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Damavand & Doberar Ski Tour

Ski-touring & Cultural Sightseeing (11 Days)
Tour Code: SP21/ST-C
 

Tour name & Code

 

 

Damavand & Doberar Ridge ski-touring program SP21/S

Tour type

Ski-touring & Cultural sightseeing

Duration

11 Days

Population

Min 4, Max 8 persons

Running time

April/May/June

Best time

April 1st till May 30th

 

Tour Difficulty

 

Level 6

Moderate to Challenging

Tehran

sightseeing includes Tajrish Bazar, Sa’dabad Palace Complex Darband valley

Ski-touring

Ski-touring Doberar Ridge and 4000m peaks, Climbing highest summit in Iran & Asia highest volcano by Ski

Kashan

historical city sightseeing includes Fin garden, Broujerdian old house, Kashan Grand Bazar, Soltan Amirahmad bathroom

Niasar

old town sightseeing includes 2000-year-old fire temple, beautiful Rose gardens, Niasar waterfall, Rose-water festival & extracting rose-water

Day 1: Arrive IK Airport, Sightseeing Tehran, transport to Polour village (~2400 m)

Arrive Tehran I.K. Airport. After welcoming, we’ll Transport your group to Hotel. After a shrto rest, we’ll go to visit Persian metropolis capital, Tehran. Today we have enough time to visit Tajrish Bazar in the north of city, Sadabad palace comolex, then we’ll go to visit Darband valley. After lunch, our Bus will transfer the group to Polour village at the foot of Damavand summit. Polour is a small village with about 2400 m altitude and placed on about 65 km far away Tehran in the northeast. O /N at guesthouse or local house in Polour village.

Day 2: Ski-touring in Doberar mountain Ridge.

After breakfast at early morning we’ll transfer group to Lasem village (about 30 min) at the foot of Doberar ridge (north side). Doberar is a mountain ridge that is too long and has many 3000 and 4000 m summit. Lasem village (~2700 m) is our start point for ski-touring. Today we climb Lasem summit (~3700 m), it takes about 4 hours to top. There we can enjoy and take pictures from the best scenes of Damavand and Doberar ridge. Descend down to Lasem village, transport to our camp at the Polour guest house/local house, take a shower, and have rest. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 3: Ski-touring in Doberar Ridge, Changizchal summit (~4100 m).

After serving breakfast at the early morning, we’ll go to Lasem village and start our ski-touring to Changizchal summit (~4100 m). It takes about 5 hours to summit. Descend to Lasem village and enjoy the good snow conditions for downhill skiing. Transport to Polour guesthouse/local house and have rest. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 4: Ski-touring in Doberar Ridge, Doberar summit (~4250 m)

After serving breakfast at the early morning, transport to Lasem village, we’ll start our ski-tour to climb Doberar summit with about 4250 m altitude (the highest summit in Doberar ridge). We ascend about 5 to 6 hours to reach summit. After taking pictures and enough rest, descend to Lasem, transport Polour village, take a shower, and have a rest. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 5: Transport to Damavand base camp (Gosfandsara) 3000 m by 4WD cars, start ski-touring to Damavand shelter (Bargahe Sevom) 4250 m

After serving breakfast and leave our extra equipment in guesthouse, we transport the group to Gosfandsara by 4WD at 3000 m altitude. Depending on weather conditions and if mountain road will be closed by snow, we should have to start from the last place where we can go by cars on the road. There we leave our luggage (each 2person one 15 kg luggage) to mules or porters, and they carrying them for us to Bargahe Sevom. After about 5 to 6 hours we’ll reach Bargahe Sevom shelter in 4250 m altitude and have a rest there. O /N at Shelter or 2person tent.

Day 6: Acclimatization/ bad weather reservation day

This day is reserved in case of bad weather condition. In this case we can change the program. So there is enough time for after breakfast climb slowly to an altitude of 4800 m and have enough rest for good acclimatization. Descend to Shelter and enjoy landscape of Doberar ridge, Lar Dam and national park. O /N in shelter/2 person tent.

Day 7: Summit day

After breakfast at early morning, we’ll start ascend to top of the Iran, Damavand summit (5671 m). It takes about 6 or 7 hours to reach summit by ski. Near the summit in about 5400m, because of warmth and sulfur gas, there is not enough snow and you should take off your skis and climb summit by boot crampons.  After reach summit you can see the Crater of old Damavand volcano and enjoy scenes, tacking memorial pictures. Then descend to shelter by ski (about 2 hours). O /N at shelter or 2person tent.

Day 8: Descend Polour and Hot Spring

Today morning we pack our luggage (will carrying by mules or porters) and descend to Gosfandsara by ski, there our 4WD transport us to Polour. Take a shower and collect the equipment. Go to Larijan local hot spring. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 9: Kashan historical city tour

Today morning we’ll start driving to Kashan historical city in center of Iran, it’s about 200 km far away from Tehran in the south (4 hours driving from Polour). Kashan city is the capital of Kashan County, in the province of Isfahan, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 248,789, in 67,464 families. The etymology of the city name comes from the Kasian, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at good preserved archeological Tapeh Sialk dating back 9,000 years; later this was changed to “Kashian”, hence the town name. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries Kashan was an important centre for the production of high quality pottery and tiles. In modern Persian, the word for a tile (kashi) comes from the name of the town Kashan. In Kashan you can visit some historical sites like Brodjerdian house, Abbasian house, Fin garden (paradise garden), Soltan Amirahmad Bathroom, and etc. O /N at Hotel in Kashan.

Day 10: Sightseeing Niasar town & Rose Water festival

Niasar which is located in the slope of Karkas Mountains, at the foot of the first unique monument of the Sassanid era “Char Taqi”, is one of the main centers of producing rose and rose water in Iran. It is believed that Niasar is one of the oldest residential cities in the country. The ancient region embraces the Eskandarieh Spring, the 2000-year-old fire temple, a running water fall, and many beautiful gardens in which the village houses are dispersed, fascinating every visitor for several hours. The city observe a warm welcome by tourists. Niasar, which is located 24kilometers off Kashan in Isfahan Province, will be hosting many more visitors during the upcoming days. The season for picking rose and preparing rosewater is from early May to mid-June. Afternoon we drive back to Tehran (in case of choosing extra Isfahan tour by you, we’ll stay tonight in Kashan city).  O /N at Hotel.

Day 11: Fly back home

Depends on your flight time we manage this day and transport the group to the airport.

Our services includes:

  • Visa processes (Reference number or Invitation letter)
  • Pick up from airport
  • Prepaid SIM Card with active Internet that you can charge with credit to use
  • Purchasing a prepaid Travel Credit Card that you can charge with local currency
    (You can charge this card ones (50 E, 100 E, 200 Euro or more) during your journey in Iran. We advise you to charge it until 300 euro before you visit museum, hot springs, market, shops and restaurant. With this digital credit card you can easily pay everywhere and withdraw local currency from any ATM. With this digital payment service you can spend money without worrying about changing money wherever you are or to be concerned about your budget. You can only spend the amount of money you charge on your card. You can also recharge easily the credit of your Simcard)
  • 3x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tehran and Kashan
  • 5x nights in guesthouse or local house with full board
  • 3x nights in mountain hut/2person tent with full board
  • Camping services
  • Two person tent
  • Duffel bag
  • All transfer, bus and 4WD rides
  • Organization of the whole trek
  • Climbing permits for Damavand summit 50$
  • Luggage transport with mules or porters (each 2person one ~15 kg luggage)
  • 1x farewell dinner in Tehran
  • Professional Ski-tour guide and cooker during the program
  • Tehran, Kashan and Niasar sightseeing
  • Transport to the airport

 

Our services do not include:

 

  • International flight
  • Museum and Hot spring tickets
  • Visa fee
  • The amount of money you want to charge on your credit card
  • The phone credit on the sim-card
  • Carrying ski board (shi’s) and ski shoes by mules to Damavand shelter (in case of less snow between Gosfandsara and shelter)
  • Single room supply at hotels (charge 60 euro p/p night)
  • Emergency rescue costs
  • Extra plans in case of bad weather or changes in program
  • Tips and extra nights at hotels
  • Any other services not specified above
  • Ski equipment:

 Alpine Touring Skis (lightweight for uphill), Touring Binding, Alpine Ski-touring boots, Climbing Skins (fit size by the Skies), Ski repair kit, Ski Crampons, Ski goggles, walking Ice axe, Snow Shovel, Probe, Avalanche transceiver.
Note: There is possibility to renting ski equipment in Iran.

 

  • Luggage:

 Duffel bag 70-100 L (Carrying by 4WD cars or leave in Hotel/Guesthouse), Daypack 30-40 L to carry camera, water bottles, extra clothing, Lunch box (Ice axe attachment and Ski carrying system), Luggage tags and locks

  • Camping Gear:

 Sleeping bag and stuff sack (4season down sleeping bag), Mat rest

  •  Outerwear: Ski-touring:

Goretex jacket with hood (waterproof and breathable), Ski-touring Goretex/wind stopper pants (side zippers are convenient), Fleece pant, Merino Base Layer top, Fleece or Synthetic Mid Layer, Warm Down Jacket,  Insulated vest (down or synthetic filled),  fleece or wool sweater, Fleece pants, Mid-weight thermal underwear tops and bottom(synthetic or wool), Hiking pants, Long-sleeve shirts, T-shirts (synthetic are best) Underwear

 

  • Clothing Accessories:

Sun hat, Wool or fleece hat (over ears),Mid weight and Down Gloves, Thin liner gloves, Neck Gaiter or Buff, Balaclava, Gaiters

 

 

  • Footwear:

Mountaineering boots( sturdy and ankle support, water-resistant) , types of Socks, Camp shoes( trail shoes or running shoes)

 

  • City Clothing:

Bring a few lightweight, easily washable items for travel and daily wear, Comfortable shoes

Note: Woman should wear long sleeve shirt, Scarf and long Shirt

  • Travel Accessories:

headlamp (lithium batteries are best for cold weather), Termo Flask, Water Buttle, Pocket knife or pocket tool, Ear plugs, Small quantity of favorite energy snacks, Hiking staff or trekking poles, Small waterproof pack cover for daypack, Sunglasses with strap (side-shields or glacier glasses recommended), Sun block cream and lip balm, Personal hygiene supplies including biodegradable soap, Small quick-dry towel, Personal first aid kit, medicines, Hand sanitizer gel or hand wipes and etc.

 

  • Optional Field Gear:

Camera, memory cards, spare batteries, Battery charging station for cameras or personal electronics, Solar charger for batteries, Travel Adapter( UK to EU) Antibacterial wet wipes.

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Physical Rating:
Level 6 (Moderate to Challenging)

This trip grading involves a combination of our MODERATE and CHALLENGING levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity with several challenging stages. These adventures involve Ski-touring, trekking, cycling or rafting in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 7 to 8 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude).
Damavand south route Ski-tour is not a technical, but it need skill skiing at high altitude and knowledge of snows kind and condition.

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Hello to all Iran Exploration’s team.
It was very nice time with you in Iran, I hope you will have many client every years.

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Everything was great in Iran. Thank you for your hospitality.
Your leaders and guides was perfect and best.

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