|Page Type:||Trip Report|
|Lat/Lon:||34.76340°N / 48.40310°E|
|Date Climbed/Hiked:||Jan 17, 2020|
The 3340 m (10958 ft) Alvand Peak rises to the southwest of the city of Hamedan in the Zagros Mountain of western Iran. Proximity to the city, makes Alvand Peak a popular hiking destination. A trail starts at a spot called Ganj Nameh (Treasure Letter) at an elevation of 2180 m (7150 ft) and goes to the summit of Mt. Alvand. A gondola line also goes from the trailhead to a flat area at an elevation of 2710 m (8900 ft) named Meeshan Plateau.
Ganj Nameh (Treasure Letter) refers to a couple of cuneiform inscriptions on a rock face at Mt. Alvand Trailhead. Each inscription is in 3 columns written in ancient Persian, Babylonian and Elamite languages. One inscription was carved on the order of the Persian Emperor Darius the Great (522-486 BC) and the other by his successor Xerxes the Great (486-465 BC).
Development in the Ganj Nameh area has turned it into a busy tourist hub with natural and man made recreational opportunities.
Friday January 17, 2020
Our group left the city of Sanandaj at 1:00 a.m. while it was snowing. Winter conditions made our drive slow. Reached the city of Hamedan at 4:30 a.m. and started our hike at Ganj Nameh Trailhead at 5:30 a.m. Reached the mountaineering shelter on Meeshan Plateau at 6:50 a.m.
Had our breakfast at the shelter and then started again at 7:30 a.m. going toward the summit.
View of the summit.
On the trail near the summit.
Reaching the very top, required some degree of rock climbing.
We were on the summit at 9:30 a.m. After a 40 minute rest, we began to descend reaching the top of the gondola line at 11:50 a.m. then rode the gondola line down back to the trailhead.