OverviewNote About Elevation: My GPS measured an elevation of 4080 m. The 4089 m figure is per the Iranian 1:50 000 Map.
Note About Name: This peak is known by variuos names. These include: Taleghan Peak, Sefid Kootool, Sefid Ghotoor and Alamoot Peak.
In the western portion of the Central Alborz Mountains of northern Iran, on the crest of the ridgeline that separates the Taleghan Valley to the south from the Alamoot Valley to the north, you will find a series of five 4000 m peaks. East to west, these peaks include:
1) Shah Alborz 4125 m
2) Saal Barf 4065 m
3) Sefid Ab 4042 m
4) Siah Darreh 4022 m
5) Taleghan Peak (Sefid Kootool) 4089 m
To the east, Taleghan Peak is separated from the 4022 m Siah Darreh Peak via a 3930 m saddle. To the west, the very long ridgeline of Taleghan Peak slowly descends into the valley of Alamoot River. The northern slopes of Taleghan Peak are quite steep and drop into a valley that eventually goes down to the bottom of the Alamoot River Valley (1800 m). The southern slopes of Taleghan Peak give rise to the Hasan Joon Stream which joins the Taleghan River near the Taleghan Lake behind the Taleghan Dam.
The most direct way to the summit of Taleghan Peak is via its western ridgline. The starting point is the 2200 m village of Aveh. Taleghan Peak can also be climbed starting at the 1980 m village of Hasan Joon to the southeast. From Hasan Joon Village, the trail will take the hiker up the tree-filled valley of Hasan Joon Stream before climbing the grassy lower slopes to reach the summit of Saal Barf Peak. Hikers can then turn west and follow the ridgetop past the Sefid Ab and Siah Darreh Peaks to reach Taleghan Peak.
A few pictures from the valley of Hasan Joon Stream:
A few pictures from the grassy lower slopes:
Views from the summit of Taleghan Peak:
The starting point for this route is the summit of Saal Barf Peak. Click here to see the Route Page for the Saal Barf Peak.
From the summit of Saal Barf (4065 m), head west and follow the ridge-top down to a 3980 m saddle and then up to the 4042 m summit of Sefid Ab Peak(Hiking distance 1.1 Km). From Sefid Ab, continue to follow the ridgetop another 3.5 Km west down to the 3910 m saddle, up to the summit of Siah Darreh (4022 m), down to the 3930 m saddle and then up to the summit of Taleghan Peak.(Distance from Hasan Joon Village is 21.7 Km).
Getting ThereDirections to Hasan Joon Village:
From the western parts of Tehran, Drive the Tehran-Qazvin Freeway 40 Km west to the town of Karaj, continue roughly another 60 Km to a village called Abyek. A little on the west side of Abyek, take the exit to “Ziyaran-Shahrak”. Drive this road 40 Km north past a 2350 m high point and then down into the Teleghan Valley by the Taleghan Reservoir to reach Shahrak (or Shahrake Taleghan). This town sits at the bottom of the Taleghan (Shah Rood) River Valley. At the main square, you will see a sign for Hasan Joon Village which is only a few Kilometers away.