Here we have Sahand, Aigar and Sabalan ski touring program. The volcanic Sabalan mountain with an altitude of 4811 meters is in northwest of Iran. The mountain is famous for its hot water spring, the lake on its summit and its spiritual significance. In this program, we summit three mountains Sahand (3707m), Aigar (3950m), and Sabalan (4811m). Sahand (3707m) is unique in its own way, and can act as an acclimatization for Sabalan as well. The program starts from Tabriz international airport. We can start it from Tehran. Then, we need a transfer or domestic flight to Tabriz. We will stay in camp, shelter and hotel and use 4x4s for transfer. Below, you can find more information about Sahand, Aigar and Sabalan ski touring program.
- 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 (historic sites, lifts, …)
- 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 Tabriz (1351m)
Now, the Sahand, Aigar and Sabalan ski touring program officially begins. Arrival to Tabriz international airport. After arrival, you will meet Atour’s agent and head to hotel for some rest. The overnight will be in Tabriz.
Day 2: Sahand ski touring (3700m)
After breakfast, and with a 1-hour drive, we will reach the Sahand ski resort (2800m). Then, our ski touring begins. We will head to the southern peak at the altitude of 3700m and then head back down. We will have around 5-6 hours of ski touring on this day. Then we will head back to hotel and rest for the night. We have lunchbox and eat the dinner in restaurant.
Day 3: Kamal ski touring (3850m)
Again, after breakfast, we will head to Sahand. However, this time to summit from the northern section. We will go from the altitude of 2800m, which is the resort, to the altitude of 3850m, which is Kamal peak. We will have 5-6 hours of ski touring. Then, we will drive to Meshkin shahr that will take around 3 hours and spend the night at Dorna Camp. The camp is at the altitude of 2400m. We will have lunch box and eat dinner in camp.
Day 4: near Aigar ski touring (3800m)
after breakfast and gathering stuff, we will head to a peak in Aigar area. It is around 3800m and we will summit and ski on this mountain. We have to be ready for 7-8 hours of skiing. Then, we will return to Dorna camp and rest. For lunch, we have lunchbox and for dinner, we will be at camp.
Day 5: Kasra ski touring (3900m)
Today, we have a short drive to the trailhead in the western face of Kasra peak. Then we will ascend to the altitude of 2400m, to the Golestan area, on the south face of Kasra peak. Then we will summit the Genavardaqi peak with an altitude of 3900 meters. We have to be ready for 6-7 hours of ski touring. For night, we return to Dorna Camp. For lunch, lunchbox and for dinner, we will be in camp.
Day 6: Aigar ski touring (3950m)
On this day, we will head for the Aigar peak with an altitude of 3950 meters. With our descend, we have 8 hours of ski touring. Next, we will return to Dorna camp and spend the night there. Like the previous days, we have lunchbox and our dinner is in camp.
Day 7: Heading to Shabil (2800m) and Sabalan shelter (3700m)
Now it is time to head to Sabalan. First, we drive to Shabil (2800m). It will take around 2 hours. Then, we will go to the shelter in northeast side (3700m). Be ready for 5-6 hours of ascend. For night, we remain in shelter. Our guide will prepare the meals.
Day 8: Summiting Sabalan and ski touring there (4811m)
Now the final step, we head to the Sabalan peak (4811m) through northeast valley. It will take 8-9 hours to get to the peak and return to Shabil. Our transfer is waiting to take us to Sarein. We will spend the night in hotel in Sarein enjoying the hot water springs.
Day 9: Transfer to Tabriz (1351m) and departure
The tour is over, now we will drive to Tabriz (around 3 hours). For our departing flight. Naturally, the arrangement of this day depends on the flight time.
- Destination: This tour does not include city tour
- Cultural Sites: –
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
- Avalanche probe
- Ice axe
- Snow shovel
- Mountaineering harness
- Rope cord 7mm/10m long
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Quick dry towel
- Personal medicine