Heather Gray - Damavand Trek Aug 2014

"Only three words are needed to summarise my trip to Iran with Persian Pursuits. عاشقشم (asheghesham) or 'I loved it', one of the Farsi phrases taught to us by our lovely guide, Mehdi, who seemed to enjoy his job so much that our tour days would typically run well into the evening. I loved so many aspects of Iran: ranging from the people, the history, the culture, the mountains to the food. Words cannot properly express the feeling of wandering around a stunning 900 year old mosque more or less completely alone. And eating melt-in-your-mouth-tender lamb chops, which arrived on the table on enormous sword-like skewers. And Damavand. Damavand is just how you expect a big, challenging mountain to look -- enormous, almost perfectly conical and with an ominous sulphur cloud belching from the summit. This was my first experience in climbing a mountain above 5000 m and while it was certainly not easy, the team that Shirin had put together meant that I always felt confident and safe. I don't think that I can recommend Shirin and Persian Pursuits more highly. The trip ran smoothly, was always enjoyable, well-organised despite the challenge of bringing Westerners to Iran. Shirin is a great host -- she helped with all details of the trip from finding tickets, explaining what clothes we needed to wear, to figuring out how to bring money into Iran. Probably, no definitely, an experience of a life time. Thank you Shirin and Persian Pursuit."


Heather Gray - Research Staff Scientist at CERN, Geneva, Switzerland Mountain and Travel Lover