Tochal was Tough
By MortazaviBlog on Jul 08, 2006
I often use a visit to Mount Tochal (about 4000 meters) to acclimate myself to height before climbing Sabalan (about 4800 meters).
This year, I'm still hoping to make an attempt on Damavand (some 5700 meters) in the next three or four days.
So, I decided to pay a visit to Mount Tochal yesterday. My older daughter had come along but was not feeling well and decided to return home form the foot of Tochal telecabin.
Tochal telecabin gives its riders a very steep, 45-minute trip to the seventh station. The hike to the top from the seventh station takes about 45 minutes at a slow pace. Downwards, from the peak to the 7th station, takes about 15 minutes.
This year, acclimation at Tochal was not as pleasant as what I remember from my earlier experience there. I would say an extra day in Tehran, for a possible hike to Darband's Pas-Ghalleh village would be a good prior height acclimation for Tochal.
I will try to go to Pas-Ghalleh tomorrow, prior to watching the World Cup final between Italy and France.