What is Alamut, Where is Alamut?
Alamut, the host of an undefeatable Castle or the Alamut castle is a part of Qazvin province and in Alborz mountain ranges in south of Mazandaran province. Alamut castle is the highlight of this city because of its history as an undefeatable castle that belonged to group known as Hashshashin or Assassins. They were a group that stood against the Abbasid Caliphate who by the time ruled over Iran. Hassan Sabbah, the founder of Nizari sect lead the group around 1050–1124. Interestingly, no one could defeat the castle when Hassan Sabah ruled over it.
Besides the historical significance, this region benefits from eye catching roads and sceneries which you can enjoy on your way to Alamut city. But then, there is also another interesting thing about Alamut city which has made this region a popular destination for mountain climbers, and that is “The Sialan Mountain”.
How to Ascend?
Sialan with altitude of 4177 meters is among one of the leveled mountains of Iran and part of Alborz mountain range. Basically, there are 3 routes to top the Sialan summit but only two of them are common routes to access the top: north path (Esel Mahale Village), and south path (Haniz Village). Just note that Haniz Village is always filled with mountaineers and trekkers during the climbing season.
To make the ascend through this way you need to first get to Alamut city and then Haniz Village. There are two local shelter on this way, one of them is located at 3300 meters above sea level and the second one is located at 3500 meters (Sialan Shelter). Fortunately, both of them are suitable to spend the night at but you need to have sleeping bags and mattress since there are no beds or any kind of facilities in the shelter. Normally summiting through the southern face would take around 7 hours and you must be prepared to stay the night at tent in case the shelter is full.
To start your ascent from the northern face of Sialan Mountain you must first of all reach to Esel Mahale which is located in “Dou Hezar” district in Mazandaran province. This village is located at the altitude of 1300 meters above sea level and you must know that taking this route is much more longer than the other routes to the summit. By reaching to Esel Mahale, there is two-hour trekking rout waiting for you and after that you will get to “Daryasar” Plain at 2000m. After that you have to trek for more than an hour to reach “Hertang” valley.
Next, there is “Vineh” village where you can set up your camp to stay the night over and rest for the next day. From “Vineh” to peak only a four-hour trek is ahead and if you ascend and descend from the same route you can only pack up necessary things to complete your climb and leave the rest at the campsite.
How to Get there?
To get to Alamut you can have a ride from Tehran to Qazvin and then Alamut which is a common ride with really good condition. Alamut is a home town of many rock climbers in Iran and can be great place for people who are interested in many such activities, it can be a place of choice for all men with historical and adventures sense.
What to See?
In addition to Sialan mountain and Hassan Sabah castle there are more thigs to do and see. Alamut is a pleasant place for fishing, cycling, trekking, motorcycle touring, grand touring and other activities of the same nature for adventurers and tourists that are interested in. For anyone who would like to rest in some place near the water one of the best locations is “The Evan Lake”. Moreover, there is nothing like going out for a cultural trip to Alamut and meanwhile taking the most joy out of the nature by setting up a little camp just near the lake.
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After knowing all about Alamut, it’s now the time to set up your plan. At first, you need to choose about your ideal plan depending on your physical fitness and preference. Based on your plan, we can arrange everything such as accommodation, guide, permits, transfers and even cultural extensions in case that you were interested in getting familiar with history, arts, and literature of Iran. in addition to that, if you are looking for some special tours and packages you can contact us and we will provide you the services that will meet your needs.
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