1050 GMT October 28, 2021
Known as Iran’s tallest waterfall, it is one of the most beautiful natural attractions of the country. Getting to Laton Waterfall is a trip in and of itself because the trail is also spectacular. It is also an attractive option for camping. To get there you need to go through Astara and get to Lavandevil and Kuteh Kumeh Village, but that’s not all, irantravelx.com wrote.
To reach this beautiful waterfall, you have a beautiful path ahead; it’s about four hours of walking in the woods and passing through the hills, which should take place alongside people who know the terrain, but it is undoubtedly worth the effort. When you think about the destination, the trip becomes easy and pleasant for you, though hard it may be. Of course, you can hitchhike and skip the trail or a part of it with a pickup from the locals.
On the way to the waterfall, you can go through a mountain range and go to the heart of a lush forest. On the outskirts of the road, the Lavandevil River flows and leads you to the pastures. After passing through all the beauty, with a 750-meter-high elevation, Laton Waterfall reveals itself to you. There is still 500 meters to go, but the beauty and splendor of the waterfall rejuvenate you.
Getting to know Laton Waterfall
After about four hours of walking six kilometers of the road, you will reach Laton Waterfall which is 15km south of Astara and on the border with Ardebil Province. It also goes by the name of Barzov and it is considered to be one of the most spectacular attractions of Iran.
This particular waterfall takes on different faces each season because the overflowing water is not constant and it is always changing in terms of quantity, but it does not dry out and there is always flowing there. Seeing this beautiful scenery, along with drinking charcoal-heated tea in Uncle Sadollah’s cabin, will be quite an experience. The cottage has been located there since 1994.
The water originates from the eastern slopes of the tallest mountain in Astara region, Espinas Mountain which is 2,105 meters high. This water goes through three large natural and then it reaches Laton Waterfall. The water eventually continues after the Laton Waterfall and joins Lavandevil River, which extends nearly 17 kilometers. The river passes through a steep slope in Kuteh Kumeh and Lavandevil and eventually joins the Caspian Sea.
This unique waterfall has a height of 105 meters and it is known as the tallest waterfall in Iran, a record that is very much proven, but some claim that there are still higher waterfalls in Iran, which are still unknown and not measured. In some sources, this waterfall has been named as the tallest one in four seasons, which seems better than the original one.
You may imagine that all the attractions of the trip to Latton Waterfall will end at the waterfall itself, but you will see other attractions on this trip as well:
The path to Laton Waterfall is one of the most eye-catching trails and its beauty will definitely pay off at the end. On the way to Laton Waterfall, you will find many attractions that are a little difficult to pass by because you simply do not want to leave before taking a long look at them. At the beginning of the walking path, there is the Kuteh Kumeh spa, an attraction worthy of attention and one around which you can park your car.
After a while, you get to a small, abandoned village called Asio Vashon, in which only a few families live. As for the name of this village, it should be said that in Taleshi which is the local language, “asio” means mill and “vashon” means riverside. There is an old teahouse called Nur Mohammed in this village, which is a good place for a short break and spending some quality time while having tea. After this teahouse, there is another one in about 800 meters and only then you’ll get to Laton Waterfall but not before a fork in the road. By going right you get closer to Laton Waterfall. Along the road, you can see scenic views of Laton Waterfall, a castle and the Espinas Summit, and after about 1,500 meters from the fork. Still, 1,300 meters to go before reaching Laton Waterfall, but so far, there have been many beauties along the way. After passing this, Laton Waterfall will be in your sight.
Mountaineering and rock climbing
There is a castle located above Laton Waterfall of the same name known as Espinas Castle. If you are a climber, do not miss this work of art which is at a height of 1,200 meters. Rock climbing is also an option, and climbers can also experience the pleasure of climbing the waterfall itself.
Best season for traveling
Laton Waterfall has a sultry and warm climate, so if you want to get there on foot, choose late winter or early spring in order to have the best weather possible.
Spring: Early spring is the best time to see the beauty of Laton Waterfall. The closer you get to the end of the spring, the harder it gets for you to get there due to the hot weather.
Summer: The warm and sultry air of the second season of the year makes it look more difficult than ever in terms of walking to Laton Waterfall unless you get a car from the locals and go with that or hitchhike.
Autumn: This particular season makes everyone pumped for scenery. In this season, you can enjoy the beauty of colorful trees and waterfalls, but on the other hand, the weather may not be so good.
Winter: late winter is the best time for getting to Laton Waterfall because it’s not that cold and it’s not that warm either.
Flora and fauna
Laton Waterfall is surrounded by a jungle; a dense and pristine forest that is quite lush for about nine months of the year, and hosts a bunch of trees and plants such as oak, hornbeam, almond, wild hawthorns, common medlar, plum, quince, pear, cherry plum, Persian honeylocust, maple, apple, grapevine, fig, walnut and hazelnut. Most of the trees in this area are classified as a part of the Caspian Hyrcanian Mixed Forest Ecoregion and are of great value. There are also animals in the forest, among them wolves, boars, bears, hedgehogs, as well as horses, cattle, and sheep that are local to the area.