To make your trip to Iran both adventurous and cultural with the taste of mysterious tales conveyed for some thousand years, disclose the wonders of the south face of the Alborz Mountains in the valley of Alamut with this full-day experience. Explore hidden castles of the "old man of the mountains" in canyon landscapes and feed your eyes with unprecedented fields of orchards and lakes bringing your soul to verve.
Hiking in the epic landscape of Alamut valley
Discovering the impregnable fortress of the "Castle of the Assassins"
Enjoying the beauty of the Ovan Lake, nestled in the mountains crossing wide valleys, wonderful canyons, waterfalls, and plantations
Meeting with locals in small mountain villages to discover their traditional lifestyle
Observing rich wildlife from birds and animals to wild plants and farming
In the north of Qazvin Province, at the heart of the mountains below the Caspian Sea, is a valley wrapped into the mystic tales of the Assassins, one of the most fascinating sects of the middle Ages. This powerful band of mercenaries was famous for teaching its disciples the art of spying and assassination. It has inspired many movies and books, as well as the popular video game "Assassins Creed".
Reaching one of Alamut's hidden gems: the Ovan Lake surrounded by the mountains, capped with snow during winter and fall you will be amazed by its incredible metal-blue water reflects the majestic summits like a true mirror. Its green banks are a refuge for wildlife in summer.
It's time to climb a bit to find the castle of Hasan Sabbah, the leader of the Assassins, a fortress deemed to be impregnable. Built at 2100 meters high on top of a big rock, Gazorkhan Castle once was the Assassins’ headquarters. Nowadays, its remains not only give insights into the history of this group but also offer a breathtaking view over the valley, like few other places in Iran.
On your way back home, walk through twists and turns to discover some of the historic caves around, whether they were natural hideouts or man-made by the Assassins.
Depart from Tehran at 6 a.m. from your accommodation, having buffet breakfast on the way we reach Ovan lake. Heading toward historic caves and after a short hike getting to the castle of myths at Gazorkhan village. Photography over the eagle mount at the fortress of Hasan Sabbah we enjoy the wildlife and wonderful landscape on our way back from this legendary valley. By the evening you are at your place resting and recalling all imaginary days at Alamut reviewing your photos.