An amazing nice 12 days mountaineering in 3 highest point in Iran include highest mountain in the Middle East (DAMAVAND 5610m) , second highest peak in Iran (ALAMKOOH 4860m) and third highest mountain in Iran (SABALAN 4811m)
Alam-Kooh – 4860m
Alam-Kooh -Mount Alam is a mountain in the Alborz mountain range in the north of Iran, Mazandaran Province, forming a peak of the Takht-e Suleyman Massif. It is located in the Kelardasht District of the MazandaranProvince of Iran. With an elevation of 4,848 meters it is the second highest peak in Iran behind Mount Damavand.
The first recorded ascent of the peak was made from Hazarchal over the south face by the German brothers Bornmüller during their six-month botanical exploration of the Alborz in 1902. The 800m high, steep granite north face provides some of the most difficult and interesting mountaineering routes in the country and the climbs rank along side major climbing routes in the European Alps.
Damavand – 5610m
Mount Damavand also known as Donbavand, a potentially active volcano and the highest peak in Iran, has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore. Located in the middle Alborz Range, adjacent to Varārū, Sesang, Gol-e Zard and Mīānrūd, it is the highest point in the Middle East and the highest volcano in all of Asia.
It is a potentially active volcano, since there are fumaroles near the summit crater emitting sulfur, which were known to be active on July 6, 2007. The mountain is located near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, in Āmol county, Māzandarān, 66 kilometres (41 miles) northeast of Tehran. Damavand is, as any cursory reading of Persian literature will indicate, the Mount Olympus of Persian mythology.
The best major settlement for mountain climbers is the new Iranian Mountain Federation Camp in Polour or Reine village, located on the south of the mountain. There are at least 16 known routes to the summit which have different difficulties. Some of them are dangerous and require rock or ice climbing.
The most popular route is the Southern Route which has step stamps and also a camp midway called Bargah Sevom Camp/Shelter at 4220 m (about 13,845 ft).
The longest route is the Northeastern and it takes two whole days to reach the summit starting from downhill village of Nāndal and a night stay at Takht-e Fereydoun (elevation 4300 m – about 13,000 ft), a two-story shelter. The western route is famous for its sunset view. Sīmorgh shelter in this route at 4100 m (about 13,500 ft) is a newly constructed shelter with two stories.
Sabalan – 4811m
Sabalan is an inactive volcano in Ardabil province of northwestern Iran. It is the third highest mountain in Iran and has a permanent crater lake formed at its summit. Sabalan has a ski resort (Alvares) and different tourist areas such as the Sarein spa.
Sabalan has a Glacier in it’s north face that is one of places for Alpine climbing in Iran.
The mountain is known for its beautiful vistas, including the Shirvan gorge, where few climbers ever venture. According to some beliefs, the Mount Sabalan was the place where Zoroaster meditated for some years, so Mt. Savalan is one of the important sacred places in Zoroastrianism.
BEST TIME: June July August 2017
TRIP LENGTH: 12 days
• full services of a professional expedition leader plus local guides
• 4×4 vehicle support as required
• all meals
• all transport as outlined in the itinerary
• all accommodation
• any specialist kit
• any entrance permits (50 USD for Damavand – 30 USD for Alamkooh)
• international flights
• local airport taxes and international visas
• tips to local guides
• personal equipment (once booked you’ll receive a short kit list)
• travel insurance
Day 1: Driving from Tehran to Marzan Abad and Roodbarak via Chaloos road (one of the most beautiful roads in Iran). Overnight at MFSI hut.
Day 2: Driving an 4×4 vehicle to a place called Tang Galoo. We are going to have a 2-hour climbing to Hesarchal camp ( about 3700m). Short walk around and overnight at the camp.
Day 3: Climbing Lashgarak peak (4200m) and back to the camp.
Day 4: Climbing Alamkooh peak (4811m) and back to the camp.
Day 5: Driving to Roodbarak and Caspian sea in Mahmood Abad . overnight in the motel. Sightseeing and swimming.
Day 6: Drive to Reine village (base of Damavand south face) via Haraz road. Overnight in Reine hut.
Day 7: driving to camp 2 (1 hour off road) 3000m and climbing to camp3 (Bargah) about 4200m. We have about 4-6 hours climbing. Overnight in hut. (private room with hot water, blanket, bed, etc.)
Day 8: Summit day. Team leave in the morning (around 5) for the summit. The trek takes between 6 and 8 hours depending on the pace. Overnight stay at the advanced camp.
Day 9: Team head back down to the base camp ( 3 hours) from where we transfer to Reine and overnight in Reine hut.
Day 10: visit amazing mineral hot springs near Reine. Driving to Ardebil , Meshkin shahr from Tehran. Short walk arount and overnight in hotel or camp.
Day 11: Driving to campsite (3700m). Climbing to the peak and back to Ghotursoo hot spring. Driving to Ardebil, overnight at hotel.
Day 12: sightseeing in Ardebil then back to Tehran and departure.