I climbed Damavand from south in two days, it was beautiful! Iran is a very nice country hand the people are very helpful! For pictures and trip report see: www.hikr.org/tour/post1260.html
The first time in Damavand I brought my backpack to Bargahsevvom myself but from the second time I always let the lovely mules do it for me.If you ask me now what I like the most about Damavand I would say MULES!
I've climbed it from south , west and north faces in different years in summer .
I've climbed it from 3 times from west and south faces in 3 different years .
view : third shelter 4100 , Ice waterfall near 5100 and Top of DAMAVAND
A very nice climb - Summited in 4.5 hours. A snowstorm caught us on the way down, and we got lost. Got back to the hut after 5 hours :-)
I climbed solo. The first day I travelled from Tehran by share taxi then climbed to Bargah-e-Sevom shelter, 4150m. On the second day I summited mid-morning and returned to Tehran that afternoon.
This was my first summit of a volcano. The climb was enjoyable and problem free however the mountain was colder than expected with chilling winds. Visibility was poor for much of the way.
We guided the first ascension to DAMAVAND peak by disabled climbers (Spaniards blindmen, visual handicapers and deaf and dumb men as well).
It was a sunny but windy day however once again our collegues showed to everyone their outstanding willpower and sacrifice spirit.
I hope them these few words encourage to continue climbing all over the world.
Beautiful volcano, pretty easy compared to alam kuh at this time of the year.
Still much snowy, which allowed me to ski (with mini-skis....) from 5000 to 3500 meters.
We have reached the summit of Mt. Damavand on skis in April, 26, 2004. Then, a ski descend via the Shelter III and Shelter II on the south side. First 300 altitude meters there were the snow conditions really terrible due to the Damavand's volcanic activity. Then, a great and wonderful skking!
Damavand is a great mountain.
Iranians also great people and they help us in everything. We was a team with 4 Greeks, 1 Czech, and Turkish and we were guided by Mehdi from Tehran a very good climbing guide. The north route is not so easy, the are a rock part about III-IV difficult.
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Iran is a nice country with GREAT people.
First day from Goosfand Sara to shelter at 4150m, got sick because of altitude, next day rest at shelter at 4150m and 3rd day from the shelter to the summit without problems in 4,5 hours, back down in 2 hours. Only negative thing is the sulfer near the summit but.... a great mountian to climb. Very beautiful.
We were a group of 5 Americans who arranged our trip through Araz Travels (www.araz.org) which we HIGHLY recommend. The guides they provided were some of the best mountaineers in Iran who had summited 8000M peaks. In addition to the guides, even our cook had reached the South Summit of Everest.
We spent one night at Goosfand Sara (2900 m), two nights at Bargah-e-Sevom shelter (4150 m) and started early on the 3rd day to summit Damavand. Four of us made the summit with our two guides.
We had expected a basic snow/ice climb and brought ice axes and crampons. On our 2nd day we used them on an acclimatization hike, but we didn't need them even in early June on this route.
The climbing was quite cold on the summit day, due to the early start (4:30AM) and some wind, but once we neared the summit the wind died down. The sulfur near the top was unpleasant.
None of us had been above 15,000ft. before this climb and several of us experienced some mild altitude sickness, especially on the descent. Maybe an additional acclimatization day at the Bargah-e-Sevom shelter would have helped.
Iran was so beautiful and we had no problems whatsoever. It is unfortunate that so many Westerners are unwilling to travel there at this time. The Iranian people are some of the warmest people in the world. Even as I am writing this, I am planning a ski trip through Araz Travels to ski in Jan. 2004 in Iran. If anybody has any questions, please feel free to contact me:
Dave Hess (email@example.com)
After a three days brutal snowstorm we reached the summit. It was a shiny happy but terribly cold day when we get the top!
I sumitted Damavand about 2 years ago. On the sumit I met a girl named Vida Namdar. I was wondering if anybody knows her. She was a student at a local university and member of the moutaineering federation.
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This year (2002) I and my wife,Sarah,accompanying with two of my friends,Hossein & Akram ascended DAMAVAND.
Somehow this ascend was to the memorial of the first anniversary of our engagement cermony on ALLAH O AKBAR wall with the height of 200 meters.On the height of 150 meters I and Sarah exchanged rings.It was a kind of adventurous cermony!!!
Something that I should mention about DAMAVAND is the fact that SICKNESS OF MOUNTAIN and the SMELL OF SOLFOUR must be taken under considration.
Using garlic could help with the problem of SOLFOUR.
I summited Damavand on Septebmer 4th 2001. The trip started from Tehran to town of Polour and then on to village of Reineh. From there we went to the base camp and stayed there for the night for acclimatization. Next day we climbed to the mid-camp (Bargah e sevom) and stayed overnight. The next day some of us successfully summited. I summited at 1:40 PM. It was the greatest experience of my life.
There were 9 people in our expedition. Denis, Colin and Alistair from Scotland and three Iranians in our team Fereidoon, his brother Kamal and myself (Reza). The scotts had came to Iran on business and Fereidoon was their colleague. No they were not wearing skirts even though they were from Scotland.
We had a lot of fun. Scotts summited first and I summited 3 hours later and Fereidoon and Kamal returned midway.
Altitude sickness is a defenite problem, take your time, start early, pack light and use the mule service available at the base camp to carry your stuff up to midcamp.
good luck to all.