Namakabroud, with its natural beauty, landscapes, visually beautiful and unique amenities and recreational purposes is one of the most popular natural destinations in Iran.
Namakabroud’ gondola lift, takes you to the Madvin mountaintop in only 12 minutes. Let’s take a virtual tour with Alale.
Tourist town of Namakabroud located within twelve kilometers of west of Chalus in the green land of Mazandaran province. Namakabroud covers approximately 650 hectares of beautiful picturesque land. It reaches Caspian Sea from the north and Madvin heights (one of the highest mountain of the Alborz Mountains) from the south.
The violet and boxwood forest parks in the northern part of Namakabroud town has created 200 hectares of picturesque scenery in this part of the land. While in the southern part of the land, forested hillside Madvin has created a dense forest with extremely beautiful visual landscape.
Initial plans of Namakabroud were designed by architectures Daz, Charkhab and Howard Humphrey. Howard Humphrey assumed that Chalus- Ramsar road divides the area into two parts of northern and southern. The southern part of the road would be dedicated to villas and the northern part would include the Hyatt Hotel and Marina and its associated facilities as well as apartment complexes.
Mazandaran Forests are important sources of the country’s wealth; these forests have paying an active role in regulating the air condition and the flow of rivers. Their industrial effects, also, are of highest importance. Mazandaran forests approximately cover a million and a half hectares. They are consist mainly of broad-leaved trees. This feature makes them quite distinct from other forests in Iran.
Factors such as the Caspian Sea and the Alborz Mountains have made the northern slopes of the mountain ranges to have densely vegetative, so that in some parts of these areas no human hand has ever reached. This vegetation plays a key role in the climate of the province. At altitudes of over 2,500 meters above sea level, due to extreme cold, no forest exists. Wet forests of the northern slopes of the Alborz in the east connects to Minoodasht and Golestan forests.
Due to the remoteness of Namakabroud of the Caspian Sea and low level of moisture, the types of trees and forest landscapes change. Most important forest trees found in forests of Namakabroud are:
Oak and hornbeam (at average altitudes), Free (at average altitudes), hazel (at very low altitudes), alder (in wet valleys and edges of streams), boxwood that are always green (at average altitudes), maple, nemra, elm (Ulmus or minor), Ash (van), chestnut and beech (Fagus forests in economics are particularly important).
Generally plains of Mazandaran in northern Iran have a humid climates with mild temperate; this climate is known as the Caspian Climate. There are many factors affecting the weather of Namakabroud, including Alborz Mountains and their orientation, altitude, proximity to the sea, vegetation, local winds, and latitude; among these factors the roles of winds, the mountains, and the Caspian Sea are more important.
Generally speaking, there are two air streams in the region affecting Namakabroud:
The first stream is the flaw of air coming from the north and northeast Siberia to Caspian. In winter, it causes the cold weather, rain and snow. In summer, in the other hand, it rarely blows, causing the air to cool off.
The second stream is the westerly winds blow from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, causing rain in winter and increased humidity in summer.
The famous local winds that are also blowing are Sortock (from Siberia in winter) Wind Khoshabad Darenour, Gilva (Uzruva) and Sam. Considering various factors that affect the climate of the province, there are three types of climate in this area; plain moderate, mountainous, and cold.
According to the master plan and detailed construction of this tourist town, an area of over 220 hectares has been assigned for permanent and seasonal population of over 100 thousand residents.
Architectural features are predicted with a variety of designs for villas, two-story buildings and skyscrapers.
The highest gondola lift in Iran is located in the southeastern edge of Namakabroud town. This gondola lifts was designed and brought into operation in 1993 with as a result of hard works of Iranian experts. Namakabroud gondola lift takes the visitors within 12 minutes to the altitude of 970 meters in the summit of the mountain Madvin offering amazing panoramic views of the forest and Caspian Sea.
An artificial lake with pedal boating, tennis, track cycling, skate floor, hang gliding, Skywalking, and amusement park, two-seat flying, shopping centers, restaurants, clothing boutiques and hand crafts, carpets , leather clothing shop, photography, beauty salon and the beach recreation center can be named among the other features that you can experience fun with.
From anywhere in the country, you can easily access Chalus rout; you should keep driving to near Chalus. Then, after passing 13 km Chalus - Namakabroud road, the beautiful tourist town of Namakabroud can be reached.
Chalus, in all four seasons of the year, is very popular among tourists. However Alale’s recommendation is to travel to Namakabroud in spring and summer seasons because during these seasons the town is simply marvelous.