Damavand Crowd

Useful information for Climbing Mount Damavand Iran.

Damawand Popularity and Crowd

Mt Damavand is popular climbing destination among most Iranian mountaineers in summer season mainly because it is the highest peak of the country and also because it has been the symbol of freedom against enemies in Persian myths as it is mentioned in literature throughout the years and is the subject of many folk poems here.

In technical terms DAMAVAND is famous because of its great height, mild climbing slopes, moderate climbing grade, intermediate difficulty, excellent mountain huts and easy accessibility from Tehran. This giant volcano has increased its popularity rapidly among foreign mountain tourists recently and it is visited by a number of foreign climbers each year and its most popular side is the south route.

Today, it is an international mountaineering target and one of the world's finest peaks. There is no clear estimation about the number of climbers who attempt this huge mountain each year, but about 10 percents appear to be foreign climbers.

Montain Crowd

Almost all beginners and inexperienced hikers with little hiking experience together with the practiced ones in big teams intend to tackle the mountain in this period.
Visit also Damavand Crowd FAQ.

Mt Damavand South Face Crowd
Damavand South Route Base camp Summer Crowd

How to Avoid Mountain Crowd

The crowded season is between 20 June to 23 Sep, during the school vacations and the crowd peak is about 4-6 August.

- In order to meet the least crowd problem keep away from Iranian Holidays and weekends. In Iran the official weekend is Thursday and Friday.

- Best starting days are Iranian midweek's, start your program on Saturday/Sunday and finish it before the weekend.

- Haraz Road is the only access road to the mountain, during Iranian weekends and holidays, there are big traffic jams on this road.

- During the crowd never sleep in Camp 3 Bargah Sevom old Shelter, use your own tent or book a private rooms in Camp 3 New Hut.

About Camp2

Read also warning about Camp 2 Base
For acclimatization only use Camp 1 Polour or Camp 3 New Hut and don't count on Camp 2 Base at all. It is much better ot ignore this campsite for any use because:
- It is the worst campsite in the area.
- It is very crowded and dirty.
- In summer it is crowded by cars, mountaineers, local guys and animals.
- Buses and cars arrive there any time and make a lot of noise.

See also helpful info for When to climb? When Not to Climb Damavand? in Timing.

Mt Damavand South Face Crowd
Mt Damavand South Route Base camp Summer Crowd

Iranian Holidays and Weekends

You are advised to avoid trekking Damavand in Persian new year holidays. Iranian new year called Nowroz , 21 March to 2 April, is not recommended for climbing. During this time you can not find public transport easily and the roads are in the worst possible trafic condition.
For more details on Iranian holydays visit Persian Calendar.
Iranian weekend (Thursday and Friday) also not suggested for any program in summer.

Persian New Year (Nowruz)

Nowruz is the traditional Iranian (Persian) new year holiday celebrated in Iran which marks the first day of spring and the beginning of the Persian Calendar. It is celebrated on the day of the astronomical vernal equinox (start of spring in northern hemisphere), which usually occurs on the March 21st or the previous/following day depending on where it is observed.

In Iran Nowruz is referred to as an Eid festival, although it is not an Islamic feast. Nowruz is also new year in Kurdistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Georgia, the countries of Central Asia such as Turkmenistan,Tajikistan,Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan, as well as among various other Iranian and Turkic people in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Pakistan, India, north western China, the Caucasus, the Crimea, and the Balkans.
Read more in Wikipedia.

Mt Damavand South Face Crowd
Damawand Base camp in Summer

Mt Damavand South Face Crowd
Demavand South Route Base camp Summer Season

Mt Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom Crowd
Mt Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom Tents

Damavand Third Camp Crowd
Mount Demavand Third Camp Crowd around Old Shelter

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