Here comes the Sabalan – Damavand Ski touring package. Naturally, the program includes skiing on Sabalan (4811m) and Damavand (5610m) and in the mentioned order. Damavand is the highest mountain of Iran. Like Mount Fuji, it holds a cultural and even national significant representing the country. Damavand has been in many poems and myths. It is the place where Arash stands and defines the border of the country. Sabalan on the other hand, is very spiritual. In ancient time, people who summited Sabalan were like pilgrims, treated with much respect. For this program, we will summit the two mentioned mountains. There is also a one-day city tour of Tehran and a very relaxing time in the hot water springs of Sarein. Below you can find more details about Sabalan and Damavand Ski Touring program.
- Accommodation (hotel, lodge, shelter, villa, local house, …)
- Transportation (domestic flight, airport, city, between cities, 4×4, …)
- Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, lunchbox)
- Beverages (only those served with food)
- Guide (mountain, ski, city tour)
- Means of carrying loads (mule, porter, camel)
- Ascend Permits
- Visa reference code
- Mountain Accidents Insurance
- International flight
- Visa fee
- Personal travel insurance
- Hotel minibar or café
- Tips to guides and staff
- Services not mentioned above
- Extra days or reservations
- Single room supplement
Day 1: Arrival to Tehran (1189m) and Ardebil (1500m)
Now, the Sabalan and Damavand ski touring program officially begins. After arrival to IKA airport and meeting Atour Adventure agent, we will drive to Mehrabad airport for a domestic flight to Ardebil. Then we will check into hotel and rest.
Day 2: Acclimatization in Aigar (3950m)
On this day, we will head for the Aigar peak with an altitude of 3950 meters. With our descend, we have 8 hours of ski touring. Next, we will return to Dorna camp and spend the night there. We have lunchbox and our dinner is in camp.
Day 3: Heading to Sabalan shelter (3700m)
Now it is time to head to Sabalan. First, we drive to Shabil (2800m). It will take around 2 hours. Then, we will go to the shelter in northeast side (3700m). Be ready for 5-6 hours of ascend. For night, we remain in shelter. Our guide will prepare the meals.
Day 4: Ski touring on Sabalan Mountain (4811m)
Now the final step, we head to the Sabalan peak (4811m) through northeast valley. It will take 8-9 hours to get to the peak and return to Shabil. Our transfer is waiting to take us to Sarein. We will spend the night in hotel in Sarein enjoying the hot water springs.
Day 5: Flight to Tehran, getting to Polour (2300m)
transfer to Ardebil airport, and domestic flight to Tehran. Then, transfer to Polour (2300m). The overnight will be in the lodge.
Day 6: Ascending to Bargah Sevom shelter (4200m)
transfer to the trailhead with 4×4 cars. Ski touring to the altitude of 4200. The overnight will be in the shelter. Guide will prepare the meals.
Day 7: Ski touring on Damavand Mountain (5610m)
Early in the morning, we will ski tour to the summit of Damavand (5610m) and then return to Bargah Sevom shelter. Overnight in shelter. Guide will prepare the meals. If the physical fitness of the participants allow it, we can return to Polour on this day too.
Day 8: Reserve Day
Reserve Day. If the weather is unstable on the ascend day, we will use this day instead. If the original day is used, we can descend and have a one day ski touring in the Doberar ridge. The overnight will be in the lodge. Guide will prepare the meals.
Day 9: Back to Tehran (1189m)
After breakfast, we will ski down to Gosfandsara/Mosque and then to the trailhead. Here, we will ride 4×4 cars back to Polour and then change car for a transfer to Tehran. By arriving to Tehran, we will check in to hotel and rest for the night. The overnight is in hotel. Lunch and dinner in restaurant.
Day 10: Tehran city tour (1189m)
Being in Iran, the participants now have a chance to get familiar with the life style and the culture of people of Iran by enjoying a Tehran city tour. After the city tour we drive back to hotel.
Day 11: Time to say goodbye
- Destination: Tehran City Tour
- Cultural Sites: Golestan Palace, Tehran Grand Bazaar, Iran National Museum
General Equipment List for Ski
- Sleeping bag with -5 comfort
- Sandals or Crocs
- Sports shoes
- Trekking shoes
- Ski touring ski
- Repair kit
- Telescopic or fixed ski poles with large plate
- Duffle bag
- Day backpack 30-40 Liter
- Trekking socks
- Ski socks
- Base layer top and Bottom
- Synthetic mid-layer
- Windproof and waterproof pants
- Windproof and waterproof jacket
- Thick down jacket
- Ski touring pants
- Fleece or wool jacket
- Fleece or wool pants
- Long sleeve t-shirt
- Warm hat
- Base layer gloves
- Over gloves
- Expedition gloves
- Headband and scarf
- Sunglasses and goggles
- Personal aid kit
- Water bottle and flask
- Pocket knife
- Avalanche transceiver
- Avalanche probe
- Ice axe
- Snow shovel
- Mountaineering harness
- Rope cord 7mm/10m long
- Headlamp with spare batteries
- Quick dry towel
- Personal medicine