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Tochal Acclimatization & Damavand Triumph

6 Day Trekking Damavand South Route & Tochal Tour

From € 658

This package of IranAmaze starts with another summit quite easy to ascend for acclimatization. Most mountaineers from Tehran who decide to climb Damavand would spend a night at the Tochal summit to get acclimatized and head to the Damavand afterward. We’ve designed this Iran tour package to have a more serious acclimatization program and also for your guide to understand the level of your physical preparedness to analyze how you should successfully ascend Damavand.

Besides the technical aspects, Tochal is glued to Tehran, and you’ll have an extraordinary view of Tehran all along the trekking route. Also, you’ll use the Tochal’s Telecabin to descend from the summit. You’ll spend a night in a tent at the Tochal summit. The next night you’ll stay in a cozy hostel at the foothills of Damavand to wash away the exhaustion from your first summit. Afterward, you’ll start your ascent to the Damavand summit.

In conclusion, you’ll have a higher chance of successful ascent to the Damavand summit than the rest of the hikers who are worried about acclimatization. You’ll lower the risk of acute mountain sickness to the minimum.

 

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Starts in:

  Tehran

Ends in:

  Tehran

Duration:

  6 Days

Age Range:

  15 - 70

Physical Rating:

3/5

Group Size:

  2 - 10

Accommodation:

  4 Nights Camping, 1 Night at 4-star hotel

Itinerary

On the first day, your guide will come to pick you up at around 5 am. She or he will take you to Darband, one of the northern neighborhoods of Tehran, to start your trekking journey with ascending Tochal summit. Your guide would conduct an introduction session to let you know all the technical tips necessary for your ascent. Then, for about an hour, you’ll hike up on a very gentle slope and pass many traditional cafés. Afterward, the trekking route will become a bit harder to ascend. For about an hour, you’ll use the ropes on the route and your arm strength to climb up the rocky area and get to the old but equipped Shirpala shelter located at 2750 meters height. At that point, the slope will become steeper.
You’ll be at the Tochal peak at 3964 meters height after 5 hours of hiking. The night stay at the summit will play a crucial role in acclimatizing for Damavand and putting your physical preparedness into the test.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 1800 m
  • Trekking Distance: 9.54 km
  • Average Slope: 22.6 %
  • Highest Altitude: 3964 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 3964 m
  • Overnight stay in the tent at the summit

 

In case of a clear sky, you’ll watch the sunrise of the 2nd day from behind the Damavand mountain. Afterward, you’ll pack up your tents and descend back down using Tele-cabin. On this day, you won’t have any special physical activities, and you can give your bones some rest. From the foothill of Tehran, you’ll be heading to the Damavand. You’ll have a 3-hour ride to get to Rineh foothill village. Then, you’ll drive to base camp (Goosfand Sara) to stay the night at a higher altitude to let your body and mind get used to the mountain.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 3964 m
  • Driving Distance: 127 km
  • Trekking Distance: 0
  • Average Slope: –
  • Highest Altitude: 3964 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 2950 m
  • Overnight stay in tent at base camp

 

At 8 am after eating breakfast and packing up your ascent bag and belongings, you’ll head to the Damavand entrance. For about half an hour, you’ll be getting a ride on a dirt road with 4WD vehicles of mountaineering federation to arrive at the base camp of Damavand. At that point, you’ll be turning in your backpacks to the porters to bring up with the mules for you. You’ll start your Damavand trekking journey from 2950 meters height and hike on a gentle slope. After about 4 hours, you’ll arrive at camp 3, located at 4220 meters height. You’ll set up the tents and have a light meal. After some rest, you’ll be trekking up to 4700 meters height for acclimatization.
You’ll spend about half an hour there to enjoy the beauty and silence of the Damavand nature. Then, you’ll head back to the camp, and after eating some warm soup, you’ll be resting to be prepared for the next day ascent.

Highlights

  • Driving Distance: 14 km
  • Starting Altitude: 2950 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 5.81 km
    4.61 km from Base Camp to Camp 3 and 1.2 km for acclimatization
  • Average Slope: 27.5 %
  • Highest Altitude: 4700 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 4220 m
  • Overnight stay in tent at Camp 3

 

At 4 am, you’ll wake up from a restful night. You’ll have some honey lemon tea. Then, you’ll put your ascent bag on your back and start heading the summit with hope and motivation. You’ll have about 5 hours hike ahead of you to reach the peak. After seeing the icefall at 5100 meters height, excitement will rush into your blood. Then, you’ll step on the sulfur hill and get lost in the smell of sulfur.

In the end, you’ll find yourself on top of the Damavand summit. When you have breath in enough joy from conquering the summit, you’ll start to take some memorable photos. If it is not cloudy, you’ll get to snap some extraordinary frames. You’ll descend back from the sand skiing route, which will take about 3 hours. Then, you’ll settle down at the tents where celebration for a successful summit is waiting for you along with warm food.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 4220 m
  • Upward Trekking Distance: 3.72 km
  • Average Slope: 37.4 %
  • Highest Altitude: 5610 m
  • Sleeping Altitude: 4220 m
  • Overnight stay in tent at Camp 3

 

The mules will take the responsibility to take your backpacks down to the starting point. You’ll go back to the base camp lightly. Then, you will get in the cars again and head back to Tehran. On your way, you’ll visit a touristic Damavand foothill village. It is full of natural hot springs that will take all the exhaustion away from your body. Afterward, you’ll end your trekking journey with heading back to Tehran.

You’ll start your city exploration of Tehran. In the evening you’ll go to the Tabiat bridge and spend time with the young generation of Tehran. This bridge is the symbol of modern architecture in Tehran, and a lot of people come for food, walking, and enjoying the extraordinary views of Tehran. Therefore, you’ll get to know a lot about Tehran local lifestyle by visiting this bridge. Then, you’ll head back to the hotel for a restful night.

Highlights

  • Starting Altitude: 4220 m
  • Downward Trekking Distance: 4.61 km
  • Average Slop: 27.5 %
  • Driving Distance: 130 km
  • Ending Altitude: 1400 m
  • Visiting Tabiat Bridge
    Tehran’s Largest Pedestrian Overpass
  • Dinner in a food court
  • Overnight stay at a 4-star hotel in Tehran

 

After seeing modern Tehran, it will be time to see authentic Tehran. The schedule will start by visiting the Golestan royal palace. It has been built in the Qajar era and is a UNESCO world heritage site. After that, you’ll get lost in the old alleys of Tehran. Bazaar has a crucial role in Iran, and Tehran bazaar is a candidate for all the bazaars in the country.
You’ll have a truly authentic Persian food dish in one of the most popular restaurants in Iran at the heart of the Bazaar. Afterward, depending on the time of the flight, you could visit the museum of ancient Iran or the national jewelry museum.

Highlights

  • Golestan Palace
    A UNESCO World Heritage
  • Tehran Bazaar
    City life & crowded streets, shopping, modernity intertwined with the history
  • Lunch in a traditional restaurant
  • National Museum of Iran
    Historical ancient monuments, oldest artifacts date back to Lower Paleolithic period
  • Treasury of National Jewels
    (Depending on departure time)

 

Acclimatization Plan

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Your Flexibility Options

  • 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
  • Depending on your strength and interests, sleeping at camp three on the 4th night can turn into descending to Rineh to spend a 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 trekking 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 vehicles
4WD for Dirty Roads

Accommodations

1 Night at a hostel in Rineh
3 Nights Camping
1 Night at 4-star hotel

Meals

Full Board
5 Breakfast
6 Lunch
5 Dinner
Daily snack & mineral water

Staff & Experts

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

Additional Services

Mount Tochal Telecabin Ticket
Mount Damavand permit fee
Porters for backpacks to and from Camp 3
Soak in mineral hot springs
Entrance Fees to the mentioned monuments in the itinerary
Iranian Sim Card
Wi-Fi Modem
Local Debit Card
Official Iran Visa reference number

Exclusions

International airfares, taxes, surcharges
Tips
Travel Insurance

Exclusions

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
€ 658
July, August
€ 683
September
€ 658
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 starting the tour, we provide our travelers with the necessary information.
  • We leave no trace behind in nature, and we encourage others not to do so.
  • We value the pristine areas and choose the beaten tracks as our route.
  • We treat our local porters respectfully and fairly.
  • Our meals are cooked by local cooks.
  • Around the mountains, we use local transportation.
  • We appreciate nomad people and don’t disturb their life.
  • We minimize our use of plastic in our trip

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