Even though I was Born in beautiful Iran, in reality I have spent less than 10% of my life there, what I did do though, was spend the best part ot 2 years traveling and climbing ther between 2005 and 2007. during this time I climed a few 4000 meters moutains to aclimatise for Irand big Daddy Mount Damavand at 5671 meters which I SUMMITED ON 16/june/2007. So you can imagine I have several galleries full of beautiful Iranian landscape photos.
Iran is a Country of contrasts, in the 40 degrees heat of summer months you are 45 minutes away from subzero tempratures and ski pists,. in cold snowy days of winter months you are an hours drive away into the Dessert where the sun is relentless. In the middle of the Dessert where you think life has stopped breathing here you’ll find the greenest of oasis in the form of the City of tabas with fountains in the main roundabout wasting water in seering heat.
enuff said, enjoy the Fotos,
Baraghan or otherwise known as Atashgah is a moutainous area near the city of Karaj with outstanding beauty. The Village of Baraghan is renowned in Iran for agricultural produce and especially their dried friuts, someday Atashgah could host one of the worlds best Ski resorts. I visited the Area in 2006 and camped there in the wilderness for a couple of nights.
Mount Damavand is the roof of Iran and the highest point of the Alborz mountain range that stretches between Turkey and Tajikstan., An ancient and dorment volcano towering to the hights of 5761 meters about 80 kilometers from Tehran, I finally realised a childhood dream of climbing this gient in July 2007. unfortunately the summit was covered with clouds whereby the visibilty on the summit was just over 3 meters. in the push for the summit and indeed the descent we were instructed to shout as soon as we lost eye contact with the person ahead of us. This gallery is made of photos in winter 2006 where I visited the area and June 2007 when I climbed the mountain which is the biggest physical achievement in my life.
Darabad is one of the summits of mountains to the north of Tehran, it stands at 3370 meters, we reached the summit in little over 5 hours and returned the same day. Upon return at the foot of the mountain we treated ourselves with a nice dish of dizi.
Darband is where I was born, its the most northerly point of Tehran and is the most visited foothills of the mountains. from there you can go for leisurly walks. dine at mountainside Restaurants and Cafes or you could start your climbe that ultimately ends in Tochal summit which stands at 4238 meters. you can reach ski resorts onthe way or lesser summits like Sheerpala or PalangChal. Unfortunately I dont have a lot of good photos of Darband.
Kasoonak is a mountain that summits at 3240 meters surounded by a group of over 4000 meter summits like Mehrchal, Kharsang and Pirzankulun. Kasoonak is a few kilometers away from Garmabdar village, On a clear day on the summit you can see as much as 100 kilometers away, Even the summit of Damavand can be seen.
Kavir-e-Loot & Kavir-e-Namak
Kavir in Parsi means “Desert”. I drove straight through the two deserts situated side by side slap bang in the centre of Iran. The Loot desert and the Salt desert. from the north through the cities of Semnan and Damghan to the south cities of Tabas, Khur, Na’ien and Yazd. The silence is scarey. Through the whole trip which took me about 8 hours I only saw about 5 other cars.
Zarin Kooh & Tar Lake
Zarin Kook summits at 3900 meters, you camp at a Tar Lake at 29oo meters with spectacular views before the push for the summit early the next morning. after embarking on the trekk to the summit of Zarin Kooh by the views below you it becomes clear that Tar Lake is the crator of an extinct Volcano. I camped a further 3 days at Tar lake and one morning when I went to collect water at the source of the spring I saw Puma footmarks, I got out of there very Sharpish.
General photos of Iran
These are general photos taken on my travels around Iran.