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11-16-2015, 10:20 AM

Introduction: Forest of Ponel (جنگل پونل) is a beautiful hiking trails in the north of Iran, which every year attracts many enthusiasts.
To see this path, you must first go to the Ponel city and begins walking from village "Ardeh" near this city.


Location: Between Ponel (City in Gilan Province) and Khalkhal (City in Ardebil Province)

Walking path length: No need to walking or hiking. There is a road among the jungle so you can use 4wd vehicle. however you enjoy walking on this road for 2-3 hrs.

Days of trip: 2 or 3 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 7-8 hours driving to from Tehran to ponel and the end of road. one night camping. Also 7-8 hours driving from ponel to Tehran)
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: May to October

Daily time visit: No limit, but in summer middle of the day maybe hot

Difficulty level: Easy

Requirements: Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, waterproof shoes, satellite phone, headlamp

Legal permission need: No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: There are a few number of wild animals like bear, wolf and leopard in this jungle. But no human attack has been reported and also in hot seasons mosquito bites may hurt during night sleep.

Lost risk: Yes

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115.

GSM Mobile Antenna: No


Hotel: No hotel in the path

Village: Yes

Shop: No shop in the path

Gasoline: No gasoline in the path


How to get there:
1- Go to west terminal of buses in Tehran
2- Take a bus ticket to Astara(Distance from Tehran to Astara is 574 KM)
3- Get off bus in Ponel
4- Take a taxi from Ponel to the begining of the jungle
5- Start walking
6- get back at the same path

Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km

Nearest train station: No station less than 100 km

11-16-2015, 10:21 AM