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Conquer Mount Damavand (5671m) and Explore Isfahan and Tehran

Conquer the strato-volcano Mount Damavand (5,671m) and immerse yourself in Iranian culture in Tehran, Kashan and Isfahan. 8 days.

I'M UP FOR
Summit Fever
DURATION
7 Nights
DIFFICULTY
Challenging
COMFORT
Basic
LOCATION
Iran
SEASON
July—October
NEAREST AIRPORT

Experience the thrill of being on top of the world, challenge yourself to reach the summit of Mt Damavand and discover two of Iran’s largest cities – Tehran and Isfahan - while you’re there. Unravel the mysteries of authentic Iran on this eight-day hiking and sightseeing adventure.

Your hassle-free adventure includes

  • 4 days of fully-hosted trekking up Mt Damavand
  • All lodging throughout the trek
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Tehran
  • Afternoon excursion and accommodation in Isfahan
  • Tehran city tour
  • Local, certified cultural and mountain guide*
  • 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

Anyone who relishes an outdoor challenge but also likes city exploration. You’ll need to have a good level of fitness and have already conquered summits above 4,000 metres.

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 be 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.

You can expect sandwiches for lunch and hot Persian curries for dinner while you’re trekking. Breakfast consists of tea/coffee, cheese, jam and honey etc. as well as dried fruit and nuts for snacking.

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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Your guide suggests that you bring:

  • Sleeping bag and mat
  • Hydration pack
  • Trekking poles
  • Rucksack
  • Headlamp
  • Personal medication, if required
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Spare clothes and warm layers
  • A hat and gloves
  • A washbag with biodegradable soap/toothpaste and other toiletries

Location

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You’ll land in the former capital of Persia, Isfahan, in central Iran - an architecturally-rich city whose historic centre is alive with its former glory. There are gardens, palaces and boulevards that abound and any visit provides an insightful introduction into Iranian culture and history.

Next you’ll head northwards to Tehran, the current capital of Iran, which sits at the base of the lofty Alborz Mountains. You’ll spend most time in the dizzying heights of the mountains - more specifically Mt Damavand, located 41 miles northeast of Tehran.

It’s the highest peak in Iran at 5,671m, the highest volcano in Asia, and a perfectly symmetrical stratovolcano, which forms part of the Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenge. During summer you can see wildflowers carpet the slopes and the likes of golden eagles soaring above. It’s the stirring location for epic Persian folkloric poems, and the smoking fumaroles remind you of its volcanic presence.

Start point

You’ll be met at Isfahan International Airport (IFN) 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 Isfahan

After landing, your guide will transfer you to the hotel in Isfahan. You’ll then be able to join an afternoon tour of the city and visit some highlights.

These include Naghsh-e Jahan Square, one of the largest city squares in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll see the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque – an Iranian architectural masterpiece - Shah Mosque, and Ali Qapu Palace too.

There’ll also be stops at the Persian Bazaar and Chehel Sotoun Palace, once a pleasure pavilion for the royal family.

Day 2: Drive to Tehran via Kashan

You’ll have a few hours in Isfahan before you set off by road towards Tehran before noon. At around the half-way point, you’ll arrive in Kashan, an oasis city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir desert.

You’ll hop off to visit Fin Garden, one of the prettiest historical gardens in the Middle East, and a couple of the traditional houses built by wealthy merchants. You’ll see the houses of Boroujerdi and Tabatabaie.

Then, you’ll be driven to Tehran and dropped off at the hotel for the evening.

Day 3: Transfer to Polur/Goosfandsara then trek to Bargah Sevom refuge

After breakfast, you’ll be picked up and transferred to Polour/Goosfandsara – a mid-way camp and popular starting point for the trek.

After a two-hour drive, you’ll reach Polour/Goosfandsara, prepare all your equipment and set off on your first four hours of hiking up Mt Damavand.

Your aim for the day will be the refuge at Bargah Sevom, at about 4,220m on the southern route, where it’s time to rest your feet and have dinner cooked on the open fire with your team.

4 hours of trekking, altitude 4220m

Day 4: Acclimatisation Day

Have breakfast in the clouds before packing up for the day’s trek.

Today you’ll hike to the surreal frozen waterfall, Abshar Yakhi. It’s located at about 5,100m above sea level so it’s the perfect chance for acclimatisation, and to grab some pictures of something few hikers get to see.

Then it’s back to the refuge at Bargah Sevom for a good night’s sleep before the final ascent the next day.

6 hours of trekking, attitude 5100m

Day 5: Mount Damavand Summit

It’s the big day today and you’ll set off bright and early for what will be a long but rewarding day ahead.

You’ll climb the highest volcano in Asia to its 5,671m summit, and from the top you’ll earn stop-and-stare panoramic views over the Caspian Sea in the distance and the snow-capped Alborz Mountain Range around you.

Once you’ve taken it all in, you’ll make your way back down to Bargah Sevom refuge to rest your feet for the night and have dinner under the stars.

9 hours trekking, altitude 5610m

Day 6: Transfer to Tehran via Polur village

After everything you’ve accomplished, you’ll trek back to Goosfandsara and be transferred by 4x4 to Polur.

Afterwards, you’ll head to Larijan Thermal Springs, which originate from Mount Damavand and are known for their healing properties, before continuing on to Tehran.

Here you’ll be dropped off at the hotel in the city.

3 hours trekking, minimum altitude

Day 7: Tehran City Tour

After a good night’s sleep, you can join a city tour that takes in the cultural and historical sights of Tehran. You’ll visit the Sa’dabad Complex and Niavaran Palace Complex, and have time to haggle for souvenirs in the Tajrish Bazaar.

You’ll spend the night in the foothills of the Alborz Mountains in Darband, complete with a traditional Persian dinner to celebrate your last night.

Day 8: Fly 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.

Accommodation

You’ll be staying in a range of places during the adventure. You’ll rest your head in three star hotels in Tehran and Isfahan, 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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