In pictures: View from the top of Mount Hasari Sakran
Few people get to see the view from the top of Mount Hasari Sakran, within Kurdistan Region’s Halgurd-Sakran National Park in Erbil’s Choman district.
The area was heavily mined during the eight-year Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s and has not been fully cleared – keeping most tourists and mountain climbers away.
The mountain sees year-round snow fall. Even during summer, temperatures here do not exceed 12 degrees Celsius while the cities are baking in 45-plus weather.
Choman District is located in northeastern Erbil Province on the Iraq-Iran border. It is known for its mountains, green pastures in the springtime, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls and attracts tourists year round to enjoy its natural beauty.
Halgurd-Sakran National Park, which is in the process of being established, will be the largest protected area in the Kurdistan mountains, comprising 600 square kilometers and including the range’s highest mountain, Mount Halgurd (3,609 m).
Photos by Hoshang Gasha