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Damavand Winter Climb

Climb Mount Damavand (5671m), Iran's highest peak, in this ski touring climb.

The same shape as the mountain Fuji, Damavand (5671 m) is the highest peak of Iran. Easily accessible from Tehran, it’s located in the province of Mazandaran. Damavand is a volcano that still throws out sulfur vapors that are strong enough to kill an unlucky stray sheep. This climb takes an already determined trekking route, but the climb itself can be demanding. Climbers need to be in good physical shape.

During the winter season, Damavand is quieter and its sulfur vapors are less prominent. Because of that, climbing during winter is easier and much safer, although winter gear and equipment is, of course, needed.

In addition to the classic winter climb, people can sign up and try to climb to the top using ski touring equipment and then enjoy descending through Damavand slopes of over 3000m altitude difference! After the ascent to Damavand (5671m), we’ll visit Tehran with a guide. We’ll see the most important cultural and historical monuments, museums and of course check out the famous bazaar.

Itinerary

Day 1

We arrive in Tehran, pick up from the airport and go straight to our 3* hotel accommodation. In the evening, after we had the time to unpack and unwind, we’ll take a short walk around the city to get to know Iran’s culture and people. Overnight stay.

Day 2

Breakfast, then transfer to Darband square (1850m). Acclimatization climb to peak Tochal (3957m). Ski descend to Darband Square (for those who are on a ski touring climb to Damavand), then transfer to Tehran. Return to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3

Breakfast, then transfer to Polur. Arriving there, we trek to Goosfand Sar (3040m) where we’ll set up our camp to spend the night. Sleeping in tents.

Day 4

Breakfast then climb to Bergah mountain lodge (4250m). In the afternoon we head for an acclimatization climb to a nearby hill and then return to our lodge. Overnight stay.

Day 5

Breakfast. Today we have an extra day for a proper acclimatization. We hike to (4600m) and then return to our camp. Overnight stay.

Day 6

Today we start our climb to Damavand (5671m). We rise early, around 4 am. One part of the team starts their ski touring climb, another a classical trek climb. After our successful rise to the top, we descend by foot, or skis, to our camp in Goosfand Sar (3040m), where we’ll pack our tents and proceed down to Polur (if there’s enough snow, the ski touring team might ski all the way down to Polur). Both teams meet in Polur, where we’ll pack everything into our transport and head to Tehran to our hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 7

Breakfast, then a free day for sightseeing Tehran (in case of a bad weather during our climb, this day will be used as a back up plan for an extra day to climb to the top). Overnight stay.

Day 8

Breakfast, then transfer to Tehran airport. There we say our goodbyes and you catch your flight home.

Dates & Prices

August 18rd, 2019
Spots available: 3 880 €, Per Person

F.A.Q.

What’s included in the price?
To maximize convenience, we include as much as possible, so you can just relax and think about hiking. Here’s what’s included:

  • Airport transfers
  • Bus transfers from Tehran to Mt. Tochal and back
  • Ticket for a gondola ride to Mt. Tochal
  • 4 nights in a 3* hotel accommodation in Tehran, in 1/2 rooms, BB
  • 2 nights in Berghan mountain lodge for the duration of our climb to Damavand, BB
  • 1 night sleeping in tents i Gusfand Sar (tents and tent equipment will be provided)
  • Minibus transport Tehran – Polur – Tehran
  • License fee and permission to climb Damavand
  • Bus transfer Teheran – Mt. Tochal – Teheran
  • Invitation letter from Iran for obtaining Iranian visa (visa code)
  • English-speaking, licensed UIAA guide

 

What does not included in the price?

  • Visa for Iran (who needs it, check with your embassy)
  • Lunch and dinner meals for the duration of the tour
  • Personal expenses such as phone, internet, souvenir, laundry, etc.
  • Personal insurance
  • Drinks

 

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?
You need to have moderate level of fitness, being able to walk 5-6 hours per day. Previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is desirable. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Backpack 50-70l
  • Sleeping bag (up to – 15 C comfort zone)
  • Warm, winter jacket
  • Gaiters
  • Walking straps
  • Crampons
  • Flashlight
  • Sunglasses
  • T-shirts 3-5 pcs
  • Socks for trekking 3-5 pcs
  • Active underwear
  • Polar sweatshirt
  • Gore-tex jacket
  • Gore-tex trousers
  • Flying gloves or ski (for – 20 C)
  • Polar or wool cap
  • Climbing shoes for ascent
  • Personal hygiene accessories

 

What are the guides like?
All the activities on this trip will be led in English by qualified and professional guide.

What’s the food like?
All food is local and is freshly cooked, hearty mountain meals. We urge you to try Iran’s local cuisine, you won’t regret it.

Can my dietary requirements be catered to?
Absolutely. Just let us know when you fill in your travel documents.

When can I go on this trip?
Book on to our pre-set dates above. If you are considering alternative dates, the perfect time for this adventure is between January and March.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Tehran airport (Iran’s capital).

How do I meet the transfer?
At your arrival, the transfer will be holding a sign with the name of the tour. We’ll give you all extra details before travelling.

How big will the group be?
This trip will run with a minimum of 6 people, and a maximum of 14. Please note, if there are not 6 people booked the trip may be rearranged or cancelled. Please contact us for confirmation before booking your flights, or book with a credit card.

Can I customize the trip?
Of course! For private groups of six or more the trip can run on any days you wish, be extended or changed to suit your needs. Inquire now for a private trip.