Mount Tochal (Persian: توچال, also Romanized as Tochāl) is a mountain in the Alborz range and a ski resort adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran. The mountain has a 12 km long ridge line. The highest peak, also called Mount Tochal, is at an elevation of 3,933 m (13,005 feet) and at coordinates 35.88°N 51.42°E. Tochal is a popular recreational region for Tehran’s residents. A gondola lift, named Tochal Tele cabin, runs from Tehran to the Tochal Ski Resort and the modern Tochal Hotel, all as a part of Tochal Complex.
Tochal Tele cabin
Tochal Tele cabin is one of the world’s longest gondola lift lines with a length of 7500 m. The project started in 1974 and has been open to the public since 1978. It starts at the Velenjak valley in the north of Tehran at an altitude of 1900 m. and ends at the last station at an altitude of 3740 m., near the main ridge of Mount Tochal. This gondola lift is used for accessing ski resorts and other recreational centers on the mountain. Beautiful landscape, mountain fresh air and a multitude of freshwater springs add to the freshness of the area. With upgrading the safety standards of tale cabin lines, families and sportspeople can enjoy the tale cabin ride and other facilities with joy and pleasure.
The gondola lift has four stations:
Station 1 is at an elevation of 1900 m. and located at the beginning of Velenjak Valley (end of Velenjak Street). Parking, inns and some other facilities are available.
Station 2 is at 2400 m. and has very limited facilities.
Station 5 is at 2935 m. There is a restaurant and a rescue center. This station is in the middle of one of the ski slopes which is open only in mid-winter but rarely used. This station is also accessible through several climbing paths like Shirpala shelter, Osoon valley and Palang-chal shelter. In order to get to Station 7 you have to change here.
Station 7 is at 3740 m and very close to the Tochal main peak. It is the last station of the gondola lift. This station is in the middle of the Tochal ski slope. The Tochal main peak is about 30-minute walk from this point. This station is also reachable from Hezar-cham climbing path from Station 5.
Tochal Skiing resort
The main ski slopes are located in Station 7:
Peak: This slope starts from the foot of Tochal (at 3850 m) and ends at the hotel (at 3550 m). The length of the slope is 1200 m and is a very suitable slope. There are one Doppelmayr chairlift and one tele ski improvised in this ski slope, for transferring skiers. Because of the height of the ski slope in station 7 (more than 3,500 m above sea level), similar to the Alvares Ski Resort in Sabalan, Azarbaijan, Iran, these slopes are covered with snow for more than 8 months of the year. Also a Half Pipe is available for customers of this ski slope.
Western Foothill: This slope is located on the western foothill of the Tochal Mountain and the unique views of the surrounding mountains have given it a spectacular manifestation. The length of the ski slope is 900 m, the peak having 3,750 m height, and its lowest spot (Tochal Hotel) is 3550 m high. A Poma chairlift is built on this slope for skiers.
It is close to the city
There is a safe way to the ski slope
Luxurious Tochal Hotel is close to the ski resort
Fairly cheap ticket prices
You are able to obtain the best ski equipment from our rental center.
We have 3 telesiege routes and 1 teleski
We have the best and most experienced ski trainers
It is necessary to mention that a ski route was built from station 7 to station 5 in 2005. These 3 ski routes are connected together, extending the total length of the ski to more than 6,000 meters.
Unique location, proper services, and mountainous natural beauty are the specialties of the Tochal Hotel.It is said that this hotel is the highest hotel in the world. The hotel is located at 3550 meters above sea level which is nearly 11600 feet. Hotel is near Mount Tochal and if weather condition lets there is just about 1 hour to hit the peak.The hotel has near 30 different types of rooms, a restaurant, entertainment facilities,s atellite, coffee shop and other facilities.