Introduction to Tochal Trekking Tour
Mount Tochal (3960 m), is the highest mountain near Tehran, the capital of Iran. Being approximately only a 30 minute ride away from the city center, this beautiful mountain allows citizens of Tehran to have adventurous weekends. Mount Tochal and other nearby peaks act as a wall stretching 30 to 40 kilometers in the north of Tehran.
This mountain gives mountain enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy various activities such as trekking, hiking, mountaineering, rock climbing, bouldering, slack-line, skiing etc. The cable car line going up to the ski resort from the foothills of Tochal enables visitors to enjoy the amazing nature of the mountain without having to trek all the way up. Also mountaineers can choose to descend back to the foothills with the cable car if they’re tired or don’t have enough time.
The Tochal ski resort, located at 3500 meters of altitude, is the most famous attraction of this mountain. Being the highest in the Middle East, this ski resort is open to ski enthusiasts normally from early-December to late-May.
The 3-Star hotel located near the ski resort is also considered the highest in the Middle East and allows skiers to spend an unforgettable night at 3500 meters of altitude with comfortable bedrooms and hot shower after their adventurous day.
The trekking route to conquer Tochal summit is a normal trekking route and without technical difficulties. However; it’s also possible to do rock climbing in this region. Iranian and international mountaineers can be seen trekking in this mountain all year long, however; they may face some difficulties between December to late-February due to cold and windy weather conditions.
Conquering Mount Tochal can be a great choice for those who seek to add a little adventure to their trips since most travelers stay in Tehran for a few days. It can also facilitate the acclimatization process for mountaineers looking to conquer higher peaks such as Alam Kuh or Damavand.