Cheekha Dar

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Cheekha Dar
Created On: Dec 16, 2011
Last Edited On: Dec 17, 2011


Cheekha Dar lies on the Iraq - Iran border in the Zagros mountain range of Kurdistan. It is the highest mountain in Iraq, but there are higher mountains in the range. The CIA and Russian topographical mapping claims it is 3,611m. It was climbed in November 2004 by English explorer Ginge Fullen, and the first reported winter ascent was by Jonathan Beswick and Matthew DuPuy on March 18th, 2011. Cheekha Dar is Kurdish for "Black Tent".

Getting There

The mountain base is accessed from Erbil, a major town in Kurdistan, you can fly to Erbil from various places, or drive overland from Turkey.

From Erbil travel North East on Route 3 to a village called Gundah Zhur. From Gundah Zhur it is a days walk up to an old Kurdish Kut on the mountain. This route goes through a minefield and so it is essential to get Kurdish Army guides. This hut can be used as a Basecamp for a summit attempt, which can be done in a day but is better broken down to two.

Red Tape

This is an area that see's no visitors, which means the bureaucracy is large and complicated with no formal process. You will need permission from the local Kurdish Army commander. There is a strong likelihood you will need to negotiate regularly and expect delays, frustrations and "acceleration fees".


You can ask for shelter in local Kurdish villages, stay at the Kurdish hut or camp anywhere on the mountain.

External Links

Matthew DuPuy's photo Blog

Expedition to Cheekha Dar

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Baarb - Dec 16, 2011 9:33 pm - Hasn't voted


The stated position appears to be some way south-east of where the mountain actually is.


secretcompass - Dec 17, 2011 8:39 pm - Hasn't voted


Sorry, had'nt converted to decimal, now done and correct


panZ - Nov 21, 2014 7:16 pm - Voted 10/10

Link to my photoblog

Hey! I got a mention on SummitPost. Neat!

Your link to my photoblog from this trip is broken. The page with my Cheekha Dar photos is here:

I'm happy to provide beta on the area if anyone needs it. Glad to see Secret Compass offering their beta too!

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