"It's hard to relay the beauty of Iran to someone who hasn't been before because of preconceived ideas about the country but I can truly say that it is breathtaking. I have travelled all over the world to climb and Iran will forever hold a special place in my memories thanks to Shirin and the team at Persian Pursuits. This trip was about so much more than just scaling Damavand. It was a cultural education and eye opener; an opportunity to be exposed to all aspects of Iranian life from the hustle and bustle of Tehran to the poppy laden slopes of its highest mountain. For anyone with a sense of adventure or who enjoys getting into the hills, I highly recommend reaching out to Shirin and exploring Asia's highest volcano. For those who are slightly apprehensive, I felt safer in Iran than I have in many other parts of the world including my home town London! Amin, our mountain guide, was as warm and welcoming as the strangers we met on the street in addition to being an absolute professional when on the rock. I am itching to go back already..."