Darband Hiking Trail

Tehran, Darband, 2009/12/11

From Tajrish Square in northern Tehran, go to Darband St. and follow it uphill (north) until the end of the street at Sarband Squre at the base of a cliff 5900 ft (1800 m). Go up the stairs at the end of the street to reach the trail.A chair lift is also available for those not interested in hiking. The trail goes through a “village” known as Pase Ghale and follows a tree-lined stream at the bottom of Darband Valley where there is an overabundance of vendors and streamside cafes. This is the most crowded part of the trail where the more casual hikers aggregate. At around 8000 ft (2400 m), you will reach a steep rocky area. Steel ladders and cables installed in the rock will help you negotiate the more difficult cliffs. The stream has created quite a few waterfalls in this area which is known as Abshar Dogholoo (Twin Falls). Struggle up the cliffs for the next 1000 ft (300 m) until they suddenly disappear at around 8850 ft (2700 m). Another 150 ft (50 m) up a little hill and you reach the Shir Pala shelter. There are a number of cafes in the area. Treat yourself to a cool drink because after this, there will be no more cafes. Most people hike only to Shir Pala so you may finally be able to find peace and quiet from here on. The trail then heads west away from the stream and the trees going up a hill that will get you to the top of a ridge at 9700 ft (2950 m). You are now half way there. Turn north and follow the ridge up a steep slope all the way to the summit. You may encounter occasional small bands of cliffs that are not difficult to pass. At around 11420 ft (3480 m) you will find a shelter known as Siah Sang or Amiri which was built in the early 1990s in memory of a climber who died of exposure at that site. A small shelter can also be found on the summit.
Unfortunately, the view from the summit may be severely limited depending on the amount of city smog. On a clear day, to the south, you can see the vast metropolis of Tehran with the desert plains in the horizon. To the north, there is an endless sea of high peaks. Like a true monarch, Mt. Damavand rises far above the rest of the mountains.

Go on the photos:

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Fresh nature near Tehran

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Tehran seen from hiking trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Abshar Dogholoo (Twin Waterfall)

Darband Hiking Trail

Shirpala shelter

Darband Hiking Trail

Hot coffee after a hard hiking

Darband Hiking Trail

Getting ready to continue
Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Darband Hiking Trail

Location On Map

~ by Amir on 12 December, 2009.

30 Responses to “Darband Hiking Trail”

  1. سلام
    ممنون عالی بود

  2. khaterat ziadi ra zendeh kardi sabz bashi

  3. Wow!! Absolutely fantastic! What an amazing hike 🙂

  4. delam tang shode,ali bood

  5. So beautiful, I did not expect there would be snow in Iran, shows how much I know about your country!
    A wonderful hike.

  6. you stirred my memories of Shirpala, Abshar2gholoo,shervin,…thank you.we used to climb up, every thursday with my friends about 25 years ago…can u imagine?25 years ago.I have very sweet memories about there…It makes me sad and happy…..

  7. دستست درد نکند رفیق تمام خاطرات جوونی‌ رو زنده کردی. یادش به خیر شیر آبشار دوقلو، شیرپلا، توچال. بعد از تجربه نه مطلوبی که برد از رفتن ایران داشتم عهد کردم که دیگه به ایران نرم ولی‌ بعد از دیدن این تصاویر عهد کردم حتا اگه شده در بازنشستگی یک بار دیگه به شیر پلا برم. دستست درد نکنه رفیق، خدا قوت.

    قربانت علی‌ افصحی ALI.AFSAHI@GMAIL.COM

  8. merci,khateratam zende shod.kheily ziba bood

  9. خیلی‌ عالی‌ و نوستالژیک بود ممنون از عکسهای بسیار زیبا

  10. مرسی …. یاد روزهای نه چندان دور کوهنوردی در ایران افتادم …. پاینده و استوار چون کوه ها بمانید …..

  11. thank you so much,Miss all of them!
    Good for you.thank you again

  12. عالی بود آخرین باری که رفتم سال پیش بود اولین برف زمستانی را شیر پلا دیدم وکلی لذت بردم . واقعا زیباست .

  13. Perfect !

  14. Wonderful pictures… Great job Amir !

  15. خوب حرف نداره دیگه چی بگم
    فقط اینکه اون کلبه اون بالا رو دلم خیلی خواست
    همیشه شاد باشی

  16. Wow, Amir! That’s a spectacular photo album of mountain climbing pictures! Fantastic nature, snow and rocks! The rest break in the little mountain cabin looked cozy! Watch your step! Kind regards from EAGAN daily photo

  17. salam man emsal 15 bar darband omadam.
    age vaght dashtam tochal va kolak chal ham miraftam tu in 15 bar har bar ham ax andakhtam ziad. alan 4 faslo daram
    vali chon doorbin makhsoos nadaram axam manio montaghel nemikone
    ba photoshop mishe kari kard?

  18. karet harf nadare. i miss snow:(

  19. Perfect job! I love your photos.

  20. گدا عکس های من رو بده

  21. اه اه بدم میاد از این ادم ها که همش از در و دیوار عکس می گیرن بعدش هم عکس های آدم رو به خود آدم نمی دن

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  23. that’s great i havent’t seen so much of iran’s country side cause i left iran when i was 7 years old and these pics bring me to another world of my vivid memories in iran there so excellent and brilliant thank you!!

  24. good old days!

  25. Oh man, you remind me my fantastic stories, I really miss my country. hope to see it soon

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