A hike to Kolon Bastak summit (4150m) along with climbing MT Damavand (5610m)

Private Tour
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Services

Challenging

Accommodation

  • 3 Nights Camp
  • 2 Nights Local House

Meals

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners

Transport

  • 4WD
  • Private vehicle
  • Mule

Trip Highlights

  • Possibly the best trekking option outside Tehran in a non-touristic area of Central Alborz Mountains
  • Ascend Mt. Koloon Bastak with 4156 meters altitude for Mt Damavand acclimatization
  • Visit untouched villages in central Alborz
  • Eat local organic dairy
  • Climb Damavnd Mountain (5610m) the Asia’s highest volcano
  • Observe wild life and a frozen waterfall
  • A rejuvenating mineral bath after a memorable climb in Larijan mineral hot spring spa

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • mules for backpacks (limited to 15kg per person)
  • climbing permit for Damavand
  • Provided gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows, duffel bag for non-trek items left at our office.

Excluded

  • 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

Trip Notes

Please inform us ahead if you are vegetarian or you have any special dietary requirements.
We advise you to arrange your departure date to Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Weekends in Iran are Thursdays and Fridays. The road to Damavand south face will be crowded with drivers or local mountain climbers during this time.
If for any reason, such as weather conditions or unexpected health problems of participants further stay is inevitable, extra costs would be chargeable.

One hour driving outside Tehran will take you to the mountains over 4000m enabling you to have a good acclimatization program for Damavand. You will stay in a local home in a village (2000m) in Central Alborz Mountain getting ready for the high altitude. This attitude will prepare you physically and mentally for climbing.
The day after we will drive-up to 3300m by car to another village to start ascending to the peak. On the trekking route many of Central Alborz Mountains are visible. The summit will give you a good view of the 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 ridgelines with the impressive tip of the Azadkuh (4400m) outstanding in the north. We will have a good view of Dizin, Shemshak and Darband Sar ski resorts as well.
The next day we will drive to Damavand base camp and from there we will go by 4x4 towards the second camp. We start ascending toward the 3rd camp “Bargah Seveom”. The next day is acclimatization day and we will hike up to 5000m and come back to our camp. We sleep early to be prepared for the summit day. This day is the hardest and longest day. After ascending to the top we will come back to our camp. The last day is descending to the base camp and from there we will go to Larijan hot spring spa before driving back to Tehran.
In this itinerary you will have plenty of time to relax, mix with locals in the spectacular scenery and an opportunity to photograph the majestic volcano from vintage point. Once on the pick you will experience the highest point of the Iranian plateau and the Middle East.

Itinerary

  • Drive to the heart of Central Alborz Mountain staying in the village.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Dinner
    Transport
    Private vehicle
  • Drive to the base camp of the Mt Koloon Bastak and back to the village.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • In the early morning (around 6 A.M), we will drive from the village to Raineh village (base camp) which will take about 2 hours. Hike up to the 3rd camp.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • This day is 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.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • We will start climbing from 4200m to the top 5671m. This day will be the hardest day since we will push for the summit which usually takes about 6 to 7 hours.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
    Transport
    Mule
  • Descending to second camp (Goosfand Sara). This morning total descending time would be approx 4-5 hours, 1250m. Back to Tehran.

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Transport
    4WD

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 Dashte Kavir. A truly remarkable and memorable climb on a unique mountain.