- Adventure Packages in Iran
The five main mountains of Iran can be good destinations for a number of activities. For example, trekking, skiing, paragliding, rock-climbing, mountain cycling, and sky running. Among all these, trekking and skiing are more popular and generally booked. Adventure tours in Iran are usually guided and full board unless requested by the participant. In addition, there are one-day city tours. Here, we will go through the main points about traveling to these destinations from an operational point of view.
Considering that the highest of Iran’s mountains is Damavand with 5610m altitude, it is obvious that more tours head to this destination. Therefore, the adventurers who visit Iran can participate in most of the mentioned activities. There are also number of organization, NGOs, and travel agencies that run annual events in this destination. For example, Damavand SkiMo 2019, UIAA Youth Camp 2019 and Mountaineering for All 2018.
Damavand’s most famous package is a 6-7 day program of ascend from south face. It includes one-day acclimatization in a mountain around Tehran and one-day acclimatization in Damavand itself. Do not forget mules or coolies depending the time of the year will carry the loads. Besides, there is a one-hour drive on dirt road that we will take with 4x4s.
Alamkuh is a destination for mountaineers, skiers and rock climbers. In fact, it is famous for its north wall. Alamkuh packages are very similar to that of Damavand. However, they start from the village of Vandarbon. The package that includes an ascent of Alamkuh would be probably a 5-days package. Needless to say, the most popular route of ascend in this destination is Hesarchal. First, there is a one-hour drive in dirt road and then the trekking begins. Mules like in Damavand will carry the loads and duffle bags. There are many +4000 mountains in the area one is our destination of acclimatization. On the next day, Alamkuh is the target.
Mountain Sabalan is in the northwest of Iran, in Ardebil Province. Iran has a number of International Airports that the closest one to Ardebil is that of Tehran and Tabriz. There is a 5-hour drive from Tabriz to Ardebil and a 7-hour drive from Tehran to Ardebil. To start the adventure, the travelers should head to Shabil. There are 4×4 cars to take them to Hosseinieh and then the trekking begins. With an acclimatization day in around 3700-800, the travelers are ready for the 4811m summit. The same destination is suitable for ski as well; however, here we have the option of Alvars resort as well.