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Darabad

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tehran, Iran, Asia

Lat/Lon: 35.86140°N / 51.49800°E

Object Title: Darabad

County: Tehran

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 10466 ft / 3190 m

 

Page By: kamran

Created/Edited: Jul 12, 2014 / Jul 12, 2014

Object ID: 904405

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Overview

Darabad is one of the peaks in northeastern Tehran. Darabad peak and ridgeline are part of the Tochal ridgeline which extends from Ghoochak pass on the east to Lavarak peak on the west. There are hundreds of hiking trails in Tehran, and Darabad trail is one of the 5 most popular ones. What distinguishes this trail from the other 4 is the fact that there is only one restaurant there, so the trail is very clean and not that crowded. Here is a view from Water & Fire park in Tehran:

Darabad peak
view from Water & Fire park in Tehran


On the foot of Mt. Darabad there used to be a village called Darabad which is currently a part of Tehran metropolitan area.  The northern slopes of Mt. Darabad extends down to the villages of Ooshan and Hajiabad. They were planning to build a huge recreational center including ski resorts in Hajiabad and northern slopes of Darabad, but apparently the plan is on hold.

Getting There

To get to the summit of Darabad, you can go from any direction you want. You can start your hike from the village of Hajiabad in the north or from Darabad region in Tehran or from Piazchal on the west. I started my hike from Darabad region in Tehran. Here is the map at the beginning of the trail.


Map of the trail
I took the orange route to go up, and took the yellow route to get down


Here are some photos on the way up:

The beginning of the trail
The beginning of the trail

Part of Darabad canyon
Darabad canyon

on the way to the peak
On the way up


Every year there are hundreds of people involved in the accidents in the mountains near Tehran. Some of them need to be airlifted to the hospitals. You may see some Helicopter langing sites in the mountains for this purpose.

A Helicopter landing site
A Helicopter landing site


Here are more photos on the way to Darabad ridgeline:


Tehran
Tehran

Darabad peak
Darabad peak

Piazchal
Piazchal

Piazchal
Piazchal

Tehran
Tehran

Piazchal and Kolakchal
Kolakchal and Piazchal


When you get to the ridgeline you can see a beautiful view of a part of central Alborz. Here are the views from the ridgeline:


On the ridgeline
On the ridgeline

Latian lake
Latian lake
 

Looking north
From Sarakchal to Mehrchal

Sarakchal peaks
Sarakchal peaks

Mehrchal
Mehrchal

Looking west
Piazchal

Tehran
Tehran from Darabad ridgeline

Looking north
From Sarakchal peaks to Kharsang peaks

Tochal, Piazchal and Kolakchal
Tochal, Piazchal and Kolakchal

Northern slopes
Northern slopes

Darabad peak
Darabad peak

Darabad shelter
Darabad shelter

Tochal summit
Tochal summit

Darabad summit
Darabad summit


Here are the views from the summit of Mt. Darabad:


Siahband
Siahband

A part of central Alborz
A part of central Alborz

Sehchal and Koloonbastak
Sehchal and Koloonbastak

Sarakchal peaks
Sarakchal peaks

Varzab, Janestoon peaks and Kharsang peaks
From Varzab to Kharsang peaks


When I was on the summit of Darabad, it suddenly got cloudy and very cold, and started raining, so I had to spend some time in the shelter and return quickly.


Piazchal and Kolakchal
Tochal disappeared

Tehran
On the way down

Tehran
Tehran

Darabad canyon
Darabad Canyon

A nice waterfall
A nice waterfall
 



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Sarakchal peaksPiazchalA nice waterfallDarabad shelterDarabad summitSarakchal peaksDarabad peak
Piazchal and KolakchalTehranA part of central AlborzDarabad canyonTehranLooking westTochal, Piazchal and Kolakchal
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