Hiking in Iran

Lunar deserts, dormant volcanoes and bubbling hot-springs await in this unlikely adventure travel hot-spot.

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The recent reopening of the British embassy in Tehran has persuaded many a curious hiker to add Iran to their hit-list.

Iran essentially has four seasons year round. When snow falls in Tehran, Châbahâr to the south is in the swing of summer. So timing is crucial when planning a trip to Iran.

Starting in the north-east, feel your way through the misty meadows in the foothills of the Tâlysh Mountains on the coast of the Caspian Sea.

Heading south, drive two hours from Tehran to ascend the dormant, snow-filled volcano of Mount Damavand, otherwise known as ‘the roof of Iran’, the countries highest peak (5,671m).

Alternatively, get accustomed to Kurdish culture by journeying into the central Zagros Mountains, or take a camelback ride and camp by moonlight in the expansive Mesr Desert.

Discover what Iran has to offer with our handcrafted itineraries alongside the most trusted local guides.

Mount Damavand

Mt Damavand (5,671m) is a volcano is north-eastern Tehran, and is the highest mountain in the Middle East. It’s one of Iran’s most recognisable icons and is found on everything from bottled-spring water to bank notes.

Being Asia’s tallest volcano, it forms part of the mountaineering challenge, the Volcanic Seven Summits. Although the pyramidal, Mt Fuji-like volcano is largely considered to be dormant, noxious, sulphuric fumes around Mt Damavand’s icy crater reminds you that the mountain is still busy below.

Most trekkers would normally acclimatise in the Polour Mountain Complex (2,270m) before ascending up the south and west facing routes. The climbing season for Mt Damavand is between June and September.

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