Why we are named Derak?
Shiraz is the center of Fars province, located in southwestern Iran. From the north, this city is surrounded by Bamou, Sabzpooshan, Chehel Maqam, Babakoohi Mountains in the north as well as Derak Mountain in the west with an area of 1268 km2, 40 km long and 15-30 km wide.
What does Derak mean?
Derak Mountain is located in the west of Shiraz. Its height is 2970 meters and its distance to the peak is 8770 meters. Derak in the native language means the place where water and snow are gathered because this mountain was the source of ice for people in the warm seasons in the old days, so that they brought down the frosty snow and used it as ice.
What does find in Derak Mountain?
Derak Mountain have many vegetation coverings in the spring, including many of them: garden thyme, mountain Almond, rhubarb, oak, oriental almond tree, mountain almond, wild prunes, Persian turpentine tree, acanthus, mountain onion, corn poppy, corn poppy, tulip leaping. The animals in the region include wolf, jackal, fox, Snake, partridge and Falcon.
How mountaineering Derak Mountain?
One of the paths to reach this mountain is from Ehsan complex to Ali Askari. Through this way, we reach to the 3rd pine area, where Mohammad Ali Karimi built a small pond which water was gathered here in the spring and rainy seasons. After a long journey, we arrive at a rocky hut. We can go through this path usually within two hours.
On the way to the summit, we reach to Janpanah Amirieh, where Mr. Mohammad Ali, in memory of his son, Amir Karimi, built it in 1998 and made water well and planted around it where climbers usually spend the night there. We reach the summit of Derak Mountain for about an hour's walk.
One of the return routes is from the spring of Varamin to Devil valley which has a lot of walls and certainly having a rope is necessary. After passing the walls we find a roughly flat section with various trees like mountain almonds where hear the sound of water in this direction, which is promising especially in the summer.
Derak Mountainous Park
Operation of Derak mountainous Park in 600 hectares was begun in 2013, which would benefit Shirazi people from the beautiful Derak Mountains with its pleasing nature in various seasons.
This park was constructed in the western slopes of Derak Mountains, near the Tang-e-Sork Dam, with a total area of 600 hectares. This park includes includes such projects as hotel, telecabin, walking paths as well as bicycling and medicinal plants garden.
The natural location of this region and its prospect to Shiraz would transform Derak mountainous park into a unique park in the country.