Short report of a nice ski tour around Mount Damavand
Lasem and Damavand ski mountaineering was our first skiing tour in 2018
Beginning of March 2018 our trip started in mount Golezard in Polur . Me and Shams from Franc climbed up to 3000 meters We settled the night at a local home in Reyneh village .
Lasem and Damavand ski , View of Damavand from Golezard
Mount Damavand , the highest volcano of Asia
Mount Damavand is the name of a mountain in north of Iran plateau . it is located in the central part of Alborz mountain range. mount Damavand is a potentially active volcano and also it is the highest peak in Iran and also the highest volcano in Asia (about 5671m).
Mount Damavand Location:
It is between Tehran and the southern coast of the Caspian Sea , in Amol County, Mazandaran Province, 69 km northeast of the city of Tehran and 62km southwest of Amol county.
Damavand as a volcano:
the biggest smoke vent on 5550m
Mount Damavand is a potentially active volcano , the first volcanic eruption of this mountain estimated on 1.78 million years ago. But maximum eruption refer to about 600000 to 280000 years ago. The last important eruption that made mount Damavand a high mountain was occurred about 10000 years ago.
Crater diameter is about 400 meters and it’s covered by ice and hard snow all the time.
There are lots of hot hot springs on the lower slopes (biggest one in Ab-e Garm village in Larijan region) and hot sulfur gases emerging near the crater.
These thermal springs at the base and steam vents on the top indicate that a hot magma body is present beneath near the surface of the earth which indicates that this volcano is a little active.
There are about 16 known routes to the summit with different level of difficulty, risk and accessibility .there are four popular route which have shelter and hut in midway and also are more safe and easy : Southern, Northern, Northeastern and western routes.
Here I give you some information about this routes:
The most popular and also oldest and easiest route , which has steps and a camp midway called Saheb-e Zaman mosque(Goosfandsara) at 3000m and Bargah3 Camp/Shelter at 4,256 m .
You can access to this route by 2 hours driving from Tehran along Haraz road to Larijan region. Haraz road is one of the main roads that connect Tehran to Caspian sea.
You can access to southern ridge of Damavand from two villages in Larijan: Polur(2200m) and Reyneh(2300m).
There is a road between Polur and Reyneh and in the middle of this road at 2450 high there is a parking that is open only in summer . in winter you should start trekking from this point. First camp is Saheb-e Zaman mosque at 3120m (end of road) and summer start point for trekking .
The last camp is Bargah Sevom at 4256m . in this area there is a big Hut equipped by kitchen , shop , toilet and also there is an old shelter and plenty of tent place.
This route is the second popular route of Damavand , To access this route you should drive along Haraz road to Polur then dive by 4WD on a dirt road about 1 hours to start point of western road(3250m). there is a big shelter (Simorgh) with 2 floor on 4200m high of this route .
The third popular route of mount Damavand is also the most difficult one , there are two small shelter on 3900m and 4800m high . to access this route you should along Hraz road and 60km before Amol you should continue on a byroad toward Nandal and Miandeh villages(20km) . Nandal(2300m) is the last village and there is some local house (Salehi house) for accommodation .
After 40 min driving from Nandal on a dirt road you will reach to Gosfandsar(2910m) and start trekking.
The longest route of mount Damavand and also the most beautiful one , by ascending Damavand from this route you will have the chance of visiting the biggest glacier of Damavand(Yakhar). there are one shelter on 4400m high (Takht-e Fereydoon). to access this route you should along Hraz road and 80km before Amol you start your trekking from Gazaneh(1650m) village
You can find our Damavand packages here:
About Alborz mountain range
The Alborz , also you can spell it as: Alburz, Elburz or Elborz where is a mountain range in north of Iran plateau that stretches from the border of Azerbaijan along the western and also entire southern coast of the Caspian Sea And ends with connecting to the mountains of North Khorasan.
Where is Alamut region ?
Fantasy image of Alamut castle in “Prince of Persia” movie
Alamut region is a very beautiful and historic region in north east of Qazvin province . it has plenty of touristic attraction ,in addition Alamut is consist of lots of valley and high altitude mountains(above3500m) also there are many villages which are located in the border of Qazvin and Mazandaran province (South and north of Alborz mountain range) consequently it could be one of the best choices for travelers to visit in Iran
you can find one of our Alamut trekking packages here :Trekking (Crossing Alborz)/Alamoot-Kelardasht (8 days)
or customize your own trip here