Damavand Mountain Trekking & Lar National Park
Tour Code: SP11/T
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This tour is a wonderful trip for those who like to have an adventure trekking on the highest volcano of the middle east, mount Damavand and also have the opportunity to feel Iranian culture and history. On this tour, we will visit Tehran most populated city and capital of Iran with over 14 million population. Tehran Grand Bazar, and Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage, Iran National Museum/Jewelry Museum ) are the places which you will visit during your walking city tour. Trekking in Lar national park is one of the most rapturous experiences you could have during your trip. Trekking Mount Damavand in summer doesn’t need professional skills or gear, but it’s needed to participate in a professionally guided tour, and our skillful guide will lead you to the top of a peak with safety considerations to touch the top of Iran, legendary Damavand. You would also visit Kashan one of the historical cities of Iran which is rich with Iranian artistic mansions and gardens. Walking through the historical and rural alleys of Abyaneh village is another part of your trip to Iran, which help you feel the rural culture of Iran.
- Day 1: Arrive in Tehran (I.K Airport), sightseeing
- Day 2: Transport to Garmabdar village north of Tehran and start trekking toward Lar national park
- Day 3: Trekking between flowers in Lar National Park
- Day 4: Trekking in Lar plateau and transport to Poulor/Rineh village
- Day 5: Transport to Damavand base camp (Gosfandsara) 3000 m by 4WD cars, start trekking to Damavand shelter from south rout (Bargahe Sevom) 4250 m
- Day 6: Acclimatization/ bad weather reservation day
- Day 7: Summit day of Damavand peak
- Day 8: Descend to Polour and Hot Spring
- Day 9: Kashan historical city tour
- Day 10: Sightseeing Abyaneh historical village,Fly back home
TOUR FULL ITINARY
Day 1: Arrive in Tehran (I.K Airport), rest at the hotel, Tehran sightseeing
Arriving at Tehran I.K. Airport in the morning (6-8 am), welcoming and regarding the group, transport to the hotel in the center of Tehran for breakfast, and leave stuff at the lobby (check-in after 14:00). Then we’ll go on a Tehran sightseeing tour. Tehran Grand Bazar, Golestan Palace (UNESCO World Heritage, Iran National Museum, etc. O /N at Hotel.
Note: Booking an extra night hotel room (a day before arrival) will be available for an extra charge if you will arrive the night before or early morning and need good rest.
Day 2: Transport to Garmabdar village in the north of Tehran and start trekking toward Lar national park
After breakfast, we’ll transport to the north of Tehran by our car. We drive on the mountain road to Garmabdar village. We’ll pass about 50 km from Fasham, Zaygon, and Abnik villages to arrive at Garmabdar. Now we have about 2500 m altitude. From Garmabdar we should climb to Khatoonbargah neck in about 3000 m via a gravel road. If it’s possible we’ll drive by our 4WD cars to Khatoonbargah neck (about 30 min) and we start our trekking from there in a tight valley name Tangeh Younza. Here we put all our luggage in our cars and just pick up the small rucksack, camera, etc. The 4WD cars bring our stuff to our camp in the afternoon. From Tangeh Younza we’ll go down to Lar national park and we don’t need to climb anymore. After one hour of trekking in the valley, we’ll see the Lar plateau and the beauty of Damavand Summit. It’s a really attractive landscape suitable for passionate photographers. Afternoon we’ll reach our camp in the west of Lar national park plateau (Trekking about 20 km, maximum 6 hours). Now we enjoy our time, drinking herbal tea and having a beautiful evening in our camp. O /N in a two-person tent.
Important Note: Be sure to bring light slippers or sandals and shorts to cross the rivers.
Day 3: Trekking between flowers in Lar National Park
Today we wake up to golden sunshine and a light breeze, after breakfast and collecting our stuff we put everything in our 4WD cars (like yesterday) and they bring them to the next camp. We pass along the rivers, grassland, and flowers. After about 5 hours we’ll reach our next night camp the name Tafarojgah(about 15 km). We have enough time to go anywhere and enjoy the scenery. O /N at the two-person tent.
Day 4: Trekking in Lar plateau and transport to Poulor village
After serving breakfast we put everything in our cars and they caring our luggage to leave the park. After about 4 hours(15 km) of trekking from our camp, we reach the end of Lar National Park and the cars bring us to Damavand hostel at the Poulor or Rineh village. The hostel or local house has a few shared rooms with beds, showers, a kitchen, etc. Now we can take a shower, take a good rest, and recover our bodies to climb the highest mountain in Iran, Damavand. O /N in guesthouse/ local house.
Day 5: Transport to Damavand base camp (Gosfandsara) 3000 m by 4WD cars, start trekking to Damavand shelter from south route (Bargahe Sevom) 4250 m
After serving breakfast and leaving our extra equipment in a guesthouse, we transport to Gosfandsara by 4WD cars at 3000 m altitude (about one hour and a half). There we leave our luggage (every 2-person one 15 kg luggage) to mules or porters, and they carry them for us to the Shelter. After about 4 to 5 hours we’ll reach Bargahe Sevom Shelter at 4250 m altitude and have a rest there. Bargahe Sevom was made in 2009 on 2 floors and has a few private rooms for rent with beds, a small shop, public sleeping hall, a dining hall, electrical equipment, etc. O /N in Shelter or 2-person tent.
VERY important: you have to carry back all your garbage down. Please be responsible for your own waste, collect it, and bring it downhill to leave it in the dustbin of the municipality of Larijan.
Day 6: Acclimatization/ bad weather reservation day
This day is reserved in case of bad weather conditions. In this case, we can change the program. So there is enough time. For after breakfast climbs slowly to an altitude of 4800 m and has enough rest for good acclimatization. Descend to Shelter and enjoy the landscape of Doberar Ridge, Lar Dam, and the national park. O /N in the shelter/2-person tent.
Day 7: Summit day
After breakfast in at early morning, we’ll start to ascend to the top of the Iran, Damavand summit (5610 m). It takes about 6 hours to reach the summit if you have a good condition. If not it will take you 9 to 10 hours to reach the top. After reaching the summit you can see the Crater of the old Damavand volcano (the highest volcano in Asia), Damavand northeast route, and enjoy scenes, taking memorial pictures. Then descend to Shelter (about 3 hours). Bring your banner or other attributes if you want to personalize your summit pictures. O/N in hut/2 person tent.
Day 8: Descend to Polour and Hot Spring
After breakfast and packing our luggage (which will carry by mules), we’ll descend to Gosfandsara, where our 4WD cars transport us to Polour. You have enough time to take a shower and collect the equipment and go to Larijan local hot spring at a 30 km distance from Polour. The water from this spring is useful in the treatment of chronic wounds and skin diseases. Near these springs there are public and private baths with small pools for use. The mainspring temperature is about 65 degrees, but the pool and bathroom water is cooler. O/N in Polour/Rineh guesthouse or local house.
Day 9: Kashan historical city tour
Today morning we’ll start driving to Kashan historical city in the 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 Tapeh Sialk, a well-preserved archeological site dating back 9,000 years; later this was changed to “Kashian”, hence the town name. Between the 12th and 14th centuries, Kashan was an important center 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, etc. O /N in Traditional Hotel in Kashan.
Day 10: Sightseeing Abyaneh historical village, Drive to Airport
Abyaneh historical village is about 70 km distance from Kashan City. The ancient village of Abyaneh is the perfect answer to Iran’s bustling, traffic-clogged cities. Serenely situated at the foot of Mount Karkas, Abyaneh’s steep, twisting lanes of mud and stone wind through a maze of red mud-brick houses with lattice windows and fragile wooden balconies. It is a testament to both the age and isolation of Abyaneh that the elder residents speak Middle Persian, an earlier version of Farsi that largely disappeared centuries ago. The village is at least 1500 years old and faces east across a picturesque valley. Afternoon we’ll come back towards Tehran and drop you off at the airport in the evening, where we say goodbye and you will fly back home.
Note: Booking an extra night hotel room at the airport hotel will be available for those who have late-night or next-day morning departure flights.
- Visa processes (Reference number & Paperwork)
- Pick up from the airport
- Prepaid SIM Card with active Internet that you can charge with credit to use Purchasing
- 2 x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tehran and Kashan
- 2x nights in a guesthouse or local house with full board
- 5 x nights in mountain hut/2person tent with full board
- Camping services
- Two person tent
- Duffel bag to carry stuff by mules or 4WD
- All transfer, bus, and 4WD rides
- Organization of the whole trek
- Luggage transport with mules or porters (every 2-person one ~15 kg luggage)
- Professional mountain guide and cook during the program
- Tehran, Kashan, and Abyaneh sightseeing
- Transport to the airport
- International flight
- Museum and Hot spring tickets
- Visa fee
- Climbing permit for Damavand Summit 50$
- Meals in the cities and roads (Tehran/ Kashan/ Abyaneh)
- Single room supply at Hotels (charge 35 euros per night)
- Emergency rescue costs
- Extra plans in case of bad weather or changes in the program
- Tips and extra nights at hotels
- Any other services not specified above
- Iranian Cuisine
- Vegetrian Meals
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.
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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), Luggage tags and locks
- Camping Gear:
Sleeping bag and stuff sack( Fleece/Down sleeping bag liner), Mat rest
Goretex jacket with hood (waterproof and breathable), Goretex/wind stopper pants (side zippers are convenient), 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), Wool or fleece gloves, Thin liner gloves, Neck Gaiter or Buff, 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), 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
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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.
Ramin and Reza are the best mountain guides I have ever travelled with. Always joyful and helpful. The tour itself is a wonderful experience.
Everything was great in Iran. Thank you for your hospitality. Your leaders and guides was perfect and best.
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
2 nights in minimum *** hotel (B.B)
2 nights in a guesthouse or local house (Full Board)
5 nights in mountain hut/2person tent (Full Board)
(9 Breakfast, 7 Lunch, 7 Dinner)
Extra: Two person tent
IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?
These adventures involve ski-touring, trekking, cycling or rafting for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. You have to have 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 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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