Babak castle is near the small town of Kaleybar, about a a 3-hour drive from Tabriz. The road climbs up high after Kaleybar, there is a seasonal hotel with a large parking lot on about 1800m altitude at (38° 51.486' N/ 46° 59.555' E). A rather steep stair-climb starts just behind the hotel at will take you to the top in about 2 hrs, sweat-driving. Start as early as you can, avoid the afternoon hours when the sun beats down.
Alternatively you can ask the hotel owner to call his friend who will take you up a jeep track in his old, battered Nissan 4x4, which will cut down the hike to an easily manageable 40-min walk.
For self-drivers with sturdy cars, continue the road upwards from the hotel until you reach the jeep track (big yellow signs on the right side of the road, (38° 50.690' N/ 46° 58.392' E) and go up until you hit the Nomad camp at the end of the road on 2180m altitude at (38° 50.652' N/ 46° 58.320' E).
4x4 is not really required, but it's a rough gravel road. The local folks can do it with their Peykans and Saipas, too.
The walk from the Nomad camp is a lot easier, shorter and less altitude to cover. After a 40min walk you'll reach the fort on 2380m altitude, with a nice shady tea-house at the entrance. Access to the fort itself is free of charge.
Stunning views from and within the fort. You wonder who and why they ever built this up there, high above anything else...
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