/ 30 min||Full day|
- This tour can be organize from/to Tehran, so please CONTACT US if your arrival/departure flights is from I.K Airport
- This program is a wild ski tour at one of the highest mountains of Iran in remote areas, with Possibility of facing a completely different situation every day. Considering that the most important thing for Iran Exploration is the safety of Clients, and depends on weather, snow, and mountain conditions, there is chance of blocking roads by snow/avalanche, missing ski tour or climbing to main summits.
In this conditions, final decision is with your local ski tour guide and he try to change the itinerary with best operative and less risk plan. Also the sleeping places and accommodation could be change due to the conditions.
- Mentioned altitudes of summits in the itinerary, are measured by our guides handy GPS and could be effected by weather and mountain conditions. So they should be considering approximately true.
- Visa processes (Reference number or Invitation letter)
- Pick up from Isfahan airport
- Prepaid SIM Card with the active Internet that you can charge with credit to use (per-order is necessary)
- Purchasing a prepaid Travel Debit Card that you can charge with local currency. You can charge this card one (50, 100, 200 EUR or more) during your journey in Iran. We advise you to charge it until 300 EUR before you visit the museum, hot springs, markets, shops, and restaurants. With this digital credit card, you can easily pay everywhere and withdraw local currency from any ATM. With this digital payment service, you can spend money without worrying about changing money wherever you are or to be concerned about your budget. You can only spend the amount of money you charge on your card. You can also recharge easily the credit of your Sim-card (per-order is necessary)
- 2 x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Isfahan
- 8 x nights in the guesthouse or local house with full board
- All transfers, van and 4WD drives
- Organization of the whole program
- Climbing permits for summits
- Luggage transport with Van/4WD cars
- Professional local Ski-tour guide and cook during the program
- Isfahan sightseeing
- Transfer to the airport
- International flight
- Museum tickets
- Visa fee
- The amount of money you want to charge on your debit card
- The phone credit on the SIM-card
- Meals in the cities
- Single room supply at hotels (charge 50 EUR p/p night)
- Extra plans in case of bad weather or changes in the program
- Tips and extra nights at hotels
- Any other services that do not specify above
- All inclouded
- Three star Hotels
- Guesthouse or Local House
- Sleeping Bag & Mattress
No need to have any special vaccination. There is no contagious disease in Iran. But for abroad holiday its better to do your regular health care and vaccination or teeth treatment before you travel.
The currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial. Most of places does not accept Paypal or International credit cards, So you must pay in cash, or you can use Iranian Debit Card. You can charge your Travel Debit Card with local currency (You can charge this card ones (50 E, 100 E, 200 Euro or more) during your journey in Iran. We advise you to charge it until 300 euro before you visit museum, hot springs, market, shops and restaurant. With this card you can easily pay everywhere and withdraw local currency from any ATM. With this digital payment service you can spend money without worrying about changing money wherever you are or to be concerned about your budget. You can only spend the amount of money you charge on your card. You can also recharge easily the credit of your Sim-card)
Iran is an Islamic Country, So If you are a woman, You must wear scarf and mantoo and also man are prohibited to wear shorts in the cities.
- Ski equipment:
Alpine Touring Skis (lightweight for uphill), Touring Binding, Alpine Ski-touring boots, Climbing Skins (fit size by the Skies), Ski repair kit, Ski Crampons, Ski goggles, walking Ice ax, Snow Shovel, Probe, Avalanche transceiver.
Note: There is a possibility of renting ski equipment in Iran.
Duffel bag 70-100 L (Carrying by 4WD cars or leave in Hotel/Guesthouse), Daypack 30-40 L to carry a camera, water bottles, extra clothing, Lunch box (Ice ax attachment and Ski carrying system), Luggage tags and locks
- Camping Gear:
Sleeping bag and stuff sack (4season down sleeping bag), Mattress
- Outerwear: Ski-touring:
Goretex jacket with hood (waterproof and breathable), Ski-touring Goretex/wind stopper pants (side zippers are convenient), Fleece pant, Merino Base Layer top, Fleece or Synthetic Mid Layer, Warm Down Jacket, Insulated vest (down or synthetic-filled), fleece or wool sweater, Fleece pants, Mid-weight thermal underwear tops and bottom (synthetic or wool), Hiking pants, Long-sleeve shirts, T-shirts (synthetic are best) Underwear
- Clothing Accessories:
Sun hat, Wool or fleece hat (over ears), Midweight and Down Gloves, Thin liner gloves, Neck Gaiter or Buff, Balaclava, Gaiters
Mountaineering boots (sturdy and ankle support, water-resistant), types of Socks, Camp shoes (trail shoes or running shoes)
- City Clothing:
Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear, Comfortable shoes
Note: Woman should wear a long sleeve shirt, Scarf and long Shirt (in the cities)
- Travel Accessories:
headlamp (lithium batteries are best for cold weather), Termo Flask, Water Buttle, Pocket knife or pocket tool, Earplugs, Small quantity of favorite energy snacks, hiking staff or trekking poles, Small waterproof pack cover for daypack, Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended), Sunblock cream and lip balm, Personal hygiene supplies including biodegradable soap, Small quick-dry towel, Personal first aid kit, medicines, Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes and etc.
- Optional Field Gear:
Camera, memory cards, spare batteries, a Battery charging station for cameras or personal electronics, Solar charger for batteries, Travel adapter (UK to EU) Antibacterial wet wipes
Tour Dates & Prices
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Useful Information About Zagros Mountain
- Zagros Mountain Range
Iran, land of different climates and four seasons. Where deserts, mountains, sea and glaciers are gathered in one boarder due to the existence of two great mountain ranges in Iran. Zagros and Alborz mountain ranges.
Zagros mountains is one of Iran’s longest mountain ranges with more than 1600 km length and 100-250 km width, from northwest to the southeast. It stretches from Turkey & Iraq boarders to Oman sea and Indian ocean.
This huge mountain range, geologically, dates back to very old periods. But it’s main structure (Marble, Granite and Shale) driven due to the pressure of Arabian plate to Eurasian plate.
Zagros mountain range, can be dividing to three distinct parts: Northern Zagros, Middle Zagros and Southern Zagros. In another division, the Zagros Mountains can be divided into two major parts: high Zagros and Zagros folded.
The highest Zagros Sub-Ranges (Massifs) include Mount Dena (4410 m), Mount Zardkouh (4221 m), Mount Oshtorankouh (4140 m), Mount Garin (4050 m) and Mount Alvand (3650 m) are in the high Zagros or Middle Zagros and all are available in Zagros Ski Touring categorize.
Also, the Zagros Mountains are the source of many water-rich rivers in the Middle East and the cause of the rise of its ancient civilization.
This huge mountain range, with its vast 3000 and 4000-meters summits and deep valleys, are the best destinations for organizing Zagros Trekking tours, Ski Touring Zagros mountains, Rock Climbing, Hiking tours, Bakhtiari Nomad tours and ever kind of Iran climbing tours.
- Mount Zardkouh
Mount Zardkouh (Zardkooh or Zardkuh) is one of the sub-mountain-ranges in Middle Zagros (central Zagros) with too many summits over 4000 m.
The famous peaks of Zardukh are Kino, Haft Tanan, Shah Shahidan, Zarde, Dozarde, Cheri, Clonchin (highest summit 4221 m) and many others over 3000 and 4000 meters peaks that all are available for trekking & ski touring in Iran.
Mount Zardkouh (second highest mountain in the Zagros Mountain Range) is located near Koohrang city of Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province that is accessible by the roads from Isfahan and Khozestan provinces.
Mount Zardkouh with its virgin summits, average of 1000 millimeter snowfall annually, and over 1200-meter different altitude of start points to the summits, is one of the best and unique destinations for Iran ski tours.
Ski touring in Zagros mountains and Zardkouh, will give you enjoyment experience of sleeping and spending overnights in local traditional houses of Bakhtiari people, their cuisine’s and nice villages.
Furthermore, due to its nearly distance to Isfahan city, and international airport, you can organize your Zardkouh ski tour by arrival to Isfahan, and enjoy UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient culture and Iranian lifestyle in Isfahan before or after your ski touring Zagros.
* You can read more about Iran Ski Packages here
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Note: This article is merely an author’s perception of the Mount Zagros Ski Touring & climbing over time and cannot be said to be definitely correct.
SOME OF OUR TRAVELLERS REVIEWS
Hello to all Iran Exploration's team. It was very nice time with you in Iran, I hope you will have many client every years.
It was really good time. Damavand sloop was one of the best in the world for ski tour.
Everything was great in Iran. Thank you for your hospitality. Your leaders and guides was perfect and best.
Ramin and Reza are the best mountain guides I have ever travelled with. Always joyful and helpful. The tour itself is a wonderful experience.
AT A GLANCE
Group size: 2-8
Suitable for age: 16+
Activity: 8 days Ski tour & 2 days cultural exploring
Join in: Isfahan(or Tehran), End in: Isfahan(or Tehran)
Best Time: January 1st till Feburary 29th
Physical Rating: Level 6/10 (Moderate to Challenging)
Max. altitude: 4250 m
Extra: Isfahan Excursion
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
8 nights in guesthouse or local house with full board
2 nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Isfahan
All Meals (10 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner)
Extra: Early Check in Included
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
This trip grading involves a combination of our MODERATE and CHALLENGING levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity with several challenging stages. These adventures involve Ski-touring, trekking, cycling or rafting in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 7 to 8 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude).
Damavand south route Ski-tour is not a technical, but it need skill skiing at high altitude and knowledge of snows kind and condition.
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