TAG ALONG for an expedition to Mt Damavand, one of the Volcanic Seven Summits
This 18,506-foot volcano is located in the Alborz mountain range in Iran. Last erupted 7300 years ago, this UNESCO national world heritage site is a home to unique diversity of flora and fauna including Brown Trout, Iris demawendica, Mountain Goats, and the Caspian Snowcock bird.
This dormant volcano and the highest peak in Middle East plays a special place in Persian mythology being it’s the magnificent hero in many of Persian folklore and poems.
Mount Damavand has four main routes with different climbing grades and characters, the most popular face is the classic South route. As this hike is meant for intermediate hiker with minimal technical skills, we will be going during the beginning of summer where there is more flower blooming and the route is not yet crowded.
Day 01- Arrival Day, 30th May
Pick up at airport on arrival (main group)
Check in into hotel, free and easy
Rendezvous with the Alamut team (D)
Day 02- Free day- 31st May
Say goodbye to the Alamut team
Tehran Day tour (*if you extend from Alamut, you would not going for this tour, it will be free and easy day)
Overnight stay in hotel. (B/L)
Day 03- transfer to Polur- Ascending to camp/hut- 1st June
Early morning at 6.00 a.m. Travel from Tehran to Polur with a private vehicle which takes 1.5 hours. We will have breakfast and shift the car with a 4x4 and move to Mosque (Goosfandsara) 2900 m, the start point of trekking (B/L/D)
We will start trekking to the camp (Bargah sevom) 4250 m with a light backpack and extra luggage will be carried by mules. Ascending to the camp usually takes about 5 hours. Bargah sevom is a big camp with an equipped hut. We will have overnight stay at the camp/hut. (B, L, D)
Day 04: Acclimatization- 2nd June
This day is acclimatization day. After breakfast we will ascend to about 4800 m, spending there for an hour and turn back to the camp. Taking rest for a while and getting prepared for summit day. Overnight stay at the camp /hut. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Summit day- 3rd June
Light breakfast in the early morning and start ascending towards the summit at 5.00 a.m. The trail to summit is not technical though deeper snow might be encountere, going slow and being adapted with the high altitude is the most important factor. Average time for the summit is 7 hours and another 3 hours for descending to the camp. Overnight stay at the camp/hut. (B, L, D)
Day 06: Descending and return to Tehran- 4th June
After breakfast we will break the camp and start descending to Mosque. Extra luggage will be carried by mules. A 4x4 car will pick up us to Polur. Then we will shift the car. Having lunch in a local restaurant and back to Tehran to your Hotel. (B, L)
Day 07: Departure day- 5th June
Depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to IKA to take your flight.
Trail Grading: 4.0
PHYSICALLY DEMANDING, NOT FOR BEGINNER
*Requires snow trekking at some sections especially near the summit
LAND COST (MAX 15 slots)
If you take both Alamut trek + Damavand extension together, Damavand land cost would be discounted at 1300SGD (total cost for both will be 3150SGD).
Registration and Payment Details:
Step 1- Deposit of $500 via ATM/Bank transfer to ADVENTURES UNLIMITED, DBS CURRENT A/C - 0039351950
Step 2: Whatsapp proof of payment receipt to Jane +65 9102 0550 (IMPORTANT: PLEASE INDICATE "DAMAVAND 2020).
Step 3 Receipt for payment will be issued and you will be added into a dedicated whatsapp chat for this trip four months (latest Jan 2020) prior to the trip or when the trip is full, whichever earlier.
Inclusions and Exclusions
All the ground transportation
Local English speaking guides (cultural and trek)
Logistic porter, drivers and guides
Trip support from Adventures Unlimited
Trek leader to assist participants and facilitate the trip
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
Three nights city hotel accommodation
Three nights in mountain hut or campsite
Camping Equipments including tents if required and sleeping bag/mats
Cooking staff and equipment during the trek
Daily luggage forwarding service during trek (max 15kg) by mules
Group medical supplies (first aid kit)
Tehran City Tour (*Not applicable for Alamut+Davamand package)
Entrance Fees during the City tours (*Not applicable for Alamut+Davamand package)
All necessary paper works and national park entry permits.
All government taxes, vat, tourist service charges
Adventures Unlimited will assist with visa application.
However, visa application fee is not included as it differ from nationality to nationality (as of 2019, Singaporean visa will cost 55 EURO(based on Oct 2019 listing)
Minimum time required for Visa Application is one month, please register and we will help you to apply early.
Please check with us if you are unsure about the visa application
Cost doesn't include
International Flight tickets (Estimated to be between 1000-1400sgd)
Travel insurance (**required to have for visa application, must cover IRAN)
Personal equipment (Equipment List)
Visa Fee (* visa application support will be provided)
All kind drinks (hot, cold and alcoholic) along the trek/at hotel mini bar
Personal shopping and laundry, shower etc.
Guide and driver tips (advised at USD5 per participants per day)
Anything else not listed in the inclusion above
Until 16 weeks prior to departure – 100% Refund of balance paid
14 weeks prior to departure – 50% Refund of balance paid
12 weeks prior to departure – 0% Refund of balance paid
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