Lashgarak the Small

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Lashgarak the Small
Created On: Aug 9, 2008
Last Edited On: Nov 27, 2016


Click for Introduction to the Central Alborz Mountains.

Click to see the Map of the Takhte Soleyman Massif.

My GPS measured an elevation of 4193 m. The 4184 m figure is per the Iranian 1:50 000 map.

In Farsi: Lashgarake Koochak
Southeast FaceSouteast Face

Southern SlopesSouthern Slopes
Just Below SummitBelow Summit

There is nothing small about Lashgarak the Small. In fact it is a prominent peak that sits on the south side of a slightly higher peak known as Lashgarak the Great (4256 m) in the southern parts of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. To the southeast, Lashgarak the Small connects to the 4030 m Khers Char Peak. The eastern slopes of Lashgarak the Small go into a branch of the Chalus Valley and its western and southern slopes into a branch of the Taleghan (Shah Rood) Valley.

Lashgarak the Small rises on the crest of a ridgeline that forms the southeastern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. This ridgeline (which is roughly 15 Km long) starts at the summit of Lashgarak the Great Peak and continues a few kilometers beyond Zarrin Kooh Peak to the southeast giving rise to a few 4000 m (and other 3800 and 3900 m) peaks.

Lashgarak the Small is usually climbed as a bonus peak by those who climb Lashgarak the Great. It can be easily accessed via its northern slopes which connect to Lashgarak the Great.
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If from the summit of Lashgarak the Small, you plan to continue the ridgeline southeast toward the Khers Char peak, you should be aware that the southern/southeastern slopes of Lashgarak the Small present more of a challenge to the hiker than its easy northern slopes. These slopes are made of steep scree interspersed with cliffs. With some route finding, however, the slopes can be negotiated without any technical difficulties.

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There is a 4022 m high point on the southeastern ridgeline of Lashgarak the Small that is sometimes counted as an individual peak under the name Dalzor (see picture). In my opinion, this point does not have enough prominence to be a separate peak.
Southwest FaceSouthwest Face

Views from the summit of Lashgarak the Small:

Zarrin Kooh & Alaneh SarZarrin Kooh
South FaceLashgarak the Great

Gardooneh KoohGardooneh Kooh

Route Information

Click to see the Route Page for Lashgarak the Great Peak.

From the summit of Lashgarak the Great (4256 m), head south down the scree slopes to reach a 4090 m saddle and then hike up the northern scree slopes of Lashgarak the Small. Distance is 1.2 Km.

Getting There

From downtown Tehran drive 40 km west to the town of Karaj and take the Karaj-Chalus Road north (This road crosses the Alborz Mountains taking you through the Kandovan Tunnel to the Caspian Coast). 30 km south of Chalus, you will reach the town of Marzan Abad. Turn left and follow a side road into the Sardab Rood River drainage and to the town of Roodbarak. Distance from Tehran to Roodbarak is roughly 200 km.

Red Tape

Non-Iranian citizens will be charged a fee of roughly $50 if they approach Lashgarak the Small from the village of Roodbarak to the northeast (which is the main starting point for climbing Mt. Alam Kooh). No fees if the approach is from the Parachan Village to the south.



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