From -20°c to +35°c in a trip! An amazing unique trip to IRAN include ski in highest peak in the middle east (DAMAVAND) and enjoy watching night sky in desert (MARANJAB).
Mount Damavand is the highest ski resort in Iran for ski mountaineering, ski touring, wild ski expedition and snowboard. Damavand receives heavy snowfalls in winter because of its vicinity to the Caspian Sea. The south route is not technical and is an ideal route for ski and snowboard. Skiing on other sides is more difficult. Depending to the weather the amount of snowfall is different each year, the ski season may starts from mid November and last until mid May. It is a good idea to check the amount of snow in the area before you fix your plan and travel to the area. South side of mount Damavand is not so steep. Also there is no crevasse in the region. But it is a high mountain, where the snow is wind packed and icy in its higher altitudes. In fact, you should expect different types of snow in different altitudes. We recommend ski touring of Damavand to those who are fit and have previous experience of winter ascents and ski mountaineering in smaller mountains.
It is located by the city of Aran-o-Bidgol, one of the ancient desert cities of Isfahan province. It was once composed of two separate cities, Aran-o-Bidgol.The Maranjab Desert is also close to Kashan. The town is surrounded by the desert on the north and east, and thus it has a typical climate of hot and dry in summer, cold and dry in winter, and very little rainfall during the year. The name of this desert came from the Abassi Karvanserai near the Aran-o-Bidgol Salt Lake which was built by Shah Abass Safavi on 1603AD to protect the Silk Road. The beauties of Maranjab desert are vast Aran-o-BidgolSalt Lake with its wonderful Floating Island (its call floating because it is as if there is a lost ship in the vast horizon of the desert), huge sand dunes and tamarisk trees forest. There is a Karvanserai with a pool of water in front of it in this area which is a camping point of Maranjab desert. To enjoy the touch of the sands on your fingers while walking bare foot on the sand hills and watching the dawn of the sun among the Tamarisk trees and sunset far away, behind the horizon of the salt lake and unforgettable desert night ski where you can pick stars, stay with us in this desert tour package.
BEST TIME: March April 2017
TRIP LENGTH: 8 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: transfer from airport IKA to Tehran and Reine (base camp of Damavand south face), short walk around, overnight in the hut with private room and shower.
Day 2: driving to Lasem village (start point of Doberar mountain range) about 45 minutes. Full day skiing. (We have some 4000m peaks for climbing and skiing).
Day 3: 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 4: Acclimatization, climb to 4800m. Overnight in hut.
Day 5: Summit day. Start climbing early in the morning. We have about 6-8 hours climbing to the top. Skiing to the hut and back to camp 2 and Reine camp. Overnight in Reine.
Day 6: Drive to Tehran and Kashan. Take a short visit in Kashan and drive to Aran-o-Bidgol, Abassi Karvanserai and Maranjab Desert . set up the camp and overnight in the camp.
Day 7: Take some Safari in Desert an already visit the Salt Lake in desert. Enjoy the night sky and Overnight in the camp.
Day 8: Drive to Kashan and Departure.