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Following the Sun to Damavand Summit

4 Day Trekking Damavand West Route Tour

From € 589

The west route of Damavand has unique qualities that other Damavand routes don’t. On our path to the foothill, we’ll go deep into the protected area of Lar. We might meet some rare animal kinds such as leopards, bears, hogs, and golden eagles. Nomads spread their tents in Damavand fields. These are people who move with seasons and live in tune with nature every day.

The west route is the hardest one to ascend after the northern route. For one thing, the conical shape of Mount Damavand will put shade on the west side until noon, which will make us feel colder. Another characteristic of this route is that the path will get harder to ascend as we continue our trek. The closer we get to the summit, the steeper the slope will become.

It’s interesting to point out that the west route starting point is at the highest point compared to the other routes. That means that the vertical length to the summit is the shortest on this route. The bad news is, it’s not possible for porters to carry the bags with mules on this route. Therefore, unlike the other routes, mountaineers have to carry their belongings to the shelter themselves. The Simorgh shelter is located at 4100 meters height in which we’ll spend two nights. This shelter has all the needed services, such as rooms, drinking water, and restrooms

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Starts in:

  Tehran

Ends in:

  Tehran

Duration:

  4 Days

Age Range:

  15 - 70

Physical Rating:

4/5

Group Size:

  2 - 10

Accommodation:

2 Nights at Simorgh shelter- 1 Night Camping

Itinerary

We don’t have any special physical activities planned for this day. After the introduction session, we’ll head to Damavand from Tehran. In the morning session, the professional mountain guide will tell all the necessary technical tips and the trekking schedule to ensure we don’t face any issues on our ascent. After the session, we’ll get a 4-hour ride to enter the protected lar area on the west side of Damavand. We’ll have lunch at a cozy restaurant on our way there. We’ll be spreading our wings for a little while in the vast fields of Lar at 3400 meters height. As it gets dark, we’ll head to rest in our tents to be prepared for the ascent the next day.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 1400 m
  • Driving Distance: 120 km
  • Trekking Distance: 0
  • Average Slope: –
  • Highest Altitude: 3400 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 3400 m
  • Overnight stay in a tent

At 7 am with our backpacks on our shoulders, we’ll take our first step toward the Damavand summit. The path will start with a slope of about 10 degrees and continue to get steeper as we climb up. After about three hours, we’ll arrive at the Simorgh shelter located at 4100 meters height. Along the route, the Damavand summit is right in front of us, and as we turn our head, we’ll see the beautiful Lar Dam lake. After settling at Simorgh camp and having our lunch, we’ll climb up to 4600 meters height for acclimatization. We’ll spend an hour there before coming back to the camp. Acclimatization on the west route is even more crucial because the height difference from our camp to the summit is more than the southern route. We’ll have a light dinner and sleep tight to be well-rested for the hardest day of our ascent the next day.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 3400 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 4.87 km
    3.57 km from starting point to the shelter and 1.3 km for acclimatization
  • Average Slope: 19.4 %
  • Highest Altitude: 4600 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 4100 m
  • Overnight stay in the shelter

Today is the day to use all of our strength to conquer the highest volcanic summit in Asia! So, the day will start at 6 am. After having a light, nutritious breakfast, we’ll slowly ascend to the summit. It will take about 6 hours for us to reach the peak. However, the absence of the sun in the west route and the low temperature will make the first part of our ascent challenging. Also, the steep slope and the sand skiing path towards the end of our ascent will make the last part difficult! However, standing on top of Mount Damavand’s peak will wash away all these obstacles! We’ll take a few photos to remember this worthwhile ascent! After spending about half an hour on the peak, we’ll descend from the same route to the Simorgh shelter and spend the night there.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 4100 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 3.55 km
  • Average Slope: 42.5 %
  • Highest Altitude: 5610 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 4100 m
  • Overnight stay in the shelter

We’ll wake up with the joy of conquering the highest point in the Middle East. Watching the scenery around will be more pleasurable than the previous days with the peace of mind from our successful ascend. We’ll pack up our belongings and head to where we started. Then, we’ll cross the dirt road at Lar fields again and start heading towards the south of Damavand. The Persian traditional medicine put a bold emphasize on natural hot springs and their healing qualities. Therefore, we’ll soak in a few to rest our bones and let go of all the obstacles we had crossed. Then, we’ll have our lunch in a cliff restaurant and drive back to Tehran. We’ll arrive in the city at 9 am.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 4100 m
  • Downward Trekking Distance: 3.57 km
  • Average Slop: 19.4 %
  • Driving Distance: 140 km
  • Ending Altitude: 1400 m

Acclimatization Plan

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Your Flexibility Options

  • Except for technical matters of the ascent, which directly affect your succession rate, other sections of the program such as hot springs on the 4th day, Tabiat bridge, and all the Tehran attractions are flexible and can change with the consent of the guide.
  • Depending on your strength and interests, sleeping at Camp 3 on the 3rd day can turn into descending to Polur and spending the night at the Hostel.
  • The ascent speed is set-out depending on your physical strength, your body’s reaction to height, and the climate. In short, if the guide is sure that it wouldn’t harm you, the speed can change.

This Tour's Features

High Rate of Success

All of our Iran tours have a high rate of success. Having professional guides, suitable acclimatization program, and constant quality checks of trekking equipment ensures the highest success rate during our tours to Iran. The most challenging part of ascending Damavand in summer is the proper adjustment of our body to the height. Our guides will make sure to align the acclimatization program to your physical preparedness and trekking speed.

European Deal​

All bookings and contracts are settled through SAE Event GmbH, a registered travel agency in Austria. As a result, all transactions and processes are done based on the European legal system. So you would have the advantage of working with a local tour operator under EU-law. Visiting Iran with locals was never that hassle-free.

Nutritious Food

Nutrition has a crucial role in trekking. We have consulted with nutrition and sports specialists to prepare the best meal plan for our Iran trekking tour packages. We have included meals that provide all the essentials necessary for your health. Canned food and ready to make quick meals have no place in our tour packages. All of the meals are prepared with fresh ingredients by a local cook and served warm right at the time of your meal plan.

Our Service

Transportation

All land transportation by Air-co vehicle
4WD for Dirty Roads

Accommodations

2 Nights at Simorgh shelter
1 Night Camping

Meals

Full Board
3 Breakfast
4 Lunch
3 Dinner
Daily snack & mineral wate

Staff & Experts

Professional English-speaking Mountaineering Guide
Mountaineering consultant 24/7 support

Additional Services

Mount Damavand permit fee
Soak in mineral hot springs
Iranian Sim Card
Wi-Fi Modem
Official Iran Visa reference number

Exclusions

International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Tips
Travel Insurance

Equipment

Backpack (BS to 45 Litre)
Sleeping bag with the comfort level of +10 to +5
Trekking boots (waterproof)
Base layers
Wind stoppers
Polar jacket
Warm trekking pants
Light down jacket
Gore-Tex jacket (waterproof)
Warm hat
Warm gloves
Sunglasses
Sun creams
Headlights
Sticks, poles
Mattress

Plan this Trip

Pricing for Private Tours

Months Price / person
June
€ 589
July, August
€ 619
September
€ 589
October - May
Ask for the Price
  • 20% Surcharge would apply for solo travelers.
  • Volume discounts would apply for groups.

Pre-Booking Form

Booking Terms & Conditions

Payment method

After finalizing the price of the tour you have selected, you should pay a deposit equal to 25% of your tour cost. Then, we will issue a booking confirmation. You should pay the rest (75%) in cash at the beginning of your tour in our office in Iran.

Cancellation policy

In case you cancel your tour booking, cancellation fees will apply:

• Up 90 days before arrival: We’ll fully refund the paid deposit.

• 90-60 days before arrival: We’ll refund 50% of the paid deposit.

• 60-30 days before arrival: We’ll refund 25% of the paid deposit.

• From 30 days before arrival to actual arrival: We will hold the deposit (25% of the package price) as a cancellation fee.

How Is This Trip Responsible?

  • Before the tour starts, the necessary information (e.g., Etiquette) is given to our travelers
  • Local guides and drivers collaborate with us
  • We eat 2 meals in local restaurants
  • 1 night we sleep at an eco lodge
  • We help you to have a better and easier interaction with locals
  • It is not just sightseeing; we provide true to life experiences
  • We go to local-traditional markets
  • We visit the products of NGOs in Isfahan to support them
  • Cars we use are fuel-efficient
  • We try our best to use less plastic and make less waste in our trip

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