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Chain Shelters to Bring Tourists to Iran Mountains

Tehran, 4 October 2005 (CHN) - The Mountaineering Federation of Iran is going to change the mountains throughout the country to desirable places for tourists who love nature and sports with a 5-year program.

"The Federation aims to build chain shelters in the important mountains such as Damavand, Sabalan, Alam kooh, and Zard kooh, and create some facilities to attract sportsmen," said Sadegh Aghajani, head of the Mountaineering Federation.

According to Aghajani, more tourism facilities are needed in this regard, and Cultural Heritages and Tourism Organization of Iran should pay special attention to the issue and consider that with just a little investment in some areas such as Damavand and Sabalan, it can attract lots of tourists to these areas.

Noting also how some of Iran's natural resources are under threat due to the construction of roads and mining, Aghajani asked for an immediate action in this respect to save the natural heritage of these places.

With respect to ecosystem, Damavand is an important region and according to Aghajani some talks have been carried out so far with countries such as Japan to develop sports tourism and call Damavand and Fuji Mountains as sister mountains to attract more tourists, however, the plans are not going well due to improper preservation of Damavand region.

Considering the safety of mountaineers, he emphasized on taking tours led by the federation tour guides, "The federation has asked the Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization of Iran to announce to tourism agencies which want to take tourists to mountainous regions to use the Federation's tour guides, because they are familiar with the mountains and the possible dangers." Aghajani believes this would help ensure foreign tourists enthusiast to explore Iran's mountains.

According to Aghajani, a big complex in Vandarbon of Kelardasht on the way to Alam Kooh is under construction, which aims to attract domestic and foreign tourist to the region. The complex is about 2500 square meters and will consist of a dormitory, rock climbing training classes, camping spots, and modern heating systems. It will also have electricity, means of international communications, and Internet.

Another complex is built in Polur region, as the central station of Damavand. Another shelter at the height of 4150 meters in Damavand Mountain is under construction as well.

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