Cheekha Dar
Highest point
Elevation3,611 m (11,847 ft)[1]
Prominence1,575 m (5,167 ft)[1]
ListingCountry high point
Coordinates36°46′36″N 44°55′07″E / 36.77667°N 44.91861°E / 36.77667; 44.91861[1]
Cheekha Dar is located in Iraq
Cheekha Dar
Cheekha Dar
Location of Cheekah Dar in Kurdistan-Iraq(on the Iranian border)
LocationIranIraq border
Parent rangeZagros Mountains

Cheekha Dar (Kurdish: Çîxî Derê, Sorani Kurdish: چیخی دەرێ), which means Black Tent, is the local Kurdish name for the mountain, located in Kurdistan Region of Iraq, currently thought to be the highest in Iraq. It is claimed to be 3,611 m (11,847 ft) high in the CIA World Factbook.[2] It is 6 km (3.7 mi) north of the village of Gundah Zhur and is on the border with Iran.

It was climbed in November 2004 by English explorer Ginge Fullen, who recorded a GPS reading of 3,628 meters at the coordinates in the adjacent table. The location is consistent with SRTM and Russian topographic mapping, although these sources are more consistent with the CIA height.

The first reported winter ascent was by Jonathan Beswick and Matthew DuPuy on March 18, 2011. The expedition GPS confirmed 3,611 m (11,847 ft). There is a danger of land mines in the area on approach between Hamilton Road and the village of Gundah Zhur. Some fields are marked by red, triangular signs with skull and crossbones. It is possible to find Kurdish military escorts through this area in the town of Choman.

A nearby peak called Halgurd, at 36°44′N 44°52′E / 36.733°N 44.867°E / 36.733; 44.867, is thought to be 3,607 m (11,834 ft) high, and had previously been thought to be Iraq's highest mountain.

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Cheekha Dar, Iraq/Iran". Retrieved 2014-05-26.
  2. ^ "The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency". Archived from the original on June 13, 2007.