4 Day Sabalan Trekking Tour

The Sacred Mountain: Sabalan

From € 515

Starts in:

Tehran

Ends in:

Tehran

Duration:

4 Days

Physical Rating:

3/5

Age Range:

15 - 70

Group Size:

2 - 10

Accommodation:

2 nights at a 4-star hotel, 1 night at the shelter

Tour Description

Sabalan is the third highest summit of Iran right after Damavand and Alamkuh. It is the most important summit of the north-west of Iran. The lake right over the peak has turned this mountain range to one of the most memorable summits in Iran. The best time to ascend Sabalan is during summer. The safest route to trek is the north-east approach, which is the route we’ve chosen for this Iran tour package. Conquering this summit of 4811 meters height is much easier than Damavand and Alamkuh. Because the mountaineering federation’s 4WD vehicles will take those interested in ascending the summit on a dirt road to a shelter located at 3700 meters height. The trekking schedule will be only a day and about 5 hours.

The other interesting point of this tour package is the additional fun activities besides trekking, which is plenty during this journey. On the 1st day, we’ll take eight hours to drive on one of the most beautiful roads in between the Hyrcanian forests, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. On the 2nd day, we’ll drive up to the foggy foothills of Sabalan. Then, during the 3rd day after conquering the summit, we’ll spend time soaking in the natural hot springs and getting lost in the delicious food and snacks of Sarein with IranAmaze.

Sabalan is the third highest summit of Iran right after Damavand and Alamkuh. It is the most important summit of the north-west of Iran. The lake right over the peak has turned this mountain range to one of the most memorable summits in Iran. The best time to ascend Sabalan is during summer. The safest route to trek is the north-east approach, which is the route we’ve chosen for this Iran tour package. Conquering this summit of 4811 meters height is much easier than Damavand and Alamkuh. Because the mountaineering federation’s 4WD vehicles will take those interested in ascending the summit on a dirt road to a shelter located at 3700 meters height. The trekking schedule will be only a day and about 5 hours.

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Itinerary

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 1400 m
  • Driving Distance: 580 km
  • Trekking Distance: 0
  • Average Slope: –
  • Highest Altitude: 1843 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 1351 m
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Ardabil

Description

On the 1st day, we’ll pass through the Alborz mountain range to get from Tehran to Rasht. As we continue, we’ll see the Caspian Sea, a beautiful forest road from Asalem to Khalkhal in which we’ll enjoy the Hyrcanian forest. If the sky is clear, from the top of the road, we’ll see the vast green fields in the south, forest in the west, and the sea from afar. Right after, we’ll get to Ardabil and spend a night at a hotel. The drive will take about 8 hours, but stopping on our way to enjoy the sceneries might lengthen our time on the road.

Highlights

  • Driving Distance: 95 km
  • Starting Altitude: 3700 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 1.4 km
    1.4 km for acclimatization
  • Average Slope: 28.8 %
  • Highest Altitude: 4100 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 3700 m
  • Overnight stay in a room at the shelter

Description

The 2nd day starts with the mountaineering guide explaining the ascent schedule along with all the technical tips needed for a successful trek up to the summit. Afterward, once we drive for an hour, we’ll get to the north entrance of Sabalan called Shabiil. From that point, we’ll get on the mountaineering range rovers to drive up for an hour before getting to the main camp of Sabalan, located at 3700 meters height. Right after resting a bit and having lunch, we’ll trek up to 4100 meters for acclimatization. We’ll spend half an hour there before heading back to the shelter. After having something to drink, we’ll sleep to be ready for the ascent the next day.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 3700 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 3.86 km
  • Average Slope: 28.8 %
  • Highest Altitude: 4811 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 1650 m
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Sarein

Description

The main trekking section will start on the 3rd day at 5 am and would take about 5 hours. In the middle of the summit, there is a permanent lake frozen in all seasons beside Summer. Taking plenty of memorable photos on top of the Sabalan summit is a must-do. Then, we’ll descend back to the shelter and have lunch.

Afterward, we’ll head back to Shabil with the range rovers. Right when we get off the cars, there are natural hot springs that flow from the volcanic activities of Sabalan. We’ll soak in them to wake our body up and get energized.

We’ll arrive at the beautiful city of Sarein on the south side of Sabalan after about two hours of driving. Most of the shops in this city have traditional food and snacks. After having some fun, we’ll head back to the hotel to rest.

Highlights

  • Soak in Mineral Hot Springs
  • Sour Water Spring
  • Driving Distance: 580 km
  • Ending Altitude: 1400 m

Description

We’ll start our 4th day by having a local breakfast and soaking in the natural hot springs of Sarein. Then, we’ll head to Ab Torsh spring, which literally translates to sour water spring and drive back to Tehran right after. We’ll be in Tehran around 8 pm.

Acclimatization Plan

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Transportation

All land transportation by Air-co vehicles
4WD for Dirty Roads

Accommodations

2 Nights 4-star hotels
1 Night at the Shelter

Meals

Full Board
3 Breakfast
4 Lunch
3 Dinner
Daily snack & mineral water

Guide & Support

Professional English-speaking Mountaineering Guide
Mountaineering consultant 24/7 support

Additional Services

Visiting Caspian Sea
Riding throughout hyrcanian
forest
Soak in Hot Springs
Iranian Sim Card
Local Debit Card
Wi-Fi Modem

Exclusions

International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Tips
Travel Insurance
Equipment **

  • Backpack (BS to 45 Litre)
  • Sleeping bag with the comfort level of +10 to +5
  • Trekking boots (waterproof)
  • Base layers
  • Wind stoppers
  • Polar jacket
  • Light down jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket (waterproof)
  • Warm trekking pants
  • Warm hat & gloves
  • Sunglasses & Sun creams
  • Headlights
  • Sticks, poles
  • Mattress

** Damavand would not require professional mountain equipment during the high season. However, it requires some gears listed above.


You can also rent these items from us.

Your Flexibility Options

  • Except for technical matters of the ascent, which directly affects your succession rate, other sections of the program such as time of arrival in Ardebil on the 1st day, spending time at hyrcanian forest, or all the fun activities on the 4th day are flexible. They can change with the consent of the guide.
  • The ascent speed is set-out depending on your physical strength, your body’s reaction to height, and the climate. In short, if the guide is sure that it wouldn’t harm you, the speed can change.

This Tour’s Features

High Rate of Success

All of our Iran hiking tours have a high rate of success. Having professional guides, a suitable acclimatization program, and constant quality checks of trekking equipment ensures the highest success rate during our hiking tours.

Nutritious Food

Nutrition has a crucial role in trekking. We have consulted with nutrition and sports specialists to prepare the best meal plan for our trekking tour packages. We have included meals that provide all the essentials necessary for your health.

Safety & Support

Safety is the priority in our hiking tours. Our professional guides and support team evaluate the risks of trekking based on the environment and mountaineers' situation and make safe decisions during the tour.

Pricing

For Private Tours

A 30% Surcharge would apply for solo travelers.
Volume discounts would apply for groups.

Months Price / person
June
€ 515
July & August
€ 555
September
€ 535
Other Months (Off season)
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Booking Terms & Conditions

Payment method

After finalizing the price of the tour you have selected, you should pay a deposit equal to 25% of your tour cost. Then, we will issue a booking confirmation. You should pay the rest (75%) in cash at the beginning of your tour in our office in Iran.

Cancellation policy

In case you cancel your tour booking, cancellation fees will apply:

• Up to 90 days before arrival: We’ll fully refund the paid deposit.

• 90-60 days before arrival: We’ll refund 50% of the paid deposit.

• 60-30 days before arrival: We’ll refund 25% of the paid deposit.

• From 30 days before arrival to actual arrival: We will hold the deposit (25% of the package price) as a cancellation fee.

How Is This Trip Responsible?

Before starting the tour, we provide our travelers with the necessary information.

We leave no trace behind in nature, and we encourage others not to do so.

We value the pristine areas and choose the beaten tracks as our route.

We treat our local porters respectfully and fairly.

Around the mountains, we use local transportation.

We appreciate nomad people and don’t disturb their life.

We minimize our use of plastic in our trip

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