Climb The Roof of Iran
Mount Damavand (Persian: دماوند [dæmɒːvænd]), a potentially active volcano, is a stratovolcano which is the highest peak in Iran and the highest volcano in Asia; the Kunlun Volcanic Group in Tibet is higher than Damāvand, but are not considered to be volcanic mountains. Damāvand has a special place in Persian mythology and folklore. It is in the middle of the Alborz range, adjacent to Varārū, Sesang, Gol-e Zard, and Mīānrūd. It is near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, in Amol County, Mazandaran Province, 66 kilometres (41 miles) northeast of the city of Tehran. It is the 12th most prominent peak in the world, and the second most prominent in Asia after Mount Everest. It is part of the Volcanic Seven Summits mountaineering challenge.
To complete the challenge you must reach the summit of Mount Damavand. There are at least 16 known routes to the summit, with varying levels of difficulty. Some of them are dangerous and require rock climbing. The most popular route is the southern route which has steps and a camp midway called Bargah Sevom Camp.
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A good first place to start is the Mount Damavand Wikipedia page, which covers practical information as well as symbolism and mythology. Then to get more in depth and all the information you need to take on this summit, visit Hi Tehran Hostel for their Ultimate Guide to the Middle East’s highest mountain. For details on taking on Damavand through an organised tour, visit Alibaba Trek. They offer various treks to the summit as well as all around Iran across deserts and jungles. Finally for a guide to a hike up to the summit, check out The Culture Trip.
EXPEDITION IRAN // Climbing Mt Damavand 5,671m
Mark and his father had this crazy idea of climbing the highest mountain in the Middle East: the volcano of Mount Damavand in Iran. Why not? That’s what they thought. Upon arrival they immediately noticed the beauty of this wonderful country and it’s people. Starting their trip in Isfahan, the cultural capital of Iran. After a few days of getting used to the surroundings they headed to the Lar National Park to start the expedition. The climb took a total of 4 days, with little time for acclimatisation. Nevertheless, all 8 people in their group made it to the summit. Mark advises that Iran is a beautiful place, that he can only recommend you to visit. Believing the hospitality of the people you come across will leave you impressed. For more adventures subscribe to Mark on his YouTube channel or follow his Facebook.