Rainwater Harvesting

مخزن 500 لیتری جمع آوری آب باران

Rainwater harvesting is an ancient technique enjoying a revival in popularity due to the inherent quality of rainwater and interest in reducing consumption of treated water.

Rainwater is valued for its purity and softness. It has a nearly neutral PH and is free from disinfection by-products, salts, minerals, and other natural and man-made contaminants. Plants thrive under irrigation with stored rainwater.

Appliances last longer when free from the corrosive or scale affects of hard water. Users with potable systems prefer the Superior taste and cleansing properties of rainwater.

Archaeological evidence attests to the capture of rainwater as far back as 4,000 years ago, and the concept of rainwater harvesting in China may date back 6,000 years.

Ruins of cisterns built as early as 2000 B.C. for storing runoff from hillsides for agricultural and domestic purpose are still standing in Israel (Gould and Nissen-Pettersen, 1999).

Gileboom, as an ecolodge, started to establish rainwater harvesting systems in its yard.

A guest from Portugal and two cyclist from Mazandaran and Tehran province helped us first to dig a hole for 6000 liters tank.

It is important that ecolodges in Iran have this system in their task list.

Tree house, Konduj

Gileboom tree house | perfect stay for backpackers with tent and sleeping bag

Konduj is the warehouse of rice stems. The warehouse is located on four wooden and polygon pillars that are usually rounded down at the bottom. There are some round and thick woods like the wheels of a car, but solid and smooth, on the pillars. They are called ratter; a simple but excellent technique to fend a mouse.

The konduj of Gileboom is eighty-three years old and is now considered as the oldest construction of it. It was standing silent for a long time in a house next to the crossroad “Chale-Sara”. This konduj, with a four-sided roof, was filled of the tools for agriculture, as it used more heat from the sun. Radiation of heat from the ceiling into the konduj heated it. The wooden and thatched walls did not let the heat out. In this way, immature rice became ripe as well.

We were informed that some people wanted to destroy and sell it to a coal plant. There should be no hesitation, so we sat off. We numbered its components, separated and brought them with a pickup truck to Gileboom. It would be interesting if time went back and we would become a student for the konduj-maker.

We lubricated the usable woods frequently. In the first year, we raised the main pillars and columns up with the help of the village’s hero, Mr. Mojtaba. Then we covered them with thick linens so that the rain would not ruin them.

In the winter 2016, we implemented its ceiling – not as a four-sided ceiling but as a two-sided one – to keep it cooler and have enough space to stand. We just used the titled woods for the walls and covered the floor with the wooden boards, so that the air would draft well unlike the previous status.

Now it has turned into a tree house where kids can play and sometimes it is a place to sleep or a private room for guests.

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.

Rice Transplanting

کرت ها بعد از نشاء برنج

Goal: Participating in transplantation of rice seedlings in Ghasem-Abad’s rice fields, individually or in groups

Best time: From May to mid-July. The time may vary depending on the weather.

The Program:

The participants put on farm boots and help transfer the rice seedlings from the nursery to the paddy field. An experience woman gives tips on how to separate the seedlings and hold them in one’s hands. The participants imitate the woman’s movements for manual transplantation. The aim is to transplant at least one section of the paddy field together.

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


For more information about Eisal-Koo walking refer to download section.

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

For more information about Mish-Sere Dasht Walking refer to download section.

Visit to Damkesh Spring

Damkesh Spring, National Natural Monument

Geographic Position: N365932 E503206

Damkesh Spring is a national natural landmark, located about 25-minute drive away from Gileboom.

Visiting Hours: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm

The site has a parking space for up to 15 cars as well as a restroom facility for visitors. The distance between the parking space and the spring is about 50 meters.

About the Spring:

Damkesh spring streams from a 1-meter diameter hole in the ground under an old maple tree. The water runs intermittently so the spring could remain dry for hours, even days at a time while flowing constantly during the other days.

Around the spring have grown Ash trees, locally knows as “Shushar.” These trees are called as “Kish” in western Guilan and “Shemshad” in Persian.

The spring has attracted a number of great experts in the past including the Persian scholar Sheikh-Bahaei (1547-1621) and British author H.L. Rabino. The locals believe that the spring’s water is useful for treating kidney stones and iron deficiency.