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| The summit area and crater of Taftan
(photographer unknown)

Taftan
    13262 ft (4042 m) .
Location: Southeastern Iran
Lat / Long: 28.6° N, 61.6° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, fumarolic; lava flow in 1993
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: perhaps 3000-7000 ft (900-2100 m)
with adequate snow cover



Taftan is the tallest of several volcanoes in southeastern Iran, a group of moderately-large stratovolcanoes which stretches into neighboring Pakistan and Afghanistan. This area is extremely arid, so it is unclear how often the volcanoes are skiable, and despite reaching a maximum height of over 13000 ft (4000 m) there is no permanent snow or ice on any of them. Information about climbing these volcanoes is difficult to find, and about skiing them is nonexistent. Taftan is a broad eroded stratovolcano, with a still-active crater atop its summit cone. Access to Taftan appears to be straightforward, as a number of roads run high up on the flanks of the massif, including one which crosses northwest of the central cone reaching as high as 9000 ft (2700 m).



More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


Topographic map of Taftan (1:500,000 scale) from
    Tactical Pilotage Chart H-7B
    <click to enlarge>




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