Tochal , is a mountain and ski resort located on the Alborz mountain range, adjacent to the metropolitan area of Tehran in northern Iran. It includes a 12-kilometre-long (7.5 mi) ridge. Its highest peak, also called Tochal, is at an elevation of 3,964 metres (13,005 ft).
A gondola lift runs from Tehran to the Tochal ski resort and hotel, all as a part of Tochal Complex.
A number of peaks are accessible from the Tochal main ridge or by their own climbing paths. Peaks (from west to east) include:
- Lavarak (3,560 m [11,680 ft]): accessible by main Tochal ridge or Imamzade Davood climbing path.
- Bazarak (3,753 m [12,313 ft]): accessible by main Tochal ridge or Imamzade Davood climbing path.
- Palang-chal (3,520 m [11,550 ft]): accessible from Darakeh valley and Palangchal Shelter.
- Sar-Bazarak (3,640 m [11,940 ft]): accessible from Palangchal peak and main Tochal ridge.
- Shah-Neshin (3,875 m [12,713 ft]): accessible from Tochal main ridge, Hezarcham path and south (Abshar-Dogholoo) ridge.
- Tochal (3,964 m [13,005 ft]): The highest peak of the range, accessible by any climbing path that ends on the Tochal main ridge. The usual path from Tehran is by the south ridge (normally from Shirpala shelter and Siahsang hut).
- Spilit (3,120 m [10,240 ft]): through Band-yakh-chal and Shervin hut by rock climbing or Klakchal ridge.
- West Lezon (3,585 m [11,762 ft]): accessible from Tochal main ridge, Kolakchal shelter or Shirpala shelter.
- East Lezon or Piaz-chal (3,540 m [11,610 ft]): accessible from Tochal main ridge, Kolakchal shelter or Shirpala shelter.
- Kolak-chal (3,350 m [10,990 ft]): from Kolakchal shelter (through Golab-dareh valley, Vezbad valley or Jamshidieh park)
- Siah-band (3,320 m [10,890 ft]): from Dar-abad valley and Dar-abad hut.
Tochal has a long gondola lift which begins from Velenjak valley at 1,900 m (6,200 ft) and ends in the last station at 3740m near the main ridge of Tochal. This gondola lift is used for accessing ski resorts and other recreational centers on the mountain. The gondola lift has four stations:
- Station 1 is at an elevation of 1,900 m (6,200 ft) and located at the beginning of Velenjak valley (end of Velenjak Street). Parking, inns and some other facilities are available.
- Station 2 is at 2,400 m (7,900 ft) and has very limited facilities.
- Station 5 is at 2,935 m (9,629 ft). 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. This station is also accessible through several climbing paths like Shirpala shelter, Osoon valley and Palang-chal shelter.
- Station 7 is at 3,740 m (12,270 ft) 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 30 minutes walk from this point. This station is also reachable from Hezar-cham climbing path from Station 5.