Conquer Mount Damavand (5610m)

Climb Iran's highest mountain and explore Tehran in one epic week.

6 Nights
June, October

During this seven-day journey, you’ll be able to truly absorb the ancient culture of this often-unexplored country. Your itinerary highlights the contrast between the colourful streets of Tehran, with a visit to the main sites across the city, and the simple rural lifestyle found in local villages. Marvel at the icy formations of a frozen waterfall and tackle Mount Damavand itself. Afterwards, relax in thermal waters and complete your Iranian tour with a traditional Persian dinner.

Perfect for: Experienced trekkers with an interest in culture who like mixing their outdoor adventures with some big-city cosmopolitan flair.

Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 4 days of fully-hosted trekking up Mt Damavand, Asia’s highest volcano
  • All lodging throughout the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Tehran
  • Tehran city tour
  • Local, certified cultural and mountain guide*
  • All entry permits except for the thermal waters
  • Assistance during the visa application process
  • All transfers (4WD), including airport
  • Mules to carry bags up to Bargah Sevom
  • All meals during the trek
  • Breakfast in the Tehran hotel

*Guides hold a special permit to host British and American travellers as requested by the Iranian government

Perfect for

Perfect for: Experienced trekkers with an interest in culture who like mixing their outdoor adventures with some big-city cosmopolitan flair.

Group participants need to be over the age of 18 and have experience of trekking in altitudes above 5000m. Good physical fitness is required and pre-trip walking training is recommended carrying packs of up to 10kgs.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Personal expenses
  • Flights to and from Iran
  • Lunches and dinners in the cities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa application fees

For British and American Nationals that require a visa to enter the country, the trip should be booked with at least 8 weeks in advance to make sure all documentation arrive on time. For more information about visa requirements please click here.

There will be a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 12 fellow adventurers.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

You need to physically fit and have experience of climbing to altitudes above 5,000m.

Unfortunately not. Due to the challenging nature of the climb, participants need to be 18 or over. We do have other treks suitable for younger participants. Check our Family Trips for more details.

The following kit is included:

Tents and eating utensils such as cups and cutlery.

Breakfasts are a simple meal of bread, cheese, jam and honey with coffee or tea, while lunches are sandwiches. During dinner, you will sample the hot Persian-style curries of the region served with rice and bread. Dried nuts and fruits are provided as snacks. All dietary requirements can be catered for.

Yes, all dietary requirements can be catered for.

The weather in this part of Iran is generally stable, sitting in the high 20s. However, as much of the trip is in high altitudes, rain, snow and storms should be expected at any time and prepared for.

Both men and women are required to wear long trousers. Women must cover their hair in public and wear a loose knee-length top/coat. However, while in the mountains, a head scarf and long sleeves are sufficient, though no shorts for men and women.

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You will be carrying only your own rucksack for most of the trek but there will be some days where you will also be required to carry some extra camping equipment. Expect your rucksack to weight approximately 10kgs when fully packed so train accordingly. - 55-65L Rucksack - Waterproof rucksack cover - 3 season sleeping bag with sleeping mat and cover - Warm headgear and scarf - Swimmers and sun protection including hat, sunscreen and lip salve - Layered clothing including under and mid layers, gloves and waterproof jacket - 3-4 season walking boots, trekking socks and spare laces - Water bottle - Casual evening clothes and shoes - Toiletries including insect repellant, toilet paper, nappy bags and first aid kit - Trekking poles, head torch, mess kit, snacks


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‘Contrast’ is the theme of your Iranian journey. Tehran, where the trip begins and ends, is an intricate mix of a city where modern urban areas contrast with the ancient Iranian culture. The majestic Alborz Mountains tower above a chaotic concrete puzzle of streets, buildings and bazaars which throb below.

In comparison, the rocky villages you will explore after leaving the city are camouflaged by their dusty mountain surroundings and showcase the gentle and ancient culture of this fascinating area. The highlight of this trip is, of course, Mount Damavand itself, which towers 66kms from Tehran and is the highest peak in Iran. It is also the highest volcano in all of Asia, remains potentially active and forms part of the Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. The volcano is also prevalent in Iranian culture, featuring on some of the country’s currency, and is said to house a three-headed dragon!

Start point

You’ll be met at Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) and from there, you’ll be transferred to the city centre. To make the most of your first day, your host recommends arriving before midday.

Finish point

Your tour will end in Tehran where you’ll be transferred to Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA) for your flight home. You’re free to book any flight that suits you best for your journey home.

What to Expect

Day 1: Arrive and Explore Tehran

After a morning arrival in Tehran Airport, your guide will meet and transfer you to your hotel in time for a short rest before an afternoon tour through this modern, chaotic city. Your guided excursion will include the National Museum which houses treasures that date back to the 4th Century, the intricately decorated Golestan Palace with its glittering mirror hall and the energetic hive of the Grand Bazaar. Your tour will start at about midday.

Day 2: Transfer to Polur/Goosfandsara then trek to Bargah Sevom refuge

Your day will begin after a light breakfast with a two-hour car or minibus transfer to the riverside village of Polur in northern Iran. From this tiny village (population 350), we will begin the trek to the stone refuge of Bargah Sevom, sitting at 4220m. The refuge will be our home for the next three nights.

4 hours of trekking, altitude 4220m

Day 3: Acclimatisation Day

After a mountain breakfast at the refuge, you will begin the six-hour trek to the ice-blue frozen waterfall of Abshar Yakhi. This trek not only allows you to explore the majesty of this site but also helps trekkers acclimatise to the high altitude.

6 hours of trekking, attitude 5100m

Day 4: Summit Mount Damavand

Summit day! Get on your hiking boots because today you will climb the highest volcano in Asia. Reach the snow-tipped heights of this potentially active volcano and wonder at the panoramic scenery spread out before you – tiny villages dotted through dusty khaki hills, the gleaming Caspian Sea in the distance and the lush green expanse of the Laar National Park.

After absorbing this incredible sight, we return to the Bargah Sevom refuge to spend the night.

9 hours trekking, altitude 5610m

Day 5: Transfer to Tehran via Polur village

Trek back to Goosfandsara today, from where you will be transferred by 4WD to Polur village. Ease your trek-worn limbs with a soak in the natural thermal waters of Abegarm Larijan which originate in Mount Damavand itself, before transferring by minibus to our Tehran hotel.

3 hours trekking, minimum altitude

Day 6: Tehran City Tour

Your last day in Iran is spent back in the imposing city of Tehran with a royal morning visiting the opulent palaces of Sa’dabad and Niyavaran, and an afternoon hitting the stalls for some retail therapy in the Tajrish Bazaar.

Your night is spent in the village of Darband snuggled in the gentle foothills of the Alborz Mountains. You’ll celebrate your final evening with a traditional Persian meal featuring the characteristic Iranian flavours of turmeric, dried lime and saffron.

Day 7: Return home

After breakfast, you’ll be taken to Tehran International Airport in time for your flight back home.

Wave goodbye to your new friends and flick through your pictures on the way back – you might need to pinch yourself to believe what you have achieved in just eight days.

*Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


You’ll be staying in a range of places during the adventure. You’ll rest your head in a three-star hotel in Tehran, which will have all the amenities you should need. You can pay extra to sleep in a single room if you prefer.

During the trek you’ll be sleeping in tents and/or the refuge at Bargah Sevom, depending on how many other hikers there are. Expect bunk beds and basic facilities, but the freedom of being out in nature.

On the last night you’ll sleep in a three star hotel in the foothills of the snow-covered Alborz Mountains – a suitably serene end to your adventure.

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