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From Varengeh Rood

From Varengeh Rood

From Varengeh Rood

Page Type: Route

Location: Tehran, Iran, Asia

Lat/Lon: 36.05460°N / 51.54980°E

Object Title: From Varengeh Rood

Route Type: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Time Required: A few days

Difficulty: Hike Scramble

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Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Oct 13, 2007 / Oct 13, 2007

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Getting There

Directions to Varengeh Rood Village:
From downtown Tehran drive the Tehran-Karaj Freeway 40 Km west to the town of Karaj and take the Chalus Road exit. Drive the Chalus Road up the mountains roughly 70 Km till the junction of the road that goes to Dizin Ski Area (2250 m). Turn onto this road and follow it a few Km till you see a side road on the left that goes to Varengeh Rood Village (2325 m). Turn onto this road and follow it a few Km till the end of it at the village (2450 m).

Route Description

Please refer to the Detailed Map of Central Alborz for the below discussion. Having the 1:50 000 maps (See the “Maps” section of Introduction to Central Alborz) can add much more detail. You will need Sheet “6262 II Gajereh” for Varengeh Rood Village and much of the valley and Sheet “6362 III Uz” for the Borj Peaks.

All distances are per my GPS

Varengeh Rood
Village…………..2450 m……………….Zero
Of the
Stream to
Kholeno Lake…..3100 m……………….16.5 Km
Kholeno Lake…..3830 m………………..4.0 Km
Farakhe No……..4230 m………………..4.85 Km
Khers Chal………4253 m……………….0.5 Km
North Borj...........4325 m..........1.75 Km

Total………………………………………..27.6 Km

Get on the trail at the north end of the Varengeh Rood Village (2450 m). This trail soon crosses (via a bridge) to the northwestern side of the River (The river is too large to cross on foot). You will have to follow the river-side trail 16.5 Km to reach the junction of the branch that goes to Kholeno Lake. The trail is, for the most part, fairly well-established. We did, however, lose it at times. We were in the area in mid June. Avalanche remains covered the river frequently and provided convenient ways of crossing the river. Later in the season, when the snow has melted away, crossing the river will become a problem.

16.5 Km after Varengeh Rood Village, at an elevation of 3100 m, you will reach a split in the river. Turn right (south, and later southeast) and follow the southern branch up much steeper slopes another 4 Km to reach the Kholeno Lake (3830 m) which sits at the base of the northern slopes of Khers Chal Peak. The pointy summit of Khers Chal will guide you to the lake. Set up your base camp near the lake.

The western slopes of the Borj peaks above the Kholeno Lake are very steep and are covered by scree. This makes them a poor choice for climbing. The best option is to climb to the summit of Kherchal Peak and then follow the ridgetop to Borj.

Hike one Km back along the way that you came until you are directly to the north of Peak 4051 m (that rises between Farakhe No to the east and the 4118 m Bandalkoli Peak to the west). Identify the northern ridgeline of Peak 4051 m. This ridgeline might look intimidating, but if you stick just to the east of the crest of it, you will find a trail that takes you all the way to the summit of Peak 4051 m.
Farakhe No & Peak 4051 m
Farakhe No & Peak 4051 m

Once on the summit of Peak 4051 m, turn east and follow the ridge-top down a little to a saddle and then up to the summit of Farakhe No and then Khers Chal.

Continue east on the crest of the ridgeline to a high point known as Harzeh Kooh (4268 m), then follow the ridgetop as it turns north toward the Borj Peaks. Bypass the South Borj Peak to the east of it and then go up the southern slopes of the North Borj Peak to its summit. Some hand and foot climbing might be needed below the summit.
Below Summit
Below Summit

Essential Gear

In summer only camping equipment.


From Kholeno Lake