Damavand Classic Route
Duration: 5 days
Hiking days: 4 days
Hiking grade: moderate / strenuous
Max altitude: 5671 m
Trekking style: Mountain shelter, Camp
Best Season: Jun to Oct
Mount Damāvand a dormant volcano, located in middle Alborz Range with 5671m elevation is the highest point in Iran (Persia) and is the highest peak in Middle East. The mountain is located near the southern coast of the Caspian (Māzandarān) Sea, 66 km (45 mile) northeast of Tehran. It is clearly visible from Tehran. The nearest major town to Mount Damāvand is city of Lārījān, famous for its hot springs.
There are 3 known glaciers in Damavand by the name of: Yakhar, Siyoleh, Dubisel. The best season for ascending the peak is June to September. In this season weather condition is usually stable, though there could be snowfall even in mid-summer.
The starting place for climbing is 130 km far from Tehran
Routes to the summit:
There are at least 16 known routes to the summit which have different difficulties. Some of them are very dangerous and need rock and ice climbing gears. Four of them are better known: Southern route, northern route, North-eastern route and Western route.
The most popular route is the Southern Route which has step stamps and also a camp midway at el=4200 m. It is known by “Bargah-e sevom”. There is a new shelter like a hotel with restaurant. Also there is a frozen waterfall (Ābshār-e Yakhī), at el=5000 m in this way. The longest route is the North-eastern and it takes two whole days to reach the summit starting from downhill village of “Nāndal” and a night stay at “Takht-e Fereydoun” shelter (4300 m). The western route is famous for its sunset view. “Sīmorgh” shelter in this route at (4100 m) is a newly constructed shelter with two stories.
Southern Route to Damavand Peak – 5 days
Day 1: drive from Tehran to Plour and Goosfandsara (2900m) – overnight in camp.
Day 2: climb till "Bargah-e-sevom" shelter (4200m) in about 4 hours – overnight in shelter.
Day 3: ascend till frozen waterfall -"Ābshār-e Yakhī"- (5000m) for acclimatizing and return to shelter – overnight in shelter.
Day 4: ascend to Damavand peak (5671m) in about 7 hours and descend to shelter– overnight in shelter.
Day 5: come back to Goosfandsara and Tehran where our tour ends.
This calendar is designed for climbers who have medium physical strength. If you are sure of your physical readiness, you can ascend in 3 days. Please contact us for further details.
Prices totally depend on the size of the group, timing, and transfer mode.
Included in the price
- All surface transfers as per itinerary from Tehran to Tehran by private vehicle.
- Bed or room in mountain shelter and camp in the base.
- Three meals with tea and coffee during the Hike.
- All expenses of our guide and porter
- Necessary permit for climbing Damavand
- Professional English spiking mountain guide.
- Mules for carrying the back packs up to the 4200-meter shelter for large groups.
Not included in the price
- Iran visa fee (for more information please read VISA INFORMATION)
- Personal equipment’s and clothing
- Your insurances
- Cold drinks and beverages , tips, personal nature expenses
FAQs on Mount Damavand Hiking
How fit do I need to be for this Hike? Can people of my age do this Hike?
Everyone with good fitness and without any physical problems can do this Hike. Doing exercises like swimming, running, and tracking before arriving to Iran will help a lot.
The most important things to consider for a successful Damavand hike are right amount of walking and enough rest - at least two days of rest /acclimatization.