NOTE: The 4065 m Alaneh Sar Peak should not be confused with the nearby 3940 m Alaneh Sarband Peak.
View from the northwest, Alaneh Sar is the peak in the middle
View from the southeast
Alaneh Sar rises on the crest of the southeastern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. To the northwest, Alaneh Sar is connected to the 4030 m Khers Char Peak (via Peak 3990 m). The southeastern ridgeline of Alaneh Sar gives rise to a number of rocky sub-peaks and eventually connects to the 3870 m Sebrar Peak.
The northeastern slopes of Alaneh Sar drop into a branch of the Chalus River valley. These slopes house large snow fields that usually survive into mid summer. The southern and western slopes of Alaneh Sar go down into two different branches of the Shah Rood (Taleghan) Valley.
The southeastern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif runs in a NW-SE direction and is roughly 15 Km long stretching from the 4256 m Lashgarak the Great Peak to the NW to beyond the 4198 m Zarrin Kooh Peak to the SE. It creates a barrier to the moisture laden air from the nearby Caspian Sea. While the branch of the Chalus River Valley to the north of the ridgeline is covered by Caspian Forests (up to an elevation of 2300 m), the branch of the Shah Rood River (Taleghan) Valley to the south is bare.
Alaneh Sar is a long way from any trailhead and reaching its summit and making it back to the trailhead will require more than one day. Although a worthy destination by itself, Alaneh Sar is usually climbed by those who like to traverse the southeastern arm of the Takhte Soleyman Massif. Several approaches to Alaneh Sar are possible. These include:
1) From the southeast via the village of Narian and the summits of Zarrin Kooh and Sebrar Peaks (see “Routes” below)
2) From the southwest via the Parachan Village
3) From the northwest via the Khers Char & Lashgarak the Great Peaks (see “Routes” below)
4) From the east via the village of Dalir in the branch of the Chalus River.
a) From the summit of Khers Char Peak:
The starting point for this route is the summit of Khers Char Peak. Click here to see the page for the Khers Char Peak.
From the summit of Khers Char, head southeast and do some hand and foot descending until you reach an easy ridge-top that can be hiked. Continue southeast and hike to the top of Peak 3990 m. A little more hand and foot descending will take you down to a 3950 m saddle.
Continue southeast and follow the ridge-top up beyond a false summit until you reach Alaneh Sar.
Total distance from the summit of Khers Char is 3.20 Km.
b) From the summit of Sebrar Peak:
The starting point for this route is the summit of Sebrar Peak. Click here to see the page for the Sebrar Peak.
From the summit of Sebrar head northwest and follow the ridge-top past a few high points and down to a 3720 m Saddle. If you continue to follow the ridge-top northwest, you will run into the rocky sub-peaks of Alaneh Sar (see below). These peaks could potentially be traversed but from far away they looked intimidating and we decided to avoid them by traversing the slopes to the south of them
From the 3720 m saddle, veer left (south) and go down to around 3500 m to reach the easy slopes below the rocky sub-peaks of Alaneh Sar and head west until you reach the long southwestern ridgeline of Alaneh Sar (that goes to Kolikosh Peak, see the link to the map on top of the page). From here, you could potentially go directly up the slopes to reach the summit of Alaneh Sar but we chose to go up the southwestern slopes until we reached the 3950 m saddle between Alaneh Sar & Peak 3990 m (see “From Khers Char Peak Route” above). From the saddle, head southeast and follow the ridge-top past the false summit to reach the top.
Total distance from the summit of Sebrar Peak is 5.65 Km.
The Rocky Sub-Peaks of Alaneh Sar to the Southeast of its Summit:
The southeastern ridgeline of Alaneh Sar gives rise to a number of rocky high points. These points make the approach via the top of the ridgeline from the southeast difficult but they can be easily avoided.
Views From the Summit of Alaneh Sar:
Zarrin Kooh Peak
A Few Pictures From the Southern Slopes of Alaneh Sar (between 3400-3600 m):
Using ice axe to create footsteps on the hard slippery dirt
Directions to Narian Village
From the western parts of Tehran, Drive the Tehran-Qazvin Freeway 40 Km west to the town of Karaj, continue roughly another 60 Km to a village called Abyek. A little on the west side of Abyek, take the exit to “Ziyaran-Shahrak”. Drive this road 40 Km north to reach Shahrak (or Shahrake Taleghan). This town sits at the bottom of the Taleghan (Shah Rood) River Valley. Continue the road past Shahrak heading east 15 Km to reach the village of Jowestan. Here, right goes to the village of Gateh Deh and left to Narian. Take the left road and drive 8 Km to a split in the road. Left goes to the village of Parachan and right to Narian. Take the right road and cross the bridge then drive a few kilometers up a saddle and then down to reach the village of Narian.
L to R: Alaneh Sar, Lashgarak the Small, Lashgarak the Great, photo by Nomad