Darband hiking track is a great choice for nature lovers in Tehran city, north of Darband mountain. Darband hiking track in Darband complex, where you can benefit from great views and facilities.
It will take between 6-8 hours to reach the Tochal summit. One of the safest ways of trekking Iran is through the Darband hiking track.
Follow this article from the Iran Travel Guide Center website about the Darband complex to get to know this place better.
Overlook of Darband Complex
Darband complex is one of the oldest promenades with pure fresh air, diversified restaurants, cafes, and tea houses that offer Iranian cuisine, Iranian tea (chaee/چایی), and shisha (ghelyan/قلیون).
On the way to the Darband hiking track, you can have tea or food on the benches on the River to listen to the sound of the water and enjoy your moments.
It is also equipped with Télésiège and sled. In addition, if you think of trekking in Iran, the Darband hiking track is an excellent choice.
Accessibility: you can use the subway, line 1 (color-coded red) of the Tehran metro, and get yourself toTajrish (تجریش) Station and from there, get a taxi or van to Sarband Square (Meydan sarband/میدان سربند)
Open days and hours: Darband complex is available 24 hours, but restaurants close at 12P.M Télésiège and sled work in sequence at 9:00 A.M and 10 A.M during Weekdays and 6:00 A.M and 10 A.M during weekends.
Darband hiking track
One of the best options for trekking Iran is the Darband hiking track to Tochal (توچال) Summit.
Darband hiking track is accessible in two ways: either you can go to Sarband Square (the initial dot of town) and keep on, or you can get a chairlift to get to the summit and enjoy the view.
Places you will face from the middle of Darband hiking track are below Pasghale village (roostaye Pasghale/روستای پس قلعه), Dogholoo waterfall (Abshare Dogholoo/ابشار دوقلو), Shirpala shelter (Panahgahe shirpala/پناهگاه شیر پلا) and you will end up in Tochal Summit.
It might surprise you that Darband hiking track is one of the suitable places for rock climbing sport in Tehran, and most professionals in this field come here for exercise.
Picnic and Trekking Iran on Darband
One of the best places for picnics and trekking in Tehran is Darband town and its nature.
People often go on picnics on the weekends. You can take Télésiège or trek through a spiral way that passes through many restaurants, cafes, and tea houses and reach your destination.
You’d better take care because the way in some parts has a steep slope and passes near the River. You must remember that it takes 1-3 hours to reach the appropriate point for a picnic.
In addition, if you want to dine at peace, you’d better choose weekdays. Don’t miss wonderful Darband when you visit Tehran because we offer you the best ways to trek Iran.
Darband Complex Facilities
Restaurants and Cafes
Different restaurants with various menus are among the awesome places on the Darband hiking track, where you can taste Iranian food, seafood, or Italian food. Restaurants are open-air and have old traditional Iranian style, where you can sit on special tables called (Takht/تخت) and enjoy your food.
Tea houses & Cafes
Darband tea houses are also as popular as restaurants, especially among young and university students. You can taste Iranian tea with the date (khorma/خرما) and a kind of Candy named “Nabat (نبات) here. Besides, you can try Iranian shisha here, too. There are also some cafes in this area where you can have drinks and desserts.
As you go up, you can see small kiosks (دکه) that offer kebab and Jigar (cow or Sheep’s liver) (two favorite Iranian food). Sometimes you can see vans or cars selling delicious snacks like toast with hot chocolate.
Iranian sweets and desserts
They are diverse confections in kiosks and shops that you might like to taste like Plums (Alooche/الوچه), fruit leather (Lavashak/لواشک), gummy candy (Pastil/پاستیل), Pashmak, beets (laboo/لبو) and fava beans (baghali/باقالی). Make sure to buy them from shops that are trustworthy in terms of cleanliness.
Photography on Darband
The Darband hiking track has many features that make it an ideal place for photography, like stone pavement, buildings in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, a statue of a Climber Man, different delicious confections, and delighted young people and families.
No matter how good at photography you are, you will be able to take great shots here!
One of the best entertainment in Darband is Télésiège. In the beginning, climbers and local people used it, but then it was used by other people too.
It works from 9:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M on weekdays and 6:00 A.M to 12:00 P.M on weekends. The ticket price per person is 500000RLS.
You can check the availability on Télésiège on rainy or snowy days through these numbers:
(+98) 212271958-(+98) 2122719577
Darband sledge (Surtmeh)
Darband sled (surtmeh/سورتمه) is located at the Golabdareh Park, which is on Golabdareh (گلابدره) Street. It’s one of the elevated parks of Tehran City after Jamshidieh Park. It’s one of the breathtaking entertainment which is built according to international standards.
Tel: (+98) 2124557
Darband Hotel (OSOUN hotel)
OSOUN Hotel (هتل اوسون) in Darband is one of the elevated hotels in Iran, located at an altitude of 2300 meters above sea level on Darband Mountain, Tehran, Iran.
This hotel is a 2-star hotel with 16 rooms decorated in old traditional Iranian style. To book a room at Osoun Hotel, first, you must check the weather of the upcoming days; then, you can make a reservation from different websites online or https://www.snapptrip.com/en/.
Tel: (+98) 9121155170
Accessibility to the OSOUN Hotel: To reach the hotel, you must spend 2 hours on the Darband hiking track and pass the Pas-ghale village and all the restaurants.
After a while, you will see the sign of (OSOUN Hotel-Restaurant) that you must follow. After spending a relaxing night at the hotel, you can enjoy breakfast with a lovely view of the mountain.
Best Time of Trekking Iran
Darband town is in the north of Tehran and at the foot of the Alborz Mountains (کوه البرز), so it has cold winters and moderate and cool summers.
The best time for trekking in Iran is spring and summer, especially in May and June. April and Autumn will be rainy and cool. Also, winter will be cold and snowy.