At 5671m, Damavand is not only Iran's; but also the Middle East's highest peak. It is also the highest volcano in Asia. It is located in the heart of the Alborz range in the north of Iran which divides the Caspian Sea from the central desert plateaus. It's iconic and perfect shape, which can be seen from Tehran on a clear day, has a great place in the heart's of Iranians and in the country's mythology and folklore.
A dormant volcano, this symbolic mountain is a trekking peak and due to it's conical shape; can be climbed from all sides (with the North, North-East, South and West routes having shelters and refuges on route). However the easiest and most commonly used route is the South route. This is our preferred route as it is probably the easiest in terms of the actual climb, and therefore offers the highest chance of a successful and comfortable ascent and summit experience. It also has the highest and most well-equipped mountain hut in Iran at 4200m. The climb is long, but not technical and therefore anyone who is fit and well acclimatised can successfully summit (weather permitting). Located 55 miles north east of Tehran, it's base is only two hour drive away from the capital
Price: £1450 Land only
Price based on four sharing twins
Single Occupancy: £80
Dates: 9th-19th July 2017
11 days including an acclimatization peak
Day 1: Arrivals
Day 2: Visiting the Sa'd Abad Palace in the north of Tehran. Starting the three hour hike up to Shirpala hut (2700m) in the afternoon. Overnight at Shirpala.
Day 3: Climbing up to Tochal (3960m) and taking cable cars down back to Tehran
Day 4: Visiting Golestan Palace, the Grand Bazaar and other museums in Tehran
Day 5: Sightseeing in the morning, Transfer to Polour in the evening. Overnight at Polour Mountaineering federation (2200m)
Day 6: Team transfer to base camp by landrovers (an hour's drive) and spend the night at Base camp (3040m) or slightly higher depending on the conditions and the crowd.
Day 7: 4-5 hour trek begins from base camp at 3040m and will take us up to the advanced camp (Bargah-e Sevvom) at 4200m.
Day 8: Acclimatization day. After a good night rest and sleep and a relaxed breakfast, team will climb 400-600m for acclimatization; returning to camp later that day.
Day 9: Summit day. Team leave in the morning (around 0500) for the summit. The trek takes between 6-8 hours depending on the pace. Overnight stay at the advanced camp.
Day 10: Team head back down to the basecamp (3 hours) from where they’d be transferred by the 4X4s to Polour and driven back to Tehran in the evening. Celebratory meal in the evening.
Day 11: Departures
Damavand Trek Kit List