Equipment List for Trekking Tours to Damavand Iran

Helpful information for Climbing and Trekking Damavand Iran.

Gear List for Trekking and Climbing Mt Damavand Iran

To enjoy a safe hike to Mt Damavand summit, it is essential to bring the proper equipments. Always bring enough gears to protect yourself in case of bad weather. Depending to the weather on the summit day, you can decide which equipments you need to take with you and which unnecessary gears to leave behind at camp3 Bargah Sevom. Some of the most important things to bring are listed below.

Trekking Equipments for Mt Damavand Iran
Equipments for Mt Damavand Iran

Tour Equipments

When you apply for a tour, some gears are provided by your tour operator. Just bring your personal equipments.

Personal Gears to Bring

- Earplug, to block undesirable noises which may disrupt your sleep in shelter/hut.
- Good/strong trekking shoes or boots (-10 to -20)
- Warm Jacket and pants (rain/snow/wind).
- Main backpack (plus a small attacking backpack).
- Ski or trekking poles (stick).
- Warm Gloves (Polar/liner/wind).
- Hat, warm pile/wool hat (better to cover ears), balaclava, baseball cap, scarf.
- Glacier/Sun glasses with Side Covers 100% UV, IR.
- Sunscreen cream SPF 40 or better.
- Small personal first-aid kit.
- Head lamp.

Gears Provided by Tour Operator

Do not worry about some gears, we will support you while you are on mountain, you do not need to bring the followings:
- Sleeping bag.
- Mattress.
- Tent.
- Cooking gear.
- Eating utensils.
- Food and drink.

Mount Damavand Summer Trekking
Mount Damavand Summer Trekking

Summer Equipments

Equipment List (brief)

- Trekking shoes and Socks.
- Sleeping bag, mattress, tent.
- Jacket ans pants (Gore-Tex or Synthetic rain/snow/wind).
- Main backpack plus a small attacking backpack.
- Ski or trekking poles (stick).
- Gloves (Polar or Wool with liner).
- Hat, warm pile/wool hat (should cover ears), balaclava, baseball cap, scarf.
- Glacier/Sun glasses with Side Covers 100% UV, IR.
- Sunscreen cream SPF 40 or better.
- Cooking gear.
- Small personal first-aid kit.
- Water Bottles (and Purification tablets).
- Toiletry bag.
- Travel clothes.
- Camera.
- Headlamp.
- Swiss Army knife.
- Travel clothes.

Not Necessary in Summer
- Crampon
- ice axe
- harness
- rope

Equipment List (details)

This is a helpful equipment list for a summer climb to Mt. Damavand, you are not required to bring everything on this list , there are a lot of options, brands, and versions of each piece of equipment, use your experience to find the best gear. Remember the size and the weight is important.

Climbing Equipment

Optional - GPS, Compass, Altimeter. Helpful to find out your way.
Mobile Phone, Mp3 Player, whistle.
Medium size Swiss Army knife, (Keep the knife simple).
Ski or trekking poles. Helpful for balance when carrying a heavy pack or if you have knee problems.

Camera

We recommend a small instant or point and shoot cameras, ie simple and light digital cameras.
Headlamp Sugg:LED Petzl, ie MYO XP or better.

Footwear

The rocky, steep terrain in some sections and the potential of sudden, strong wind gusts are reasons to bring proper hiking shoes.
Light hiking boots or trekking shoes: Lightweight, high comfort. Avoid tight fit with heavy socks. Comfort is key in buying boots. Spend a little extra time walking around the store or take them home and wear them around your house to make sure that it fits right. A little big is always better than a little small.

Optional- Gaiters
Make sure your gaiters fit around the boot without being to tight around the boot.

Wool or Pile Socks.
Heavyweight wool or synthetic socks (wool is warmer) to be worn over the liner socks. When layering socks, check fit over feet and inside boots. It is very important to buy new socks regularly as they lose their cushioning over time.

Liner Socks
Smooth thin wool, nylon to be worn next to the skin. This reduces the incidence of blisters and hotspots and helps the outer sock last longer before needing to be changed. They should fit well with your heavyweight socks.

Technical Clothing

Bring proper protection against low temperatures and strong winds of damavand. It is usually below zero at the summit, and strong winds often make it seem even colder. Bring wind gear, as weather conditions can change very quickly. Gloves are recommended both against the coldness and for hiking the steep, rocky passages.

Lightweight Underwear, tops & bottoms, other synthetic or wool. Lightweight is preferable as it is more versatile (worn single layer in warmer conditions and double layer for colder). Zip-T-neck tops allow more ventilation options. One white top for intense sunny days on the glacier and one dark top for faster drying gives the most versatility.

Expedition weight underwear top or fleece vest. For extra warmth.Fleece/Synthetic jacket. Mid- to Heavyweight pile (Polartec 200-300 depending upon cold tolerance). A full-zip version is easier to put on and has better ventilation than a pullover.

Fleece/Synthetic pants. Midweight pile (Polartec 200) with full separating side zippers (This is very important for ventilation and for ease of dressing up or down when conditions change in the middle of a climb).

Down or Synthetic Jacket. A warm jacket with attached hood. It can be very cold high on the mountain. Gore-Tex or Synthetic rain/snow shell pants & shell jacket with hood. For the jacket we highly recommend a full front zipper, a roomy rather than snug fit and underarm zips which go well below the armpit. We also require full separating side zippers on the pants.

Handwear

Synthetic gloves. Bunting or fleece gloves which will fit comfortably inside mitts. A heavier fleece will do a better job of keeping hands warmer when wet than lighter polypropylene.
Shell Mitts w/ single liner. Seam Taped, GoreTex. We recommend that your mitts do not have a smooth or slippery palm surface. Make sure that you can fit one of your gloves inside the mitten with the shell over the top, three layers total.

Headwear

Warm Lightweight pile/wool hat.
Hat should cover ears.
Balaclava. Look for a simple lightweight model.
Baseball cap or other sun hat. One with a good visor to shade the nose and eyes. Synthetic is nice as it dries quickly.

Glacier glasses with Side Covers. Regular sunglasses are usually not sufficient. 100% UV, IR, high quality optical lenses designed for mountain use, must have side covers, leashes, and a nose guard is particularly helpful. No more than 8% light transmission. If you wear contact lenses we recommend packing a spare pair of glasses—it is a good idea to have these with “photo-gray” or equivalent light-sensitive material so they can double as emergency sunglasses. If you wear glasses we recommend prescription glacier glasses (gray or amber).
Bandana. Used to shade your neck.

Personal Equipments

Main Backpack. (Internal frame pack) expandable to a minimum of 5,500-6,000 cu.in. Keep it simple and light, avoid unnecessary things which add weight.
Small Backpack (attacking Backpack).

Sleeping Bag. High quality with hood to at least -10C . If you sleep cold bring a warmer bag. Goose down preferred over synthetic for bulk & weight. If well-cared-for, a down bag will last much longer than a synthetic bag. It should be roomy enough for comfortable sleeping but snug enough for efficient heat retention.

Optional-Compression stuff sack. Necessary to reduce volume when packing a sleeping bag.

Optional-One Self-Inflating Pad. One 3/4 or full length. If you are over 6’ a long is recommended. Make sure to include a valve stem and patch repair kit for your Therma-Rest.

One Closed-Cell foam pad. Full length closed cell is recommended.

Cooking gear:Cup: 12-16oz. plastic insulated mug with snap-on lid (retains heat well and is spill-resistant in the tent).Spoon: Good quality tough plastic (lexan). You do not need a plastic knife and fork.Bowl: Deep plastic with 2-3 cup capacity. Recommended: Tupperware 3 cup bowl.

Small personal first-aid kit. (Simple and Light) Aspirin (Extra Strength Excedrin is best), Antibiotic ointment, Moleskin, molefoam,waterproof first-aid tape, athletic tape, Band-Aids, personal prescriptions, etc.

The guides will have extensive first-aid kits, so leave anything extra behind. Please let your guide know about any medical issues before the climb.

Sunscreen. SPF 40 or better, small tubes. Make sure that the sun screen is not older than 6 months. Sunscreen older than six months loses half of its SPF rating.

Lipscreen. SPF 30 . Not older than 6 months.

Water Bottles: 1.5 liters minimum capacity.Purification tablets.

Toiletry bag. Include tolielt paper. Purell or other alcohol handsanitizer, toothbrush, toothpaste , deodorant.

Optional-2 Trash Compactor bags. To line stuff sacks to keep gear dry.
Trash Compactor bags are made from a heavier plastic.

Travel clothes

For Women-Long lightweight over-coat. Long sleeves and length below knee worn over jeans, other pants or a long skirt.- Head Scarf. To be worn tied under chin to cover hair, head and neck.
For Men- Long sleeved shirts and long pants. Requested by costoms of mondesty, shorts are not recommended. Tee-shirts may be worn while trekking/climbing.

Flashlight

Alothough I do not suggest you hike damavand during nighttime, a flash light is highly recommended in any season and essential outside of the peak season. Most people choose head lamps, as they leave both of your hands free.

Food

Particularly on the trails like mount damavand where there are few mountain huts, it is important to bring enough water and food. Also, it is a good idea to carry down all your garbage although there are garbage bins on Damavand south route.

Mount Damavand
Mount Damavand Iran

Winter Equipments

Equipment/Gear for a Winter Climbs
Mt Damavand winter climb can be dangerous and risky, info in this post is based on our experiences and compared to a number of reliable sources and is provided here for educational use only. When climbing in cold weather and winter conditions it is your responsibility to have the proper knowledge, experience, and equipment to travel safely.

Plan your pack neatly so that it takes a little time to get anything out, extra clothing should be quickly accessible, all clothing must be clean, nonfreezing laces on boot, defog all glasses and goggles.
The info in this article may not be the most current and up to date.

Upper Body:

- Long Undershirts - polypropylene
- Shirt
- Wool, Polypropylene or Pile Shirt - medium weight
- Wool, Pile Sweater or Jacket - heavy
- Wind Jacket with Hood - 60/40, nylon, Goretex-will double as rain jacket.

Lower Body:

- Underwear - polypropylene - light to medium
- Wool/Pile Pants
- Wind Pants - nylon (Goretex-doubles as rain pants).

Head:

- Wool or Pile Balaclava - Silk Balaclava for sleeping
- Face Mask
- Glacier or Ski Goggles with side screens.

Hands:

- Glove Liners - synthetic, polypropylene
- Wool/Synthetic/Pile Mittens.

Feet:

- Liner Socks (thin)
- polypropylene
- Wool/Pile Socks (heavy)
- Mountaineering double boots
- Gaiters - coated nylon
- Camp Overboots (optional).

Shell Layer:

- Waterproof/Breathable Jacket - nylon, Goretex - must fit over stacked layers
- Rain Pants - nylon, Goretex - must fit over stacked layers.

Pack & Packing:

- Large External Frame Pack - with frame extension or Large Internal Frame Pack
- Pack Raincover.

Travel Equipment:

- Snowshoes with binding & snowshoe crampons
- Ski poles - 1 pair
- Ice Axe
- Crampons with binding and point protectors.

Sleeping Gear:

- Synthetic/Down Sleeping Bag - rated to -40 C
- Ensolite Foam Pad - 1-2 cm
- High altitude tent.

Eating Utensils:

- Plastic Cup
- Plastic Spoon - should be tied to cup.
- Water Bottles.

Food (individual):

- 150 g meat & cheese per day
- 200 g trail mix per day
- 1-2 brad per day.

Miscellaneous:

- Day Pack - for carrying extra clothing, water, lunch, camera, doubles as stuff sack
- Flashlight - headlamp best, with lithium (best) alkaline (ok) batteries (workbetter in cold)
- GPS, compass
- Knife
- Whistle
- Belt or suspenders
- Bandanas - the ultimate useful item
- Extra Glasses, Sunglasses, Glasses Strap, Antifog
- Sunscreen
- Chapstick
- Toilet Articles
- Any Medications needed during trip
- Camera, film, books, games, paper & pen, etc. (optional)
- Cough drops or sour balls
- Ski gear
- Avalanche transceiver for ski
- Ski shovel

Figure out clothing arrangements:

- How will you organize glasses & face mask & balaclava ?
- Will your shell go over pile, over polypro, over water bottles, over body?
- Can you get wind/rainpants on with boots on, snowshoes?
- Can you get gaiters on with boots on?

Mt Damavand Winter view
Mt Damavand in Winter
Photo by Ardeshir Soltani

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