Tochal Complex

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Tochal Complex consists of many recreational and sports facilities located in Velenjak, North of Tehran.

Tochal Telecabin (gondola lift)[edit]

Tochal Telecabin

Tochal Telecabin [1] is one of the world's longest gondola lift lines with a length of 7500 m.[1] The project started in 1974 and has been open to the public since 1978.[2] 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 centres on the mountain. Beautiful landscape, mountain fresh air and a multitude of fresh water springs adds to the freshness of the area. With upgrading the safety standards of telecabin lines, families and sportspeople can enjoy the telecabin 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 centre. 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 ridge. 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 a 30-minute walk from this point. This station is also reachable from Hezar-cham climbing path from Station 5.

Tochal Ski Resort[edit]

Tochal Skiing resort is one of the popular recreational places in Tehran

The main ski slopes [3] are located in Station 7:

Peak: This slope starts from the foot of Tochal (at 3850 metres) and ends at the hotel (at 3550 metres). The length of the slope is 1200 metres and is a very suitable slope. There are one Doppelmayr chairlift and one teleski improvised in this ski slope, for transferring skiers. Because of the height of the ski slope in station 7 (more than 3,500 metres 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.[3]

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 metres, the peak having 3,750 metres height, and its lowest spot (Tochal Hotel) is 3550 metres high. A Poma chairlift is built on this slope for skiers.[3]

Tochal Hotel[edit]

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,satellite, coffee shop and other facilities. [4]


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