Damavand Climbing Tips

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Tips for Climbing and Skitouring Damavand

Climbing a 5671 meters Damavand volcano is a life time memory. Ascend to the summit is technically easy but physically a tough challenge. Before starting your ascend you should read the essential climbing information.

Trekking this giant volcano in summer is similar to Mt Kilimanjaro in terms of difficulty, climbing in winter is quite different and very difficult. Generally speaking all you have to do is to trek about 8 kms distance in 10 hours time with a 26 deg mild slope and gain 2630 meters height from base to the peakt. See also Facts And Figuers.

- A good physical fitness is necessary.
- The main difficulty is acclimatization, start your climb only after your body has acclimatised.

- Recommended ascend Timing is July and August.
- Preferred climbing route is the South face.

- A reliable guide is helpful and would increases you chance of success.
- Never start climbing at night, use the day light only, best starting time from camp 3 to the summit is 5 to 6 am. See Common Mistakes

- Do not carry heavy equipments yourself from Camp 2 to Camp 3 Bargah. See How To Climb.
- To have a safe climb to the peak, it is essential to bring the proper Equipment.

- Best Itineraryr is 4 or 5 days.
- Remember that Camp 2 Base is not good for acclimatisation in summer, because it is too crowded and too dirty, in fact it is invaded by local people, you better use Camp 1 Polour or Camp3 New Hut for acclimatization only. See Warnings.

- You need a good Weather condition. Do not leave your camp and do not atempt climbig when the weather is bad.

- When crowded do not sleep in Camp3 Bargah Old Shellter, use the New Hut.

Hiking Trekking and Climbing Tours Mt Dena Iran
Hiking Trekking and Climbing Tours Mt Dena Iran
Photo by Ali Najafi

Climbing Tips

Summer trekking is ideal for newcomers as their first attempt to the mountain. If it is your first time to this volcano it is better to choose a proper program such as 4 to 5 days Itinerary for the classic South route, June, July and August are good months to tackle the mountain and best days to be away from the crowds are Iranian midweeks. Read more in Damavand Forum.

Iranian weekend are Thursday and Friday, (Friday=weekend).

Advantages of South Route

- Huts are the best places for acclimatization and accommodation.
- Huts are very safe haven in case of any bad weather and emergency.
- Instead of using tent, shelter and refuge, you may book and use private rooms in the huts.

- You can use better supports.
- You have access to porter and mule easily in summer and you do not need to carry heavy equipment to Camp3 , there is no grantee for other routes.

- Usually rescue team can reach much quicker or are available in case of emergency.
- It is almost safe to leave behind the heavy gears in the hut private rooms on the summit day.

Disadvantages of Other Routes

- Remember there is no hut on other faces and you have to use shelter/refuge or tent only.
- In other routes in case of crowded shelter and bad weather you have to use tent only.

- Access to the starting point of other routes are difficult.
- Drinking water shortage on other faces compare to south classic route.

- The North Face is not popular because of its water shortage and difficult climbing geade.
- You may find some water on other trails but not in all seasons, do not count on these water and do not expect clean water there, have enough water with you.

Ski Tips

Each year we meet different skier from various countries with different and new sophisticated equipments, due to importance and required safety in a ski tour and to match the electronic avalanche transceivers, we usually recommend the incoming team to bring a spare and extra set of the avalanches transmitter with the same type and brand for their ski guide to increase the chance of surviving in avalanches.

Mt Damavand Hiking & Trekking tour
Hiking & Trekking Tour Mt. Damawvand Iran
Photo by A.Soltani

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