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Overview of Noor Mountains, a sub-range of Central Alborz Mountains:
Labasm Pass Basham Sardi
Stretching from the Haraz Valley to the east, to the Chalus Valley to the west, the peaks of the Noor Mountains create a 100 Kilometer long ridgeline that rises to the north of the Noor Valley in the northern portion of the Central Alborz Mountains of northern Iran. The distance between the Noor Mountains and the Caspian Sea is 35-45 Kilometers. The Noor Peaks mark the boundary between the forested mountains to the north and the bare ones to the south. As you move south from the Caspian Coast, you quickly run into heavily forested mountains that have elevations in the 1000 and 2000 meter range. The forests generally continue up to around 2300 m. The Noor Ridgeline contains the first peaks whose elevations exceed 3000 m. The peaks in the eastern ¾ of the ridgeline are between 3200-3587 m high. In the western ¼ the elevations go above 3600 m and culminate in the 4030 m summit of the Veravasht Peak
. The Noor Mountains create a formidable barrier to the moisture laden Caspian air. The deep valleys to the north of these peaks lead to the Caspian Sea and are often fog filled.
Azad & Kaman Kooh
Basham Sardi Peak Overview (3935 m)
(L) Basham Sardi 3935 m & (R) Veravasht 4030 m
Summit of Basham Sardi Basham Sardi
After the 4030 m Veravasht Peak, Basham Sardi is the second highest peak in the Noor Mountains. The distance between its summit and the Caspian Sea is 43 Kilometers. To the northwest, Basham Sardi connects to the Veravasht Peak
(via a couple of smaller peaks known as Jir Asbi Ow 3918 m & Usher 3858 m) and to the east, it eventually connects to the 3711 m Shamzar Peak. The northeastern slopes of Basham Sardi are quite steep and create walls in many places. These slopes go down to the upper portions of a forested side valley at around 2000 m. The southern slopes go down to a branch of the Chalus Valley at around 2500 m.
Basham Sardi can be most readily accessed via the 3170 m Labashm Pass on a side road known as the Yoosh-Baladeh Road. From the Labashm Pass, you will hike to a saddle between the Shamzar & Basham Sardi Peaks where you will encounter a rocky area which might require some hand and foot climbing but will not present any technical challenges. You will then hike up steep slopes to the twin summits of Basham Sardi.
Basham & Veravasht
If you are lucky, from the summit of Basham Sardi, you might be able to see the Caspian Sea. The view is, however, likely to be obstructed by clouds or haze. To the south, the high peaks of Azad Kooh and Kholeno Massif (4390 m) will be visible. In clear weather, you will also see the peaks of the Takhte Soleyman Massif (4850 m) to the northwest (due to clouds, we were not able to see the Takhte Soleyman Massif).
Northeastern slopes of Basham Sardi & Jir Asbi Ow
Views from the summit of Basham Sardi:
Kholeno Massif 4387 m & Azad Kooh 4390 m from the summit of Basham Sardi
Veravast & Jir Asbi Ow Shamzar & Owlaj
Jir Asbi Ow Peak 3918 m
Jir Asbi Ow
From Jir Asbi Ow From Jir Asbi Ow
Jir Asbi Ow is a twin summit peak that rises immediately to the northwest of Basham Sardi and is separated from it by a 3870 m saddle. The northern summit is the higher one. You can see a very distinct notch between the two summits of Jir Asbi Ow. This notch proved to be a shelter from the fierce wind that plagued us on top of these mountains.
Jir Asbi Ow seems to be surrounded by cliffs on almost all sides (except for its link to Basham Sardi). The only way to proceed northwest from Jir Asbi Ow toward Veravasht Peak seems to be to descend the steep scree filled couloir directly below the mentioned notch.
Jir Asbi Ow
Chalus Valley at dusk from Jir Asbi Ow
Borz Tower 3563 m
On your way to the summit of Basham Sardi, after the saddle with the Shamzar Peak, you will find a rocky tower that is known as Borz. You will have to climb to the top of this tower.
Borz & Basham Sardi Borz Borz
Point 3710 m
This interesting formation rises on the southern slopes of Basham Sardi 200 meters below its summit.
Point 3710 m Point 3710 m Point 3710 m
Views of Shamzar (3711 m) & Siah Band (3644 m) Peaks
Shamzar & Siah Band are a couple of jagged peaks that sit to the east of Basham Sardi. You will have good views of them.