Mount Damavand SkiTour & Doberar Ridge Mountain Skiing
Tour Code: SP21/ST-C
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Ski tour/ Cultural exploring
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Best Ski Touring in Iran★★★★★
If you are interested in mount damavand tour, one of rapturous adventure tour in Iran is skitouring in Mt Damavand, highest volcano of Middle-East. Mount Damavand and also Doberar ridge (which is located beside Lasem village and just 20 minutes drive from base of Damavand named Polour and Riyneh) are most popular sites to have a nice ski touring in Iran. By the usual climate of Damavand rovince, March, April, May is the best time to ski, with most snow.(see mount damavand weather in Holiday Information above.) The short distance between the site you skiing during your trip, make it possible to have a warm shower after your day in guest houses near.(see mount damavand location maps on Map & Full Itinary above.) Its worthy when you come to Iran to feel cultural side of this big country which is reputed by its rich culture and history.Tehran capital of Iran and also most poulated city is one the city every traveller wonder to visit during his/her holiday in Iran. Kashan is a historical city in Isfahan province, 3 hour driving away Tehran. In this beautiful city you visit historical splendid houses with Iranian architecture design and Fin Garden, which has complete design of a perfect Iranian garden. Niasar is the other city you will visit during your trip in Iran.Visiting 2000-year-old fire temple, beautiful Rose gardens, Niasar waterfall, Rose-water festival & extracting rose-water are most highlighted sightseeing of this tour in Niasar.
- Day 1: Arrive IK Airport, Sightseeing Tehran, transport to Polour village (~2400 m)
- Day 2: Ski-touring in Doberar mountain Ridge.
- Day 3: Ski-touring in Doberar Ridge, Changizchal summit (~4100 m).
- Day 4: Ski-touring in Doberar Ridge, Doberar summit (~4250 m)
- Day 5: Transport to Damavand base camp (Gosfandsara) 3000 m by 4WD cars, start ski-touring to Damavand shelter (Bargahe Sevom) 4250 m
- Day 6: Acclimatization/ bad weather reservation day
- Day 7: Summit day
- Day 8: Descend Polour and Hot Spring
- Day 9: Kashan historical city tour
- Day 10: Sightseeing Niasar town & Rose Water festival
- Day 11: Fly back home
TOUR FULL ITINARY
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.
- 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
- 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
- Iranian Cuisine
- Vegetrian Meals
- Your Desired
- All inclouded
- Guest House or Local House
- Two Person Tents & Camping Services
- Sleeping Bag & Mattress
The currency of Iran is the Iranian Rial. Most of places does not accept Paypal or International credit cards, So you must pay in cash, or you can use Iranian Debit Card. You can charge your Travel Debit Card 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 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 Sim-card)
Iran is an Islamic Country, So If you are a woman, You must wear scarf and mantoo and also man are prohibited to wear shorts in the cities.
A mix of clouds and sun. High 14C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 12C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
Chance of Rain
Cloudy in the morning, then off and on rain showers during the afternoon hours. High 11C. Winds SW at 15 to 25 km/h. Chance of rain 50%.
Chance of Rain
Chance of a shower or two during the morning, followed by partly cloudy skies in the afternoon. High near 10C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of rain 30%.
Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 7C. Winds SW at 10 to 15 km/h.
More clouds than sun. High around 5C. Winds light and variable.
Snow showers. High 2C. Winds N at 10 to 15 km/h. Chance of snow 60%. Snow accumulating 3-7cm.
- 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.
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
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.
Tour Dates & Prices
SOME OF OUR TRAVELLERS REVIEWS
It was really good time. Damavand sloop was one of the best in the world for ski 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.
Everything was great in Iran. Thank you for your hospitality. Your leaders and guides was perfect and best.
AT A GLANCE
Group size: 4-8
Suitable for age: 18+
Activity: 6 days Ski tour & 2 days cultural exploring
Join in: Tehran, End in: Tehran
Best Time: April 1st till May 30th
Physical Rating: Level 6/10 (Moderate to Challenging)
Max. altitude: 5671 m
Extra: Swimming in Hot Spring
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
3 nights in mountain hut/2person tent with full board
5 nights in guesthouse or local house with full board
3 nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tehran and Kashan
All Meals (11 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner)
Extra: Two person tent
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
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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