Tashkooh: The Eternal Fire in Zagros Mountains
Have you heard anything about the mountains that burn naturally? Do you know how many of these mountains there are?
The most famous burning mountains are Mount Wingen in Australia, Yanar Dag in Baku and Tashkooh in Iran.
Tashkooh, literally means the firing mount, is a natural phenomenon known for its permanent flames due to some geological reasons.
In general, the flames are caused by the sulfur vapors rising from the porous layer of the mountain surface and natural gases that permeate the air through some cracks in the ground and then ignite in the exposure to oxygen.
The interesting point you need to know about this area is that you can’t kindle the fire due to the large amount of gas. However, surprisingly, you can dig a small hole on the surface and after a few seconds, the flame will appear!
Concurring to the found reports, Tashkooh was considered sacrosanct within the old times and in middle Persian it was called “Akhuraishnik” which means “The holy fire”.
In Zoroastrianism, it was called “Zoohiat” which means “the immortal fire of hell” which they believed was one of the gates to hell.
It is suggested to visit this mountain during sunset and at nights since the flames make an astonishing view in the dark nights while people gather together around the fire and have fun.
Tashkooh is located in Zagros mountain range, Khuzestan province. It is near the pair of villages called Mamatin, between Ramhormoz and Izeh.
Please pay attention to the following points…
- Best time for visiting Tashkooh is autumn nights.
- Don’t stay in this area for long period.
- Don’t try to extinguish the flames please!
- The amount of gas and sulfur in this area can be dangerous for kids, the elderly and people with breathing problems.
- Reaching this area, please ask a local guide.
- If you want to stay, choose Ramhormoz or Gonbad Loran County.