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Trekking Damavand (Northeast Face)

Trekking Damavand (Northeast Face)

$1 per person

The program includes ascending Damavand (5671) through its northeast face. Damavand is the highest mountain of Iran with a cultural significance. It is mentioned in Iranian mythology that the border of Iran was determined by an arrow that was thrown from this mountain. There are 16 routes to summit Damavand that three of them are the most popular: Northeast, South, North. Among these routes, the south face is the easiest one and the northeast the most beautiful one.

 

Physical Fitness:

If you are a mountaineer with background of ascending 4000 m. mountains then you have nothing to worry, but if you don’t then start working out. In case of Damavand, more than physical fitness the altitude might cause problems. So we highly suggest to at least challenge yourself by trying some hiking routes.

 

Camps:

  • Tehran Hotel

We can arrange for any hotel or hostel in Tehran. We suggest 4* hotels that are economical and have good quality services, but based on your request, we can reserve any hotel you want.

  • Kouhnavard Lodge

This Lodge is a building with numerous rooms and bunk beds, a dining section, kitchen and store. The kitchen is just for cooking and foods are not sold there, and the store has some basic stuff so don’t expect diversity.

 

  • Takhte Fereydon Shelter

The lodge is in the altitude of 4400 m. It’s a flat without any beds, so you need sleeping bag, sleeping pads for yourself. And during the high season sometimes it is difficult to find fond a place for your accommodation, so you have to be prepared, in that case, you need to stay the night over in the tent. Mainly because there is no reservation available for the shelter since it is a local shelter and depending the time of your arrival to the shelter you can have the chance to find a place to sleep, otherwise you must set up a camp and stay at tent.

 

Roads:

  • Tehran – Haraz- Nandal: Asphalted Road in good condition.
  • Nandal – Gardanesahr: Dirt Road in good condition only with 4×4.

the Weather

  • Spring:

Damavand: the temperature is unstable with frequent storms and wind, from the last month of spring, the weather gets stable and trekking is possible.

  • Summer:

Damavand: the temperature goes down to -2 at its coldest, the precipitation is low, and it is the best season for trekking.

  • Fall:

Damavand: the storms begin slowly, for the first month, the ascend is possible with simple winter gears, but as the end of season is approached full heavy winter gears is needed.

  • Winter

Damavand: temperature goes down up to -50, there might be heavy precipitation, storm, and wind.

 

Remember That

Here in Atour, we attempt to consider all the possibilities that might affect the performing of a trip, however, there might be geographical, political or social unexpected incidents that might influence the program and require changes like bad weather.

We usually suggest Reserve Day for ascents in fall and winter because of the unstable weather. Naturally, the nonrefundable cost of the day is added to the total sum of the trip that if not used will not be returned to the travelers.

The Atour’s camp are summer camps and are taken down before the heavy snow of each destination begins, therefore, the accommodation might not be Atour Camp.

Based on your physical fitness and mountaineering history, you can request changes to program, like omitting the acclimatization day/s or cultural city tours. You may also ask for addition of such days.

The luggage’s would be carried by mules in both destinations up to the camp, after that you can leave your packages in camp and ascend with light backpacks.

 

What we suggest and offer

  • Cultural tours (Tehran, Kashan, Isfahan, Shiraz, Yazd, Kerman, and …)
  • Shopping Assistance (we can arrange for a shopping time and a person to help you)
  • Domestic Flight

What You Need to have for This Trip

  • Valid Passport – that has at least six months to its expiry date.
  • Iran Visa – there are different ways of getting Iran Visa.
    • E-Visa: You can go to Eviza website, fill the form and when granted, obtain the visa from embassy or consulate. Iran doesn’t have embassy in some countries, if your country is one of that, then you have to go to one of the Iranian Interest Offices.
    • On Arrival: Next you can have an On Arrival visa that is obtained in airport, both with a reference code or without it.
      • Reference Code: The reference code is what agencies give you that speeds up the visa process. The reference code is also a guarantee that shows you will definitely get a visa. For the citizens of countries like USA, England, Canada, Iraq, Colombia, Jordan, Sumali, Pakistan and Srilanka, even with reference code, the visa should be obtained in the country of origin.
      • No Reference Code: this approach has more risk and take more time. The citizens of countries like USA, England, Canada, Iraq, Colombia, Jordan, Sumali, Pakistan and Srilanka, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh can’t use this approach.

 

  • Rials (currency) – the rate of currency is not stable and therefore we can’t give a definit price here, but there is a very important point regarding Iran’s currency. The official currency is Rial, but people use Tooman which is one tenth of Rial. It’s mainly because the Rial has too many zeros. Each 10,000 Rials is 1000 toomans. People usually go with toomans so you need to omit a zero on all the cashes you You can also apply for a tourist card and transfer your money to the card (up to 5000 $). Whatever remains in the card can be retrieved in exchange shops.

 

  • Hijab – all women that want to enter Iran should follow a dress code that includes head scarf, long sleeve shirt (preferably long enough to cover the backside), and pants or long skirt (up to ankles).

 

  • Alcohol – Alcohol is banned in Iran, however, some hotels and restaurants serve non-alcoholic bears.

 

  • A trusted local – a good agency to have your back in the country and help you with everything you might need is the final thing you need in your trip to Iran.

Equipment You Need to Bring

Shoes

  • Sports Shoes / Sandals
  • Trekking shoes category B
  • Trekking socks + replacement

General equipment

  • sunglasses
  • towel
  • sun cream
  • Day and hiking backpack approx. 25 l
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Telescopic hiking poles (who would like)
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Sleeping bag up to – 5 ° in the comfort area
  • Sleeping mat (Therm-a-rest self-inflatable)
  • waterproof bag for documents
  • Drinking bottle or hydration system at least 1 liter
  • Insect repellent for skin and possibly for clothing
  • First aid kit (including blister plaster, tape, disinfection)
  • small travel pharmacy
  • important personal medicines (hand luggage!)
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  • Dress Code
    Trekking pants -comfortable leisure trousers-windproof and waterproof over pants (breathable)-T-Shirts-Long sleeve shirts or blouses-Sweater or jacket (wool, fleece, softshell)-wind and waterproof jacket (ideal: breathable)-Underwear + replacement-short functional underwear-nightwear-Scarf -thin hat for summer - Warm hat in June and September-thin finger gloves-Warm gloves in June and September
  • Included
    Accommodation
    Ascend Permits
    Beverages
    City Tour Guide
    Entrance Fee to visited sites
    Guide
    Meals
    mountain Accidents Insurance
    Permits
    Transport
  • Not Included
    Coffee Services
    Entrances
    Flights
    Insurance
    Means of carrying loads
    Mountain Guide
    Visa reference code

Tour Location

Day 1: Getting to Iran

Based on the time of the participants’ arrival, transfer is arranged. When arriving, Atour guide is waiting to accompany the participants to their next destination. Tehran is around 1189m above sea level with dry weather. If the arrival flight reaches Tehran before midnight, a hotel rest is advised.

Day 2: Beautiful Nandal Village

After breakfast, a transfer is prepared to take the participants from hotel to Nandal Village. Nandal is the closest place for those who want to climb Damavand through the North-East face. It is around 2300 meter above sea level. The overnight will be in Kouhnavard Lodge. Overnight: Local house │ Trekking: 0h │ Drive: approx. 2h│ Meals: B, L, D │ Ascended altitude: 1111m

Day 3: Let the Adventure Begins

Now it’s time for the trekking to begin.  After breakfast, there are 4×4 rides arranged to take the participant Gardanesar (~2800m), after that we picking up the sacks and all equipment we need and start trekking to Takht-e Fereydon (4380m) the overnight might be in the shelter or tent. Overnight: shelter/ tent │ Trekking: 6 h │ Drive: approx. 1h by 4×4 │ meals: B, L, D+S │Ascended altitude: 2080m

Day 4: Acclimatization Day

The acclimatization day. After breakfast, the participants will head to summit and advance up for 300 meters to the altitude of 4700m. With a short pause, the participants will head down to the camp and rest. For this day, lunch boxes will be given to participants and the night will be spent in shelter or tent. Overnight: shelter/ tent │ Trekking: 3 h │ Drive: 0 h│ meals: B, L, D+S │ Ascended altitude: 300 m

Day 5: Summiting Day

Early in the morning and after breakfast, the participants will head to the summit. It will take around 6 to 7 hours to reach the peak of Damavand. The lunch will be lunchboxes given to participants in the morning. On the peak and after having rest and lunch, the participants will head down which will be 3 to 4 hours. Overnight: shelter/ tent │ Trekking: 10 h │ Drive: 0 h │ Meals: B, L, D+S │ Ascended altitude: 1371 m

Day 6: Time to descend

After summiting Damavand, enough rest and with full energy, the participants will descend to Nandal Village. There is a transport ready to take participant from Nandal to Tehran. The night will be spent in hotel. Overnight: Hotel │ Trekking: 4 h │ Drive: 4 h │ Meals: B, L, D │

Day 7: Tehran city Tour

A great part of visiting any country is to have a chance to meet another culture. On Tehran city tour day, there is a great chance to get familiar with culture, art and architecture of Iran. The highlights of Tehran’s attraction are chosen to be visited on this day. The overnight will be spent in hotel. Overnight: Hotel │Trekking: 4 h │ Drive: 4 h │ Meals: B, L, D │

Day 8: Time to say goodbye

It is time to say goodbye. Depending on the schedule and departure time a transfer from hotel to IKA airport is arranged
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