Zardkuh (4220m) is second highest summit of Zagros mountain range lying in north-south direction. The highest summit of Zagros is Dena (4409m). Dena mountain is in the boundary of 3 provinces: Isfahan, Chaharmahal-Bakhtiari and Kohgiluye-Boyer-Ahmad.
Alamout & Damavand Trekking Trip
Alamout & Damavand Trekking Trip
According to arrangements of Persian Tour Radar for this trip, during the trip we will go to Qazvin province and trek on Alamout mountain, climb on Sialan (the highest summit of Alamout) and will climb Damavand to stand on the highest point of Iran. Spectacular hills, landmarks and sceneries are waiting for you.
Qazvin & Alamout
Experience ascending on one of the beautiful mountains of Iran, called Sialan (4177 m) and the highest volcano of Asia “Damavand (5671 meters)”. After passing the highest mountain of Qazvin province “Sialan”, a really nice forest at the altitude of 2000m will be seen named “2000 forest”. 4 routes are known to access Sialan in which southern track is easier than the others.
A one-day city tour in Qazvin has been arranged to see and experience rich cultural heritage of the area and get acquainted with locals.
Damavand (5610), the highest mountain of Iran sitting beside the most important metropolitan city and capital of Islamic Republic of Iran, Tehran. According to an Iranian mythology the ancient borders of Iran had been determined by the arrow of Arash (the archer) that was thrown from the summit of this mountain.
16 routes navigate the climbers to the peak, however three of them are mostly used to reach the summit; the south face route is famous one that we use in this ascend.
Starting point: Tehran→Ghazvin Ending point: Tehran
Level of Difficulty: Sialan(4177m)/ south face: 3 out of 5 & Damavand(5610m)/ south face: 4 out of 5
Physical Condition: Mountain climbers with the experience of over 4000 m can climb this mountain very easily. Generally fit-body mountaineers climb Sialan & Damavand without any problem.
Day 1: Arrival to Iran
IKA is your arrival airport. Persian Tour Radar incoming staff will transfer you to your hotel.
Day 2: Qazvin City (Persian Calligraphy Center)
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Alamout region. This region is famous as place of eagles. Enjoy beautiful Ovan Lake when we arrive to the region. An ancient castle called “Sabah” is another historic place waiting for us to visit. All accommodations during the stay has been arranged in Alamout at a local house. Lunch and dinner are included.
Day 3: Trek Sialan
Today Sialan mountain shelter is the destination. Transfer to the trekking route has already been provided. Now we are decisive to reach (3250m) shelter. After getting to shelter we will enjoy the time and looking around to see virgin nature. All meals for today are included.
Day 4: Climb on Sialan Summit
After breakfast we start our way to the top. After reaching the summit, take a little rest at the highest mountain of Qazvin. A lunch box has been provided for us. We’ll descend back to shelter. Get back to the place we started the trek to spend the night and eat dinner at the local house.
Day 5: Qazvin City Tour
A city tour provided to get more familiar with the Persian culture and architecture. Transfer to hotel in Tehran has been arranged after enjoying your city tour. All meals are included for today.
Day 6: Polour Village
For summiting Damavand, first we go to Polour village(2340m) by transfer.Iran Mountaineering federation lodge is ready to serve the guests. All meals for today are also included. O/N at IMSCF lodge.
Day 7: Towards Damavand, Gosfandsara Camp
After breakfast transfer by 4WD cars provided to take us to Gosfandsara (3200m). It’s the time to carry the stuff by mules and start climbing to Bargah Sevom shelter (4200m). Take a rest in the camp of Bargah Sevom for refreshment. Lunch and dinner are provided for today.
Day 8: Damavand Summit
Early in the morning eat your energetic breakfast and start trekking towards the summit. Step by step get closer to the summit and finally stand with honor on the highest point of Iran land (Damavand Summit). According to the arrangements of Persian Tour Radar a lunch box has been provided for today. Descend back to Bargah Sevom to spend the night in our shelter/camp and eat the dinner.
Day 9: Leave Damavand
Eat Breakfast and load the mules to immediately get back to Gosfandsara and Polour mountaineering federation. Transfer provided to drive Tehran and our hotel has been booked. Lunch and dinner included for today.
Day 10: Tehran City Tour
Tehran city tour has been arranged for us to have a glimpse of rich cultural heritage of Iran capital city. Overnight at hotel in Tehran. BLD included.
Day 11: Adios
Today is the departure day. The departure will be handled to IKA depend on the tickets’ times. Persian Tour Radar group hopes you’d enjoy from the stay in Iran and hope to see you again for another adventures. All meals are with Persian Tour Radar until the time of departure.
Tehran: 3 nights hotel
Alamout: 2 nights local house
Polour Lodge: Polour mountaineering lodge has a lot of rooms and bunk beds, with dining section, kitchen and store. The kitchen is just for cooking and foods are not for sale, and the store has just some basic stuff.
Bargah Sevom Lodge: A two-story lodge in 4200 m. It has rooms with bunk beds, a dining section and kitchen that sells warm food and some basic stuff. The shelter doesn’t have a shower.
Persian Tour Radar Camp: Damavand camp (4200 m) 5-minutes to Bargah Sevom Lodge. An eco-camp on the south face of the Damavand follow the rules of eco-camps in world and is made to have the least influence on the environment.
Tehran – Qazvin – Alamut: Asphalted Road.
Tehran – Haraz- Polour: Asphalted Road.
Polour – Gosfandsara: Dirt Road in good condition only with 4WD
- Accommodations (Hotel, Villa, Lodge, Shelter, Camp, Tent)
- Professional Mountain Guide with Climbing Instruction Certificate.
- Professional Cultural Guide for City Tours.
- Transportation (to and from airport, to and from Tabriz)
- Permits for Ascend.
- Permits for Entering each Region.
- Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) during the Climbing Period and City.
- Entrance Fee to visited sites.
- Tips to Guides and Staffs.
- Hotel Reservation extra to the one mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Single Room Supplement.
- Visa Fee.
- Personal Travel Insurance.
- Any Extra Request not Mentioned in the Itinerary.
- Coffee House Services.
- Ski and Trekking Equipment
- Spring of Damavand & Sialan: the temperature is unstable frequently stormy and windy, late in the spring the weather gets suitable for trekking.
- Summer of Damavand & Sialan: the temperature at its lowest rate is -2, no raining, and the best time for trekking.
- Fall of Damavand & Sialan: Sometimes stormy specially for the first month. Ascend is possible with simple winter equipment.
- Winter of Damavand & Sialan: Temperature falls down to -40, heavy precipitation, storms, and winds are expected.
- Wicking base layers (synthetic or wool)
- Fleece jacket or vest
- Fleece pants
- Insulating jacket (down or poly fill)
- Insulating hat, cap, balaclava or headband
- Sun-shielding hat or cap
- Socks (synthetic or wool) plus spares
- Gloves or mittens
- Rain jacket with hood (or soft shell)
- Waterproof pants or bibs
- Bandana or Buff (neck or face gaiter)
- Sunglasses, goggles or glacier glasses
- Lip balm
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Extra batteries
- First-aid kit
- Duct tape
- Harness (with adjustable leg loops)
- Boots (crampon-compatible)
- Ice axe (with leash)
- Belay/rappel device
- Climbing pack
- Route description or guidebook
- Locking carabiner(s)
- Nonlocking carabiners
- Runners—singles and doubles
- Prusik cords
- Hand protection (athletic tape, gloves)
- Signaling mirror
- Crevasse rescue gear
- Avalanche transceiver
Here in Persian Tour Radar, we attempt to consider all the possibilities that might affect the performing of a trip, however, there might be geographical, political or social unexpected incidents that might influence the program and require changes like bad weather.
We usually suggest Reserve Day for ascents in fall and winter because of the unstable weather. Naturally, the nonrefundable cost of the day is added to the total sum of the trip that if not used will not be returned to the travelers.
The Persian Tour Radar’s camp are summer camps and are taken down before the heavy snow of each destination begins, therefore, the accommodation might not be Persian Tour Radar Camp.
Based on your physical fitness and mountaineering history, you can request changes to program, like omitting the acclimatization day/s or cultural city tours. You may also ask for addition of such days.
The luggage would be carried by mules in both destinations up to the camp, after that you can leave your packages in camp and ascend with light backpacks.
Cultural tours (Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, and …)
Shopping Assistance (we can arrange for a shopping time and a person to help you)