Distance : 15.5 miles (25 km) approx.
Avg. Time : 6 to 7 hours
Start / Finish :
- Click here for transport options to and from the village.
Season : March to November
Maps / Info :
- Masuleh is an ancient village founded in the 10th century A.D. It has a population of around 550 inhabitants and is situated just south of the Caspian Sea in the province of Gilan.
- Masuleh is reportedly the only village in Iran in which motor vehicles aren’t permitted. Very cool. There is a car park at the village entrance where it is possible to leave your vehicle.
- Maps?: When I visited in 2008, I couldn’t find anything 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.
- Before You Arrive: A great source of up-to-date information on Masuleh is Mr. Mousavi, who manages the Firouzeh Hotel in Tehran.
- 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 Masuleh is often shrouded in morning fog.
- The hike I was recommended is an out-and-back route. It initially climbs south on the opposite side of the valley towards the Gasht Rodkan Protected area.
- The trail then heads west, passing by numerous streams and farm houses. Ascending gradually, you go through the beautifully situated villages of Emamzadeh Haslem and Ziartgah-e kubar. Not long after the latter hamlet, you emerge from the trees and continue on to the top of the valley.
- See the following link for a google map of the area: http://iguide.travel/Masouleh#Map
- 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 Masuleh in October, 2008, and found it to be a wonderful place to kick back and relax for a few days. One of the highlights of my time in Iran.