How To Climb Damavand

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How To Climb Mount Damavand Iran

In this topic you learn how to climb Damavand and find the best instructions to organize and manage your plan on mountain days. Also increase your chance of success and enjoy a safe trek to Damavand summit. This guidance is ideal for ordinary mountaineers with ordinary climbing skills and common gears. Read also How to Climb Damavand FAQ.

The beginners are highly advised to trek Mount Damavand in summer season and suitable weather condition, ie after mid June up to mid September, where there is little snow on the mountain and the weather is relatively mild.

Damavand Itinerary

The recommended starting day is Saturday. See also Crowd and Iran Holidays.
Day 1: Transfer from your hotel in Tehran to Camp 1 Polour Hut.
Day 2: Drive to Camp 2 Goosfandsara and trek to Camp 3 Bargah Sevom.
Day 3: Acclimatization day, go to higher than Camp 3.
Day 4: Climb to Damavand summit and descent back to Camp 3.
Day 5: Descent to Camp 2 and transfer to Camp 1 and Tehran.

Mt Damavand Route Map
Mt Damavand Iran South Route Map
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Damavand Itinerary in Details

Relaxing 5 Days Itinerary for Mt Damavand South Face
There are different Itineraries for trekking Mt. Damavand Iran. Here we have choosen and explained a simple and the favorite one. You can make some modifications to this program to best suite your time and plan. This five days favorite itinerary is ideal for newcomers, ordinary climbers and foreign mountain tourist who intend to challenge the mountain from the south route. After finishing your program, you may have some spared time to go to Abe Garm Larijan thermal hot spring too.

Day1: Arrival Day

Transfer by car to Damavand Camp 1 Polour
Due to little road traffic and less crowd in the shelters and refuges, Saturday is the best starting day. It is not a good idea to start in Iranian weekends (Thursday, Friday) and Persian holidays.

Depending to your arrival time, in the beginning of your trip to Iran on the first day, you may travel by car from your hotel in Tehran to Damawand first campsite and the starting point of the mountain called Polour Resort which is located in Polour Village on Haraz Road in Mazandaran Province. Just enjoy the rest of the day, no climbing or hard exercise. Overnight at Polour Hut.

Book your place at Camp 1 Hut in advance. Reserve your accomodation at Camp 3 New Hut too. Book all your transportation in advance at Polour Resort, ie car to take you to C2 on Day2 and back to C1 on Day 5. Visit Damavand Accommodation FAQ.

Check your personal equipments. Do not carry heavy stuff to camp 3, you can leave your extra gears at a safe place at C1.

How to go to Polour Hut
Transfer by car from IKA Airport or Tehran Hotel> Haraz Road> Polor Village> Camp 1 Polour.
In ordinary traffic hours, the journey may take about 1.5 hour from Tehran or 2 hours from IKA.
Make sure that your taxi driver knows your exact destination. Amoung the taxi drivers always there is a misunderstanding between Damavand Mountain and Damavand City! Remind them you want to go to Polour Village and Damavand Mountain and not to Damavand City!

About Camp1 Polour
Polour Resort is a shortcut and the best starting point for Damavand west and south routes. It is suitable place for acclimatization and a good idea to be away from pollution of Tehran.

Useful Links
Read more inthe related topics: Damavand Camp1 Polour Hut. Damavand Camp1 Polour FAQ.

Mt Damavand Camp 1 Polour 2270m
Mt Damavand Camp 1 Polour 2270m

Day 2: Damavand Starting Day

Transfer by car to Damavand Camp 2 and Trek To Camp 3
In summer season camp 2 or base camp (also called Goosfand-Sara) is the starting point of Mt Damavand south route because off-road cars like Jeeps, land rovers and small trucks can reach this campsite.

As soon as you reach the second camp it is better to start your trek and leave the area (read the warning notes). By 4 to 5 hours slow and steady walk go to the third campsite. Follow the footprints. In a good visibility and suitable weather it is easy to find the trails. If you start your trek in the morning you have enough time to reach the third campsite in time and use the rest of the day for acclimatization at 4220 meters. Overnight at Camp 3 New Hut.

About Camp2
This area is located at 3050 m. It is also called Goosfand Sara or Saheb Zaman Mosque. There is an old shelter, a sheepfold and a mosque in this campsite.
Read more about Damavand Camp 2 Base and Damawand Camp 2 Base FAQ.

About Camp3
Camp 3 is called Bargah Sevom it is located at 4220m. There is an old refuge and a new hut in this area.

Useful Links
Read more about Camp 3 Bargah Sevom, Common Mistakes, Damavand Camp 3 Shelter FAQ.

Check your personal equipments.
Do not carry heavy stuff, you can leave your extra things at a safe place in the first camp.

Food Drink
Lunch box, mountain food, some sweet, chocolate, biscuit and 1.5 litters water.
In summer season you can find water and some food in Camp 2 Base, but it is suggested to
use your own.

Booking Transport
On Day1 book your transportation in advance at Polour Resort to take you to C2 on Day2, and back to C1 on Day5.

Booking Accomodation
Book your place at Camp 3 in advance.

How to go to Camp 2 and Camp 3
From Polour Resort transfer by car to Camp 2 Base and Trek to Camp 3 Bargah Sevom.
It takes about an hour to reach Camp 2 by car and about 4 hours walk to camp 3.

Important Notes Camp2

Read notes about camp 2 carefully in Warning.

Due to summer Crowd and some other problems Camp 2 is not recommended for tenting, camping acclimatization or accommodation any more.

Cars reaching the area make a lot of noise pollution in summer. A big sheepfold is located in the area, sheeps, horses and mules making it too dirty and unpleasant place. It is better to leave the area as soon as you get there.

Porter and Mule
You can find horse/mule and porter here, but if you intend to use them be careful about the pricing, damaging your bagback or missing your equipments! The mule men are not reliable guys to be on time!

Mt Damavand Camp2 Base
Mt Damavand Camp 2 Base 3050 m

Day 3: Acclimatization Day

It is a preparation day for the giant volcano! Your target is to get to about 4800 meters.
You are not here to challenge any world record or to break any world speed! You are here for acclimatization so take it easy and go slowly. No need to start early morning and it is not necessary to go higher and make yourself or your team exhausted. Save your energy for the next day. Allow plenty of rest after your hike. Go to bed early!
Overnight at Camp3 New Hut. Booking Damavand Camp3 Hut FAQ.

Useful Links
Read more about Camp3 New Hut, Common Mistakes.

Preparation for the Summit Push
Double check your personal equipments for the summit push.
Do not carry heavy stuff to the peak, you may leave your extra things at a safe place in Camp3 New Hut or your tent.

Food Drink
Lunch box, mountain food, some sweet, chocolate, biscuit and 1.5 litters water.

In summer you may also find tent, sleeping bag, mattress, some food, drinking watre, some drinks at Camp 3 Bargah New hut.

Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom New Hut
Mt Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom New Hut 4250m

Day 4: Damavand Summit Push

Climb to the Peak and Return Back to C3
South route has a mild climbing slope and not difficult in technical terms. But physically you must be fit enough to try it. Visit Difficulty. Overnight at Camp 3 New Hut.

Wake up early at about 4 am and have a good breakfast, drink two or three cups of tea or coffee. Check the weather forecast. Kick off at about 5 AM.

During the ascend take short breaks each hour. Do not rest more than 5 minutes per rest.
Follow the proper foot tracks, if you are not sure use a reliable guide.

During the way and at any break drink some water, eat some sweet or chocolate and biscuit. You need at least 1.5 letters of water for Damawand summit day. Depending to your physical fitness it takes 5 to 7 hours to reach the top. After reaching the summit do not stay too long there, take few photos and return back the to camp3.

There is a better way for descend, called Shen-Ski trail, see GPS Track and Maps. It takes about 3 hours to descend from summit to camp 3 by this trail. Overnight at Camp 3 New Hut.

Equipment check
Do not carry heavy stuff  to the top. Only take the necessary equipments. It is safe to leave your extra heavy gears at New Hut or your tent. Do not forget your gears when returning to C2 and C1. It is quite common to forget about some gears because of tiredness!

Food Drink
Lunch box, mountain food, some sweet, chocolate, biscuit and water.

Do not ascend Damavand at night. See the important note in Common Mistakes.
Starting from C3 at 5 am is quite logical in a good weather. It gives you enough time to return back in time to C3 or even go the first camp and Tehran on the same day!

Remember Camp3 Bargah is the highest campsite on the south route and from C3 upwards there is no more shelter/refuge, water or food.

Useful Links
Read more in related topics Camp3 New Hut, Common Mistakes, Danger Zone.

Important Notes for the Summit Day!

There has been a wrong believe for years (also exist in present) which insist that you should ascend the last part of Mt Damavand only at night and because of sulfur gas near the summit creater it is the only possible way! It suggests to start climbing from Camp 3 to the summit at about 1 or 2 AM to reach the volcanic area early morning because of less sulfur gas.

We (members of 100 Damavand club) believe it is a quite wrong way to challenge Damawand and strongly advice you never start at night and use the day lights only. In summer season the best starting time start from c3 to the summit is 5 to 6 am.
Read More Common Mistakes.

Day 5: Return From Damavand

Return Day, Hot Spring, back to Tehran
After one night rest at Bargah Sevom, return back to camp2, drive to camp1. You have some spare time to go to Thermal Spring which is located in Abe Garm Larijan Town. There are public spa baths with small pools filled with mineral hot water, enjoy yourself and forget about all the exhaustion of your climb. Return back to your Hotel in Tehran. Program ends.
Overnight at a hotel in Tehran.

On Day1 book your transportation in advance at Polour Resort, to take you from C2 to C1 on Day5 and back to Tehran.

Useful Links
Read more in related topics Hotel, Thermal Spring.

Damavand Summit
Mount Damavand Summit Iran 5671m
Highest Summit in the Middle East 18,605 ft
Second Highest Volcano in Asia and Northen Hemisphere

Mt Damavand Tour

By focusing our tours on Mt Damawand Iran, we've been able to concentrate our experience to give you the best chance of success. We are specialist in Damavand Tours and take many foreign teams and individual climbers to the summit each year. We have been mountaineering for over 30 years and guiding for 20 years. Our guides are guarantee of safety and quality days in the mountains. See also Damavand Vip Tour.

Our mountain guides are senior and the most experienced ones in Iran. Some have climed more than 100 times to the Mt Damawand summit and are the members of 100 Damavand Club. Others are memmbers of Iran Mountain Federation. Join us for the safest and most reliable hiking & trekking, mountaineering winter climb, ski mountaineering guided tours.

Iran Mountain Tour

We organize a wide range of high quality tours to Mt Damavand and other Iranian mountains for hiking trekking climbing, ski mountaineering and snowboarding. We are experienced mountain tour guides and many mountaineering groups, individuals and tour agencies use our guiding support each year.

Just let us know some more info about your required tour, itinerary, timing and the exact logistic you need so we would support your team with the best possible Services for climbing and ski on Iran Mountains.

7-  Thermal Springs Tour
There are a numerous thermal springs and spa with therapeutic qualities in Iran. The most important of these thermal springs are located around Volcanoes Damavand and Sabalan. These mineral hot water are equiped with public spa baths and small pools for public use and are useful in the treatment of skin diseases.

Thermal Springs Public SPA Baths and Mineral Hot Water Tours
- Abe Garm Larijan Thermal Springs or Hot Springs
- Ardebil hot springs body spa.
- Dehloran thermal hot water.
- Geno health spa.
- Meshkinshar, mineral hot spring water.
- Nayer thermal spring spa.
- Qotor Soei hot spring, outdoor spa.
- Shabil natural thermal springs.
- Sarab minral hot water, spa treatment.
- Sarein hot spring, natural thermal springs.
- Shabil therma spa, spa care resort springs.
- Shahan garmab mineral hot water.

8- Persian Cultural and Historical Tour
Iran is the homeland of a world's great empires, and one of the most advanced civilization in the world in ancient times, with more than 10000 years of history and historical sites dating back to over 8000 years ago.It is the home of history and calture, the Achaemenid and the Sasanian Persian Empire.

With several world heritage sites and excellent museums, many palaces, temples, residential buildings, gardens and architectural zones to help bring its rich past alive. A good trip for the history lovers. Visit Persia's magnificent rich culture and historic sites of an ancient civilization, historical Iranian tourist attraction registered in the UNESCO List.

World heritage sites in Iran, Caslte, City, Temple
- Anahita Temple Bishabour, Kazeroon.
- Bam Kerman.
- Bisotun kermanshah.
- Bridges Isfahan.
- Gonbad Soltaniyeh Zanjan.
- Kashan historical sites.
- Meidan e Shah esfahan.
- Naseroldin Shah Palace, Sharestanak.
- Pasargadae Shiraz.
- Persepolis Shiraz.
- Takht e Soleyman Kermanshah.
- Waterfalls Shushtar.
- Yazd historical sites.
- Zigorat Choghazanbil, Tchogha Zabnil Khosestan.
See also Damavand Weather.

9- Nomadic Tour
Meet nomads tribes migration, moving on the mountains from one place to new homeland with their cattle, experience living with Iranian nomads. If you are planning a visit Iran for nomads tours, then this is the right website to use to get all the info you need to enjoy your holiday.

Nomad Iran Tour
- Qashqaei, Ghashghaei Nomads, Fars and Isfahan Provice.
- Bakhtiari,Bakhtiyari, Kohgiloyeh va Boyer Ahmad and Charmahal Bakhtiyari Province.
- Kurd, Kord, Kermanshah and kurdestan province.
- Shah Savan, Azarbaijan and Ardabil Province.
- Turkman, Torkman, Golestan Province.
- Nomadic outdoor tourism activity, outdoor recreation Iran.

Visit also:
Mt Damavand Guide, Damavand Forum, Iran Natur.

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