Climbing Damavand

Trekking an enormous volcano such as Damavand 5671 meters above sea level in Iran is very rewarding. Climbing to this giant summit in summer season is not technically difficult and does not need major climbing skills but it requires a good physical fitness. The main challenges of climbing are Damavand Weather and acclimatization, the fact that the air gets thinner with less oxygen as you go higher towards the peak.

Climbing Mount Damavand Iran
Climbing Mount Damavand Iran

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Damavand High Camp

On the south route of Mount Damavand Iran the highest campsite is called Camp 3 Bargah Sevom, the third camp or simply Bargah. At the third camp there are two safe havens and some tenting and camping places for overnight and accommodation at altitude just above 4200 meters above the sea level. Damavand Old Shelter at 4220 masl is the oldest refuge and Damawand New Hut at 4250 masl, is the newest mountain resort in the area.

Damavand Old Shelter at 4220 masl and Damawand New Hut 4250 masl
Damavand Old Shelter 4220 m
Damawand New Hut 4250 m

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Mount Damavand Base Camp
The Camp 2 or the second campsite of the Damavand is called Goosfand Sara (or Mosque). Damavand Base Camp is located at altitude 3040 meters above sea level. It is the summer starting point for the south route. In this area there is a small shelter, a mosque and a sheepfold. Unfortunately Goosfand Sara is not an ideal mountaineering campsite for camping and tenting in summer climbing season because it is too crowded, very noisy and dirty. Find more information about Damavand Base Camp.

Damavand Base Camp
Damavand Base Camp 3040 masl

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Damavand Accommodation

For a safe and a secure climb to any mountain is necessary to find the best place for accommodation and use the safest mountain resorts in the area. If you want to trek  Damavand from the south route, the following resorts are the safest places for your settlement. Damavand Camp 1 Polour Hut in Polour Village as the first camp and the best starting point and Damavand Camp 3 New Hut as the high camp.

Damavand Camp 1 Polour Hut
Damavand Camp 1 Polour Hut 2250 masl

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Damavand Acclimatization

In technical terms trekking to Damavand is not difficult in summer season. But physically it is a difficult trek. The main challenges of the climb are Damavand Weather, sulfur smokes and acclimatization, the air gets thinner with less oxygen as you go higher. To increase the chance of success and lower the risk of AMS and to enjoy a safe trek to this summit it is essential to get accustomed to this new environment.
The best resorts to acclimatize for climbers who want to trek Damavand from south route are Camp 1 Polour Resort at 2250 masl and Camp3 Bargah Sevom New Hut at 4250 masl.

Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom New Hut
Damavand Camp3 Bargah Sevom New Hut 4250 masl

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Damavand Difficulty
Mount Damavand in Iran is famous for its gentle climbing slopes. Trekking this 5671 meters (18,605 feet) giant volcanic mountain is technically moderate but physically it is a tough challenge and requires a very good physical fitness. The main challenges of the climb are Damavand Weather, acclimatization and the sulfur smokes. The difficulty of Damavand in summer trekking is comparable to Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania and Mount Everest Base Camp. But Damavand Winter Climbing is a quite different story, it is very difficult and may be compared to a 7000 m peak or more.

Damavand Difficulty
Damavand Difficulty

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Damavand First Camp Polour

Damavand First Campsite is called Polour Resort. It is the best starting point for trekking Damavand in Iran either from the classic south route or the west route. Polur complex campsite is a shortcut to the mountain and is an ideal place for accommodation and acclimatization in the area. Polour Resort is a quite suitable mountain hut and is made by Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation (also called Mountain Climbing Federation of Iran) and it is administered by the same organization.

Damavand First Camp Polour Resort
Damavand First Camp Polour Resort

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