Skiing on Sabalan

Skiing on Sabalan

5 Days

Availability : August 30, 2020

Min Age : 16+

Max People : 12

Sabalan (Savalan) mountain and climbing on its Summit that is located in Ardabil city, northwestern Iran whose people speak Azeri Turkish language. Sultan (king) Savalan is the main and highest summit of Savalan at 4,811 meters in elevation. Savalan holds a crater lake on top of its summit. Savalan is the only mountain of the world with a natural permanent crater lake on its summit. Beautiful Sceneries on the way of shelter are really amazing. Visiting Nomad people who live in their special tents named “Alachiq” is one of the tourism attractions of Azerbaijan.

During the adventure we will climb and ski one of the beautiful mountains of Asia called Sabalan (4811m), the only mountain of the world holding a permanent crater lake on its summit. Visiting Ardabil city and its historic attractions is cultural extension of the trip arranged by Persian Tour Radar.

Starting point: Tabriz                  Ending point:   Tabriz                                     Duration: 5 days

Level of Difficulty: Sabalan’s northeast face is 3.5 out of 5

Physical Condition: Mountain climbers with the experience of over 4000 m can climb this mountain very easily. Generally fit-body mountaineers climb Savalan without any problem.


Ardabil is a north western city in Iran. 1350 m from sea level. Ardabil has border with the republic of Azerbaijan whose people are speaking Azeri Turkish too. There are many ancient places in Ardabil:

  1. 1. Sheikh Safi al-Din Shrine includes:The mausoleums of Sheikh Safi and Shah IsmaiI, Chini khaneh (meaning the house of chinaware), a mosque, Jannat Sara (meaning the house of paradise), Shahid khaneh (the house of martyrs), Khanaqah (the house of Dervishes), Cheragh Khaneh (the house of lights),  Chelleh Khaneh (the place where devotees shut themselves up during the forty days of Fast). Dome of the mausoleum of Sheikh Safi, which is called “Allah-Allah” has an octagonal interior.
  1. 2. Ardabil Bazaar. This beautiful Persian bazaar was built during Safavid period
  2. 3. Ardabil Anthropology Museum.
  3. 4. Mausoleum of Sheikh Jabraeil.
  4. 5. Jum’a Masjid (Friday Mosque) is Ruins of a magnificent and unique Mosque.
  5. 6. Mirza Ali Akbar mosque & school which dates back to Qajar period
  6. 7. Ardabil bridges were built during Safavid era. Ardabil historical bridges are: Gilandeh, Yeddigoz, Panj Cheshmeh , Qarah Soo Bridge, and Seyyedabad.
  7. 8. Imamzadeh Saleh mausoleum: The mausoleum of Imamzadeh Saleh who is brother of Imam Reza was built 250 years ago.
  8. 9. Saint Mary church This Armenian orthodox church has a beautiful wooden main door and painted dome built in 1876.
  9. 10. Babadavood in Anbaran town.


Meshkin Shahr

Meshkin Shahr city is located in the northwestern Iran, 839 kilometers from Tehran the capital. Because of the vicinity to beautiful Sabalan (Savalan) Mountain it has s a moderate mountainous climate. Former name of Meshgin was “Khiav”. Eye-catching sceneries of Sabalan Mountain which can be seen from the city, attracts many tourists and mountain climbers from all over the world to climb one of the beautiful peaks of the world, Sultan Savalan(4810m). Meshgin Shahr dates back to the early centuries of Islam but in the Safavid era it was developed more. Meshgin Shahr is well known for its fruits, Azerbaijani rugs, its mineral springs, and also, Iran’s first geothermal power plant. Meshkinshahr has a Suspended bridge built in 2015, Meshgin suspended bridge is 365 meters long, and 80 meters above the Khiyav River.


Meshgin Shahr Tourism attractions are:

Old castle of Meshkin Shahr
Ancient site of Shahar Yeri, near the village of Pirazmian,
Qahqaheh castle (80 kilometers to Meshkin)
Old cemetery in Oonar
Petrograph of Shapour Sasani
Tomb of Sheykh Haydar in the city
Imamzadeh Seyyed Soleyman
Arshaq castle, 60 kilometers to Meshkin, etc


Having more than 15 Hot Mineral Springs in Sarein, have given a special fame to it. Many people from all over the world come to Sarein for hydrotherapy. Alvars skiing track is also in one of the villages of Sarein.

Day 1: Airport Pickup

Airport pickup from Tabriz and transfer to Meshgin-Shahr. It may take 3.5 hours to reach Meshgin-Shahr.  We will Visit Old Castle & Shahr-Yeri (Remains of the Old City). Overnight in hotel. BLD included.


Day 2: Acclimatization and Skiing Around Eastern Shelter (3600m)

After a breakfast in hotel we will drive to Gotour suei(2780m) & Shabil(2870m). It may take about 1 hour to reach. If you are interested in swimming in a hot mineral spring full of Sulfur which is very good for skin diseases, we suggest not to lose this chance. Today we drive to shelter (3600m) by 4WD cars for skiing and acclimatization stay. Overnight in shelter. Lunch and dinner included.


Day 3: Summiting Day

Early in the morning (before 4:00 AM) eat an energetic breakfast and get ready to attack Sabalan Summit (4811m) from northeast face. Lunch box has been provided for the summit day. If you ascend normally, you will be on the summit at 9:00 AM. After half an hour leave Savalan’s beautiful lake and descend from south face to Chaygozi, after about 2 hours you will be there. Alvars(3200m) is another place that we see. Alvars has ski track. Transfer to Sarein. Overnight in Hotel for dinner and rest.


Day 4: Ardabil City Tour

After your breakfast in hotel you will be transferred to Ardabil city, 25 km from Sarein.One-day city tour including Sheikh Safi Mausoleum visit, Bazar, Mosque etc are today’s program. Lunch in Ardabil and Overnight in hotel of Sarein.


Day 5: Leave Ardabil Province

After breakfast check out from the hotel. We will transfer you to Tabriz airport. After 4 hours you will reach Tabriz.

Meshgin-Shahr: 1 night hotel, 1 night Shelter.

Sarein: 2 nights hotel


Road of Tabriz to Meshgin is asphalted and in a proper condition, so is the road of Sarein to Ardabil and Ardabil to Tabriz.

  • Accommodations (Hotel, Villa, Lodge, Shelter, Camp, Tent)
  • Professional Cultural Guide for City Tours.
  • Transportation (to and from airport, to and from Isfahan)
  • Permits for Entering each Region.
  • Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) & Beverages during the Period.
  • Entrance Fee to visited sites.
  • Tips to Guides and Staffs.
  • Hotel Reservation extra to the one mentioned in the Itinerary.
  • Single Room Supplement.
  • Visa Fee.
  • Personal Travel Insurance.
  • Any Extra Request Not Mentioned in Itinerary.
  • Extra day for sightseeing
  • Coffee House Services.

General Recommendations for Ascend on Sabalan:

During spring it would be possible to ascend but the weather is quite cold

During summer from August to September is best time to ascend

During fall constant snowing with storms is common on the summit area

During winter it would be extremely difficult to ascend and Just really professional Climbers with full equipment could climb this mountain.

  • Wicking base layers (synthetic or wool)
  • Fleece jacket or vest
  • Fleece pants
  • Insulating jacket (down or poly fill)
  • Insulating hat, cap, balaclava or headband
  • Sun-shielding hat or cap
  • Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
  • Gloves or mittens
  • Gaiters
  • Rain jacket with hood (or soft shell)
  • Waterproof pants or bibs
  • Bandana or Buff (neck or face gaiter)
  • Map
  • Compass
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses, goggles or glacier glasses
  • Lip balm
  • Headlamp or flashlight
  • Extra batteries
  • First-aid kit
  • Matches
  • Knife
  • Duct tape
  • Rope
  • Helmet
  • Harness (with adjustable leg loops)
  • Boots (crampon-compatible)
  • Crampons
  • Ice axe (with leash)
  • Belay/rappel device
  • Pulley
  • Climbing pack
  • Route description or guidebook
  • Locking carabiner(s)
  • Nonlocking carabiners
  • Runners—singles and doubles
  • Prusik cords
  • Hand protection (athletic tape, gloves)
  • Signaling mirror
  • Crevasse rescue gear
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Shovel
  • Probe

For skiing:

  • Skis
  • Ski boots
  • Ski Poles
  • Ski Binding

Here in Persian Tour Radar, we attempt to consider all the possibilities that might affect the performing of a trip, however, there might be geographical, political or social unexpected incidents that might influence the program and require changes like bad weather.

The Persian Tour Radar’s camp are summer camps and are taken down before the heavy snow of each destination begins, therefore, the accommodation might not be Persian Tour Radar Camp.

Here in Persian Tour Radar, we attempt to consider all the possibilities that might affect the performing of a trip, however, there might be geographical, political or social unexpected incidents that might influence the program and require changes like bad weather.

We usually suggest Reserve Day for ascents in fall and winter because of the unstable weather. Naturally, the nonrefundable cost of the day is added to the total sum of the trip that if not used will not be returned to the travelers.

The Persian Tour Radar’s camp are summer camps and are taken down before the heavy snow of each destination begins, therefore, the accommodation might not be Persian Tour Radar Camp.

Based on your physical fitness and mountaineering history, you can request changes to program, like omitting the acclimatization day/s or cultural city tours. You may also ask for addition of such days.

The luggage would be carried by mules in both destinations up to the camp, after that you can leave your packages in camp and ascend with light backpacks.


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