Here is Zagros – Chelgerd region ski touring program. The program includes skiing some parts of Zard-Kuh Mountains that are in return part of the Zagros mountain range. Zard-Kuh area is famous for having some “almost leveled” mountains that have possibility for ski mountaineering. In this program, depending on the snow and weather condition we would choose different peaks in the area and ski there. Some of these mountains are Dozardeh, Shahriari, Kolon Chi, Shah Shahidan, Aab Sefid, Haft Tanan, Shah Mansuri, Robat Khan, Bazoft, and Mazon.
After the program is finished, skiers would drive back to Isfahan depending on the departure time. Most of the overnight stays would be in local house in Chelgerd which is equipped (shared bath, shared sleeping area) and belonging to the locals of the Chelgerd. Each day, they would ascend one of the mountains and return to the local house.
- Accommodation (hotel, lodge, shelter, villa, local house, …)
- Transportation (domestic flight, airport, city, between cities, 4×4, …)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, lunchbox)
- Beverages (only those served with food)
- Guide (mountain, ski, city tour)
- Means of carrying loads (mule, porter, camel)
- Entrances (lifts, historic sites, …)
- Ascend Permits
- Visa reference code
- Mountain Accidents Insurance
- International flight
- Visa fee
- Personal travel insurance
- Hotel minibar or café
- Tips to guides and staff
- Services not mentioned above
- Extra days or reservations
- Single room supplement
Day 1: Arrival to Isfahan (1590m)
Now, the Zagros – Chelgerd region ski touring officially begins. After your arrival to Isfahan airport and meeting the Atour Adventure agent, we will head to the city of Chelgerd (2390m) in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province. The drive is around 3-4 hours, and the overnight would be in a local house.
Day 2: Heading to Mohammad Abad (~2400m)
After breakfast, we have a short drive (around 45 minutes) to Sheikh Ali Khan village (2406m). From here, the ski touring begins and we will head to the Mohammad Abad village. The overnight would be in a local house. Lunch is in form of lunchbox and dinner is in the local house.
Day 3: Ski touring in Mohammad Abad (~2400m)
After breakfast, we will head to the Mohammad Abad summit. Then we will ski down back to Mohammad Abad village. The overnight will be in local house. We have lunchboxes for lunch and the dinner is in the local house.
Day 4: Summiting Niakan peak (2450m)
Today, and after breakfast, we will ski tour to the Niakan summit (2450m) and also the surrounding peaks. The overnight is in local house. We have lunchboxes and the dinner is in local house.
Day 5: Ski touring to Samsami peak (3800m)
On this day, we will drive to Samsami village. We will be ski touring to Samsami peak (3800m) and ski in the area. The overnight is in the local house. Lunch is in form of lunchbox, dinner is in local house.
Day 6: Ascending Shah Mansouri peak (3950m)
Drive to the trailhead and ski touring to Shah Mansouri peak (3950m) and back to the village. Overnight will be in local hose. We have lunchboxes and the dinner would be in local house.
Day 7: Now, to the Cherry pass (2750m)
Driving to the Cherry pass and skiing in the altitude of 2750m, then driving back to the Chelgerd and resting in local house. The overnight will be in local house. Lunch would be a lunchbox and dinner in the local house.
Day 8: The mountain of your choice
For the last day of ski touring, based on the desire of participants, we will choose a mountain and ski in the area. Then, we will return to the Chelgerd and rest in the local house. Like the previous days, we have lunchboxes and dinner is in the local house.
Day 9: Back to the city of Isfahan (1590m)
Driving to Isfahan (around 3-4 hours) and half-day city tour of Isfahan. Based on the traffic and roads, we will visit one or two sites in the Isfahan. The lunch and dinner would be in restaurant.
Day 10: Isfahan city tour (1590m)
Today we have a full-day Isfahan city tour. We will be visiting Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Qeysarieh Portal and Bazar, and Chehel Sotun Palace. The lunch and dinner would be in restaurant.
Day 11: Time to say goodbye
Departure. Based on the departing flight, we will arrange for transfer to the airport.
- Destination: Isfahan.
- Cultural Sites: Naghsh-e Jahan Square, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Ali Qapu Palace, Qeysarieh Portal and Bazar, Chehel Sotun Palace, and Si-o-She Pol (bridge)
General Equipment List for Ski
- Sleeping bag with -5 comfort
- Sandals or Crocs
- Sports shoes
- Trekking shoes
- Ski touring ski
- Repair kit
- Telescopic or fixed ski poles with large plate
- Duffle bag
- Day backpack 30-40 Liter
- Trekking socks
- Ski socks
- Base layer top and Bottom
- Synthetic mid-layer
- Windproof and waterproof pants
- Windproof and waterproof jacket
- Thick down jacket
- Ski touring pants
- Fleece or wool jacket
- Fleece or wool pants
- Long sleeve t-shirt
- Warm hat
- Base layer gloves
- Over gloves
- Expedition gloves
- Headband and scarf
- Sunglasses and goggles
- Personal aid kit
- Water bottle and flask
- Pocket knife
- Avalanche transceiver
- Ice axe
- Snow shovel
- Mountaineering harness
- Rope cord 7mm/10m long
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Quick dry towel
- Personal medicine