ENJOYMENT SKI TOURING IN GENTLE SLOPES

Damavand Ski-touring & Alamkouh Mount

Ski-touring & Cultural Sightseeing (16 Days)
Tour Code: SP24/ST-C

Tour name & Code

Alamkouh & Damavand ski-touring program

& Isfahan Cultural tour SP24/ST-C

Tour type

Ski-touring & Cultural sightseeing

Duration

16 Days

Population

Min 6, Max 8 persons

Running time

April/May/June

Best time

April 20st till May 20th

Tour Difficulty

Level 7 (Challenging)

Tehran
sightseeing includes Tehran Grand Bazar, UNESCO World Heritage Golestan Palace, Iran National Museum
Ski-touring in second highest mountain in Iran
Wild ski-touring in Alamkouh mountain(4850 m) range and 4000m peaks
Caspian Sea coastline
Enjoying Caspian seaside, Rainforest and traditional coastline cities in north of Iran
Ski-touring in highest mountain in Iran
Wild ski-touring in Damavand (5671 m), the highest summit in Iran & Asia highest volcano, Larijan SPA(Hot Spring)
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
Isfahan

Isfahan sightseeing includes Old bridges, Aliqapoo, Naghshe Jahan square, Old mosques, Old Bazar and etc.

Day 1: Arrive Tehran (I.K Airport), rest at hotel, Full day Tehran city tour

Arriving Tehran I.K. Airport, welcoming and regarding the group, transport to the hotel in center of Tehran. After a short rest, we’ll go to Tehran sightseeing tour. Tehran Grand Bazar, Golestan palace (UNESCO world Heritage, Iran National Museum/Jewelry Museum. O /N at Hotel.

Day 2: Transport to Kelardasht city at the foot of Alamkouh

After breakfast at early morning we’ll transfer group to Kelardasht city in 170 km northwest of Tehran (about 4 and half hours) via Chalus road(mountain road). From Kelardasht we drive to IR mountain federation guest house at 2200 m altitude, in Vandarbon village (20km in gravel and forest road). The guest house has a 6persons room, shower, dining hall, climbing wall salon and etc. there we have enough time to walk around at evening and enjoy environment. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 3: Transport to Kalbozon camp

Today after serving breakfast and collect our luggage and stuffs we drive toward Kalbozon camp at about 2800 m altitude. Depends on snow conditions and the road, our 4WD cars carrying us to the last point they can and we make our camp there. After camping between amazing slops and few rest you can start your ski-touring to Divchal summit (climb to about 3800 m) for acclimatization and enjoying very good snow condition. O /N at 2 person tent.

Day 4: Ski-touring to Lashgarak summit (~4210 m)

After serving breakfast we start ski-tour to Lashgarak summit. Depend on condition and your physical fitness after about 5 to 6 hours we reach summit. After taking pictures and enough rest, we descend to our camp. O /N at 2 person tent.

Day 5: Ski-touring to Gardoonkouh summit (~4400 m)

After serving breakfast we start ski-tour to Gardoonkouh summit. Depend on condition and your physical fitness after about 7 to 8 hours we reach summit. After taking pictures and enough rest, we descend to our camp. O /N at 2 person tent.

Day 6: Ski-touring to Alamkouh 4850 m or Marjikesh 4590 m

Today our group start ski touring to Alamkouh summit, it takes about 10 houres to reach main summit from our camp. In case of bad weather or time limitation, we can climb Marjikesh summit on the way of Alamkouh. Skiing back, collect the camp and descend to Vandarbon guesthouse. O /N in guesthouse.

Day 7: Driving to Caspian Sea

Today we have enough time, after collecting equipment, we’ll drive to Caspian Sea and stay at Mahmoudabad city (about 130 km), afternoon we have a time to sightseeing Mahmoodabad beach city, traditional fishing Bazar, and it’ll be possible we’ll go to Lavij SPA (hot spring). O /N in Beach local house.

Day 8: Driving from Caspian Sea to Polour village at the foot of Damavand

Today after breakfast we start driving to Polour village at the foot of Damavand mount (about 2400 m). There we stay at IR Mountain Federation guest house or local house. Afternoon we have enough time to check our equipment. O /N at guesthouse or local house.

Day 9: Transport to Damavand base camp(Gosfandsara) 3000 m by 4WD cars, start ski-touring to Damavand hut (Bargahe Sevom) 4250 m

After serving breakfast and leave our extra equipment in guesthouse, we transport group to Gosfandsara by 4WD at 3000 m altitude. Depends on snow conditions and if mountain road will be closed by snow, we should have to start from the last point of the road that, Cars can go on. 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 hut in 4250 m altitude and have a rest there. O /N at hut or 2person tent.

Day 10: Acclimatization/ bad weather reservation day.

Today we have enough time. After breakfast we’ll climb to about 4800 m altitude slowly and have enough rest for good acclimatization. Descend to hut and enjoy landscape of Doberar ridge and Lar Dam. In case of bad weather condition, today is reserve day and we can change our program. O /N at hut or 2person tent.

Day 11: 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 hut (about 2 hours). O /N at hut or 2person tent.

Day 12: 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 13: 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 Traditional house, Abbasian old house, Fin garden (paradise garden), Soltan Amirahmad Bathroom, and etc. O /N at Hotel in Kashan.

Day 14: 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’ll drive 230 km  to Isfahan via south highway(about 2.5 hours). About 30 km before arriving in Isfahan we stop at “Mourcheh Khort” and bring a short visit to a “Madar Shah caravansary” from Safavied dynasty. This caravansary is repaired, and today it is used as a rest area and restaurant. Then we drive to Isfahan. We have enough time to sightseeing around our Hotel, and enjoy landscape of old bridges at the evening. O /N in Hotel.

Day 15: UNESCO World Heritage City Isfahan sightseeing

Isfahan is called “city of Garden and Palaces” and one of the must to visits in Iran. Isfahan is an ancient city in the center of Iran. Isfahan is the capital of Isfahan Province and Persians call it “Nesf-e-Jahan”, meaning “Half the World”. After breakfast we’ll go to Imam square or Naghshe Jahan complex. The length of this great square is 500 meters from north to south, and its width about 150 meters from east to west. Round the square we can visit “Sheikh Lotfollah” Mosque that masterpiece of architecture and tile work of the 16th century which was constructed by a decree issued by Shah Abbas I and took a period of 18 years to be completed. Ali Qapo, Chehelsoton palace, Hasht behesht palace, Si-o-Se pol, Old Bazar and many other historical places, is some of the historical sites that you can visit in Isfahan. O /N at hotel.

Day 16: drive back toward Tehran highway, departure from IKA airport

Today depend on your flight time we leave Isfahan toward Tehran, 35km before Tehran we went to the (IKA) airport where we say goodbye to you and you’ll fly back your home.

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)
  • 4x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan
  • 5x nights in guesthouse or local house with full board
  • 6x 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 Alamkouh and Damavand summits
  • Luggage transport with mules or porters (each 2person one ~15 kg luggage)
  • 1x farewell dinner in Isfahan
  • Professional Ski-tour guide and cooker during the program
  • Tehran, Kashan, Niasar and Isfahan 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 hut (in case of less snow between Gosfandsara and hut)
  • Meals in the cities (Tehran/ Kashan/ Niasar/ Isfahan)
  • Single room supply at hotels (charge 60 euros 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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Is This Tour For Me?

Physical Rating:
Level 7 (Challenging)

This trip grading involves Ski-touring in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 8 to 10 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). This may include spending successive days at altitudes not generally exceeding 4500 m. These trips may often be over two weeks in duration. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a daypack weighing to 8 kgs (and in some cases a full pack) and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions.
Alamkouh and Damavand Ski-tours is not a technical, but it need skill skiing at high altitude and knowledge of snows kind and condition.

Note: This program is a wild ski tour in two highest summit of Iran, with Possibility of facing a completely different situation every day. Considering that the most important thing for Iran Exploration is the safety of Clients, depends on weather, snow,  and mountain conditions, there is possibility of not climbing to main summits.

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What our travellers tell about this tour?

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.

George Gschwendtner

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

Katrin Hermann

It was really good time. Damavand sloop was one of the best in the world for ski tour.

Nicole Steck

I enjoyed every moment in Iran.
Damavand and Alamkouh ski tour was really fine. In this trip we enjoyed Iranian nature, culture, lifestyle, and everything.

Dieter Fischer