Lehra Saddle to East Summit

Lehra Saddle to East Summit

Page Type Page Type: Route
Location Lat/Lon: 36.03430°N / 51.92220°E
Additional Information Route Type: Mixed
Seasons Season: Summer
Additional Information Time Required: A few days
Additional Information Difficulty: Scramble below summit, otherwise hike
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Getting There

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Route Description

Please refer to the Detailed Map of Central Alborz 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 Dokhaharan Peaks and Sheet “6462 III Nomar” for Nomar Village.

See Map of Dokhaharan Massif.

Place............Elevation(m).......Distance (Km)

Nomar Village....2150...............Zero
Lehra Saddle.....3650...............14.5
Base Camp........3470.................1.5
East Dokhaharan..4308.............6

Total........................................22 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. 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. Identify the pointy Chapakro Peak to the east of Dokhaharan and the valley that separates this peak from the Sesang Peaks farther east. You will eventually need to go up this valley.

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). Set up your base camp at the junction of the stream that drains the valley between Chapakro & Sesang Peaks with Sesang River.

Head S/SW going up the valley that goes between the Chapakro & Sesang Peaks. You will go through a short segment of narrows. Follow a faint trail on the NW side of the valley. Be ware that if you choose to follow the snow bank at the bottom of the valley, you will encounter at least one very steep area. Continue up the valley till you reach the 3990 m saddle between Chapakro Peak & Sesang #1 Peak.

Turn west and bypass the rocky summit of Chapakro on its southern slopes (No difficulties here) and head for the 4150 m saddle between Chapakro and East Dokhaharan. Follow East Dokhaharan's ridgeline to its summit. This ridgeline will require some Class III (hand & foot) climbing. The southern slopes of the ridgeline are wall-like and the northern slopes are covered by steep snow banks that go down for hundreds of metere (at least early in the season).

From the summit of East Dokhaharan, you can descend a few tens of meters to a saddle and then up to the top of West Dokhaharan. I did not do this but the slopes of the west peak appeared easy to climb, however, the east peak seemed to present a few rocky areas that did not seem too hard.

Essential Gear

General camping equipment. An ice axe might come in handy on East Dokhaharan's east ridgeline but is not necessary.

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