OverviewLocated to the north of the Lavasanat region and to the east of the Jajrood river from Garmabdar to Lashgarak, Mehrchal massif consists of several high peaks, the highest of which is Mehrchal (3921m). There are 8 peaks higher than 3500m in this region:
1) Mehrchal (3921m)
2) Pirzankoloom (3850m)
3) Sai (3800m)
4) Atashkooh (3720m)
5) Bozhalehchal (3600m)
6) Ham-e-hen (3590)
7) Ashyord (3550m)
8) Rizan (3570m)
There are many routes going to the Mehrchal summit. The most popular one is the one starting from the village of Emameh. Another popular route is the one from the village of Garmabdar going through the Sirbandy canyon. We took the route from the village of Zagoon. The elevation of Zagoon is about 2200m, and it takes about 1700m vertical climb to get to the Mehrchal summit. The elevation of Emameh and Garmabdar is higher than Zagoon, and the vertical climb is about 1500m.
The first part of the climb is going through the Hessarak Canyon. At the beginning the canyon has gentle slopes, but it gradually becomes very steep. The route in the steep area is called “Gordeh mahi-e Chehel peech” meaning a steep route with 40 turns.
As you climb the canyon the view of the Kholeno massif is spectacular.
A little after passing the Hessarak Canyon There is a small spring called Bache-owak. It is a good place to take a rest and have some hot tea.
While you are drinking tea you can enjoy the view.
The next destination is Molarsam peak (3200m).
Here are the views from Molarsam peak:
From Molarsam peak it takes about 30 minutes to get to Bozghalehchal peak. From there it takes another 30 minutes to get to Pirzankoloom, and another 30 minutes to get to Mehrchal. Here are some of the views: