Driving a military road to the summit of Qandil Mountain

Qandil Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 3.411m (11,190ft) above sea level, located on the border of Iran and Iraq. A military road to the summit has been recently built.

Qandil Mountain

Where is Qandil Mountain?

The peak links the West Azerbaijan province of Iran and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

Who built the road to Qandil Mountain?

The road to the summit was built recently by the Iranian army to construct a military base at the summit and fence it with barbed wire. It’s totally unpaved.

How dangerous is driving to Qandil Mountain?

The area is not safe for traveling and is better to avoid at all costs. There is a danger of land mines on the approach. This region sees no visitors, so be aware because you are moving in a very sensitive area very close to the border between both countries. Iraqi officials say that Iran has built dozens of military outposts in the border areas of Pishdar, Choman, and Sidakan.
Pic: Razgar Kurd