Masuleh, Iran, 2008
Distance : 20km approx.
Avg. Time : 5 to 6 hours
Start / Finish :
- For transport options to and from the village, see the following link: http://wikitravel.org/en/Masouleh
Season : March to November
Maps / Info :
- There is nothing in the way of walking maps for the area. However, friendly locals are more than happy to give you directions as to the various hiking options available.
- A great source of up-to-date information on Masouleh is Mr. Mousavi, who manages the Firouzeh Hotel in Tehran: www.firouzehhotel.
- For online information check the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Masouleh
Route / Conditions :
- Situated near the bottom of a valley, the village of Masouleh is often shrouded in morning fog.
- The hike I was recommended, climbs south on the opposite side of the valley towards the Gasht Rodkan Protected area: http://iguide.travel/Masouleh#Map
- The trail is relatively clear and easy to follow. You will pass by numerous streams and farm houses along the way, gradually ascending to the beautifully situated villages of Emamzadeh Haslem and Ziartgah-e kubar.
- A shorter hiking option (a couple of hours round trip) is to a nearby waterfall, located up river from the village. Once again, ask locals for details.
- Although there are a couple of larger hotels situated at the bottom of the village, I would recommend renting a room with a local family. Ask Mr. Mousavi at the Firouzeh Hotel in Tehran for recommendations.
- With its winding streets, unique architecture and alpine-like setting, Masouleh makes for a refreshing change from the heat and arid landscapes of Iran’s southern and eastern regions.
- I spent my birthday in Masouleh in October, 2008, and found it to be a wonderful place to kick back and relax for a few days.