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brendon - Oct 10, 2006 8:07 pm - Voted 10/10


Another great page from Iran. How often do you make it back there?


nader - Oct 10, 2006 8:24 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Another

Thanks Brendon. Left Iran in 1983. Never went back until June of 2004 for a climbing trip. Loved it. Went again in June of 2005 and 2006.


EastKing - Oct 11, 2006 11:08 pm - Voted 10/10


Are there any glaciers in this range outside of Damavand? Also this is another great page in a region in which most might not visit for a long time due to tensions between Iran and the west. Keep the pages coming.


nader - Oct 12, 2006 1:46 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Glaciers!!

Thank you for your vote and interest EastKing.

For the below discussion, you can refer to this map of Cantral Alborz.

Besides Damavand, most glaciers in The Central Alborz Mountains are found in the Takhte Soleyman Massif (The high peaks around the 4850 m Alam Kooh Peak). Most notable examples are:
Alam Chal Glacier PIC 1, PIC 2
Espilet (Split) Glacier Pic 1
Haft Khan Glacier PIC 1
Khersan Glacier PIC 1
and many others

After Alam Kooh/Takhte Soleyman Massif, the next highest peaks of Central Alborz are those near the 4387 m Kholeno Peak. As you can see in these pictures (PIC 1, PIC 2) all of these valleys seem to be glacially carved. While in early summer they seem to be full of snow, I suppose by late summer little snow remains (Probably like in this picture). I guess that is why they don't call them "glaciers".

There are many other high peaks that I am sure in the distant past had had big glaciers (Check out the panoramic view in this page for example). I am sure many snow fields survive the summer on these northerly slopes.

This was only "Central Alborz". You will find other glaciers in Iran near Mt. Sabalan, Oshtoran Kooh, Zard Kooh and a few other places.

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