Ascending Mt. Koloon Bastak 4156m for Mt Damavand acclimatization
Visiting untouched villages in central Alborz Mountain ranges
Climbing Damavand mountain 5610m the Asia’s highest volcano in Asia
Observing wildlife and a frozen waterfall
A rejuvenating mineral bath after a memorable climb in Larijan mineral hot spring spa
|REGION(S)||Central Alborz Mountains|
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Damavand with 5610 meters altitude (according to the latest estimates) is the highest mountain in Iran and western Asia. It is also the highest volcanic cone-shaped peak in Asia. Its volcanic activity has been in the geological past and there is no human historical record of any known activity, so it is considered as a non-active former volcano. As a former volcano it is endowed with many natural gifts due to its past. Hot and cold springs abound on her slopes and the surrounding land. There are sizable areas on its slopes that are covered with sulfur and still active enough to give off that special sulfur odor. There are relatively large glaciers, frozen waterfalls, gas and steam wells. Because of many deep valleys and high slopes surrounding it, the region harbors a great variety of vegetation and wildlife. There are great vistas where one can take in some quiet moments and gaze at beautiful panoramas, while standing in the heart of this remarkable mountain.
It is located in the Central Alborz Mountain chain and has at least 16 recognized routes for ascending to its peak. There is a long and colorful history of numerous ascends. Some has become quite mythical in their colorful accounts, courageous deeds and tragic ends. The mountain itself is the subject of many mythical and folkloric tales. In the spring the slopes are covered by green pastures and wild flowers. From the peak, one can see quite some distance. To the north there are the waters of the Caspian Sea, to the west there are the waters of Lar reservoir and the sprawling city of Tehran. To the south one can gaze into the vastness of the desert which is called Dasht-e Kavir. A truly remarkable and memorable climb on a unique mountain.
You will sleep in Tehran on your arrival day. The next day after driving for one hour and a half you will be taken outside the capital to the mountains over 4000m in the heart of Alborz Mountain ranges. We will stay in Shemshak village on 2700m (last village before base camp of Kolon Bastak Mountain). This attitude will prepare you physically and mentally for climbing.
Next day morning, with a short transfer, we start ascending to the MT Kolon Bastak peak (4250m). On this trekking route many of Central Alborz Mountains are visible. The summit will give you a good view of Shah Alborz, Tochal (3960 m) and Seechal in the south; Damavand, Kholeno area, Sarakchal (4210m), Abak… in the east; Naz, Kahar, Takht-e-Soleiman massif in the west and the middle part of central Alborz ridge lines with impressive Azadkuh (4400m) in the north. We will have a good view of Dizin, Shemshak and Darband Sar ski resorts as well. After one day rest, we will drive to Damavand base camp and from there we will get on a 4×4 towards the second camp. From here we start ascending to the 3rd camp with 4250 m altitude (Bargah Sevom). The next day is acclimatization day for the PEAK, we will hike up around 5000m and back to our camp. On this night, we sleep early to be prepared for summit day which is the hardest and longest day. On the last day after climbing to the peak, we will descend to the base camp and from there will drive to Larijan hot spring spa before driving back to Tehran.
In this program, you will have enough time to relax, socialize with locals and take photos of the majestic volcano from vintage points. Once on Damavand summit, you will experience the highest point of the Iranian plateau and the Middle East.