16 Days
Duration
Challenging
Difficulty
Jun, July, Aug, Sep
Month
Trekking
Activity
Adventure
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • One night sleep in 2700 m altitude for acclimatization

  • Spectacular view of highest peaks in central Alborz mountains

  • Ascend Mt. Kolon Bastak 4156m

  • Climbing Sabalan mountain 4811 m, the third highest mountain in Iran

  • Shahbil mineral host spring spa

  • Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble (UNESCO world heritage site)

  • Ramsar and the Caspian Sea

  • Masuleh historical village (UNESCO world heritage site)

  • Ascending Mt. Alam Kuh 41850m, second highest Iran’s peak

  • Kandelus historical village and the forest

  • Climbing Damavand mountain 5610m, the Asia’s highest volcano in Asia

  • Larijan village and mineral host spring spa

  • Golestan Palace (UNESCO world heritage site)

TOUR CODE 033-STN-TRK
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Tehran, Ardebil, Mazandaran, Gilan Provinces
INCLUDED
MEALS: 14 Breakfasts, 10 Lunches, 11 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 4 Nights, Camp: 5 Nights, Local House: 3 Nights, Shelter: 3 Nights
TRANSPORTATION:Private vehicle, Mule
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
NOT INCLUDED Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
International airfare
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Laundry
Mini bar used in the room
Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
Tips (optional)
Cost of medical immunizations
Bottled water
Phone calls
Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

This hiking trip is a tailor made trip for three highest peaks of Iran as well as one the highest mountain in the central Alborz mountains. As Iran has lots of mountains over 4000 m, it would be a great opportunity to climb the main summits of the country as a special trekking trip. On this trip we will start the journey from the capital city of Tehran and after one day short city tour, you will transfer to a village with 2700 m height for pre- acclimatization. Then you will have a trekking in the Koloon Bastak Peak (4156 m) in central Alborz mountain for exercising. This summit prepares us for three peaks and would be a good start with Iran climate. Afterward, you will fly from Tehran to Ardebil and we spend three days for Sabalan peak, which is the third highest peak in Iran with 4811 m height located in northwest of the country. Then we have two days rest before the next summit and we will visit Masuleh and Caspian Sea during these periods on our way to the coast. Then you spend two days for Alamkuh peak with 4880 height. Alam Kuh is Iran’s second highest mountain with a great mountainous landscape view. Then you will have two rest day for recovery before the highest mountain of Iran. During these two days, we will stay one night in the forest enjoying the great opportunity to be in touch with locals. Then we will drive from north of Iran toward Mount. Damavand base camp. For 4 days you will be in mountain Damavand for the summit and back to the capital to fly back home.

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Day 1: Tehran Arrival

Arrival Tehran, check in to the hotel. The rest of the day is at your leisure for a city exploration to get your bearings and especially to acclimatize to the high altitude. Tehran’s altitude is approximately 1500 meters above sea level. Overnight stay at hotel in Tehran. (-,-,-)
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Day 2: Tehran to Shemshak village

After breakfast in the hotel, you will have Tehran city tour and visit the main highlights of the capital in downtown. Grand bazaar, Golestan Palace (UNESCO world heritage site) and National museum are the main sites we included in your short day city tour. You will be picked up from your hotel in Tehran at 5.00 p.m to drive about 60 Km towards Shemshak village through a mountainous road taking 1 hour and a half. Tehran is around 1200m from sea level but the village is at 2700m altitude; so we will drive up around 1500m. This altitude is good for acclimatization one night before summit day as your body and brain will be adjusted for mountaineering program. On arrival, we will walk up to the highest point of the village using 110 stairs as there is no road to the house. The house has a good view to Shemshak ski resort and Sarakchal mountain. Once in the house, we will have some time to enjoy the area and take some photos before sunset. Dinner will be served in the house and tea/coffee is available at any time. Overnight stay in the village house. (D)
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Day 3: Ascending Mt. Koloon Bastak (4125 m) - acclimatization day

7.00 a.m. wake up for breakfast and start at 8.00 a.m. From the village (2700m), we will drive to the starting point of trek (3300m). From there we start trekking toward the summit. It takes approximately 5 hours to reach to the top. After one hour rest, we will come back to the starting point and drive back to the chalet. After changing clothes and/or taking shower, drinking coffee/tea, we will drive back to Tehran in the afternoon. In Tehran, we will transfer you to the domestic airport of Mehrabad to catch a domestic flight to Ardebil. Check in to the hotel in Ardebil. (B, L)
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Day 4: Drive to Shahbil- Hike up to the base camp (Shahbil)

After breakfast in the hotel, you will pack your backpack and will be transferred to Sabalan base camp takes around two hours (110 km). You will have stop on the road to take picture of great view of Sabalan and mountain around. Then from the base, we will transfer your backpack and camping gears with 4×4 cars and you will strat hiking from 2700 m up to 3300 m of the first camp. Total ascent is 600 m taking 3-4 hours. we will make our camp and have good acclimatization for the next day. Overnight stay at tents. (B , L, D)
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Day 5: Summit day – transfer to Ardebil

Early morning at 5 a.m; you will rise up and after breakfast start ascending toward the peak. Total ascent is around 1500m from the first camp taking 6-7 hours. There is a magnificent lake at the top make the mountain so attractive. Also, you will have a great view of the region from the summit and it would be perfect for panoramic photography. After one hour rest in the top, you will decent toward the 1st camp and after collecting the camp, you will be transferred by jeeps to the base camp. From there we will go to the hot spring spa and then transfer back to Ardebil. Overnight stay in hotel. (B, L)
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Day 6: Ardebil city tour –drive to Masuleh

After wake up and breakfast, you will have Ardebil city tour. First you will visit the grand bazar and then you will visit Sheikh Safi al-din Khaneghah and Shrine Ensemble (UNESCO world heritage site). You will back to the hotel for checking out and will have lunch at a local restaurant. In the afternoon, we will drive to Masuleh village. You will viist one of the most attractive historical village in Iran. After walking in the village and photography, we will drive to another village and stay a night there. Over night stay in a local house. (B, D)
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Day 7: Ramsar and Caspian Sea- Drive towards Alam kuh base camp

After breakfast in the house you will drive to Alam kuh base camp taking 4-5 hours. On the way, you will have a couple of stop to visit Ramsar and the Caspian Sea. Ramsar is one the most beaitifull coastal cities of Caspian Sea. You will visit the palace of last king and the meusuem as well. Then we will drive to the coast and we spend sometimes there. Then we will go to a local restaurant for lunch. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Rudbarak village which is the last village befor the trek. From there we will transfer you to Tange Galoo (the base camp) with jeep. The altituet of Tange Galoo is 3280 m from the sea level. Overnight stay at shelter. (B, D)
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Day 8: Hesarchal camp – optional ascend of Mt. Lashgarak – (4250 m)

After breakfast in the shelter, we will load our extra camping stuff on the mules and start climbing towards the camp with a very light backpack. We have to climb about 2-3 hours to the camp. We will hike from 3280 m to 3500 m. We arrive at camp around noon and we will setup the tents and have lunch there. In the afternoon, we have an optional climb to Lashgarak Mountain. We trek up to the summit of “Mt. Lashgarak”, 4250m. Total ascent 750 m. After the summit we head back to Hesarchal camp and Overnight stay in the tent. (B, L, D)
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Day 9: Mt. Alam Kuh (4850 m)– Descend to Tange Galoo

Early rise up call and breakfast. Start climbing to Mt. Alam Kuh, the second highest mountain in Iran. Today we have a tough day as we have to climb 1350 m vertical altitude. After a short stop and photography at the summit, we start descending to Hesarchal camp. In the afternoon, after a quick lunch, we would collect the camp and descend to Tang-e Galoo, then get back to the base camp with jeeps. Overnight stay in shelter. (B, L,D)
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Day 10: Rest day in forest

After breakfast in the shelter we will drive to a historical village called Kandelus which is in the forest in central Alborz mountains. We will drive through mountain road takes 2 hours and we are going to stay in the wooden local house. Today is rest day for recovery and relaxing. Also there is a couple of short treks in the forst and it would be as an option for who would like to walk. Overnight stay in the house with good facility. (B, L, D)
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Day 11: Drive to Polur (Damavand Base camp)

After breakfast, in the house you are free till noon. We will drive to Polur village in the afternoon. En route, we will have stop on Larijan village to use mineral hotspring spa. Afterward, we will drive to Damavand mountain refuge in Polor village. We will check in and rest. Overnight stay at Polor shelter. (B, D)
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Day 12: Drive to 2nd camp & climbing to 3rd camp

After breakfast in the mountain refuge in the base camp, you will be picked up from there by 4×4 vehicle to Damavand south face second camp called Goosfand Sara (3000m). Hiking will start from the second camp to the third camp (Bargah Sevom or Shelter 3) in 4250m. Hiking time is between 5 to 6 hours depending on the ability and speed of the group. There is a good opportunity to socialize with other hikers and climbers who are usually in the shelter (total ascent 1250m). We will make our camp there and take a rest, dinner and overnight stay at camp. (B, L, D)
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Day 13: Acclimatization Day

This is a very important high altitude acclimatization day. We strongly believe that rushing to ascend to the peak is unsound and unwise. So this day will be spent getting used to the high altitude, but we will not go to the summit. We will hike from the shelter to a frozen waterfall which is at about 5000 meters and return. This will take about 6 to 7 hours and will be very suitable for our purposes. (B, L, D)
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Day 14: Hike to summit (5671m), then return to Bargah-e Sevom (3rd camp)

Early morning wake up. After breakfast (around 4 am), we will start climbing from 4200 m to the top 5671m; This day will be the hardest one since we will push for the summit which usually takes about 6 to 7 hours. We will enjoy the amazing view of Damavand volcano. The terrain is difficult with loose rocks and scree and the weather can change at any time, so please be prepared for anything even snowfalls in the middle of summer. Some 500m below the summit, we come across the aptly named ‘Sulphur Hill’ (Dood Kooh) where we can see the evidence of the mountain’s turbulent pass amongst the volcanic era and sulphurous fumaroles rising up from the earth. Making the final ascent to the top, we hope to reach the summit around midday, affording us an opportunity to enjoy something of the breathtaking views before the clouds cover the peak (conditions permitting). From here, we then begin the descent back down to our 3rd camp, a journey of some 7 hours that should bring us back to camp on time for dinner. Total Walking Approx 12 hours. Ascent/descent 1521m. Dinner and overnight stay at camp. (B, L, D)
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Day 15: Descend the mountain and drive back to Tehran

Descending back down to second camp (Goosfand Sara). This morning total descending time would be approx 4-5 hours, 1250m. We then rejoin our 4WD vehicle for driving back to Raineh where we continue back to Tehran. If we have time in the evening, we will drive to Larijan natural hot spring bath to leave the tiredness in the hot mineral water, then will be driven to the hotel in Tehran. (B, L)
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Day 16: Tehran and Departure:

The last day would be free to exchange photos and/or walking around for shopping. Midday would be checking out of the hotel and departure(B)

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