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Mount Damavand Iran

The perfect cone-shape volcano in Iran is called Damavand. It is located in the central part of Alborz Mountain chain in north of Iran on the southern coast of the Caspian Sea. Mt Damavand height is 5671 meters above sea level. It is the highest volcano in Asia, the highest peak in the Middle East and the second highest volcano in the northern hemisphere.

Damavand Iran winter view from Haraz Road, Polour Village, Photo Ardeshir Soltani, 19 February 2019
Damavand Mountain Iran 5671 masl
Winter View from Haraz Road and Polour Village
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani, 19 February 2019

Snow covers the entire mountain in winter and the upper parts in the other seasons. Damavand (in Persian دماوند) has a narrow summit crater usually covered with snow-cap and cloud. The snowy white peak with its regular Lenticular Cloud Cap is the most beautiful sight of Iran. Damavand is surrounded by many good looking peaks of the Alborz Chain. The view of this huge mountain looks more attractive from away than close up. In a clear day it is visible far from 250 km.

Damavand Trek

Hiking & Trekking Damavand Iran 2019
Trekking Damavand the highest and the most prominent summit of Iran is a life time memory. The experience of ascending to this peak with a group of mountaineers from around the world is very rewarding. Before attempting a Damavand Tour you better read all the necessary information for ascending this huge mountain. In our Damavand Forum you can find the most Frequently Asked Questions and the most common answers about climbing this mountain.

Damavand First Campsite - Camp 1 Polour

The best starting point for climbing Damavand Mountain is Camp 1 Polour. This mountain hut is the best place for accommodation and acclimatization in the area and the best starting point for climbing either from the south face or the west route of the mountain. Polour Resort is made and is administered by Iran Mountaineering & Climbing Sport Federation.

Damavand Trekking Season

Damavand climbing season starts from mid June and it last to mid September. The best Time for summer trekking is in July and August. In this period the footpaths are generally free of snow, the weather is usually moderate and approach by public transportation to the base camp is easy. More details in Damavand Timing. Although Damavand resort are crowded in summer, but the beginners with little experience are strongly recommended to tackle the mountain during this climbing season only. Best starting day is Saturday. Note: Weekend in Iran is Thursday/Friday.

Damavand Cap Cloud, Photo  Ardeshir Soltani Damavand Cap Cloud During Sunrise
View from Sorkheh-Hesar Park Tehran
Photo Ardeshir Soltani

Damavand Difficulty

Damavand Mountain is well-known for its mild slops. Climbing this 18,605 feet giant volcano is technically moderate but physically a tough challenge and requires a good physical fitness. The main challenge of ascend is acclimatization and the weather. Damavand Difficulty for summer trekking is comparable to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Everest Base Camp. But winter climbing is a quite different story and may be compared to a 7000 masl peak or more.

Damavand Location

Damawand Volcano is located in Larijan district in Mazandaran Province in northern Iran. It is standing on the south coast of the Caspian Sea in the middle of the Alborz Mountains about 80 Km North-East of the capital city Tehran. The coordinates and the GPS landmark of Mount Damavand south peak is: Latitude 35-57-19 N, Longitude 52-06-37 E.

Damavand Winter Climb

Damavand is a popular peak for trekking in summer. Damavand Winter Climbing is one of the most difficult ones. Although it has mild climbing slopes but freezing temperature and strong winds makes ascend very difficult. South route is the best side for winter sports, other faces are more difficult. For a safe expedition you should be very experinced, physically very fit and well-equipped. You need a high skilled experienced guide. You need a good timing and good weather. You must be well-supported and be ready for any risk.

Damavand Winter Season

Damavand Mountain is located near the Caspian Sea and it receives heavy snowfalls in autumn, winter and spring. Damavand Winter Season may start from mid October and last to mid April. In winter condition the wind speed may reach above 100km/h and windchill temprature to -70°C.

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Recommended by Lonelyplanet - Iran (printed English guide book 6th edtion 2012 - page 73):
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Trek Damavand Iran, Italy Dream Team August 2012
Damavand Trekking Tour
Italy Dream Team approaching the summit crater
August 2012 - Photo Amir Manian

Damavand Ski Touring 2019

Damavand Ski, Snowboard, Snowshoes & Ski Mountaineering 2019

Damawand Ski Resort is the highest skiing place in Iran and the middle-east and one of the world's best off-piste ski resorts. This volcano is a popular target for climbing, ski mountaineering, off-piste skitour, Alpine style ski, snowboard and snowshoes tours.

Damavand South face has a mild slope for climbing and is the best route for Ski Mountaineering too. It is more difficult to ski on the other routes. Skiers must ascend on feet or on ski to the peak because there is not any mechanical lifts such as cable car, lift chair, gondola or telecabin in this ski resort.

Damavand Ski Season

Damavand Ski Season is from November till mid May. It is possible to ski in winter and spring. The amount of snowfall changes each year. Because of its proximity to the Caspian Sea, Damawand Resort absorbs a great amount of snow in its snow field in autumn, winter and spring. In a good snow season it is possible to ski downhill about 12 Km on mild ski able slopes.

Damavand Winter Warning

Beacuse of high wind speed, very low temperature, stormy weather, snowfall and foggy condition, icy trails and other risks Damavand winter activity is tough and very risky. Winter sports such as winter climb, ski tour, snowboard and snowshoes are graded as very difficult on this mountain. Read more Damavand Winter Warning.

Damavand Trekking Tour 2019

We are the leading Damavand Tour Operator based in Tehran, Iran. Our guides are the most experienced mountain guides. We organize a wide range of quality tours to Damavand and other Iran mountains for hiking & trekking, climbing, skitouring, snowboard and mountain biking. Visit Damavand Info in Facebook.

We organize different tours extending from a simple summer hiking ideal for beginner, up to advanced Alpine style mountaineering tour in winter suitable for experienced climbers. Many individual climbers, mountaineering groups and tour agencies use our guiding support each year. We support incoming groups with the best possible Services.

Damavand Skitouring, Hymalia Club April 2013
Damavand Ski Touring
Hymalia Club, April 2013
Photo by Ali Fard

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