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Piazchal and Lezoon
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Piazchal and Lezoon

 
Piazchal and Lezoon

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tehran, Iran, Asia

Lat/Lon: 35.86970°N / 51.45540°E

Object Title: Piazchal and Lezoon

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 11614 ft / 3540 m

 

Page By: kamran

Created/Edited: Aug 9, 2012 / Aug 19, 2012

Object ID: 805277

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Overview

Lezoon-east (Piazchal), 3540m, and lezoon-west, 3585m, are the easternmost peaks on the main part of Tochal ridge. Tochal ridgeline is very long, and the main part of it which is entirely higher than 3500m starts from Piazchal and continues westward all the way to Bazarak pass, and from there it goes towards NW to Bazarak Peak. The following pictures show a part of the ridge.
Tochal south face
Tochal south face. View from Water&Fire park in Tehran. (June 22, 2012)


Tochal north face
Tochal north face. View from Shemshak-Dizin road. (June 18, 2012)


You can get to Piazchal from any direction you want, i.e. north (Igel), south (Kolakchal), east (Darabad), west (Tochal), …. An easy way is to go to the 7th station of Tochal telecabin, and then go eastward on the ridgline to get to Piazchal. On your way you can also go to the summit of Tochal. Here are some pictures:
 
Tochal 7th station
Tochal 7th station. (July 5, 2012)

 
Tochal summit
Tochal summit

Looking NW
 

Shekarab
Shekarab


Here are some views from the summit of Tochal:

Leila Esfandiari
Photo of Leila Esfandiari on the summit of Tochal

 
Eastern part of Tochal ridge
 

 
Takhte soleiman massif
Takht-e-Soleiman massif

 
Bazarak
Bazarak

 
Mehrchal
Mehrchal

A nice water stream
 


Tochal in old Persian language means Glacier. It clearly shows that there used to be a Glacier on this mountain in the old times. I don’t know when it melted off, but based on some pictures I have seen from 50-60 years ago, there used to be a lot more snow in the Alborz range.

From the summit of Tochal you can keep going to the east to get to Piazchal. As you walk on the ridge the scenery is amazing. To your right you can see the endless city of Tehran, home to 15 million people, and to your left you can see the endless peaks of the Alborz mountain range. I really don’t know where else in the world you can have such views at the same time. Here are some pictures:

 
Tehran
The city of Tehran

 
Looking north
A part of central Alborz

 
City of Tehran
The city of Tehran

 
Tochal eastern ridge
Tochal ridge and Damavand

Kholeno massif
Kholeno Massif


On the way to Piazchal there is an area called Barfchal. The snowfields on Barfchal are the longest lasting snowfields on the southern slopes of Tochal. I used to watch these snowfields every day. I can say from mid 70s till 1991, when I was monitoring the snowfields on the southern slopes of Tochal, on the average the last day that the last patch of snow on Barfchal was visible from Tehran, was around September 1st. Probably in recent years because of the global warming the snowfields melts off faster. In 2012 the precipitation was good, and I think the snowfield in Barfchal will last at least till September 1st. Here are some pictures from Barfchal:

 
Barfchal
Barfchal

 
Barfchal
Barfchal: The longest lasting snowfield in the southern slopes of Tochal

Barfchal and Tehran
Barfchal and Tehran


Here are some pictures on the way to Lezoon-west:

Lezoon-west
Lezoon-west

 
Igel
The village of Igel

 
A nice view
A part of central Alborz

Damavand
Damavand


Here are some views from the areas around Lezoon-west:

Tochal
Tochal

 
Tochal
Tochal

 
Damavand
Damavand

Piazchal
Piazchal


Here are the views from Piazchal peak:

 
Tochal ridge
Looking W

 
Tehran
Looking SW

 
Kolakchal peaks
Looking S

 
Kolakchal and Tehran
Looking SE

 
Darabad peak
Looking ESE

 
Darabad and Latian dam
Looking ESE

 
Darabad and Siahband
Looking ENE

 
Damavand
Looking NE

 
Kharsang peaks
Looking NNE

 
Looking north
Looking N










Getting There

There are many ways to get to Piazchal. The easiest way is to take Tochal Gondola, and go to the 7th station, and from there go eastward on the ridgeline.

Another popular way is to go through Kolakchal. You can start you hike from Jamshidieh park in northern Tehran.

Another way is to go through Darabad. Either you can go to Darabad peak and continue going westward on the ridgeline, or you can go through Ab-e-zendegani canyon.

You can also go from the north side. For example you can start your hike from the village of Igel.

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