The 70-kilometer Asalem-Khalkhal road starts from Asalem in Gilan province and reaches Khalkhal in the south of Ardabil province, between East Azarbaijan and Zanjan provinces. Asalem is one of the cities of Gilan province in Northern Iran. By traveling on this road, you have entered one of the most dreamy forest routes in Iran, and by passing through it, you will see the most beautiful and dreamy landscapes.
The road from Asalem to Khalkhal can be divided into two parts; Forest section and Talesh Summer Yaylak section. The beginning of the road from the Asalem is covered with forest trees with a winding path. Except for some local cabins, the whole route is pristine and untouched.
There are villages along the way, and some areas are nomadic. The presence of small huts, beehives and anemone plains is one of the irreplaceable beauties of this road.
One of the features of this route is the possibility of mountaineering. In the spring, summer and until the first half of the fall season, climbers can choose a route for the hiking, which includes traversing the route from Khalkhal to Asalem via the old roads. This road continues from Andbil village in the east of Khalkhal to Nav village which reaches in Gilan province.
Climbers climb up to 2,100 meters on this route. It is also possible to go hiking on foot or even by bicycle. The best time to visit this area is summer, spring and autumn. In each of these seasons you will see a special image of this irreplaceable spectacular forest road.
The Asalem-Khalkhal Road can be called a piece of paradise. An area that combines forests, plains, waterfalls and lakes, and every part of it offers a unique view of nature in front of your eyes. Sometimes you may even forget that this road is real and feel like you are in a dream.
Due to its location in the northern part of the country, this region has a special climate. In all seasons, the weather is cool and pleasant, and there is moisture and mist. It rains most seasons of the year. Even in the summer it’s still cold in the highlands of this area. One of the most important reasons to visit this forest area is its pristine and beautiful nature. Driving on this route is not boring and will bring you one of the greatest experiences of your life. You can also enjoy the unique taste of local cuisine, kebab, natural honey, local butter, bread and fresh dairy here.
If you want to spend the night in a wooden cabin in the heart of nature, do not miss the trip to the Asalem-Khalkhal Road.
What adds to the beauty of this road is the river that accompanies you from the beginning of your journey. You can see this river in most parts of the route and even spend some time by its side.
After a bit of driving on the road, you will notice that nature colors change at every moment and the nature is mesmerizing you with its magical sceneries; sometimes with towering trees and forests and sometimes with green and velvety plains. The presence of herds of horses and sheep grazing in the green plains of this road gives you one of the dreamiest images you will never forget.
In the months of May and June, the elegant nature of this road is dressed in beautiful anemone flowers, and by drowning in an ocean of mist and clouds, the magic of this spectacular piece of nature will catch your eye. Some of these plains are located above the summer resort of Mattesh, not far from the Gardaneh-ye Tūnī, in the Korman Yaylak, and you can visit them. It is interesting to know that part of the beautiful nature of Asalem was the location of the expensive movie of Hazrat Suleiman to picture the famous city of Jerusalem. Don’t forget to visit Shaghayegh plain on your way. The best time to visit Shaghayegh plain is in May and June.
On the way from Asalem to Khalkhal, there are various accommodation centers where you can spend the night. Small hotels, tourist centers, country houses with wooden huts and tents and camps are some of the best options for your trip.
On this road, you will come across signs that will lead you to different villages such as Nav and Loke Tashun. These villages are formed along this road and among the beautiful plains. In each of these villages you can try local cuisines and products. Foods such as Mirza Ghasemi, Baqali Qatough, Kebabi Fish, Torsheh Tareh, Koi Tareh, Sir Gholieh, Anarbij, Kal Kebab, Ash miveh, Pichaq Ghimeh, Erishteh Ploo, Asheh Doogh, Kebab Tazeh, Keteh Kebab, Keteh with Butter and Local Yogurt The most delicious are the local dishes that you can enjoy on your trip from Asalem to Khalkhal.
If you have enough time on this road, you can follow the sidewalks to discover new sights such as lakes, waterfalls, and flower plains and…And if you are lucky you may see a beautiful deer or a leopard! Kiwi hot spring near Khalkhal is a place where you can safely take a dip in the water and relax.
There are also several local restaurants all over the road. The interesting thing about these restaurants is that due to the cold weather, they hang the meat outside their door, and this creates a special image. Along the way, locals offer you their products, the most famous of which is honey. Do not to forget to taste it. You can also try local breads, agricultural and dairy products.