Iran – Twin Peaks Alam Kuh + Damavand
Mount Damavand (5610m) is the highest peak in Iran, and Alam Kuh (4850m) is the second highest, both mountains are part of the Alborz mountain range, north of Iran.
Mount Damavand bears itself as the highest point in the Middle East, as well as the highest volcano in all of Asia. While the word Damavand means snow, Mount Damavand is actually a dormant volcano with fumaroles near the summit crater which occasionally displaces sulfur and steam.
Alam Kuh is mainly made of tertiary intrusive rocks; granite and diorite. Some Triassic and Jurassic sediments are also found. The southern slopes range tend to be dry and barren, the northern valleys leading to the Caspian Sea (which offer the best approaches to the mountains) are wet and lush with vegetation.
About The Climb
We will climb Alam Kuh first, then followed by Mt Damavand. We will spend 4 days trekking Alam Kuh, ascending from Hesarchal camp to the summit, then descend to camp. After the trek we will go to Kelardasht and from there we will transfer to Polour Village to prepare for the climb up to Mt Damavand. By now, we will be well acclimatized to trek towards Barghahe-Sevom (camp) at 4,250m. We will make the summit attempt from camp, return to camp then descend to Goofansara the following day.
Past climbing experience is not required, but having prior trekking experience involving trekking above 3,000m is essential. Trekking at an elevation above 3,000m requires good fitness; and trekkers are expected to carry 5kg-8kg personal backpack load. On summit day, it is expected to trek for long hours at an elevation higher than 4,000m for both peaks.
Equipment and Gear
You will need tropical trekking attire at the lower attitude; when at the mountain lodge, fleece and down jacket will be required. A good down sleeping bag is needed when in the mountain lodge.
Note: All female travelers who enter Iran MUST obey Islamic rules including Hijab or Islamic dress-code.
A packing list will be provided for all our participants. Please refer to our Resource Centre page to read about the layering system to be better prepared and choose the right gear/equipment for your climb.
- 2018 price to be confirmed
- Group size: 6 - 12 people
- This twin peaks trip is part of our annual Mountain Climbing Challenges event. To promote mountain climbing and to encourage people to challenge themselves physically and mentally, we have initiated and introduced a few mountain climbing challenges into our calendar each year. These Mountain Climbing Challenges trips are accompanied by a team leader. To read more, click on this link: Mountain Climbing Challenges
- You can also form a private group for this trek. For enquiry, send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Day||Description||Meals||Altitude at Rest Point|
|Day 1||Arrive in Tehran||-/L/D||1189m|
|Day 2||City tour in Tehran||B/L/D||1189m|
|Day 3||Transfer to Kelardasht 1400m / Vandarbon 2300m||B/L/D||2300m|
|Day 4-7||Summit Trek (Alam Kuh, 4848m). Descend and transfer to Caspian Sea on Day 7.||B/L/D||3500m|
|Day 8||Transfer to Polour Village||B/L/D||3050m|
|Day 9-12||Summit Trek (Mt Davamand, 5610m) with spare day||B/L/D||4200m|
|Day 13||Transfer to Tehran||B/L/D||1189m|
|Day 14||Depart Tehran. (Programme ends here. Next day arrival on flight, if any, not reflected in itinerary )||B/-/-|
- Return airport transfer in Tehran
- All land transfers as indicated in itinerary
- Meals as indicated in itinerary
- Twin/triple sharing accommodation in Tehran
- Camping Equipment: Sleeping tents, sleeping mats and dinning tents
- Trek support: Mountain climbing guide(s) and porterage service using horses
- Permits & Fees : Trekking permit
- Insurance coverage within Iran – Medical expenses on injuries and illnesses, medical evacuation
- Entry Visa application support - invitation letter & submission
- International air tickets, airline taxes and fuel surcharge
- Visa Fee
- Single supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance (mandatory to cover agent insolvency and travel to Iran)
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses outside Iran
- Compensation for damaged or lost of personal items (eg: climbing/trekking gear and equipment, cameras and any valuable items etc)
- Any expenses including accommodation, meals & transfer outside the stipulated trek/climb itinerary – i.e. any person leaving the group for personal travel, illness/injury or any form of extension of stay
Support from Ace Adventure Expeditions
We provide pre-trip support to prepare you for the trip:
1. Trip briefing and information kit
2. Gear list and gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Training guideline kit
4. Rope skill workshop (For climbs that require rope up and/or fixed rope skill)
We carefully select and establish strong working relationship with our local trek operator to ensure safe participation by everyone. Our local climbing guides have extensive experience in guiding treks in Iran, possess intimate knowledge of the local surroundings, conditions and culture and are trained in emergency rescue.
Good cardio-vascular fitness is necessary. There will be several steep rock scrambling slopes to negotiate at closed to 5000m elevation. You should have the ability to trek with personal backpack load of between 5kg and 8kg for up to 12hrs or more on summit day. You will also be descending on scree slope that requires strong endurance fitness.
Training: Regardless of your level of fitness and physical conditions, it is advisable to train prior to embarking on a climb or trek. A training recommendation specific to the climb or trek will be given upon signing up. A good four to five months of training would be a good preparation for the trek. Refer to our Grading chart for an overview on the technical difficulty and fitness required for this trip.