During the trip you will climb one of the beautiful mountains of Asia called Sabalan (4811m), the only mountain of the world holding a permanent crater lake on its summit. Damavand (5610m) the highest point of Iran is another summit to ascend. Visit Ardabil & Tehran and their historic attractions as cultural extensions of the trip.
Starting point: Tabriz→Meshgin-shahr Ending point: Tehran
Level of Difficulty:
Sabalan’s northeast face is 3.5 out of 5
Damavand’s south face is 4 out of 5
Mountain climbers with the experience of over 4000 m can climb this mountain very easily. Generally fit-body mountaineers climb Savalan & Damavand 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:
- 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.
- Ardabil Bazaar. This beautiful Persian bazaar was built during Safavid period
- Ardabil Anthropology Museum.
- Mausoleum of Sheikh Jabraeil.
- Jum’a Masjid (Friday Mosque) is Ruins of a magnificent and unique Mosque.
- Mirza Ali Akbar mosque & school which dates back to Qajar period
- Ardabil bridges were built during Safavid era. Ardabil historical bridges are: Gilandeh, Yeddigoz, Panj Cheshmeh , Qarah Soo Bridge, and Seyyedabad.
- Imamzadeh Saleh mausoleum: The mausoleum of Imamzadeh Saleh who is brother of Imam Reza was built 250 years ago.
- Saint Mary church This Armenian orthodox church has a beautiful wooden main door and painted dome built in 1876.
- Babadavood in Anbaran town.
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.
Damavand, the highest mountain of Iran sitting beside the most important metropolitan city and capital of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran. According to an Iranian mythology the ancient borders of Iran had been determined by the arrow of Arash (the archer) that was thrown from the summit of this mountain.