Damavand FAQ:

What is the acclimatization program?

The acclimatization program will get your body prepared to temperature, altitude, and environment.

Is it necessary to take the acclimatization program?

The acclimatization program is intended to help adventurers adapt to the higher altitude. Especially if he/she  lives in places on the sea level or less than 1,000meters above the sea level. You will arrive at the first base camp with an altitude of 2,770m above the sea level. Here you will relax, rest for that day and sleep in that altitude to get your body prepared for the climb for the following days.

What are the benefits of the acclimatization program?

You will get your body prepared for the climb ahead.  Cause the ascending will continue to 5,761 meters. By taking the program you are getting your body adapted to the surrounding environment. Don’t forget that after Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania it’s the toughest mountain to climb.

When it’s the best time to ascend Mount Damavand?

The season for ascending mount Damavand is the beginning of April till end of August. During these months you will have a greater chance of reaching the summit.

Out of the above mentioned months, Is it possible to get to the summit?

In all the 4 season’s you can try to ascend to the summit, but if you wish you ascend to the summit, your body really needs to be fit, carry professional gear, clothe, and lots of experience in ascending for you and the team members specially during the winter season.

Does the agency provide any Mount Damavand trips in the winter season?

Due to the snowy weather conditions in winter and lack of mule in the region, and frozen ice on the floor, unpredictability of the weather, and large volume of equipment’s that need to be transported,  Adventure Iran will not run the Damavand tour in the Winter seasons.

What is the best way of ascending to the summit?

The Damavand Mountain is a volcanic conical mountain with sixteen crests to reach the summit. But out of the sixteen crests, only four of the crests have safe haven or shelters. Out of the four crests ONLY two of the crests have support to the ascenders. The southern crest passes through Polur village, and the path for the Northern crests will be passing through the southern crest.  Thus the path for the southern crests is the most commonly used route and chosen for its fewer gradients for trekking which makes it the ideal choice to ascending to the summit. The south ascending summit you will face less obstacles or large inclines and having access to shelter in 4,250 meters.

Will the agency use different routes for ascending to the Mount Damavand summit?

The route is predefined by the agency but we may alter the route for agencies and individual groups. Due to the higher costs that are involved with operating the tour, most customer’s go for predefined path provided by Adventure Iran.

Are the costs of authorization or permission to ascend to the summit of Mount Damavand by the traveler or the Agency?

Adventure Iran is in charge of handling any permission required for Mount Damavand ascends.

What are the minimum physical requirements to ascend Mount Damavand?

When ascending Mount Damavand, since you will be carrying one days pack (back pack),  you wont need to be very fit  for the first two days. But the most difficult part will be on the third day of the ascend, which will be from Bargah Sevom to the summit and returning from there.

Please Note: The general time for the ascend from Bargah Sevom towards the summit will be 6-7 hours and returning from the summit to Bargah Sevom 3-4 hours.

For the adventure travelers that have a mid-level of fitness have better chance of reaching the summit.

How can I have acclimatization before ascending the Mount Damavand?

One of the most  popular reasons that many travelers coming from different parts of the world that take the acclimatization program is to get their body ready for the fourth day of ascend. The traveler gets his/her body more time to gradually pace his body to the altitude. This acclimatization program is recommended for people that live close to the sea level .

Will the acclimatization program help with ascending Mount Damavand to reach the summit?

It will indeed help travelers coming from sea level locations. This acclimatization program will be done in another mountain called Koloon Bastak.

Can the Mount Damavand tour be run with ONLY one person or we need to be in a group?

This Mount Damavand can be done with ONLY one person. But kindly bear in mind that this will increase the price dramatically.

Does Adventure Iran provide weekly departures?

We provide weekly departures for Mount Damavand. Maximum group size is of 12 person’s.

When a traveler’s books a tour, will the trip/event be cancelled by the agency?

If the required number of people hasn’t been reached, Adventure Iran has the right to cancel or set it up in another specified departure. The traveler’s will be informed one month before the due of any foreseeable cancellation.

Will I need any type of technical equipment’s such as rope and crampons to ascend to the summit?

The south face trekking route is safe and comes with low inclines and there is no need for ropes or crampons.  You won’t be passing through frozen snow or passing through edge of cliffs.

What type of shoes will I need for Mount Damavand ascending towards the summit?

One of the most important items on this tour, is your shoes. Your shoes should have the following requirements:

  • It should cover your ankle.
  • It should be water resistant.
  • The shoes layers should be breathable.

During the summer, trekking shoes and back packing should suffice (should be sufficient).

What type of clothing will be required for this event?

Due to the unpredictable weather conditions that may arise on the way to the summit.  You will need the following:

  • Warm shirts
  • Polar coats
  • Gore-Tex coats
  • Light fur coat
  • Hand gloves
  • Sun glasses UV (ultra violet) protection
  • Wraparound sun glasses (wind protection)
  • Polar caps
  • Minimum two pairs of winter  socks
  • Base layer pants and shirts
  • Flees or polar hat

Do we have access to water on the ascending towards the summit?

There aren’t any water fountains to drink or have a fill-up on the way.  You will have access to water between the second (Gusfand Sara) to the third camp ( Bargah Sevom).  On the third camp (Gusfand Sara) you can buy mineral water. There you will a water spring, which is reserved for cleaning which may not be suitable for drinking.

What type of equipment’s will Adventure Iran be providing?

It will include the following:

  • Edible foods
  • Drinking water
  • Light drinks
  • Tent and camping equipment
  • Cooking equipment
  • First aid kit

What are the required personal equipment’s we need to carry?

  • Trekking poles
  • Sun Block SPF min 30
  • Bag pack 35-45 liter’s

Are the sulfur gases emitted from Damavand Mountain dangerous?

After 5,300m you will smell the sulfur gases but it’s not enough to cause health problems.  If you desire you can use masks or cover your mouth using clothe.

Will the overnight stay in the third camp site (Bargah Sevom) be in the shelter or tent?

The shelter in Bargah Sevom comes with four private rooms and a common room. But due to the high requests in the summer, most of the time we will camp out.

Do we need to bring our own snacks or foods along the ascending?

Adventure Iran provides all of the meals,  and water for the journey. But if the travelers decide to brings along snack or mineral water he can if he wants/wishes.

IMPORTANT NOTE: The tour guide has the right to change, alter or cancel the trip due to weather conditions.
Due to the unpredictability of weather conditions, the program may get extended (the extra costs associated to, night stay, guides expense, and food) is NOT included.
Due to the high altitudes that the traveler faces, he/she must inform Adventure Iran of ANY health problems they have.

Desert FAQ:

Money exchange

You can exchange your currency when you   arrive in in Tehran at the Imam Khomaini airport (IKA).

The hotel can also exchange your currency to Iranian Rials.

Once you decide your tour

Kindly click on the reserve button and fill out the details completely.

Where do I buy Bus tickets? Can I do it in Iran?

For bus ticket we can help you to reserve it, it’s not difficult and you can reserve it when you arrive in Tehran.

What is the temperature during that period of time? Average daytime and night time temperature.

During the night the weather will reach below -0 °C. During the day time the coldest will be 5-7 °C

Down payment

After making your reservation, kindly have a look at the hyperlink for more information. Please send us a copy of your down payment once you make the deposit.

Pickup points in Isfahan, Yazd, and Tehran

We will provide a vehicle service to pick you up from the designated locations. Please notify us in advanced to pick you guys up from the hotel. The time of the pick-up will be mentioned in the itinerary after final booking and down payment.

Visa reference numbers

We can only apply for Agencies, tour agencies and adventurers that book their whole trip with us. For the visa reference number procedure please look at the hyperlink for more information.
For those members that fit the above criteria, kindly fill out the application form completely and make sure you leave nothing behind. Please attach a copy of your passport page; the file size should not exceed 100KB’s.
If you have travelled to Iran previously, kindly mention the exact date.
Necessary documents needed for Visa stamp. Kindly have a look at the hyperlink for more information. You can also double check by visiting the Iranian embassy/consulate of the desired country for the necessary documents.
For ABC nationals (American, British, and Canadian) we will have to arrange a specific guide ONLY from the Iranian tourism board from the point of entry to Iran until the departure date. This will increase the price of the tour. Kindly have a look at the hyperlink for more information.

Luggage, overnight bag, duffle bag

Each person can carry around 25-30 Kg’s per person on the flights. On the trip each person can bring along a bag with 15 kg’s per person. It is advised that you do not carry a suitcase. It is advised that you carry an overnight bag or duffle bag for the trip. Extra luggage can be kept in your Hotel storage compartment. If you will be joining us on the day of the trip, you may keep your luggage in our storage office.

What to bring along for the excursion?

For each tour we have assigned a tap called “what to bring” for the designated trip.

Mattress, sleeping tent, utensils

It is included in your tour package. You may bring your tenting equipment if you want.

Hotel reservations

We can arrange hotels for the travelers coming to Iran. Travelers are permitted to upgrade their hotel if required. Costs will apply depending on the tour.