Damavand

Simon Gardner - Ski Damavand April 2017

"I first met Shirin on a coach on our way up to Scotland for the start of the three peaks challenge. After speaking with her for several hours and hearing first hand her passionate stories of climbing in Iran I decided that at some point I must visit. So 3 weeks ago now myself and 8 others met up in the airport of Iran's capital Tehran. This was the start of a pretty amazing trip of which we visited many of the old and new buildings of Tehran. On day 2 we headed out towards the mountains where we all stayed at the Polur mountain hut from where we went ski touring on peaks up to 4000m. Day 4 we headed up to the high hut on Damavand 4200m to spend time acclimatizing before our summit attempt. The day we summited Damavand the weather conditions were perfect and we managed to ski up and down and eventually to spend a further night at the Polur hut. Our final day was spent in Tehran sight seeing and a special celebratory meal at a fantastic restaurant in the evening.
From start to finish the whole trip was perfect, Shirin had arranged everything and was contactable at all times if needed. If your looking at something a little different from the normal trekking destinations then I can 100% recommend Persian Pursuits."

Simon Gardner

Preston, UK

Alexander Cowan - Trek Damavand 2016

"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..."

Sept. 2016