Iran – Mt Damavand
Mount Damavand (5,610m) is the highest peak in Iran that is steeped in traditional Persian folklore and mythology. Located 66km northeast of Tehran, in the middle of Alborz Range and near the Southern coast of the Caspian Sea. 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.
Climbing Mount Damavand in the Summer is non-technical and can be compared to those of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa and Everest Base Camp in the Himalayans Range. However, it still offers a challenging climb with a rewarding panoramic vista of Iran’s vast expanse of mountains, valleys and deserts. The most popular approach route is via the South route, even though there are at least 16 known routes with varying difficulties; some of which require rock climbing skills. In the Winter season, Mount Damavand’s difficulty is scaled up, and should be compared to that of a 7,000m peak or more.
About The Climb
The trek begins at Goosfand-Sara (3,250m) which can be reached by 4-wheel drive as the roads are rather hilly. From Goosfand-Sara, the trek towards the next shelter at Barghahe-Sevom (4,250m) takes about 3 to 4 hours on a moderate slope which gets steeper as the elevation increases.
The climb towards the summit begins from Bargahahe-Sevom and it will take between 8 to 12 hours to ascend and return. Terrain for most parts of the climb is on loose scree, with the final 500 meters consisting of a mixture of snow, ice and slush. The most challenging part of the climb is about 300 meters below the peak, known as “Doud Kouh” or sulphuric hill, which makes breathing difficult due to the pungent smell emitted by the dormant volcano. A huge ditch lies ahead after “Doud Kouh” which leads directly to the top of the summit. On a clear day, the view from the summit includes the green jungles in the north of Iran, the Caspian Sea, the city of Tehran, and the lake of Lar.
Past climbing experience is not required, but having prior trekking experience involving trekking above 3000m is essential. Trekking at an elevation above 3000m 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 above 4500m.
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 pricing to be confirmed
- Group size: 5 - 12 people
- 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 3-4||Acclimatisation trek to Tochal Peak (3950m). Drive to Polour Village after acclimatisation trek||B/L/D||Shirpala Hut - 2750m|
Polour Village - 3050m
|Day 5-8||Summit Trek (Mt Davamand, 5610m) with spare day.||B/L/D||4200m|
|Day 9||Transfer to Tehran||B/L/D||1189m|
|Day 10||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: Dormitory tents
- Trek support: Mountain climbing guide(s), porterage services using mules
- 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 (USD60-80 / Euro 40-50)
- Single supplement
- Meals not indicated in itinerary
- All tipping
- Personal porters
- Personal travel insurance
- Personal expenses like shopping, laundry etc
- Personal travel & trekking gear – warm clothing, shoes, backpacks etc
- Extension of stay after the trek
- Emergency evacuation and medical expenses outside Iran
- 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 climb:
1. Trip briefing
2. Equipment preparation & gear discount from selected Singapore outdoor outfitters
3. Physical training preparation
4. Trip information kit
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.