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Darband Hiking Guided Tour, Tehran


Activity Schedule

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  • Duration

    4.5 hours

  • Start time


  • Meeting Point

    Make your way to the Entrance to Tajrish subway station.

  • Ending Point

    Tour ends at Entrance to Tajrish subway station

Key Highlights

  • Skip the hustle and bustle of Tehran city for a nature retreat in the fresh mountain air
  • Hike Mount Tochal for the scenic views of one of Iran’s highest mountains
  • Explore the neighborhood of Darband, a beautiful local gem set into the mountains
  • Have the chance to sample the traditional Persian Dizi cuisine
  • Visit the breath-taking Imamzadeh Saleh mirrored shrine
  • Both printed or smartphone vouchers accepted


Escape the busy parts of central Tehran and head to Darband which is known as the gateway of the mountain and is a cultural gem set into the slopes of Mount Tochal. It is one of the highest of the Alborz mountain range, which spans from the northwest to the northeast of Iran like a big wall standing above Tehran. The starting point of a beautiful mountain hiking trail and a local hotspot for traditional Dizi cuisine, this tour lets you explore Iran beyond central Tehran.

Your tour begins with a hike along the mountain trail running through Darband. Stop for tea at a café and get acquainted with local Iranian leisure and lifestyle. Darband is a popular local spot for young people to walk around, enjoy meals, tea and Qalian water pipe. It is also famous for serving a delicious Persian traditional cuisine called Dizi, which you can have for lunch if you’d like. As you walk back towards Tajrish Square, get your cameras ready to capture the most beautiful scenery in Tehran.

You’ll also visit the historic cemetery of Zahirolddoleh where many celebrated Iranian poets, writers, and musicians have been laid to rest. From there, visit the beautiful Imamzadeh Saleh shrine to marvel at the thousands of tiny mirrors glittering in the light. Due to its cool weather and mountain location, many of the pre-revolution Shah palaces are located in this area. Since most of the historic monuments are located in the older central part of Tehran, walking through this relatively modern area will give you a different perspective on the city.

About The Supplier:

Urban Adventures are a handpicked network of 150+ global destinations, locally owned and operated by professional and passionate urban explorers. Collectively they create and run 1000's of fun and unique day tour itineraries that support local communities and help travelers uncover the local side of a city. Urban Adventures has a team of passionate guides who are the heart and soul of the tours and guarantee a great time.


  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Transportation from the subway station to Darband
  • Tea


  • Additional food and drinks
  • Souvenirs and personal shopping
  • Tips/gratuities for your guide
  • Dizi (available for approx. $10 USD if you’d like)

Please note

Voucher information: No need to print! You can show your voucher on your smartphone or other devices. (But if you’d rather print a copy – that’s fine too!)

The confirmation voucher includes the local activity operator’s contact details. They’re a nice bunch, and will happily answer any logistical questions you may have. Pick up times are approximate. Please give them a call at least 24 hours before your organized activity to reconfirm.

So there’s no last-minute rush please arrive at the start point 15 mins early.

If you are happy with the services provided by your local guides a tip — though not compulsory — is appropriate.

Our supplier can allow maximum of 12 people on the tour to go ahead.

This activity is adults (and older children) only. Little ones under the age of 12 years will have to sit this one out, we’re afraid.

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