Once the descend of the Karaj – Chalus road starts the nature changes in imaginable ways. Bare red mountains topped with fresh snow are transformed into lush forests, the mountain rivers fill numerous rice terraces, the air is filled with the beautiful smell of blooming orange trees and in the distance the Caspian Sea glitters. It is hard to believe this also is Iran.
We stayed at the “Mud house” or Khoone Geli run by Farzin. The house was so inviting that despite plans to discover the vicinity of the house we simply chilled at its terrace on the first day. Well the little monsters had fun catching sneaks in the garden. In the following three days we hiked Alborz mountains also with Farzin (CaspianTrek). To be able to cover lager distances with the kids Farzin organised two mules so that Neo and Njal could ride then when tired. This enabled us to do three days of wonderful long hikes.
On the first day we walked 7 hours passing lush valleys covered with spring blooms. We took rest at a shepherds hut, where we were just on time to see the milking of the goats and sheep and, cutting of their wool. The shepherds shared with us their yoghurt, it was the most tasty goat-sheep yoghurt. At the end of the day we reached a large village where the shepherds lives are focused on production of milk products such as yoghurt and butter. We had two enjoyable evenings, baking kebab, sleeping in one of the many houses while in the mornings we were awaken by the mooing cows. The village offered us the most beautiful views on the high peaks. Interestingly, in this time of the year when children are still attending the school in the valley, the village is occupied mostly by males. To entertain themselves they have bull fights.
Hiking in the Alborz mountains was defenitely one of the highlights of our traveling in Iran.This entry was posted in Albroz Mountains, Iran, Nina