Itinerary - Tochal + Damavand

Useful info for trekking Iran mountains. Trek Mt Tochal and Mt Damavand in one program

Itinerary Mt Tochal and Mt Damavand

Trek Mt Tochal 3965m and Mt Damavand 5671m in one program. The following itineraries are suggested programs for foreign mountaineers who live almost at sea level and prefer to have few days acclimatization and preparation before experimenting Damavand Iran. The schedules are flexible and you may make some modification to the packages to best suit your plan.

Mt Tochal Summit Iran, Photo Ardeshir Soltani
Mt Tochal Summit
Photo Ardeshir Soltani

7 Days Itinerary - Tochal + Damavand

Day 1: Fly to Tehran. Transfer to your hotel in Tehran. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Transfer from hotel to Darband and trek to Shirpala Hut (2750 m). O/N Shirpala hut.
Day 3: Ascend to Mt Tochal peak (3965 m) return to Tehran. O/N hotel.
Day 4: Transfer to Camp 1 Polour (altitude 2270 m). O/N C1 Polour.
Day 5: Transfer to Camp 2 and trek to Camp 3 (altitude 4250 m). O/N Camp 3 Bargah.
Day 6: Climb to Damavand Summit (altitude 5671 m) and back to Camp 3. O/N C3.
Day 7: Descent to Camp 2, transfer to Camp 1 and Tehran. O/N hotel in Tehran. Tour ends.

10 Days Itinerary - Touchal + Damavand

Day 1: Fly to Tehran. Transfer to your hotel in Tehran. Overnight hotel.
Day 2: Transfer from hotel to Darband and trek to Shirpala Hut (2750 m). O/N Shirpala hut.
Day 3: Ascend to Mt Tochal peak (3965 m) return to Tehran. O/N hotel.
Day 4: Transfer to Camp 1 Polour (altitude 2270 m). O/N C1 Polour.
Day 5: Transfer to Camp 2 and trek to Camp 3 (altitude 4250 m). O/N Camp 3 Bargah.
Day 6: Acclimatization day. Go higher than Camp 3. O/N Camp 3 Bargah.
Day 7: Climb to Damavand Summit (altitude 5671 m) and back to Camp 3. O/N C3.
Day 8: Descent to Camp 2, transfer to Camp 1 and Tehran. O/N hotel in Tehran.
Day 9: Tehran sightseeing tour. O/N hotel.
Day10: Transfer to Airport and fly back home. Tour ends.

Mount Touchal Peak in Summer Season
Mount Touchal Peak in Summer Season

Mount Tochal Tehran, Iran

Mt Tochal 3965 m, is located in the Alborz Mountain Range adjacent to metropolitan Tehran, Iran. Tocha Mountain is the most famous 4000 m peak near Tehran and because of its neiggourhood to the capital it is very popular for trekking. In recent years, mountain trekking has become much more popular in Iran. On Iranian weekends (Thursday and Friday) and when Tochal Weather is good scores of Iranian and foreign climbers jam-pack the popular trails for hiking, trekking, mountaineering and rock climbing.

From mid autumn to mid spring, the higher slopes of Mt. Touchal are covered by snow. In cold winters it does snow in Tehran, the snow generally melts away after a few days of sunshine. The same is true for the south slopes of the mountain below 2700 m. But patches of snow remain on the higher slopes well into early summer.

Tehran is located at the southern slope of the mountain and the Mt. Tochal summit is only few kilometers away from the city center. Tochal Mountain is the best target for preparation and acclimatization before attempting Damavand Mountain. A very good summit to become accustomed to Iran mountains before trying the higher one.

Shirpala Hut, Mt Tuchal Tehran, Photo Ardeshir Soltani
Shirpala Hut, Mt Tuchal

Routes to Touchal Summit

There are several hiking tracks from Tehran to the mountain which climb to various elevations, such as Farahzad, Darakeh, Telecabin, Darband, Kolak Chal (Park Jamshidiyeh) and Darabad. The most popular trail starts from Darband to Shirpala mountain resort and then to Amiri Shelter and Tochal peak. As follow:
Tehran -> Tajrish -> Darband St-> Sarband Sq -> Darband Valley-> Pase Ghale Village -> Abshar Dogholou (Twin Falls) -> Shirpala Hut -> Siah Sang (Amiri) Shelter -> Tochal Summit.

Shirpala Hut

Shirpala mountain resort is situated at the elevation of 2750 meters above sea level in the way to Tochal peak 3965 masl. This complex mountain resort was made by Iranian Mountain Climbing Federation with the help of Iran Boy Scout Association. It has some basic facilities such as restaurants, snack bars, few private rooms and 2 bublic rooms (dorm) for overnight. There is also a refuge called Amiri shelter in mid-way of Shirpala-Touchal.

Be ware that on weekends (Thursday/Fridays) and also in Iran Holidays Shirpala becomes very crowded and this mountain resort get full. Generally it is difficult to find accommodation on Thuersday nights at Shirpala Hut.

Siah Sang (Amiri) Shelter, Toochal Iran, Photo Ardeshir Soltani
Siah Sang (Amiri) Shelter, Toochal Iran

Tochal Ski Resort

There is a long gondola line (telecabin lift) about 7.5 Km to Mount Toochal peak which is among the longest cable lifts in the world. By this car cable it takes about 50-60 minutes to go from the base (first station) to the last station (called the 7th station of touchal Tele-Cabin line). The lift is working daily in ski season.
In summer generally gondola lift (telecabin) work only on Iranian weekends (Thursday/Friday).

Tochal Hotel

Tochal ski resort has a hotel at the buttom of ski area.. It is located at about 3550 masl at the base of ski resort. This small hotel is limted to 30 rooms and suites just below the Tochal peak.
Do not rely usuing this hotel in your program in other seasons because Tochal hotel is open in ski season and may not not be avilable in other trekking seasons!

Ski Resort Tochal Iran
Mt Tochal Ski Resort Tehran, Iran
Photo A. Soltani

How to go there

To find Darband just look at Tehran map and follow Valiasr St. or Sharitai St. to the north and find Tajrish Sq., Darband St. is in the north of Tajrish Sq. You can go by taxi upto Darband Sq. In summer season on Iranian weekends (Thursday/ Friday) you will see many people trekking. Just follow the crowds.

Mount Tochal Peak, Photo A. Soltani
Mt. Tochal Summit Shelter
Mt Damavand is visible in background
Photo A. Soltani

More Photos


Tochal Tehran, Iran
Mount Tochal Summit
Damavand is visible in background


Trek Tochal Mountain Iran, Photo Ardeshir Soltani
Trek Tochal Mountain


Shirpala Mountain Resort, Mt Tuchal Iran, Photo Ardeshir Soltani
Shirpala Mountain Resort, Mt Tuchal Iran


Touchal View From Tehran City
Touchal View From Tehran City
Photo Hamid Reza Alimohamadi


Shirpala Resort, Mt. Touchall Iran
Shirpala Resort, Mt. Touchall Iran


Tochal Tehran, Iran
Touchal Mountain Tehran
Photo Ardeshir Soltani


Tochal Tehran, Iran
Mt Tochal Tehran, Iran

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