Takht-e Suleyman Massif
Takht-e Suleyman, standing in Mazandaran, is one of the highest peaks in the Central Alborz range. Extending to Chalus from north, Darreh 3 Hezar in west, Taleghan and Alamut in south and Chalus Valley in east, the highland, over 4,000 m, is climbed by professional hikers and climbers. Situated in the terrifically gorgeous city of Kelardasht, featuring picturesque landscapes everywhere, the popular mountain is an attraction for tourists.
The namesake goes to sayings that relate to the age of Solomon, the prophet. Some believe that the limbers over the peak date back to that time. In addition, Saniodole in his well-known book states that there is a mountain in Tonekabon known as Takht-e Suleyman ( translated as Solomon’s Throne). He came to the top and turned a snake into a stones.
Douglas Busk, a British mount climber and geogropher, climbed the mountain in 1933 and did some research over there. He discovered the glaciers in the area. Also, Hans Bobek , an Austrian geographer, visited the massif in 1934 to carry out his middle East studies for his university.
The mountain houses 3 stations for climbers at different heights: one at about 3,800 m, second at roughly 4,300 m, and last at almost 4,700 m. Offering basic facilities and services, they accommodate backpackers for a nightly stop.
The most popular trail to access lies in the south, Alamchal. However, there are other trails on north and west as well.
Climbers will experience a marvelous view of the neighboring peaks of Damavand, Azadkuh, and Alamkuh in case weather conditions allow. You might sometimes have a dim view due to foggy weather. White cotton clouds are seen atop the mountain.
Thanks to the mountain’s glaciers, among the largest in Iran, it is a principal source for springs and cool rivers rushing through the rocks. Of note is Alamchal glacier, 3 km long, 750 m wide and 80 m deep, located in the north of Alamkuh mountain.
Flora and fauna are marvelous thanks to the existence of rivers: lush vegetation fascinates you to click some snapshots. From Sarchal upwards there is no vegetation whatsoever. Rams, bears, leopards, wolves, jackals, and partridges are found in the region.
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