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Chaloon is one of the central peaks of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. It rises above the tail end of the Alam Chal Glacier. To the north, Chaloon is connected to the 4472 m Siah Kamaan Peak
and to the southwest, it connects to the 4604 m Siah Sang Peak
(via a long ridgeline that gives rise to a nameless 4450 m high point). The western slopes of Chaloon are steep rocky/scree slopes that drop down to the bottom of the valley of Alam Chal Glacier.
View from the southeast
Chaloon is usually climbed along with the nearby Siah Kamaan Peak in a 3 or 2 day program. The usual starting point is the town of Roodbarak (elevation 1400 m) to the northeast. From Roodbarak, you will drive to a place called Vandar Bon (2350 m) and then follow a well-established trail to the 3750 m Sarchal Shelter. From the shelter, you will hike into the valley of Alam Chal Glacier, go up a steep snow covered slope to reach the 4400 m Chaloon Pass and then follow the ridge-top to the summit of Chaloon Peak.
View from the northwest
From the summit of Chaloon, you will have superb views of the north wall of Alam Kooh Peak rising above the Alam Chal Glacier. Much of the rest of the Takhte Soleyman Massif will also be well visible.
Below, you can see pictures of what you will encounter on your way to the summit of Chaloon:
Town of Roodbarak
The picturesque town of Roodbarak sits at an elevation of 1400 m among the beautiful Caspian Forests. The Iranian Mountain Climbing Federation operates a shelter at the west end of the town.
On the trail, 2350-2850 m
From Roodbarak, you will drive to a place called Vandar Bon (2350 m) and then follow a well-established trail.
On the trail 2850-3750 m
Sarchal Shelter 3750 m
Sarchal is a multi-room shelter with a capacity for 100 or more people. It is the main hub for climbing Alam Kooh and the other central peaks of the Takhte Soleyman Massif.
Glacial Debris Field 3750-4000 m
Above Sarchal Shelter you will find the valley filled with a huge glacial debris field roughly 3 Km long. Occasional pits created by running water under the debris field expose the thick layer of glacial ice that sits under the debris field.