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 difficulty 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 and Alamkuh 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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You are here in Tehran and ready for an adventure of a lifetime. After greeting your fellow explorers at IKA airport, head to the hotel and dump your stuff in your room. Rest well cause an exciting journey awaits you. You’ll soon find out why you needed this tour to fulfill your desire for adventure. See you in the morning!ACC: Hotel in TehranMEALS: BLD
Head to the North
Ready for an adventurous day? Then head down to breakfast because we got a long ride ahead. We got a bit of drive today (2400m/6h) towards Vandarbon via Roudbarak Village, and we’ll be stopping for a few pictures and snacks on our way. Take in the scenery around you and make sure to ask anything from our expert trip leader. Soak up some good times with the friends you made on the way until we arrive at our destination. So be ready to delve deeper into a thrilling adventure. However, before that, rest well and sleep tight in the mountain hut.ACC: Mountaineering Federation ShelterMEALS: BLDASCEND: 2400 mTIME: 6 hrs
Trek to 3800m
Rise and shine! Strap on those hiking boots because it’s finally time to hit the road and go trekking. After having breakfast, we make tracks to the small town of Tang-e Galu (3300m/1h). Just when the mules are loaded, we begin our exciting trekking in the Alborz Mountains. Our fellow explorers and we will then start moving towards the wonderful Haraschal. We have 3 hours of trekking (3800m), but that is not all. For the night after dinner, get all cozy and stay over in tents. This adventure cannot get any better than this!ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1400 mTIME: 4 hrs
Warm up for the summit
In the mood for more trekking? We have your back! Early in the morning, just as the sun begins to rise, we continue our journey while watching the sunrise. We keep on trekking and ascending different accessible peaks from this point. We can conquer the nearby summits and appreciate the beautiful landscape they have. Lashgarak (4320m, 4h), the second-highest mountain peak in Iran, and Majirkesh (4580m, 4h) are planned for trekking destinations. However, there’s more in store yet!ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 550 mTIME: 4 hrs
Time to hit the road and get pumped for concurring Alamkuh! Our ascending plan depends on weather conditions (please be good), the time, and our fellow explorers’ ability. However, don’t you worry, we’ve got this. Our expert tour leader will review which peak would be better to ascend first and which one to follow later based on each and every situation. At the end of every two ascend days; we will be back in Heraschal and stay overnight in a tent. The following day, the next ascend starts at dawn, and then again, got to go back and stay the night in our cozy tents in Hessarchal.ACC: TentMEALS: BLDASCEND: 260 mTIME: 4 hrs
To the amazing Damavand
Another day, another mind-blowing adventure ahead. It is time to make tracks towards Vandarbon (2190m, around 4h) and drive back to Roudbarak (1400m/1h). We then begin our ride to Polour Village via the Caspian Sea region. We have a few hours of free time, so swap those socials and take your pictures. Soak up some good times as much as you can. After we are done with our photo shooting, we continue driving to Polour Village in the Damavand region. Once we arrive, it will be late in the evening, then you will be free to explore till we head back to our accommodation for sleep.ACC: LodgeMEALS: BLDDESCEND: 2390 mTIME: Up to 10 hrs
Damavand base camp
It is another beautiful day! Say good day to whom you are sharing the ride with on the motorcoach. We are heading to Gusfandsara (3020m), and once we arrive, you are going to face an out-of-this-world scenery. The highest mountain in the Middle East is right in front of you. How cool is that? Once the mules are loaded, we make tracks towards Bargah-e Sevom (4200m, 5h). The adventure’s only beginning now. Overnight sleep tight in a new hut, and be ready for the most exciting day of your trip.ACC: Mountain HutMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1180 mTIME: Full Day
The day is finally here! Ready for the summit push of Damavand? Then let’s get it. Trek up to the highest point of Iran and the entire Orient Damavand (5671m, 5-6 hours). For about 20 minutes, we hike around the summit crater. Don’t blame the fam for the smell; that’s the smell of Sulfate in your nose. If the ascend is successful, we head back to our lodge. If not, DW cause we planned a reserve day beforehand.ACC: lodgeMEALS: BLDASCEND: 1471 mDESCEND:1521 mTIME: Full Day
Reserve day or trek down
Couldn’t do the summit push? Don’t be worried! We have got you covered. Reserve day is planned if needed for the summit. If not, we will return to the capital, the marvelous Tehran. Note that the additional cost of returning earlier does not include the price. Please see notes on extra costs down below. Enjoy the one last hike on the trails cause we are rolling out in the morning, and turn our attention to some of the super-scenic cities of Iran. The crazy-good sceneries are not over yet!ACC: Hotel in TehranMEALS: BLDTIME: Full Day
Explore the capital
Got to leave the glorious Damavand behind today. After breakfast, we trek down from the lodge to Gosfansara (3020m, 5-6 hours), where we drive back to Tehran (2h). Once we arrive, you will be free to explore or kick back and take it all in. If you need our hot tip, then visit the Grand Bazaar of Tehran before getting ready for the flight to Shiraz. Check out the hotel and transfer to Mehrabad Airport. We sure as hell are not done yet!ACC: Hotel in ShirazMEALS: BLDDESCEND: 1130 mTIME: 6 hrs
Shiraz city tour
Today is your day! Here is a free day we prepared earlier. You are free to do whatever you want. Walk around the lovely streets of Shiraz and buy yourself a hot cup of Persian tea to wash all the exhaustion away from your body. Shiraz is famous for its orange blossoms, so do not miss the sweet scent of orange blossoms in your tea. Tonight, chill at the hotel and prepare for the last exciting days of your trip.ACC: Hotel in ShirazMEALS: BLDTIME: Full Day
Continue Shiraz city tour
Do you want history, culture, and art all in one place? Luckily, Shiraz has it all. City of Roses and Nightingales (romantic, is not it?) will surprise you with its endless history and art. Speaking of romance, visit the tomb of Hafez, the greatest lyric poet of Iran, for some meaningful poems and a memorable atmosphere. Then, we turn our attention to the Quran Gate, the entrance to Shiraz City. In olden times, it was believed that the Quran Gate would bless every person who passed through the gate. After being blessed by the gate, it is finally time to fill our bellies with a delicious Persian meal. What next? Our exploration continues in the afternoon. We will see Narenjestan Garden, a richly decorated pavilion set among graceful trees. Our afternoon discovery will end by visiting Vakil Complex. First, we will see the Vakil Mosque, followed by the Vakil Bazaar, one of the exquisite bazaars of historical Iran. You do not want to miss this one. Finally, for the night, dinner is on us. Then we wrap up our excursion by visiting the dazzling interior of Venetian glass and the exterior of the Shah Cheragh or Ali Ebn-e Hamzeh Holy Shrine with its bulbous dome.ACC: Hotel in IsfahanMEALS: BLD
Hope you charged your camera last night because we are visiting Isfahan today. You might have heard about how Isfahan is famous for being half of the world. Well, how about seeing it with your own eyes? We start with the most famous mosques of Isfahan, Imam, and Sheikh Lotfollah Mosques, which are literally a piece of art. After breakfast, we leave the hotel to Naghsh-e Jahan Square, known as Imam Square, a historical and UNESCO World Heritage site surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. After soaking up all the amazingness at UNESCO World Heritage Site, we head to a local restaurant and have our lunch. Our exploration continues at Ali Qapu – which had been originally designed as a vast portal. If you catch these sceneries with your camera, you have bragging rights for life. Dinner is on us, so enjoy your time having a meal in an Isfahani restaurant. Later in the afternoon, we will wander along the banks of the Zayandeh Rood to enjoy the ancient bridge showing off its beauty. Alongside the Allah Verdi Khan Bridge, known as the bridge of 33 arches, built by Zayandeh Abbas I. Finally, we finish the night with a hot cup of tea in a cozy, delightful teahouse.ACC: Hotel in IsfahanMEALS: BLD
Night in Desert
You tried the food, met the locals, culture, and history, you embraced it all, but now it is over. You should already start planning the next adventure, but before that, let’s head to Vank Cathedral in Jolfa Quarter. We will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before following our fellow explorers boarding the motorcoach towards Matin Abad Eco camp. We have got you surprises along the way. There is more exploring in store yet! We stop by the Jame Mosque of Natanz and Abyaneh Village, a beautiful village where people still wear traditional clothes. The sweet taste of their delicious cookies is something you can never forget. Tonight, we will give this incredible adventure the farewell it deserves at our last group feed.ACC: Matinabad Eco-campMEALS: BLD
Wave goodbye to Matin Abad Eco camp. Sleeping under a starry night is truly a magical memory. So pack your bags and sleep tight cause early in the morning, we will transfer to IKA (283km 3h) for the flight home. This tour might have come to a close, but for us, with a heightened sense of adventure, the adventure never ends! Reunion trip next year? Hope to see you soon on another exciting Iran Adventure Tour.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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