A girl wearing red taking a selfie with Damavand in her background while on a Damavand tour.

Mount Damavand

Explore the Wild Epics of Damavand

During my first Damavand tour, I met people of all ages, a teenager from high school, a 75 years old man, and an elder couple walking hand in hand. It was strange to me. Mount Damavand is located right next to Tehran. However, many of us have only heard of it in epic stories and ancient Persian mysteries. For us, it’s a symbol of resistance and strength and something from which we speak so proudly.
In our casual conversations, when we want to describe something very hard to accomplish, we say:” It’s like hiking Damavand.” For this reason, it was strange for me to see elders and younger people there. I was surprised after a day of hiking without professional gear or intense training. It was not so hard to reach the peak of the highest mountain summit of the Middle East. My heart was filled with joy, and that’s when I knew Damavand might be a legendary Persian epic, but it is one that many could conquer!

Four Amazing Facts about Damavand Trekking Tours

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Highest Middle East Summit

Not only Damavand is the first one of the highest mountains in Iran, but also it is the highest summit in the Middle East. It’s also the highest volcanic summit in Asia. It’s the 12th prominence summit in the world. Damavand is known as the ceiling of Iran in the list of 7 volcanic summits of the world.

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Challenging but Doable

Damavand Climbing is a great challenge that is accessible for all. It does require you to be physically and mentally prepared, like climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Elbrus. However, it does not need too intense of a training program for you to be able to ascend the summit.

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Extraordinary Views

During a Damavand trekking tour, you’ll come across a range of diverse and beautiful sceneries. From walking on top of clouds to the rare animals you’ll see on the route, it will all fill your eyes with joy. Plus, you’ll see a variety of plant species specific to this region.

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Dive Deep into Persian Culture

Damavand trekking is so tightly knitted to Iranian culture. Damavand is a symbol of resistance and strength in Iranian folk stories. It’s regarded as an epic mountain in Shahnameh, the popular Iranian book of poems. Even banknotes have a print of Damavand on them in Iran!

4 men posing for a photo with their mountaineering gear in front of the peak during a mount Damavand tour.
A solo female traveler standing at Doberar peak looking at the clouds and the southern view of Damavand.

Damavand Trekking Tour Packages

3 Days

A Quick Conquer of Damavand

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3 Day Trekking Damavand South Route Tour

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A Quick Conquer of Damavand

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This package is prepared for the case of lack of time to conquer Damavand just in 3 days

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4 Days

The Optimal Choice to Damavand

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440

4 Day Trekking Damavand South Route Tour

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The Optimal Choice to Damavand

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440

Climbing Mount Damavand in 4 days through south route

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5 Days

The Relaxed Ascent to Damavand

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490

5 Day Trekking Damavand South Route Tour

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The Relaxed Ascent to Damavand

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490

This package is designed for winter ascends and avoiding acute mountain sickness during summer

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5 Days

Damavand Nature & Tehran Life

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540

5 Day Trekking Damavand South Route & Tehran Tour

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Damavand Nature & Tehran Life

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Trekking Mount Damavand in 4 days through south route plus visiting Tehran, the essence of all Iran

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6 Days

Tochal Acclimatization & Damavand Triumph

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670

6 Day Trekking Damavand South Route & Tochal Tour

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Tochal Acclimatization & Damavand Triumph

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670

Getting prepared for mount Damavand by hiking mount Tochal at first

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4 Days

Following the Sun to Damavand Summit

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550

4 Day Trekking Damavand West Route Tour

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Following the Sun to Damavand Summit

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550

Climbing Mount Damavand in 4 days through the west route

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4 Days

The Real Adventure to Damavand

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550

4 Day Trekking Damavand North-East Route Tour

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The Real Adventure to Damavand

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Trekking Mount Damavand in 4 days through the eyecatching north-eastern route

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5 Days

The Ultimate Challenge of Damavand

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630

5 Day Trekking Damavand North Route Tour

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The Ultimate Challenge of Damavand

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Trekking mount Damavand through the hardest route in 5 days

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The Best Season for Damavand Trekking Tour and Weather Conditions

In theory, climbing Damavand is possible in all four seasons of the year. However, summer is the best season, and winter is the hardest for mount Damavand trek. Damavand summit is accessible without professional or winter gear from mid-May to the end of September or sometimes early October. During this time range, there is very little snow on the routs to the summit. Due to the excellent weather during this time, there are a lot of mountaineers trekking mount Damavand. Plus, in general, our Damavand guide would always check the weather before the ascend and recommend extra days or other dates to trek if the weather conditions are not suitable for a mount Damavand climb. In summary, we’ve listed the general conditions for each season below:

*To check the weather conditions for mount Damavand, please check the link below to see the detailed information such as temperature, wind speed, etc.: Mountain Accurate Weather Forecast

Summer: Weather conditions are more stable and warmer than the other seasons. Iran trekking tours for Damavand are more popular during this time of the year as there is a higher chance of successful ascent. Therefore, the routes and the camps are usually filled with enthusiastic hikers at this time. Plus, during this season, all the amenities such as accommodations, transportations, and food are easily accessible and plentiful for mountaineers to enjoy their journey with comfort.

Fall: The beginning of fall is still suitable for Damavand trekking without professional gear. However, it slowly becomes cold, and snow would begin to make it challenging to climb Damavand. The stability of the weather conditions is better than winter but not as steady as summer. The trekking routes are usually almost empty by the end of the fall. Due to the heavy rain and snow and the need for having professional gear, the successful ascent rate for unprofessional mountaineers is low.

Winter: During this season, there is an intense amount of rain and snowfall in this region. Therefore, it is necessary to have all professional gear for winter hiking. The temperature could be as extreme as -70 centigrade with a wind speed of 100 km/H. However, there is almost no risk of avalanche. Therefore, the Damavand summit would be only accessible to equipped mountaineers. Our guides would check the weather forecast beforehand to ensure a successful ascent. Damavand climb during this season could take longer as the weather conditions are unstable.

Spring: There is still snow on the mountain, but the weather conditions become much more stable during this season. This is the best season to ski at Damavand and other mountain ranges in Iran. There is still a need for professional gear and a guide to ascend Damavand during this season. The weather is foggy and misty, which will significantly impair the horizontal view. Towards the end of spring, the snow will melt slowly, and summer with its best weather condition would welcome all travelers.

The view of Damavand from the Tochal peak in Tehran.

Unique Aspects of Our Damavand Tours

Safety is Key

Security is our number one priority in our tours. All of our guides are certified with first aid training. They are quick to respond to any safety issues or problems during your journey. We will provide a full set of first aid kit and all other safety gear to the guides before any of our trekking tours.

Number of Guides

We have designed the number of guides relative to the number of mountaineers during trekkings in a way that ensures each person gets full attention and time with the guide. For every four mountaineers, we would have one guide.

Trek with Your Speed

We’ve organized our Damavand trek tours in a way that allows you to travel at a pace that’s most comfortable for you. Whether you are a beginner or a professional mountaineer, we’ll ensure your daily schedule and acclimatization program is aligned with your needs.

Customized Acclimatization Program

We create the acclimatization program for our Damavand expeditions with you in mind. Our guides will ensure to take into account your physical preparedness and your previous climbing experiences to schedule the best acclimatization program right for you.

Four Main Damavand Trekking Routes

The view of the snow-covered south side of Damavand

Southern Route

Its popular camp 3, where we’ll spend a night in, is located at a 4200-meter height. The most straightforward but most joyful route to reach Damavand’s summit is through the southern path. The southern approach gives you the comfort and security of a high success rate to conquer the summit. It has shelter facilities, mules, and a gentle slope. Most of our Damavand climbing trips are through this route.

The view of Damavand with its snow-covered peak from the north side.

Northern Route

The camps for this approach are located at 4000- and 4660-meters height. This is one of the hardest routes for a Damavand trek. It requires semi-professional gear and intense training as it is steep and does not have appropriate camps as the other routes. We do have a Damavand trip package from this path but only suggest it to experienced mountaineers.

The view of Mount Damavand from the west side.

West Route

Its landmark is Simorgh shelter at 4100 meters height. With its steep slope and high-speed winds, this route is considered a difficult one to climb Damavand. Also, the route is far from any villages, so travelers have to ride a 4WD for about 1 hour to get there. The western approach is considered the most beautiful route to trek Damavand.

A flock of sheep at the northeastern foothills of Damavand with the view of the peak.

North East Route

The main shelter is located at 4350 meters height. The Damavand journey starts from Nandal village. There is a half an hour drive to get from the village to the foothill of Damavand where we’ll start our hike. This is one the longest route to climb Damavand. This route does not require professional gears but is more suitable for experienced mountaineers.

Our Suggestion

We like the Southern route the most and suggest you take that route for a Damavand climbing as well. Why? Because it has the most secure and best accommodations for you to enjoy the secluded nature of Iran with peace of mind! Knowing the high ascent success rate can also make you more certain you’ll get to come back home telling stories to your friends about conquering Asia’s tallest volcanic summit.

Professional Damavand Tour Guides

We first started our own journey as tour guides, as well. Therefore, we know how much your guide’s personality can influence the quality of your experience. We also understand what essential attributes make the best guides who can create the most memorable experiences for travelers. Also, we’ve learned based on our experiences what expectations tourists usually have from their guides. All in all, we have chosen guides who share these three key qualities besides their own unique characteristics.

  • Saeed Mobaseri Mountain Guide at IranAmaze
  • Mohammadreza Kolahian cultural Tour Guide at IranAmaze

Certified Guides

All of our tour guides are international guides certified by the Iran mountaineering and sport climbing federation. They’ve conquered many summits of 7000- 8000-meters height. They’ve ascended Damavand peak at least 50 times. Their knowledge and training have prepared them to lead Damavand tours that are stress-free and joyful.

Culturally Aware and Knowledgeable

Our tour guides are not only professional in guiding you through the trekking route but also are knowledgeable about many other aspects of traveling and life. They are updated in current culture and society issues, which could lead to plenty of interesting conversations.

Flexible and Adaptable

Our tour guides are flexible and will provide you with options that suit your physical and mental state at the time of your travel. They are adaptable to the surprises and prepared to come up with solutions if any problems arise during your trekking.

Difficulty Level to Ascend Mount Damavand

  • Acclimatization

    Damavand has a low difficulty for trekking. However, the need for an excellent acclimatization program is crucial for a successful ascend. It will work as an advantage for you if you have previous experience of climbing summits of +4000-meter height. We’ve designed all of our acclimatization programs based on years of experiences of our guides. These programs ensure a successful ascend by most travelers. They have been arranged to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness) for all travelers.
    Different tour packages would have their specialized acclimatization programs. If you don’t know which Damavand tour package is right for you, you could send us your information, background, and your needs and we’ll customize a program suitable for you.

    Damavand has a low difficulty for trekking. However, the need for an excellent acclimatization program is crucial for a successful ascend. It will work as an advantage for you if you have previous experience of climbing summits of +4000-meter height. We’ve designed all of our acclimatization programs based on years of experiences of our guides. These programs ensure a successful ascend by most travelers. They have been arranged to prevent AMS (acute mountain sickness) for all travelers.
    Different tour packages would have their specialized acclimatization programs. If you don’t know which Damavand tour package is right for you, you could send us your information, background, and your needs and we’ll customize a program suitable for you.

  • Acclimatization Program Support and Plan

    Our tours are based on years and years of knowledge and experience of our guides. Their experiences are expanded among all different age groups, nationalities, and body types. With the diversity that’s considered in designing the Damavand tour packages, they support a variety of people from different backgrounds. However, if you do not know which one of our Iran tour packages is right for you, please fill the form below with appropriate information, and our professional guides will lead you to the right choice.

    Our tours are based on years and years of knowledge and experience of our guides. Their experiences are expanded among all different age groups, nationalities, and body types. With the diversity that’s considered in designing the Damavand tour packages, they support a variety of people from different backgrounds. However, if you do not know which one of our Iran tour packages is right for you, please fill the form below with appropriate information, and our professional guides will lead you to the right choice.

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How Are We Responsible in Our Damavand Tours?

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Damavand is one of the essential sites in Iran. We want to do everything we can to preserve this valuable natural resource. Our ancestors have left behind the mystical Mount Damavand for us to enjoy today. We feel responsible for keeping this mountain untouched for future generations. Damavand holds so many stories from ancient Persian culture at its heart. Also, it’s a gift of mother earth to us that provides many natural resources for our living, and sustaining them is key to our long-term survival. Therefore, we have a set of responsible travel policies for all of our trekking tours.

We’ll ensure to have a comprehensive session with you before going on the trekking routes to discuss tips regarding responsibility. These tips will include but not get limited to Iran etiquette and dress code. We also explore environmental worries about the Damavand region and the local community guidelines, which we would need to follow to ensure the less negative impact is placed on traditional communities.

Furthermore, we try to preserve the environment and diminish our footprint in nature. Not only we don’t leave any waste in nature, but also, we encourage others not to do so. Also, we try to use the minimum amount of plastic on our trips. Besides environmental considerations, we respect nomad people and their way of living while we meet them during trekking. For more information, check out the responsible travel page and responsible travel section in tour packages.

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Mount Damavand Tour FAQ

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What professional gear or equipment do we need for a climbing Damavand?

During the summer, the gear needed to trek Damavand, is similar to what you’d take to a regular mountain trekking trip. The specific tour package page will include a list of all needed gear and tools. Fall and winter are colder, which means there is a need for winter professional gears and tools on a Damavand tour during those seasons.

What happens if someone gets injured during a Damavand tour?

We’ll handle the situation and do all the necessary coordinations for the treatment process.

What is the range for Damavand tour package price? What does it include?

Our tour prices depending on duration vary from a range of 300 to 600 euros. This fee includes all the services you’ll need during your trip, such as guide, accommodations, food, porters, transportation, etc. The page for each tour package contains a full list of inclusion and exclusions.

How is Damavand tour price compared to summits like Kilimanjaro and Elbrus?

Similar mountains in terms of height and difficulty of ascending to Damavand are Kilimanjaro and Elbrus located in Tanzania and Russia. Damavand tours are usually cheaper as foreign currency value is high in Iran due to the high rate of currency inflation. For instance, a 5-day tour to Kilimanjaro costs +2000 euros or a 5-day tour to Elbrus costs +600 euros whereas, a 5-day Damavand trekking tour costs about +400 euros. In general, Iran is a more affordable country to travel in. Therefore, mountaineers could find cheaper tours aligned with their budget.

Do I receive a certificate if I ascend the summit successfully?

Yes, you’ll be receiving an official certificate if you ascend successfully to Mount Damavand summit.

When is the latest time I could book my tour before my trip?

The process of preparing your trip includes two different parts. The first one is your visa process, and the second is all the scheduling and reservations for your trekking. In terms of visa, if you are not from specific countries such as the United States, England, or Canada, which would have more difficulty getting a visa, your visa process would take about two weeks in advance. To know more about the visa process, you could check out our Iran visa page.

The part about the reservations and scheduling, there is a need for us to reserve the accommodations and the tour guide assigned to you at least a month in advance. However, let us know your time limitations, and we’ll figure out what’s best for you.

Is it possible to ascend without a guide and a porter?

If you are familiar with the region and have enough climbing experiences, it could be possible for you to ascend without a guide. Also, if you don’t have a lot of gear or stuff with you, you won’t need a porter. However, if it’s your first time and you have no knowledge of the area, even if you are an experienced mountaineer, we do not suggest going alone. We recommend you talk to a professional tour guide before making such decisions.

Is AMS a serious matter while trekking Damavand?

Sudden height change can cause Acute Mountain sickness, which can lead to headaches, puking, exhaustion, sleep problems, and nausea. This problem usually occurs at +2500 meters heights. This issue has nothing to do with physical preparedness, and it’s merely related to height. The solution to this problem is to control the amount of height climbed each day. A decent acclimatization program and appropriate consumption of water could prevent this issue. We’ve taken into account this problem when designing our Damavand tours to ensure it does not happen to you.

Which trekking route is better to ascend?

The southern route is the easiest one in terms of technicality and also better accommodation. However, some people who have experiences ascending from the southern route before or have more training experiences might want to choose other routes. Therefore, we’ve designed Damavand tour packages for all routes.

What is the success rate for ascending the Damavand summit?

During seasons with stable weather conditions, the success rate to ascend Damavand is high, and most people could conquer the summit with the right safety tips and acclimatization program. The only thing that can keep you away from successfully ascending is not having a knowledgeable guide who is familiar with the region, can check the weather on the go, and know what’s the right time to ascend. We’ve ensured to choose guides that can raise your chance of successfully ascending with peace of mind.

How do I know which trekking tour is right for me?

All of our tours have been designed based on our guides’ experiences with different kinds of people. You have to see which tour aligns with your physical preparedness and also your preferences. If you are physically very well trained, you could choose the tours with a shorter amount of time and shorter acclimatization program. If you don’t have much experience climbing, then the longer tours like 5 day Damavand tour could be more suitable for you. Either way, the southern route is the safest and most secure approach to reach the summit. Moreover, you could let us know through the form on this page what your preferences are and how prepared you are, and our professional guides will lead you to the right track.

How much previous experience do we need to ascend Damavand?

Damavand trekking does not require serious training and experiences. If you’ve climbed a few +3000-meters mountains, you could ascend it with an appropriate acclimatization program.

How many people can participate in Damavand small group tours?

A maximum of 8 people can participate in our small group tours.  Also, to ensure the best experience for you during your trip, we have arranged one guide for every four people.

Are the meals and snacks provided on your tour packages?

Our tours are full board. We provide all the meals, snacks, and water on these tours. Fresh meals prepared with fresh ingredients will be prepared and cooked for you by a local cook. We will design our food schedule based on your preferences and needs before the trip. All vegetarian and vegan options are also available.

Where would we spend the nights during tours?

The most common approach to ascend is through the southern route. This route has decent accommodation facilities provided for all hikers. To ascend from this route, travelers would spend their nights at the base camp and also camp 3. During times when the Damavand weather is suitable, camping could also be an option. Plus, Rineh village is close by Damavand, which has a decent guesthouse accommodation that has been fitted into your schedule on the first or last day of your trek.

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