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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 by Bahman Batmanghelidj and associates and has been open to the public since 1978.[2] It starts at the Velenjak Valley, 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. The gondola lift is used to access ski resorts and other recreational centres on the mountain. The upgraded safety standards of the lines allow families and athletes to enjoy the ride and the other facilities.[tone]

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 and has restaurant and a rescue centre. The station is in the middle of one of the ski slopes and is open only in mid-winter and is rarely used. It is also accessible by several climbing paths like Shirpala shelter, Osoon Valley and Palang-chal shelter. To get to Station 7, a transfer is needed here.

Station 7 is at 3740 m and very close to the main ridge of Tochal. It is the last station of the gondola lif and is in the middle of the Tochal ski slope. The Tochal main peak is a 30 m walk away. This station is also reachable from Hezar-cham climbing path from Station 5.

Tochal Ski ResortEdit

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 m) and ends at the hotel (at 3550 m). The slope is 1200 m long and is very suitable. There are a Doppelmayr chairlift and a teleski improvised to transfer skiers. Because of the height of the ski slope in station 7 (more than 3,500 m above sea level), like the Alvares Ski Resort, in Sabalan, Azarbaijan, Iran, the slopes are covered with snow for more than eight months a year. Also, a Half Pipe is available for customers of this ski slope.[3]

Western Foothill: This slope is on the western foothill of the Tochal Mountain. The length of the ski slope is 900 m, the peak being 3,750 metres m is high and the lowest spot, Tochal Hotel, is 3550 metres high. A Poma chairlift is on this slope for skiers.[3]

Tochal HotelEdit

The Tochal Hotel is 3550 m above sea level. It is near Mount Tochal and weather-permitting, it takes about an hour to hit the peak.The hotel has near 30 different types of rooms, a restaurant, entertainment facilities, satellite television, coffee shop and other facilities.[4]


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