Damavand - The Giant Volcano (Iran)

Damavand - The Giant Volcano (Iran) 760 , 7 Days

With this tour, we offer you not just any volcano but an emblematic volcano - perfect cone shape, beautiful, mighty, majestic. With its 5,670 m. it is not only the highest peak in the Middle East, but also the highest volcano in Asia. Shrouded in myths and legends, Mt Damavand is a national heritage site and has a significant place in Persian mythology. Climbing a volcano is very different than a mountain top. You get to experience swarming up the steep lava slopes, making your way through sulphur vapours and mineral springs, glaciers and iced waterfalls towards while climbing to the gurgling crater, which gives out heavy smokes. Its like entering the territory of gods and nature’s elements with devastating might.

Highlights:
Mt Damavand (5,609 m.) with its beautiful conical shape and a volcanic crater
♦ The glacier Abshar-e-Yakhi on about 4,800m.a.s.l on the southern face.
♦ Tour around Teheran (depending on arrival time)
♦ Vising hot springs after return from Mt Damavand


Itinerary:

Day 1. Arriving 
Depending on arrival time we can do a sightseeing tour of Teheran. Afternoon transport to Rineh village (2400 m) & Damavand hostel. 
Note: If you arrive late at night we can consider that a 0 day. We can book you an extra night in the hotel for an extra charge and take you on a Teheran tour at 10 am on the next day. Then off to Rineh village .
(B - depends on arrangement)/-/D)

Day 2. Gosfandsara camp (3000 m)
After breakfast there will be transport by the cars to the end of the asphalt road, there we start trekking to Gosfandsara camp (3000 m). The 4WD will bring the luggage to the camp. After about 2 hours trekking with lightweight backpacks between the beautiful mountain flowers, we'll reach the camp. There we'll set up our tents and we have enough time for hiking around and enjoy the nature and landscape. Overnight at 2 person tent. B/L/D

Day 3. Trekking to Bargahe Sevom (Bargah 3) hut 4200 m
After breakfast at early morning we'll collect our luggage and place them to the Mules and start trekking with lightweight backpack to the Bargahe Sevom hut in about 4200 m. After about 5 hours we'll reach the hut and have enough time for walking around, take pictures and rest. Overnight at 2 person tent. B/L/D

Day 4. Acclimatization day (or bad weather reservation day to summit Damavand)
Today we have enough time for acclimatization and to enjoy the scenes. After breakfast we'll start climbing slowly to about 4800 m altitude for better climatization. Spend some time there, then descend back to the hut. Overnight at 2 person tent. B/L/D

Day 5. Summit Day
Early morning, we'll start ascend to the top of Iran - Damavand summit (5671 m). It takes about 6 hours to reach the summit. After that we can see the crater of the volcano and enjoy the magnificent views. Then we descend back to camp (about 3 hours). Overnight at 2 person tent. B/L/D

Day 6. Polour and Hot Spring
After breakfast we pack our luggage and start descending to Gosfandsara. Our 4WD will be waiting to take us back to Polour for a shower. Then its time to relax at the hot springs in Larijan. The water is known for its healing powers. Afternoon we'll take you to the hotel in Tehran. Overnight in a hotel. B/L/-

Day 7. Fly back home
Depend on your flight time, we'll transport the group to I.K Airport and you'll fly back home. B/-/-

Travel info / clothing: Men should wear short or long-sleeved shirts and long trousers. Women should not draw attention to the shape of your body nor to have any skin showing except face and hands. A headscarf is compulsory - take lots, the more colourful and cheerful the better. The perfect outfit would be a loose, long-sleeved shirt worn over jeans/cotton trousers. It is forbidden to import in Iran alcohol drinks and pork meat. Bring cash in EUR or USD as credit cards cannot be used.

Visa: Citizens of many countries may receive a 15-day tourist visa upon arrival at the airport (price: about 80-90 EUR) - please, check in advance if you are eligible to this. If not, we will provide the necessary documents, so you can obtain Iranian visa in your local Consular Office. Important: No Israeli stamps or visa are allowed in your passport! 

Necessary equipment: Personal climbing gear such as sleeping bag, mattress, etc.  Warm jacket, rain gear, trekking boots, poles, trainers and slippers, track-suit and warm hat, 2-3 T-shirts, 4 pairs of simple socks and 2 pairs of warm ones, cap and sun-glasses, flashlight, knife, matches, electric batteries, personal tableware, personal hygiene utensils, battery charging station for cameras or personal electronics, solar charger for batteries, travel adapter (UK to EU), Antibacterial wet wipes

Note: Rental service are available for all equipment and needed gear


Price Includes:
Visa Invitation letter
Pick up from airport or Tehran
Prepaid SIM Card with active Internet that you can charge with credit to use (per-order is necessary)
Purchasing a prepaid Travel Debit Card that you can charge with local currency - You can charge this card ones during your journey in Iran. With this digital credit card you can easily pay everywhere and withdraw local currency from any ATM. You can also recharge easily the credit of your SIM-card (per-order is necessary)
1x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tehran
2 x nights in a hostel
3x nights in mountain camp/2person tent with full board
Camping services
Two-person tent
Duffel bag
All transfer
bus and 4WD rides
Organization of the whole trek
Luggage transport with mules or porters (each 2 person one -15 kg luggage)
Hot shower and facilities at hostel/guesthouse
Professional mountain guide and cook during the program
Tehran sightseeing (depending on arrival time)
Transport to the airport or Tehran

Not Included:
International flight
Museum and Hot spring tickets
Visa fee
Meals in Tehran
Extra days in case of bad weather or changes in program
Tips and extra nights at hotels
Any other services not specified above
According to the new rules stated by Iran Mountaineering Federation,all of the climbers have to be present at the Federation office and pay the climbing permit of 50 $ or EUR by themselves,scan their passports and get the receipt of the climbing permit to Damavand.

Additional Services:
We can be flexible regarding starting date
so please send enquiry. In addition all trips are made in a private group
Sleeping bag and mattress rental available


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Damavand - The Giant Volcano (Iran) (Rated 4.8 / 5 Based on 412 Reviews.)
Price
760 EUR
Duration
7 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Open for booking
Price
760 EUR
Duration
7 Days
Single Supplement
100 EUR
Status
Guaranteed departure

Currency fluctuations might cause correction of price at any time.

We recommend Turkish Airlines. Your tickets can be purchased directly from the Airline or reserved through us (against a surcharge).

Tours of this level demand that you be really in good shape. The paths are not always in the best condition and the marking can be scarce. There are day-treks with big ascents and descents. Changing weather conditions /even in midsummer/ play an important role when trekking/cycling at a very high altitude and may cause changes of the preliminary route. This is to be decided by the mountain guide on the spot. Normally, the treks are 6/8h per day, but some can be longer. Preliminary hiking experience is an advantage, but not necessary if you are really in a good shape. Note that during some of the days, you should personally carry your baggage, which is naturally an additional difficulty. No rock/ice climbing experience is needed.

Group Size
Min. 2
Reservation System Code
IRMTDAMAV
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