Shoor Gardan rises on the crest of the ridgeline that forms the northern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. To the south, Shoor Gardan is connected to the 4140 m Mazi Gardan Peak. The northern slopes of Shoor Gardan are broad and descend slowly to a 3520 m saddle which connects Shoor Gardan to the 3640 m Reka Poshteh Peak to the north.
The western slopes of Shoor Gardan are very steep and drop 2300 vertical meters to the bottom of the Sehezar River Valley. Its eastern slopes are also steep and drop 2000 vertical meters to reach the Eza Rood River Valley. Both of these valleys head north and drain into the Caspian Sea which is only 31 Km away from the summit of Shoor Gardan. Caspian Forests cover the valleys up to an elevation of 2300 m and clouds generated by Caspian Sea moisture often fill the valleys.
Momentary break in the clouds reveals the forested Eza Rood Valley
Shoor Gardan is a long way from any trailhead and reaching its summit requires a multi-day program. It is usually climbed by those who want to explore the northern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. The usual route is to first climb the 4430 m Ghobi Peak and then follow the ridgeline north past the 4340 m Looy Na and the 4140 m Mazi Gardan Peaks (See Route below). From the summit of Shoor Gardan, you can continue north on the crest of the ridgeline past the 3640 m Reka Poshteh & the 3590 m Dakooh Peaks to reach the seasonal village of Kia Neshinan (2400 m). You will then hike through the dense forest to reach a road that can take you to the Caspian Sea coast.
From the summit of Mazi Gardan go down its western slopes and then gain the top of the ridgeline and head north toward Shoor Gardan. You will actually see a faint trail just below the top of the ridgeline on the west side. The southern slopes of Shoor Gardan are rocky. It will be much easier to traverse below the summit of Shoor Gardan on its western slopes until you reach the easy northern slopes. You can then turn south and follow the easy north slopes to reach the summit. Distance from the summit of Mazi Gardan is 2.3 Km.
Eza Rood Valley
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.
Non-Iranian citizens will be charged a fee of around $50 in the town of Roodbarak (the usual starting point for the summit of Ghobi Peak). No fees for an approach from the north.
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