FAQs

Adventure Iran Tours FAQs

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

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.

You will get your body prepared for the climb ahead.  Cause the ascending will continue to 5,610 meters. By taking the program you are getting your body adapted to the surrounding environment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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

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

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

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.

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)

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

It will include the following:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Adventure Iran provides sleeping bags, utensils and tents. The required items to carry along is mentioned in the “what to bring” in every tour package tab column.

A briefing will take place usually one day before the trip. You will be notified for the exact time and place.

The pick-up time will be at 06:00AM on the departure date. If there is any change in the itinerary you will be notified in advance.

 

Foreign people ATM’s cards from their own country (inclusive Visa, master cards) will not work by the ATM machines in Iran. You can bring the desired amount with you to Iran. The Airport and hotels are good places where you can exchange your currency.

Further information regarding the Alamut trip will be available on the “itinerary” tab on the designated tour.

You will pay the remainder of the cash during our briefing session or in our office.

 

Spring (March-May)

Summer (June-August)

Fall/Autumn (September-November)

Winter (December-February)

 

The “backpacking Alamut trek, Garmarud to Yuj” you will be picked up from Tehran and dropped off in Tehran or Tonekabon.

The “trekking from Alamut toward the Caspian and exploring coastal villages” the pickup will be from Tehran and drop off points will be back to Tehran or Tonekabon.

The” Valley of Assassins , trekking through Alborz to the Caspian sea, Masuleh and Rasht”. The pickup point will be from Tehran and the drop-off point will be back in Tehran or Rasht.

You can keep your suitcase in the hotel where you are staying at. They have luggage storage where you can keep your none essential items like suitcase.

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 but in the lower rate.

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

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

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.

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 duffel 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.

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

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.

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

Alamut Trekking Tours FAQs

Adventure Iran provides sleeping bags, utensils and tents. The required items to carry along is mentioned in the “what to bring” in every tour package tab column.

A briefing will take place usually one day before the trip. You will be notified for the exact time and place.

The pick-up time will be at 06:00AM on the departure date. If there is any change in the itinerary you will be notified in advance.

 

Foreign people ATM’s cards from their own country (inclusive Visa, master cards) will not work by the ATM machines in Iran. You can bring the desired amount with you to Iran. The Airport and hotels are good places where you can exchange your currency.

Further information regarding the Alamut trip will be available on the “itinerary” tab on the designated tour.

You will pay the remainder of the cash during our briefing session or in our office.

 

Spring (March-May)

Summer (June-August)

Fall/Autumn (September-November)

Winter (December-February)

 

The “backpacking Alamut trek, Garmarud to Yuj” you will be picked up from Tehran and dropped off in Tehran or Tonekabon.

The “trekking from Alamut toward the Caspian and exploring coastal villages” the pickup will be from Tehran and drop off points will be back to Tehran or Tonekabon.

The” Valley of Assassins , trekking through Alborz to the Caspian sea, Masuleh and Rasht”. The pickup point will be from Tehran and the drop-off point will be back in Tehran or Rasht.

You can keep your suitcase in the hotel where you are staying at. They have luggage storage where you can keep your none essential items like suitcase.

Damavand Tours FAQs

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

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.

You will get your body prepared for the climb ahead.  Cause the ascending will continue to 5,610 meters. By taking the program you are getting your body adapted to the surrounding environment.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 .

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

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

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

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.

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

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)

It will include the following:

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Desert Tours FAQs

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 but in the lower rate.

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

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

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.

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 duffel 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.

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

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.

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

Dress Code

Like all women in Iran aged nine and older female travellers will need to respect the Iranian dress code for women (hijab) while travelling in Iran. Some Iranian women wear long black chador, but it’s not mandatory. Women need to cover their hair, arms and legs.  Female tourists who don’t comply with the dress code may be refused entry into the country. Bring long and loosely cut clothes and if you want to look less like a tourist, shop for a manteau (an overcoat up to your knees) once you arrive. Your scarf or shawl can be colourful. You will see that many women in Iran might prefer to wear black because it is more formal, especially on working days. A special dress code applies in Iran. A light-weight long dress and a head scarf are recommended for women and long trousers for men.

There is no control over dress in remote areas where there are no checks in force. As the most of our tours pass through villages, we respect the locals and will advise to do so in public areas.  Women should wear what they would ordinarily for trekking with the exception of shorts which are prohibited. It is recommended for women to bring buffs which can be worn around the neck and then pulled up over the head to cover the hair should the need arise such as entering a village (see picture).

Food and Drinks

According to Iran’s Islamic law alcohol is prohibited in Iran. Alcohol is not available in shops and restaurants.

No, Iranian food is delicately flavoured with herbs and mild spices such as saffron and turmeric (see section on About Iran on ‘Cuisine’). LINK It is not hot and spicy in the sense that Indian food can be.

Iran Visa FAQs

All foreign visitors require a valid visa to enter Iran except for citizens of Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Bolivia, Slovenia, Malaysia and Turkey. This list is subject to change, please make sure your passport is valid for a minimum of six months.

Holders of normal passports traveling as a tourist can obtain a visa on arrival (under certain conditions) for a maximum stay of 30 days at most airports except for citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, India, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Somalia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom, United States, and Uzbekistan. These nationalities are required to apply at an Iranian embassy/consulate for the Iranian visa prior to their arrival to Iran

Your application will be rejected if you have a travel visa from Isreal. This rule also applies if the passport holder has an entry or exit stamp from Egyptian/Israeli, Jordanian/ Israeli border.

Presently you can get visa on arrival at the following airports: Tehran (Imam Khomaini), Bushehr, Shiraz, Isfahan( Shahid Beheshti), Mashhad, Gheshm, Kerman Shah, Kish and Tabriz.

You can extend your visa two times. The duration for each visa extension is for 30 days.

Visas for those travellers are subject to particular regulations. Presently the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) does not allow these nationals to travel to Iran independently.  They are required to travel along with a licensed tour guide provided by registered travel company from the moment of arrival to departure. A fixed itinerary, a copy of the first page of passport plus detailed information of all travellers inculding thier CVs & social media Ids must be submitted via the travel agency in advance and the tourism board will check the itinerary and details of travelers. After confirmation of tourism board, the agency will apply for the visa in Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). The finalized itinerary is not subject to change. Due to the requirements we advise the travellers to make the necessary arrangements minimum two months in advance prior to their travel date.

We are a registered travel agency with more than a decade of experience in providing services. We can apply for visa authorization number for those intrested to book a tour with us. We can apply visa for agencies and groups. After approval, we will forward the Visa reference number to the customer. Please note that we are unable to apply for this code (visa reference number) if you don’t book all duration of your trip with us.Lately the rules for applying visa have changed to make them easier. You can simply, by yourself, at the airports mentioned above get a 30 day visa upon arrival.

When you apply for a visa at an approved Iranian travel agency, the agency will apply for your visa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Upon approval of your visa, a visa reference number will be generated by MFA and faxed to the Iranian consulate nearest to your residence. Your tour agency will send you this reference number. You can hand over the reference number to the Iranian Embassy to obtain your Visa.

Please note: The visa reference number is an “authorization code” and means that your visa has been granted by MFA. You will use this number to pick up your visa at the designated consulate/embassy of Iran or have it posted to your address. For further information, please contact the Iranian Embassy closest to you.

bellow is the list of world wide Iranian Embassies for Iran Visa

Bellow is the link of an worldwide list of the countries can get visa on arrival:

Visa on Arrival countries list

Fill out the booking /application form. Please make sure your information matches with the contents of your passport.
A copy of the first page of your passport. Kindly scan the passport page and make sure the size of the scan does not exceed 500kb. The passport photo should be clearly visible.
A passport sized photo in JPEG format.
For ABC (American, British and Canadian) countries we need CV and social media Id of all travellers.

The visa process for ABC (US, UK and Canadian) passport holders will take about one month. For other nationalities the process will take about 7-10 working days. Please note during Nowrooz (Iranian New Year) the MFA will be closed from 17-25 March.

You can send your documents to Adventure Iran and in the visa application form there is a box for the location that you would like to collect your visa. You should mention that you would like to collect your visa from the following airports:

IKA: Tehran Imam Khomaini Airport

MHD: Mashhad Airport

SYZ: Shiraz Airport

TBZ: Tabriz Airport

ISF: Isfahan Airport

BUZ: Bushehr Airport

KIH: Kish Airport

KSH: Kerman Shah Airport

Note: It is vital to have your visa reference number to collect your Iranian visa

For more information please visit the link below:

Visa on Arrival countries list

Once we send you the authorization code, you need following documents to get your visa.

  • Visa application form
  • Your passport
  • Visa fee
  • Visa insurance fee
  • Photos
  • Copy of your travel insurance.
  • Some consulates may have different requirements, please check beforehand!

The return time of your visa (stamped in your passport) to your home address is usually within a week but can take longer. Visiting the embassy personally might speed up the process. Some Iranian embassies and consulates may only be open for 3 or 4 days a week and might have limited opening hours. We recommend the flight dates not to be fixed and be refundable in case of possible delays.

 Yes, Iranian embassy/consulate/ airport immigration will charge you a fee for issuing your visa. This is completely seperate with any amount paid for your tour.

Visas are valid for a maximum period of three months from the time of its issue.

There is no extra charge for visa invitation. This is a part of our service when you book a tour

Traveling General FAQs

Each trip is unique, and for an exact breakdown of what is and isn’t included you should consult the specific trip itineraries. However, generally included on all trips are the following: all accommodation depend on the itinerary a twin shared basis, guest house or local home stay and most meals, tents and other camp related equipment, internal travel and veteran guides equipped with first aid.

Depending on which trip you would like to book! Our active trips were designed with adults in mind. Older teenagers from around the age of 15 are certainly welcome to accompany their parents under their supervision. It is up to their parents’ judgment to decide whether they can handle the trip. But some of our trip like soft adventure trips suitable for the families that would like to travel with children.

Yes. Regular ski gear and boots are rentable and the equipment might not be up to the standards of Gstaad or Chamonix. How ever this is for regular ski equipment only. Randonee, Telemark or any other specialized ski-mountaineering gear are not available. You have to bring your own.

We pride ourselves on trying our best to provide good, organic, healthy and delicious local food. For our various trips we have made a concerted effort in providing local dishes served only in those parts of the country. Iranian cuisine is quite varied and in different regions you have very specific and seasonal dishes.

Yes we do. On our forms we ask this question and plan accordingly. Please note this is for standard vegetarians and not vegans, since it is too difficult to cater by eliminating all dairy and other requirements of vegans.

No, Iranian food is delicately flavoured with organic herbs and mild spices such as dill, tarragon, saffron and turmeric. Most Iranian people have a terrible time handling hot foods from places like India and Pakistan.

If you have a special request for your group, we will be happy to tailor an itinerary to match your specifications. We require a minimum of 4 people to customize an itinerary. We will help you build it from the ground up at a price that’s a lot more affordable than you might think. Contact us with your detailed request, and we will do our best to accommodate you. Please refer to Tailormade segment on the site.

Women should wear what they would ordinarily for trekking with the exception of shorts which are prohibited. It is recommended that women bring Manteau and buffs which can be worn around the neck and then pulled up over the head to cover hair should the need arise such as entering a village. In cities and towns a head scarf is mandatory.

The water is quite drinkable and safe. High standards and full chlorination are used for Iranian municipal water systems. Like most places in the world these days a variety of plastic bottled mineral water is also available.

Similar to practically all international airports one can exchange money there, no matter what time; but only a certain number of bank branches have currency exchange windows. In addition there are specialized exchange houses available in most big cities. In Tehran these Casas de Cambios (as they are called all over Latin America) are quite numerous. We will assist in every way possible to make sure you can exchange currency easily and efficiently at current rates.

Travel Insurance is mandatory for our trips. We recommend you research various options available from your country and make sure you are fully covered for travel and health insurance out of the country.

It depends on your itinerary. If your trip includes an airport pick up, you will be picked up accordingly.

There are many great opportunities for buying exciting and valuable souvenirs on many of our tours. However, it is not always practical to carry large items around. Most places can arrange for items such as carpets to be shipped home at relatively low costs and this is usually a better and safer policy.