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Zarrin Kooh (Aband, Maseh Chal)
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Zarrin Kooh (Aband, Maseh Chal)

 
Zarrin Kooh (Aband, Maseh Chal)

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tehran/Mazandaran, Iran, Asia

Lat/Lon: 36.27878°N / 51.06038°E

Object Title: Zarrin Kooh (Aband, Maseh Chal)

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 13773 ft / 4198 m

 

Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Jul 12, 2008 / Jul 15, 2014

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Overview

Click for Introduction to Central Alborz Mountains.

Click to see the Map of the Takhte Soleyman Massif.


Name Alert: For some reason this peak has been given at least three different names. These include: “Zarrin Kooh”, “Aband” and “ Maseh Chal”.This mountain should not be confused with another Zarrin Kooh that rises in the southeastern portion of the Central Alborz Mountains.
NW Face
Zarrin Kooh from the northwest

 
Our Camp
Our Camp
 
From Nezar
Zarrin Kooh from NW

Zarrin Kooh is the southern-most 4000 meter peak of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. From the northwest, Zarrin Kooh connects to the Varzakool (3958 m) and Siahleez Peaks (3975 m) and from the east, it connects to the 3890 m Zard Gooleh Peak. The southern slopes of Zarrin Kooh go down to a branch of the Shah Rood (Taleghan) Valley and its northern slopes drop down to the bottom of a branch of the Chalus Valley.
From Alaneh Sar
Zarrin Kooh from Alaneh Sar Peak

Zarrin Kooh sits on the boundary between the lush northern slopes and the barren southern slopes of the Alborz Mountains. Clouds from the Caspian Sea (to the north) often fill the Chalus Valley and its branches. While Caspian rain forests cover these northern slopes up to an elevation of 2300 m, the southern slopes remain forest free.


Summit
Summit
Finding Drinking Water
Finding Drinking Water
Summit
Summit
Zarrin Kooh
Southern Slopes


A large alpine bowl sits to the northwest of Zarrin Kooh at an elevation of 3400 to 3600 m. During the snow melt season, a few small lakes form at the bottom of this field at the base of the snow field that covers the bowl.

Lake
Lakes
Lake
Lakes

Zarrin Kooh is usually climbed via its southern slopes. The starting point is the 2350 m village of Narian that sits in a branch of the Taleghan Valley. A 12 Km hike will take you to the summit. A descent route via the northern slopes to the village of Dalir has been described at this Farsi Site (click here).

Flowers
Flowers
summit
Summit
Summit
Summit


Views from the summit of Zarrin Kooh:


Zard Gooleh
Zard Gooleh
Branch of Chalus Valley
Branch of Chalus Valley
Abidar
Avidar & Subpeak
Varzakool
Varzakool

Alam Kooh
Alam Kooh

Getting There

Directions to Narian 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 to reach Shahrak (or Shahrake Taleghan). This town sits at the bottom of the Taleghan (Shah Rood) River Valley. Continue the road past Shahrak heading east 15 Km to reach the village of Jowestan. Here, right goes to the village of Gateh Deh and left to Narian. Take the left road and drive 8 Km to a split in the road. Left goes to the village of Parachan and right to Narian. Take the right road and cross the bridge then drive a few kilometers up a saddle and then down to reach the village of Narian.

Red Tape

No fees or permits required.

Zarrin Kooh
Northwest face of Zarrin Kooh

Camping

Anywhere

The impressive east face
The impressive east face, by Nomad

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