Sabalan mountain (4,811 m) or Savalan is an inactive stratovolcano in the Alborz mountain range and Ardabil Province of northwestern Iran. Located in the extreme northwest of Iran, Sabalan is the country’s third highest peak after Damavand and Alam-Kuh. It is also higher than Mont Blanc in the Alps.
The mountain offers many attractions throughout the year. On the slopes of the mountain the mineral water from springs attracts large numbers of tourists each year, many of whom have faith in healing properties attributed to the springs. The nomadic people of the area live in small villages, with their round “Yurt” tents appealing to tourism. Sabalan has a sky resort (Alvares) and different tourist areas such as the Sarein spa. The mountain is known for its beautiful vistas, including the Shirvan gorge, where few climbers ever venture.
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