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“Sweat-driving hike to a Must-See location”
Review of Babak Fort

Babak Fort
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Kaleybar
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Owner description: Babak Castle, also known as the Immortal Castle or Republic Castle, is a large citadel and National Symbol of Iranians on the top of a mountain in the Arasbaran forests, which is located 6 km southwest of Kalibar City in northwestern Iran. It has been identified as the stronghold of Papak Khorramdin, the leader of the Khurramites in Azarbaijan who fought the Islamic caliphate of Abbassids.
Reviewed September 5, 2017

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...

Date of experience: August 2017
4  Thank Markus U
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

This is a fort that was the last hold out against the Arab invasion and once you are up there you marvel at the thought that someone built it in this more or less impregnable location. The effort involved a 100 years ago must have been momentous. The views around are worth the climb but avoid very hot days since it saps your energy.
if you are fit enough, take the path down the 'jungle road' when you descend. Its not a easy trek so do it with the right shoes and a walking stick is very helpful. Totally worth it

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank AljarreauStuttgart
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Reviewed August 14, 2017 via mobile

Babak castle since the Arab invasion of Iran ،The last place was seized after years. It is 160 km from Tabriz city، With moderate climate With pristine forests and intact. The path is asphalt si it,s convenient to reach. Hotel restaurant and tent camp are available. There are two ways to reach the castle One way to the valley takes an hour and a half ،The easier way is that it takes forty minutes، I can give you more information +989149162737 There is also a forest trail near the castle

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Iranguide
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Reviewed July 14, 2017

Babak Fort or Babak castle (بابک قالاسی) was capital of azerbaijan turks against Arabs attacks. King Babak defence from azerbaijan against Arabs attacks for 20 years.
this fort placed in Garadag (arasbaran) near kaleybar City. Gardag have great nature and jungles.
castle have 2 way for visitors:
1- jungle way: this way for go to castle very hard. but for back from castle is good way.
2- ladder(step) way: ladder way is a good way to go to up but thats take a 2 hours.
you will love castle nature... also Kaleybar have very genial people.

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank babakjx
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

You should take a four-wheel-drive from the agency which I put the picture of its card here to reach you on the foot of the Babak's Castle's mountain then you have to walk and go for climbing about 1:30 hours to reach the castle, when you want to come back, it's better to call the driver to come for picking you up.

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank setarebarzegar
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