Damavand, Alamkuh and cultural tour
This tour provides an amazing trip to Iran and climbing the highest mountain in the middle east. Alamkuh peak with 4848 m height is the second-highest mountain in Iran. For getting prepared to ascend Damavand Mount, we have to start with lower mountains like Lashkarak. Damavand Mountain with 5610 m is the highest mountain in the middle east and we will ascend that. We have precisely planned for an acclimatization day due to having a successful ascent.
Damavand is one of the most accessible 5,000-meter peaks in the world, with 16 routes with different levels of difficulties to climb. Some of these routes are suitable for more experienced climbers who are equipped technically. On the other hand, a route such as the Yakhar Valley, which is one of the most famous glaciers in Iran, is considered an almost impossible route to climb. The water springs in the southern slope have made it the most famous climbing route, and the climbers who choose this route camp at an altitude of 4,250 meters; The western ascent route is also famous for its stunning sunset views. The best time to climb Damavand is from June to early October, and the cold winter months are recommended only for seasonal climbers.
After a serious 10-days adventure, we will visit the delightful Shiraz city and Isfahan, afterward, a great night stay in Matin Abad desert camp. It will take you at least three or four days to explore the countless sights in Shiraz. A city with amazing sights that is unique among other cities in the country, both in terms of nature tourism and in terms of culture and history.
Speaking of Isfahan, it has been the capital of Iran in many different periods during Iran's history, and that is why, most of Isfahan's attractions, which also have a historical aspect, have been registered in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The main aspect that has made Isfahan very famous is that the graceful Islamic architecture of this city has made this city very special in its kind.Are you interested in other climbing tours in Iran? Check Alamut and Damavand climbing tour.
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The entire passengers will arrive in Tehran and greeted at IKA
airport and transferred to the hotelACC: Hotel in TehranMEALS: BLD
Head to the North
At the hotel, enjoy a breakfast buffet with beverage choices including milk, coffee, tea, water. After breakfast in hotel leave hotel towards Vandarbon (2400m) via Roudbarak Village (1400m). We will go for a drive in direction of Vandarbon (2400m/6h). We will stay overnight in the Mountain hut.ACC: Mountaineering Federation ShelterMEALS: BLDASCEND: 2400 mTIME: 6 hrs
Trek to 3800m
Today after breakfast the trekking in the Alborz Mountains starts after an adventurous ride to the small town of Tang-e Galu, (3300m 1h). After the mules are loaded, the group starts to move to wonderful Hessarchal (3800m/3h trekking). Overnight stay in tent.ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1400 mTIME: 4 hrs
Warm up for the summit
Trekking starts at dawn, keep on trekking to ascend different peaks that are accessible from this point; Lashgarak (4320 m, 4 h ), Majirkesh(4580 m, 4 h), Please note last ascend to these peaks subject to weather condition, the time and group members `s ability.ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 550 mTIME: 4 hrs
Alamkuh(4850m 4h). Please note last ascend to these peaks subject to weather condition, the time and group members `s ability. So tour leader will review on which would be better to ascend first and the following later. At the end of every 2 ascend days, we will come back to Hesarchal and stay overnight in tent and the following day next ascend starts at dawn and then come back to the same idyllic destination Hessarchal.ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 260 mTIME: 4 hrs
To the amazing Damavand
We will trek back to Vandarbon (2190m, around 4h) and drive back to Roudbarak (1400m/1h). We start driving to Polour Village (2250m) via Caspian Sea region (6hour). After a few hours of free of time for photo shooting continue driving to Polour in Damavand Region. We will arrive late in the evening and stay in a lodge.ACC: LodgeMEALS: BLDDESCEND: 2390 mTIME: Up to 10 hrs
Damavand base camp
In the morning we will board the motor coach to Gusfand Sara (3020m), After the mules are loaded, the group starts to move to Bargah-e Sevom (4200m 5h), Overnight stay there in new hut.ACC: Mountain HutMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1180 mTIME: Full Day
Early summit push. We start trek up to the highest point of Iran and the entire Orient- Damavand (5671m about 5-6 hour). Following hiking around the summit crater (about 20 minutes) is performed, the descent to the lodge where you can stay again (4150m 5-6 hours).ACC: lodgeMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1471 mDESCEND:1521 mTIME: Full Day
Reserve day or trek down
Day for reserve if needed for summit. If it`s not needed, we will return to Tehran. Note that the extra cost of returning earlier is not including the price. Therefore extra cost will apply. Please see notes on Extra cost below.ACC: Hotel in TehranMEALS: BLDTIME: Full Day
Explore the capital
Following day after breakfast trek down to Gousfand Sara (3020m 5-6 hour) where we drive back to Tehran (2h). In Tehran we can make a visit to Bazar and then we will come back to the hotel to get ready for flight to Shiraz. Check out the hotel and transfer to Mehrabad Airport. Local restaurant plated meals. Check in the hotel in Shiraz.ACC: Hotel in ShirazMEALS: BLDDESCEND: 1130 mTIME: 6 hrs
Shiraz city tour
Walk leisurely during a full-day excursion to Shiraz.ACC: Hotel in ShirazMEALS: BLDTIME: Full Day
Continue Shiraz city tour
Today is time to explore Shiraz city, known as the “City of Roses and Nightingales.” We will begin our exploration with a visit to the tomb of Hafez, Iran’s greatest lyric poet. Our next step is the Quran Gate, the entrance of Shiraz. It was originally built in the 10th century. During restoration in the mid-18th century, a small room added on top of the gate to house handwritten Qurans. It was believed that the Quran would bless every person who passed through the gate. Local restaurant plated meals. Continuing our exploration in the afternoon, we will see Narenjestan Garden, circa 1257 CE. The garden includes a richly decorated pavilion set among graceful trees. Our afternoon of discovery will conclude at We will then walk to Vakil Complex, first we will see Vakil Mosque, following to Vakil Bazaar, originally established in the 11th century CE, one of the finest and important bazaars of historical Iran. Local restaurant plated meals. At night we will visit dazzling interior of Venetian glass and the exterior of the Shah Cheragh or Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh Holy Shrine with its bulbous domeACC: Hotel in IsfahanMEALS: BLD
full- day excursion to Isfahan (easy walk). Full day city tour in Isfahan, visit Imam and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, Ali Qapou and Chehel Sotun Palaces, Bazaar. In the afternoon old bridges. O/N in Isfahan. Breakfast: Hotel buffet. After breakfast leave hotel to Naghsh-e Jahan Square known as Imam Square, as a historical and one of UNESCO`s world heritage site surrounded by buildings from Safavid era. Local restaurant plated meals.
Our exploration begins at Ali Qapu – had been originally designed as a vast portal. It is forty-
eight meters high and there are six floors, each accessible by a difficult spiral staircase. In the sixth floor, Music Hall, deep circular niches are found in the walls, having not only aesthetic value, but also acoustic. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, Jame Masque, Chehel Sotun Palace.
Local restaurant plated meals.
Later in the afternoon we’ll wander along the banks of the Zayandeh Rood to enjoy the ancient bridges including the Allah Verdi Khan Bridge, known as the bridge of 33 arches, built by Zayandeh Abbas I. and spend tea breaks in a traditional teahouse.ACC: Hotel in IsfahanMEALS: BLD
Night in Desert
After breakfast check out the hotel to Vank Cathedral in Jolfa Quarter. Lunch: Local restaurant plated meals.
Following everyone will board the motor coach towards Matin Abad Eco camp; en route make a visit to Jame Mosque of Natanz, Abyane; a beautiful village where people still wear traditional clothes.
Then keep driving toward Matin Abad Eco camp, have Farwell dinner in a restaurant, O/N in Matin Abad.ACC: Matinabad Eco-campMEALS: BLD
Early in the morning we will transfer to IKA (283km 3h) for flight home.MEALS: BLDDISTANCE: 283 kmTIME: 3 hrs
ServicesLocationHotel/AccommodationNightsTehranHotel2Vandarbon villageMountain Shelter1HessarchalTent3DamavandLodge1Bargah_E SevvomHut2ShirazHotel2IsfahanHotel2MatinabadEco-camp1
- Professional English-speaking guides for the trekking
- Professional German-speaking guide for the cultural tours
- A single Tehran Airport transfer at the beginning
- Transfer from Matinabad to the airport at the end
- All land transport involved in the itinerary
- Tehran-Shiraz domestic flight as mentioned in the itinerary (price is subject to change)
- Peak fees
- Guided tours with the entrance fee
Not included :
- Travel insurance
- Iranian visa fees
- Tips for local guides and support staff
- Miscellaneous expenses – souvenirs and drinks etc.
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