Sabalan, Alamkouh, Damavand Trekking & Cultural Tour

Sabalan, Alamkouh, Damavand Trekking & Cultural Tour (17 Days)
Tour Code: SU 21/T-C


Tour name & Code



Three highest summit of Iran

Sabalan, Alamkouh, Damavand and cultural program SU 21/T-C


Tour type

Trekking & Cultural sightseeing


17 Days


Min 6, Max 8 persons

Running time

1st of June till September 30th

Best time

July 10th till August 10th


Tour Difficulty


Level 5

Passing 7 provinces in Iran from north to the south

Trekking Iranian 3 highest summits, Sabalan, Alamkouh, Damavand

Enjoying wild life, Nomad people, Photography in unique nature

Tabriz, Caspian sea, Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan Cultural sightseeing

–         Tabriz Grand Bazar, Clock Tower square, Kandovan cave

–         Masouleh old and Traditional Stepped village

–         Caspian seaside and swimming

–         Tehran, Tajrish Bazar, Sa’dabad complex, Darband valley

–         Kashan historical city sightseeing incloudes Fin garden, Broujerdian old house, Soltan Amirahmad bathroom

–         Isfahan, Old bridges, Naghshe Jahan sq, Aliqapoo, Hasht Behesht, Old masques, Traditional Bazar

Day 1: Arriving Iran via Tabriz

Arrival in Tabriz in the early morning(Arrival via Istanbul to Iran, Scheduled flight with Turkish airlines from Germany to Istanbul to Tabriz), transfer to hotel, city tour, sightseeing Bazar. Tabriz is the capital of the Iranian province of Azerbaijan. Repeated strong earthquake destroyed most of the historic buildings in the city. Worth seeing is the Blue Mosque and the Town Hall, whose tower has a German clock. In the afternoon, visit of the cave dwellings of Kandovan. Overnight at the hotel in Tabriz.


Day 2: Driving Tabriz to Shabil(~ 2800 m) on the foot of Sabalan Mountains

In the morning we drive in about 3 hours after Shabil 2800 m at the foot of Mt. Sabalan, known for its hot springs, in the field of Shahsavan nomad, overnight in tents/ Metal container. In the afternoon we take a walk in the surrounding mountains.


Day 3: Next to the holy Mount Sabalan

Shabil – climb to the Bargah Hoseiniy hut 3600 m. Early in the morning we start towards Bargah Hosseiyni. Our luggage is driven by a jeep to the lodge, so we have to carry only a light backpack. This is important for a good acclimatization. Comfortable, we reach the hut in 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Bargah Hosseiyni hut or tents.


Day 4: Acclimatization day.

We will climb to about 4000 m altitude slowly, have an hour rest then came back to hut.


Day 5: climbing Mount Sabalan 4811 m (third highest summit in Iran)

Before sunrise we begin the ascent to Mt. Sabalan, the sacred mountain of the Zoroastrians. According to the legend Zoroaster has several years of meditating on the mountain. On the technically easy ascent route we reach the summit with its picturesque crater lake. After a long break, we climb up the familiar path from to Shahbil. For recreation, we can take a dip in one of the hot springs. Night at hotel in Meshkinshahr.


Day 6: Driving to Masouleh village 

After breakfast we drive through the mountains to Masouleh, a more than a thousand years old mountain village near the Caspian Sea. Even the great Iranian poet Sohrab Sepehri wrote rightly ” We came here to write, but cannot be written Masouleh, Masouleh Should be seen ” The unique architecture is also known as “The yard of the building is above the roof of the building below. It is the only place in Iran where there is no motorized transport of any kind, because it is simply not possible. Overnight at a local house.


Day 7: Masouleh after Roudbarak/Vandarbon

We leave Masouleh towards Caspian Sea and ride the coast to Chaloos. Lunch on the Caspian Seaside. From there it goes into the mountains to Roudbarak guesthouse, where we stay in the Iranian mountaineering federation guest house or local house.


Day 8: the base camp of the Alam Kuh

We drive by 4WD cars from Rudbarak/ Vandarbon to Tange Galoo on the mountain road. From here we now wander on foot through the picturesque and narrow gorge to Hesar Chal 3700 m. On a large mountain meadow, we set up our base camp surrounded by majestic four-thousand. Overnight in tents.


Day 9: Acclimatization or climb to a four-thousand summit

What we climb the summit of the numerous surrounding four-thousand today, we decide on the spot. Lashgarak 4256 m or GordonKuh 4402 m, also exceeded the two summits is possible. From up there, we can enjoy a magnificent view of the Massif Alamkouh. Descent  base camp and overnight in tents. ( alternatively, this day can be used as a rest day or bad whether reservation.)


Day 10: Ascent to AlamKouh 4850m (second highest mountain in Iran)  Before sunrise we start today our ascent of AlamKouh 4850 m, the second highest mountain of Iran. After about 5 hours we reach the highest peak of the mountain on the Takhte Soleyman, technically easy southern route. After extensive rest at the summit and taking photos, we descend to Hesarchal. Who wants to take it a little more smooth, can alternatively also climb the Marjikesh summit 4580 m. From Hesar Chal we walk back down to our vehicles that bring us to Vanderbon. Overnight in the IR mountaineering federation guest house or local house.


Day 11: Caspian Sea and on the road to the Damavand  From Vandarbon we head to the Caspian Sea and on to Polour, a town on Foot  of Mt. Damavand.Overnight in the Iranian federation guest house in Polour or local house(~2400m).


Day 12: Ascent to the base camp for the Damavand  Today we’ll transport with a 4WD we drive to Goosfandsara 3000 m on dirty mountain road, where the mules are loaded (per 2 person on about 15 kg luggage) and we climb with  light daypack comfortably within 3 – 4 hours for Bargah Sewom hut 4200 m. The cottage was newly built in 2009. We stay at 6 – bed room or tents, sleeping bag, mattress and down jacket are recommended.


Day 13: Climb Damavand 5671m  Before sunrise, we start with our ascent to Damavand. Over a wide ridge, it goes steadily over rough boulders up. If the first fumaroles come within sight, it is not far to the summit. After about 6 hours we reach the highest mountain in Iran, Mt Damavand 5671 m in a leisurely pace. Those who want to can still walk around the crater in half an hour. Often there again Iranian climbers to prepare for expeditions in the Himalayas. Then we get on the ascent route back from the hut.


Day 14: Hot Springs and back to Polour guest house Today after breakfast we’ll descent to Goosfandsara , from there with 4WD cars to Polour, possibly visiting the hot springs. Overnight at Polour guest house or local house.


Day 15: Tehran, Bazar and Cultural sightseeing

The whole day is to visit the capital Tehran available. Especially, worth visiting the Tajrish Bazaar for one or the other travel souvenirs. Pay a visit to the Niawaran or Sa’dabad palace in northern Tehran worth. He served as the last shah residence. Finally, we enjoy in Darband at the foot of the Tochal mountain range, where we can experience the culture and the buzz of our Persian friends. Overnight at hotel.


Day 16: Bus trip via Kashan to Isfahan 

Early in the morning we take our bus to Kashan, about 200 km north of Isfahan on the edge of the Kavir Desert. Kashan gained from the 12th century. with the development of ceramics and the art of glazed tiles of great importance. Reason enough to make maintenance and the old town with a visit to a manor house – the “Khaneye Boroudjerdha.” – From the 19th century look and the Paradise Garden “Baghe Fin”. After lunch we drive to Isfahan, located in the central Iran. overnight at the hotel.


Day 17: UNESCO World Heritage Site Isfahan 

The oasis city of Isfahan rises like a fairytale backdrop of the steppe. Once capital of Persia, Isfahan was decorated with many splendid buildings that shape the face of the city today, and have earned their nickname so beautiful as “The Pearl of Persia” or “city of gardens and palaces.” We start the day with the visit to the overwhelming Imam Square (UNESCO), which is lined with arcades, palaces and mosques with turquoise, magnificent domes. Then we have an opportunity to stroll through the bazaar and visit the imam and sheikh Lutfolla Mosque and the Ali Qapu-Palast.Nachmittags is a visit to the Forty-pillar palace of Hasht Behesht Palace and that is integrated into a beautiful Gartenanalage , on the program. In the evening we take again a trip to the magnificent bridges over the River Zayandeh that invite into the night to stroll and enjoy unique flavors of tea or a hookah. Dinner in a one of the best  restaurant, and at midnight transfer to the airport and fly back to home via Turkish airline .

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 Sim-card)
  • 5x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tabriz, Meshgin Shahr, Tehran, Isfahan
  • 5x nights in guesthouse or local house with full board
  • 7x nights in mountain hut/2person tent with full board
  • Camping services
  • Two person tent
  • Toilet tent
  • Duffel bag
  • All transfer, bus and 4WD rides
  • Organization of the whole trek
  • Permits for Mt.Sabalan 30$, Mt.Alamkouh 30$, Mt.Damavand 50$
  • Luggage transport with mules or porters (each 2person one ~15 kg luggage)
  • 1x farewell dinner in Tehran or Isfahan
  • Professional mountain guide and cooker during the program
  • Tabriz, Tehran, Kashan 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
  • Meals in the cities (Tabriz, Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan)
  • 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
  • Luggage:

Duffel bag (Carrying by 4WD cars or leave in Hotel/Guesthouse) , Daypack (to carry camera, water bottles, extra clothing, Lunch box), Luggage tags and locks

  • Camping Gear:

Sleeping bag and stuff sack ( Fleece/Down sleeping bag liner), Mat rest

  • Outerwear:

Goretex jacket with hood (waterproof and breathable), Goretex/wind stopper pants (side zippers are convenient), Insulated parka, down or synthetic filled ,fleece or wool sweater, Fleece pants or tights, 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), Wool or fleece gloves, Thin liner gloves, 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, (Woman should wear long sleeve shirt, Scarf, long Shirt)

  • Travel Accessories:

headlamp (lithium batteries are best for cold weather), 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 5 (Moderate)

These adventures involve trekking, cycling or mountain biking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. The majority of our moderately graded treks involve the carrying of a day pack only, though some may involve carrying a full pack. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions.
Damavand south route is not a technical climb. It just needs good health and stamina as well as ability to trek in altitudes.

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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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I enjoyed every moment in Iran.
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