Observing Fishing Activities

Observing Fishing Activities in Ghasem-Abad’s beach

You can observe the process of catching the Caspian White Fish in Ghasem-Abad’s beach from April to October. The nearest beach is located across the main road from Gileboom, next to Ahovan Complex. About 50 meters ahead of the two horse statues on the road, there is a narrow path which leads to the beach.

The duration of this program is 1 hour.

Fishing starts at 6 a.m. in the morning. Spreading the fishing net in the sea and pulling it takes about 1.5 to 2 hours. Several boats work along the net while groups of uniformed fishermen and two tractors manage the work from the shore. The tractors have rotaries which pull the main rope. The ropes are tied to each other at uniform distances and are untied one-by-one after reaching the rotary. You should be patient to see the volume of fishes caught, unless you arrive right after the net has been pulled out. The catch is stored in special baskets and sent immediately to a refrigerated storage. No fishes are sold in the beach. The soothing sound of sea waves, shaking boats and flying seagulls, occasional complaints by fishermen of their low catch and getting lost in the crowd that comes to stare at the fishes are all that remain.

Merse – Konale Hiking

جنگل پیمایی مرسه به کناله

The duration of Merse – Konale Hiking is 4 hours. Driving in a car from Gileboom to Siahkalrood, after passing two metal bridges, we reach Merse village at the end of the asphalt road. This village is located by the Khoshke-Lat River. We will continue walking the dirt road for 10 minutes along Konale village. At the end of the village, we can see beautiful tea farms in the hillside and Khoshke-Lat River’s headwater. Continuing the tea farms we arrive at seasonal waterfalls over a slope in the jungle along a small valley. We’ll take a 30-minute hike from the waterfalls to the shepherd’s shelter where we can see a dazzling view of Somamus peak and Jordasht pristine forest.

Merse-Konale Hiking Trail Map

Merse-Konale Hiking Trail Map

 

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Chale-Sara Hiking

چاله سرا

The duration of Chale-Sara Hiking is 3:30 hours. After crossing the lanes and viewing the tea and the orange farms, we reach the fresh water river (Siah-Lat). In the river we can see little fishes called Caspian vimba fish. After 1.5h of easy hiking with a light slope, we arrive at Chale-Sara. It is a flat place with wooden and mud cottages and an Imam-Zade (holy shrine) where local people come for their vow or special events.

Chale-Sara Hiking Trail Map

Chale-Sara Hiking Trail Map

 

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Eisal-Koo Walking

ایسل کو

Moving towards the rice fields from Gileboom and passing a short narrow lane, we reach the Sal (water reservoir for rice planting). This place, known as Gishar Park, overlooks the rice paddies which extend all the way to the Caspian Sea. We continue walking along the water reservoirs to reach a sandy road. Tea and kiwi farms as well as a lagoon are located along this road. After a short walk we arrive at a plant nursery where hectares of ornamental plants are grown neatly by the owner. At the end of the road we reach the highway, head to the sandy beach and boating area via Sahel-2 road, Ahowan complex.

On the way back, we visit Nosrati Cafe and a Chadorshab weaving workshop on Ghasem Abad-e Sofla’s main entrance before returning to Gileboom, passing the lane next to the football field.

Eisal-Koo is a walking program. The route is 2Km and the duration needed is 2 hours.

Eisal-Koo Walking Trail Map

Eisal-Koo Walking Trail Map

 

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Ascending Gishar-Kuh Peak

Gishar-Kuh Peak View

Gishar-Kuh (1350m) is a conical peak spreading like a velvet corrugated skirt against the backdrop of Ghasem-Abad. Standing on top of the mountain provides a perfect view of the sea shore, all the way from Kelachay to Ramsar.

The name “Gishar” refers to the similarity between the mountain and the long Ghasem-Abadi skirts. The girls who wore these skirts were called “Gishe” in local language.

The duration of Gishar-Kuh trekking is 9 hours. Moving from Gileboom, the first stop is in Chale-Sara where we take a short rest. Rural cottages and natural springs are scattered along the way from Chale-Sara to Fin-Deh. Walking eastward on the ridge along a meandering path we reach a subsidiary peak first and then Gishar-Kuh peak. The slope eventually gets steeper from Fin-Deh to the peak. The weather is usually foggy in the spring and autumn. Mesmerizing moss-covered trees, humped cows and wild brown and white mushrooms are some attractions of the trek. The peak is conical in shape and is covered with beautiful tall trees.

Ascending route in Jungle

Ascending route in Jungle

Fin-Deh wooden cottage

Fin-Deh wooden cottage

 

Mish-Sere Dasht Walking

Mi-Sere Dasht Walking

Mish-Sere Dasht is a must-see place for those who wish to discover how the eastern Guilan plain looked about a hundred years ago. Walk from Gileboom to reach the village main road, then continue in Hojjat Alipour Street to reach Baharestan road. Keep walking in this road for 15 minutes and you shall arrive at Mish-Sere Dasht.

Mish-Sere Dasth means ‘sheep pasture’ in Gilaki dialect. This plain is full of Kunos trees (gilak term for wild medlar trees) so you can eat the fruits in late fall and winter. Be careful of the thorns. It is better to wear gloves while picking Kunos. Continue walking through Mish-Sere Dasth towards south and you will arrive at vast orange farms along the sandy road. Here you can smell the scent of sour orange blossoms during April, observe fruit picking and loading on 100-year old trucks during winter and enjoy a view over Caspian Sea, watching birds and the rise and fall of clouds over Gishar-Kuh hill.

Continue walking on the sandy road in Mish-Sere Dasth towards south until you reach a lane on the right-hand side of the road. Walk along the lane in the west direction to reach Sia-Lat road after 20 minutes. Walking down this road you will reach Chale-Sara cross road, then Abrisham-1 alley and finally back to Gileboom.

It takes about 4 hours to go from Gileboom to Mish-Sere Dasht, do sightseeing for about an hour and return back. Mish-Sere Dasht walking is enjoyable in all seasons.

Track attractions: flower and plant nurseries, view over Gishar-Kooh, orange farms, wild medlar trees.

Mish-Sere Dasht Walking Trail Map

Mish-Sere Dasht Walking Trail Map

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Milash Waterfall Hiking

میلاش

For hiking Milash waterfall, we shall drive from Gileboom towards Rahim-Abad village and then continue through Sefid-Ab road towards Ziyaz to arrive at Divrood historical village.

The road to Divrood village is asphalt-finished and it takes about one hour to reach there. The village has maintained its traditional architecture and historical texture over the past 100 years. Walking through the narrow alleys and watching the old houses is among the attractions of this village.

There are two ways to go from Divrood to Milash village: by walking through a dirt road or by hiking. The walk takes about 30 minutes. The hiking route is steeper and passes through wild hazelnut trees. It takes about one hour to reach Milash village by hiking.

Milash village is also beautiful and has, fortunately, maintained its historical texture. The houses have thatched roofs and simple barns.

After half an hour of walking through hazelnut trees on a mild slope from Milash village, the path gets divided into two routes. The upward route leads straight to the waterfall; while the downward route involves crossing the river a few times and passing through the rocks and small waterfalls before reaching the main waterfall. So if you are looking for some adventure, pick the downward route.

The height of the waterfall is about 12 meters and it is surrounded by parrotia persica trees.

Caution: There are no toilets along the route.

Track Attractions: Pol-Rood river valley, the green and mountainous road from Rahim-Abad to Sefid-Ab, hazelnut and borage farms, the traditional texture of Milash and Divrood villages, parrotia persica trees.

Chale-Sara to Plat-Kale-Sar Hiking

Chale-Sara

The duration of this hike is six hours. We shall move in the south-west direction, from Chale-Sara towards Fin-Deh. Along the way we shall pass two cowsheds (known as Sare in Gilaki language). The trees in Sarve-Lat protected area include alder, maple, beech, hornbeam, honey locust and wild persimmon. It takes one hour from Fin-Deh to reach the col, which often has cool winds. The area is foggy most of the year (fall, winter, and first spring).

From the col, we continue hiking towards Afra waterfall, which is 4 meters tall and surrounded by thick maple trees. Beautiful basins are formed along the waterway. Passing a large cowshed in the south of the waterfall, we continue walking towards ‘Plat-Kale-Sar’ tea farm and reach the village within two hours.

Caution: There are no toilets along the route.

Track Attractions: Cowsheds, Tea farm,  Afra Waterfall, Hyrcanian jungle, View over Caspian sea, Birds such as bullfinchs, ortolans, woodpeckers and cuckoos

Chale-Sara to Plat-Kale-Sar Hiking Trail Map

Chale-Sara to Plat-Kale-Sar Hiking Trail Map

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Javaher-Dasht Safari

سافاری جواهردشت

A ride to the heart of jungle through the foggy roads to reach a high-altitude plain, called as Jordasht. “Jor” means “high” in Gilaki dialect. The name Jordasht was eventually changed to Javaher-Dasht (meaning the plain of jewels); a befitting name as Jordasht shines like a jewel in the hillsides of Somamus Mountain.

Position: Eastern Guilan, between Kelachay and Chaboksar cities, on Siahkalroud road.

Distance and duration of the trip: About 20 Km (30 minute) drive through paved road followed by about 20 Km (1 hour) drive through mountainous dirt road in the middle of the jungle

The dirt road has many puddles, get ready for an exciting jeep ride!

Available programs:

1-Day program: Leaving Gileboom early in the morning in off-road vehicles or old jeeps, walking for 2-3 hours in the jungle and around Javaher-Dasht , eating local food, taking a stroll in the hillsides and returning to Gileboom in the afternoon.

1.5-Day program (A): Leaving Gileboom after breakfast in off-road vehicles or old jeeps, strolling in the jungle, eating local food for lunch, taking a short rest, walking in Javaher-Dasht , having local dinner and sleeping in rural houses. Next day: having breakfast including local bread and fresh diary, returning to Gileboom before noon.

1.5-Day program (B): Leaving Gileboom in off-road vehicles or old jeeps in the afternoon, strolling in the jungle, eating local food for dinner and sleeping in rural houses. Next day: having breakfast including local bread and fresh diary, walking in Javaher-Dasht , eating lunch and returning to Gileboom.

 

Ascending Somamous Peak

سماموس: بلندترین قله استان گیلان

Ascending Somamous peak (3,680 m) from Gileboom takes about one and a half day. The best time is late spring and summer (May-August). It is recommended that you accompany a local guide in your first ascent.

The trip begins by driving for one hour from Khayyat-Mahale to Javaherdasht using 4×4 Jeeps. It is best to sleep there for the night to allow the body to adjust to the high altitude. It is possible to stay in rural houses and eat with the locals.

The ascent begins early next morning. An average-experienced trekking team can reach the peak in 6-7 hours. The trail has gentle slopes in the beginning but the slopes get steeper eventually. The higher altitudes offer a unique view of the Caspian Sea all the way to Chamkhale beach.

The weather is very varying in these heights. Sometimes a blanket of fog covers the landscape and it appears as if you are walking over the clouds but then again the sun shines and the fog disappears.

Somamous is the highest peak in Guilan Province and is a limestone mountain. Peaks have always been regarded as glorious and majestic landmarks by ancient Iranians. The word Somamous means “Holy Place.”

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