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.

Kiwi Fruit Picking 

Kiwi Fruit Picking 

Goal: Harvesting kiwi fruits and storing them in baskets and boxes

Best time: October. This time may vary depending on the weather and market rates.

The program:

People are divided into two to three-member teams; the farmer gives pruning shears and baskets to the head of each team. The farmer explains about the kiwi plant and methods of caring, pruning and picking kiwifruit. Finally, the teams engage in picking the fruits and storing them in boxes. Duration of the program is one hour. The guests can eat as well as take home some of the fruits they pick.

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

 

For more information about Merse – Konale Hiking refer to download section.

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

 

For more information about Chale-Sara Hiking refer to download section.

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.

Manual Tea Processing

تهیه چای دستی

Goal: Learning about the tea plant and Manual-processing of tea leaves

Best time: From May to November

Training process:

Manual preparation of black tea is practiced in Gileboom’s tea garden. After learning about the tea plant, the process of picking the tea leaves, sorting, washing and rubbing or rolling them are explained.

Guests do every step of tea processing in teamwork with help from the instructor. After fermenting and drying the rolled tea leaves, the prepared tea is brewed and served to the guests.

Required tools and materials: Tea leaves, basket, strainer, big tray, gloves, cleaning cloth, oven

Products: Black tea and green tea

Tea Processing

Tea Processing

 

Mat Weaving

Goal: Learning how to weave a mat

The Program:

The guests in Gileboom get acquainted with three-curl- and four-curl-knitted mats and practice it. The method of weaving small ground mats will also be taught in group.

This work is done with the recycled fibers cut from plastic bottles. Then we go to a mat-weaving home workshop to become acquainted with the method of sewing, shaping and producing goods under the supervision of a tutor.

Required Tools and Raw Materials: Plastic tapes, jute twine, wooden handles

Different Types of Products: Tablecloths, baskets, hats, ground cloths, bags, pot baskets (baskets for pots), ropes

Joinery

درودگری

Goal: Making wooden appliances and wood tools.

In the joinery workshop, the guests make home appliances such as decorative mirrors, chandeliers, clothes hangers, tissue boxes, pencil cases, wooden spoons, various boards and two-dimensional shapes of birds and animals at a group work with a combination of recycled materials and new ones.

The Program:

The separated pieces for each of the aforementioned devices and the model made will be displayed. The guests will be busy making the model using joinery tools and a variety of woods.

Innovation in making a model or optimization in building things will be practiced interacting with each other.

Required Tools and Raw Materials:

Wood saws, hammers, nails, woods, wood glue, clamp, gloves, workbench, meter, files and grinder will be provided to the guests.

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