GPS Coordinates: N:36.638508, E:44.889868
Choman is located 45 km east of Soran. The area is an important agricultural and cattle breeding region located in the district of the Hallgurd-Sakran Mountain chain. The area attracts many tourists due to the wide range of tourist facilities such as summer resorts, parks, rivers, green pastures and waterfalls.
The Walze Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country. It is located southeast of the Choman district, about 3 kilometers from the Qasre sub-district. Many people come from all over the country to visit this gorgeous natural site.
Part of Choman district, Haji Omran is known for its hills, streams and meadows. Surrounded by mountains, including Mount Sakran to the south, the region receives an abundance of rain and snow during winter and spring months. Lying at an altitude of 1900 m, Haji Omran is one of the main border crossings between Iraq and Iran.
Halgurd Mountain (the highest) in Iraq
For the adventurous this is the ultimate expedition! Visitors can choose to climb the highest mountain in Iraq with an altitude of 3,609 m. Halgurd Mountain certainly takes one’s breath away and is sure to be an unforgettable experience.
Halgurd is located among the picturesque districts of Galala, Haji Omaran, Roost and Sidakan. Halgurd mountain is fully covered in snow until the months of April and you can still find piles of snow throughout the summer. There are many springs and lakes that define the region, which gives a very attractive and relaxing feel to the area.
There are also various types of birds, unique vegetation and herbs that can be used as natural medicine. The Halgurd and Sakran Mountains stretch to Haji Omaran and Sidakan district, covering 1100 km2, with a height of 900m up to Halgurd peak. Halgurd-Sakran National Park is considered as one of the best national parks in the country. Tourists from different parts of the world have visited and experienced the majestic sight of Halgurd. You are sure to spend an enjoyable time exploring and hiking the mountains.
Barza Cave and Waterfall
The Barza cave was used by prehistoric peoples as homes and later provided refuge for Kurdish freedom fighters during their fight against military forces. Nowadays, the cool cave provides shelter for tourists during warm summer months.
Just 3 Km from Bsta village, in the North-East of Choman, lays the Bsta waterfall. The area is calm and refreshing; the water splashing of the fall gives a fresh and pleasant feel. It is a perfect place for picnics and sightseeing.
Sheikh Balk Shrine
The 17th century Sheikh was known for his faith and introduced the Al Sehrudia doctrine to Islam. The Sheikh impact continues to this day through his thousands of followers who regularly visit the shrine.
Sakran Valley is a lush, green valley surrounded by trees, flowers, creeks and birds. High up in the mountain, a traditional village offers visitors a chance to experience Kurdish hospitality and see how rural families live.
Rost Citadel is located in Rosti village, 137 km north of Erbil city and east of Halgurd. Built at the top of the mountain, the citadel is one of the most important archaeological sites in the area.
Rost Valley is located at the foot of Halgurd Mountain, 137 km northeast of Erbil province, near Sirin village, on the highway between Soran and Choman. The valley had an abundance of fresh water, forests, and orchards, and a small river passes through the valley. Rich in folklore and tradition, the area is popular with tourists seeking rest and relaxation.