Sabalan : Climbing, Hiking , Mountaineering
Sabalan (4811 m.) [Sabalân/Sāvālān] is an inactive volcano in
NorthWest of Iran. It rises in starting zone of Alborz mountains as the
3rd highest summit of Iran. Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location: Ardebil, Iran, Asia
Lat/Lon: 38.32658°N / 47.85370°E
Activities: Mountaineering, Ice Climbing
Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Elevation: 15784 ft / 4811 m
An small lake is placed at the top, which is created in the volcano hole. The lake frizes 9 or 10 months a year.The mount, the extinct crater, and the lake can be ascended usually from
the northern and southern tracks. When on top, you can see a panorama
of the beautiful region for more than a hundred kilometers all around
The lake occupies an area of 50 by 50 meters, and is 15 meters
deep. Since it is covered with ice from mid-September through early June
the next year, mountain climbers use it for skating
Many people climb it every year , the routin path is easy but there are also hard routs and glacial valleys.
Eagle statue: The most beautiful creature among these is an eagle
statue seeming to maintain control over the Sabalan slope and valley
The mount represents a myriad of attractions in various seasons of the
year, to the extent that upon reaching the peak, one feels having
arrived in a land of dreams. Many hot mineral spas and cold water
springs originate from its slopes and attract millions of tourist to the
region every year. The hot water is said to have effective healing
Getting There and Climbing
Ritching to Ardabil is possible by airplane or by bus from Tehran. Then
you have to go to Meshkin shahr. Before Meshkin shahr, in a place with
name: "Lahrud" or "Laree" you must turn to left and go to south until
Southern face of Sabalaan.
There are two famous warmsprings, firs "Ghotursoui" and second: "Shabil"
which is nearer to Sabalan. There is a gravel road from Shabil to
shelter of Sabalaan. Only heavy vehicles can pass this road. From
shelter you can climb the slope of summit in south direction, from the
left side of southern galcier.
No problem to camping. Around the south face shelter or west saddle
shelter is better. Also it is possible to camping in warmsprings such as
"Ghotursoui" or "Shabil".
Tent and sleeping bag and warm clothes are necessary for camping.
MAP1 and MAP2 are including completed details about shelters.
Click to see western shelter.
When To Climb
From June to September is the best. The other mounthes you need winter clothes and perfect equipments.Taking tent is better even at summer, beacaus the shelters are full of poeple mostly.
Red TapeNo permit and payment is required (now is 2006).Hunting is forbidden.During the summer eastern shelter usually is crowded.