Damavand Expedition

Ascent to Damavand (5671m), Alborz mountain range, Iran

Damavand (5671m) is the highest peak in Iran. Although located in the province of Mazandaran, it can be reached from Tehran. Its shape is irresistibly reminiscent of Mount Fuji. Damavand is a volcano and still emits sulfur fumes that are strong enough to kill an unfortunate stray sheep. It is a basic trekking route, but it is very demanding, so it is necessary for the climber to be in good physical shape. After the ascent to Damavand, we tour Tehran with a guide, including museums, the most important cultural and historical monuments and 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), then back to Darband square. Reaching the peak is also possible via a gondola lift. Transfer to hotel for an overnight stay.

Day 3

Breakfast, then transfer to Polur. Arriving there, we have transfer by 4×4  to Goosfand Sar (3040m). Overnight in containers.

Day 4

Breakfast then 4 hours walk 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

Summit day for Damavand (5671m).We will leave mountain hut around 04:00 and climb to the top 6-7 hours. Return to Bergah in 3 hours’ time.  Overnight at mountain hut „Bergah”.

Day 7

After breakfast, in a 3-hour trip we’ll return to Goosfand Sar. Transfer to Tehran. Rest in a hotel.

Day 8

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

Dates & Prices

August 16th, 2022
Spots available: 7 750 €, Per Person

FAQ

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:

  • Total 7 nights. 4 Nights in mountain chalets and 3 nights in a three star hotel / twin or double room
  • Breakfast and dinner at the hotels and B&B at the mountain huts on Damavand
  • 4 days guided ascent on Damavand (5671m)
  • All local transfers to/from airports
  • Tickets for national parks
  • Mt. Tochal gondola lift
  • Minibus transport: Tehran – Reyneh – Tehran
  • Climbing permit
  • Professional mountain guide

Price doesn’t include the following:

  • Plane tickets to & from Tehran
  • Lunch throughout the tours in Iran
  • Food and beverages throughout the ascent to Damavand (5671m)
  • Personal expenses such as telephone bill, internet access, souvenirs, laundry etc.

You will need to cover flights; insurance and extra spend. You’ll need to book your flights to and from Tehran, travel insurance and cover other personal expenses (etc. drinks, souvenirs…).

What’s the hike like?
The hike is strenuous to very strenuous. First day is hike, that last 3 to 4 hours, with easy pace. You will walk on mountain trail. It is safe and solid. It can be windy and cold because it is more than 3.000 above sea level. Second day the hike is moderate, but you should walk slowly because it is more than 4000 above sea level. Third day is for rest and acclimatization. Fourth day is the summit day when you walk up 6 hours and back 3-4 hours.

What skills/experience/fitness do I need?

You need high level fitness level. The previous hiking experience at altitudes up to 4000 above sea level is mandatory. Your guide will give you full instructions and a safety briefing at the start.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Backpack (up to 50l)
  • Sleeping bag (up to -10 degrees Celsius / comfort zone)
  • Gaiters
  • Trekking poles
  • Head lamp
  • Sunglasses
  • Cotton t-shirts
  • Trekking socks
  • Active underwear
  • Polar jacket
  • Gore-Tex jacket
  • Trekking pants
  • Gore-Tex pants
  • Gloves
  • Polar of woolen cap
  • Hiking shoes
  • Toiletries kit
  • Sunscreen  SPF 50 & lip balm

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. These include domestic cheese and other local milk products, lamb meat specialties, fish, local fruit, fresh fruit and vegetable. We can organize your meal in the way you like. The drinks are not included.

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 June and  September.

What’s the weather like?
Summer and early autumn are the best periods to visit this region. In summer the average temperature in Iran can be around is 35 degrees, but on the mountain is colder and temperature is around minus 10 degrees Celsius. Autumn is slightly chillier but still really pleasant and colors are stunning. On the top of the mountain there can be some snow parts.

Which flights should I book?
You should book flights to Tehran airport (Iran 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 15. 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.