Lehra Saddle/Sesang Valley

Lehra Saddle/Sesang Valley

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.08810°N / 51.95200°E
Additional Information Route Type: Mountaineering
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Time Required: Expedition
Additional Information Difficulty: Hike
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Getting There

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Route Description

Please refer to the Detailed Map of Central Alborz or map of Dokhaharan Massif for the below discussion. Having the 1:50 000 map (See the “Maps” section of Introduction to Central Alborz) can add much more detail. You will need Sheet “6362 II Baladeh” for Shekar Leghas Peak and Sheet “6462 III Nomar” for Nomar Village.

All distances per my GPS

Place.............Elevation (m)........Distance (Km)
Lehra Saddle..3650....................14.5
Sesang River....3470..................1.5
3790 m Saddle...3790.................6.8
Shekar Leghas.....4278

Total...........................................25.8 Km

The village of Nomar is also known as Nomarostagh.

At the village of Nomar (2150 m), the stream splits. The W/NW branch goes up the slopes of the 3888 m Nazer Peak. The Southwestern branch is known as Daryook. A 4WD road follows the Daryook branch 3.5 Km to end at a place where a foot bridge crosses the stream. Hike or drive this road and then cross to the left (southeastern) side of the stream. Follow the trail less than 2 kilometers to reach a flat grassy plateau known as “Daryook Plain” (2350 m) where the stream makes many branches. The western branch is known as “Paniri” River and goes toward the Shekar Leghas Peak. This is the most direct route to Shekar Leghas but the route described here does not go there. You will need to follow the southern branch and will have to cross the branch to its west side. This can be done fairly easily but will get you wet above your knees.

Follow the well-established trail to a place called “Chehel Cheshmeh” (2800 m) where water pours down the side of the mountain onto the trail. At around 2950 m you will reach another relatively flat area. Kaoon Peak will be directly in front of you to the west and the Lehra Peaks will be visible as rocky summits to the south. Lehra Pass sits between the Kaoon and Lehra Peaks. Do not mistake the other saddle between Kaoon and Siyaroo Peaks for Lehra. Follow the trail to reach the 3650 m Lehra Saddle where Dokhaharan and its neighbors come into view.

At the Lehra Saddle, you could descend a drainage south to reach the Sesang River but a better option is to head west and go through another saddle north of Point 3662 m and south of Kaoon Peak to reach another drainage that can be descended down to the banks of the Sesang River (3470 m). You can set up a base camp here to climb the Dokhaharan or other nearby peaks.

Follow the Sesang River upstream (west) until you reach the base of the very long eastern ridgeline of the Haft Saran Peak (3550 m). Turn right and follow the valley on the north side of the mentioned rifgeline until you reach the base of the summit of the Haft Saran Peak. Here, Shekar Leghas & Kooleh Peaks will come to view to the north. Follow the valley north till you reach a 3710 m saddle. You could camp here but this seems to be a favorite spot for the local shepherds.

If you don’t want to be bothered by the herds of sheep that might come here, look to your west to identify Points 3841 m & 3848 m directly above. Traverse the eastern slopes of these points (the dirt here might be slippery and tedious) to reach the 3790 m saddle directly to the north of Point 3848 m and south of Kooleh Peak (Paniri River would have brought you to the same spot). Set up camp here. In mid June, patches of snow acted as water source. Later in the season, there will probably be no water here.

Follow the steep slopes north to the summit of kooleh Peak and then onto Shekar Leghas. You will only encounter slippery scree.

Essential Gear

Camping equipment.

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