Trekking Damavand, Alamkouh & Sabalan, Iran's three highest summits & Cultural Tour

Damavand, Alamkouh & Sabalan Trekking & Cultural Tour (15 Days)
Tour Code: SU 21/T-C

Running Time:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Tour Type:

Mountain Trekking / Cultural exploring

Tour Rating:

(5 / 5)

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Tour Highlights

  • Passing 7 provinces in Iran from north to south
  • Trekking Iranian 3 highest summits, Sabalan, Alamkouh, Damavand
  • Enjoying wildlife, Nomadic 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

Best Itinerary for climbing Damavand★★★★★
Damavand Peak, a single and cone mountain, in the heart of the mountainous land of Iran, is the largest natural attraction in the Middle East and the main destination of many tourists every year. This legendary mountain with an altitude of over 5,600 meters and higher than the Everest Base Camp, with the scenery of the largest lake in the world, the Caspian Sea in the north, and the central desert of Iran in the south, located in 70 kilometers northeast of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Do not miss reading the “Exploring the Mythological Tales of Mount Damavand” article in our blog.

  • Day 1: Arrive Iran via Tabriz International Airport, sightseeing Tabriz
  • Day 2: Driving Tabriz to Shabil (~ 2800 m) on the foot of Sabalan Mountains
  • Day 3:Climb to the Bargah Hoseiniy hut 3600 m
  • Day 4: Acclimatization day
  • Day 5: climbing Mount Sabalan 4811 m (third highest summit in Iran)
  • Day 6: Driving to Masouleh village and Caspian coast
  • Day 7: Driving in Caspian coast toward Roudbarak village at the foot of Alam kouh (4850 m)
  • Day 8: Trekking to Hesar Chal base camp 3700 m
  • Day 9: Acclimatization or climb to a four-thousand summit
  • Day 10: Ascent to AlamKouh 4850m (second highest mountain in Iran)
  • Day 11: Driving in Caspian coast toward Polour village at the foot of Mt.Damavand
  • Day 12: Ascent to Damavand hut 4250 m
  • Day 13: Climb Highest Peak in Iran, Damavand 5610 m
  • Day 14: back to Polour guesthouse and Hot Spring
  • Day 15: Tehran, Bazar and Cultural sightseeing, fly back home


  • Day 1: Arrive Iran via Tabriz International Airport, sightseeing Tabriz

Arriving Tabriz in the early morning (Arrival via Istanbul to Iran, Scheduled flight with Turkish airlines from most of the countries to Istanbul to Tabriz), transfer to hotel, city tour, sightseeing Bazaar. Tabriz is the capital of the Iranian province of Azerbaijan. Worth seeing is the Blue Mosque and the Municipality palace museum & clock tower. In the afternoon, visit of the cave dwellings of Kandovan. Overnight at the hotel in Tabriz (B.B).


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

In the morning we drive to Shabil village at the foot of Mt. Sabalan, that known for its hot springs, in the field of Shahsavan Nomad. In the afternoon we take a walk in the surrounding mountains for better acclimatization. overnight in tents/ Metal container (full board).


  • Day 3:Climb to the Bargah Hoseiniy hut 3600 m

Today early in the morning we start climbing to the Bargah Hoseiniy hut 3600 m (the northeast side of Mt. Sabalan). Our luggage will carry by a jeeps to the lodge, so we have to carry only a light backpack. This is important for a good and comfortable acclimatization. We reach the hut in 3 to 4 hours. Overnight at Bargah Hosseiyni hut or tents (full board).


  • Day 4: Acclimatization day

We will climb to about 4000 m altitude slowly, have an hour rest then came back to our camp (full board).


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

Before sunrise we begin the ascent 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 at the summit, we descend to our camp, eating soup and going down to Shabil with jeeps. For recreation, depends on our time, we can take a dip in one of the hot springs. Overnight at hotel in Meshkinshahr town (full board).


  • Day 6: Driving to Masouleh village and Caspian coast

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 (B.B).


  • Day 7: Driving in Caspian coast toward Roudbarak village at the foot of Alam kouh (4850 m)

We leave Masouleh towards Caspian Sea and ride the coast to Chaloos city. Lunch on the Caspian Seaside. From there it goes into the mountains to Roudbarak guesthouse, where we stay in the Iranian mountaineering federation guesthouse or local house in Roudbarak or Vandarbon (Half board B.D).

  • Day 8: Trekking to Hesar Chal base camp 3700 m

We drive by 4WD cars from Rudbarak/ Vandarbon to Tange Galoo (3000 m) on the mountain road. From here we now wander on foot through the picturesque and narrow gorge to Hesar Chal camp 3700 m. On a large mountain meadow, we set up our base camp surrounded by majestic four-thousand meter summits. Overnight in tents (full board).


  • 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 (full board).


  • Day 10: Ascent to AlamKouh 4850m (second highest mountain in Iran)

Today we ascent to 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 massif, via 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 guesthouse or local house (full board).


  • Day 11: Driving in Caspian coast toward Polour village at the foot of Mt.Damavand

From Vandarbon we head to the Caspian Sea and on to Polour village on the foot of Mt. Damavand. Overnight in the Iranian federation guest house or local house in Polour 2400 m (Half board B.D).


  • Day 12: Ascent to Damavand hut 4250 m

Today we’ll transport with a 4WD drive car to Goosfandsara 3000 m on dirty mountain road, where the mules are load our luggages (per 2 persons one about 15 kg luggage) and we climb with  light day pack comfortably within 3 – 4 hours to Bargah-e-Sewom hut 4200 m. Overnight we stay at 6 persons bed room or tents, sleeping bag, mattress and down jacket are recommended (full board).


  • Day 13: Climb Damavand 5610 m

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 from the summit. After about 6 hours we reach the height of 5610 m, top of the Iran, Mt Damavand. Those who want to can still walk around the crater in half an hour. Often there are Iranian climbers to prepare for expeditions in the Himalayas. Then we get on the ascent route back to the hut. Overnight we stay in a 6-person bedroom or tent. A sleeping bag, mattress, and down jacket are recommended (full board).


  • Day 14: Back to Polour guesthouse and Hot Spring

Today after breakfast we’ll descend to Goosfandsara, from there with 4WD cars to Polour. possibly visiting the hot springs. Overnight at Polour guest house or local house (full board).


  • Day 15: Tehran, Bazaar, and Cultural Sightseeing

The whole day is to visiting the capital Tehran. Especially, worth visiting the Tajrish Bazaar for travel souvenirs. Pay a visit to the Niawaran or Sa’dabad palace in northern Tehran that served as the last shah residence. Finally, we enjoy Darband valley at the foot of the Tochal mountain range in the north of Tehran, where we can experience the culture and the buzz of our Persian friends. After dinner we will transfer the group to the Airport, we say you goodbye and you will fly back home (Breakfast included).


Our services includes:

    • Visa processes (Reference number & Paperwork)
    • Pick up from the airport
    • 3 x nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast in Tabriz, Meshgin Shahr, Tehran
    • 4 x nights in a guesthouse or local house with full board
    • 7 x nights in mountain hut/2person tent with full board
    • Camping services
    • Two person tent
    • Duffel bag
    • All transfer, sedan, van, bus, and 4WD rides
    • Organization of the whole trek
    • Luggage transport with mules or porters (every 2 persons one ~15 kg luggage)
    • Professional mountain guide and cook during the program
    • Tabriz, Ardabil, Masouleh, Caspian Sea, Tehran visits
    • Transport to the airport

Our services do not include:

  • International flight
  • Museum and Hot spring tickets
  • Visa fee
  • Meals in the cities & Roads (where restaurants are available)
  • Climbing Permits for Mt.Sabalan 30$, Mt.Alamkouh 30$, Mt.Damavand 50$
  • Single room supply at Hotels (charge 45 euros per night)
  • Extra plans in case of bad weather or changes in the program
  • Tips and extra nights at hotels
  • Any other services not specified above

Food Menu

  • Iranian Cuisine
  • Vegetrian Meals
  • Your Desired


  • All included (as metioned in itinerary)
  • Three star hotels, Guesthouse or Local house
  • Two Person Tents & Camping Services
  • Equipment Rental Service (Sleeping Bag & Mattress and so on)

Health & Vaccinations

No need to have any special vaccination. There is no contagious disease in Iran. But for abroad holiday its better to do your regular health care and vaccination or teeth treatment before you travel.

Currency & Spending Money

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)

Know before you go

Iran is an Islamic Country, So If you are a woman, You must wear a scarf and mantoo, and also men are prohibited from wearing shorts in the cities. Read more about Iran Dress Code here.

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Gear List

      • 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), Mattress

      • 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

Note: Rental service are available for all equipment and needed gears 

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Sat 22 Jun – 6 Jul 2024  SU 21/TC1 2390 €
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Sat 20 Jul – 3 Aug 2024  SU 21/TC2 2390 € Available & Guaranteed   



Sat 3-17 Aug 2024 SU 21/TC3 2390 € Available & Guaranteed   



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Isfahan Extra Tour after the Trekking

Isfahan Tour 3-Days Ali Qapu Palace

Ali Qapu Palace in Night, Isfahan

During years of experience as tour operators in Iran, we found out that most of the travelers like to have an extra Isfahan tour after the Damavand trekking as the cultural part of their trip in Iran. The combination of Damavand trekking with a cultural trip to Kashan & Isfahan could be the best and most interesting adventure & cultural trip to Iran.

In this way, we designed a 3 days Isfahan & Kashan trip, with every Wednesday guaranteed departures year round… So that you can continue your exploration in Iran on Wednesday noon after finish climbing Damavand.



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  • Ramin and Reza are the best mountain guides I have ever travelled with. Always joyful and helpful. The tour itself is a wonderful experience.
    Mahendra Myshkin
  • Everything was great in Iran. Thank you for your hospitality. Your leaders and guides was perfect and best.
    Katrin Hermann
  • 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
  • Nicole Steck on Damavand
    It was really good time. Damavand sloop was one of the best in the world for ski tour.
    Nicole Steck


All-inclusive on this holiday at the mountain, making it hard to beat on price

Guided by a professional mountain guide, Serving fresh food & Vegetables

Your desired food/SIM card/Debit Card (on request)

You can add some extra tour packages to your holiday

You can rent mountain gear for this tour

Enjoy your time in Iran & make the best memory of your life!


Group size: 2-8

Suitable for age: 11+

Activity: 8 days trekking, 7 days cultural exploring, and city sightseeing

Join in: Tabriz, End in Tehran

Best Time: July/ August/ September

Physical Rating: Level 5/10 (Moderate)

Max. altitude: 5610 m

Extra: Swimming in Hot Spring


3 nights in minimum *** hotel with breakfast
4 nights in a guesthouse or local house with full board
7 nights in mountain hut/2 person tent with full board

All Meals in Mountain(14 Breakfast, 8 Lunch, 8 Dinner)

Camping services

Extra: Two person tent


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.


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