Touchal

Elevation (feet): 13,005
Elevation (meters): 3,964
Continent: Asia
Country: Iran
Range/Region: Alborz
Latitude: 35.53
Longitude: 51.25
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jan, Feb, Apr
Nearest major airport: Mehrabad in Tehran
Convenient Center: Tehran

Thanks to Behrang Asghariyan for adding this peak.

In winter ,climbing this mount is a few difficult and Pleasant.Touchal Mountains located at the north of Tehran composed of a thick (+3000 m) volcano-sedimentary sequence called Karaj Formation. These beds called Tuff and produced by deposition of volcanic ash in the oceans and sea water. There are some under marine volcanic lava horizons within the tuff beds and very few remains of marine sediments and locally some marine fossils. Karaj tuffs are developed and deposited almost 50 (45-55) million years ago in northern Iran.

It is important to know that the development and creation of the Touchal mountains happened much later by folding of the whole sedimentary sequence of the northern Iran including Karaj Formation. As far as I have learned from the published papers and researches, its uplift stared around 15 million years ago, but there is not any proof that when it is raised up to the present height.

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 3 trip reports for Touchal.

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  • Log #20547 - by Fereydon Pourmorad on Dec 21, 2006
    I used to live in Tehran between 1972 to 1998, and I used to hike the mountain and the other peaks around it at least omce amonth. Each season had it's own beauty. There are 3 major way to get from...
  • Log #16067 - by Reza Golriz on Oct 18, 2004
    It was my fifteenth climb on Touchal from south ridge.It took 6 hour from Mojassame sq. to Summit.You can climb this summit in any time in year, but in winter it can be very dangerous beacause south...
  • Log #16068 - by Nasser Eslami on Oct 31, 2001
    I don't beleive the January, Feburary, march and April is the best time for climbing this peak. I beleive The best time is summer. You don't need any extra tools . You can walk up to the summit in a...