Damavand and Sabalan

  • Overview

The program includes skiing on Sabalan (4811m) and Damavand (5610m) 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.

  • Services

What is included in our services!!!
What is excluded from our services!!!
What is included in our services!!!
    • 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
What is excluded from our services!!!
    • 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
  • Itinerary

Here is what happens on each day
Here is what happens on each day
  • Day 1: 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: Ski touring in the Sabalan region for acclimatization. Return to Ardebil and rest in hotel.
  • Day 3: Transfer to Shabil (2600m) and ski touring to the shelter (~3700m). The overnight will be in the shelter. The guide will prepare the meals.
  • Day 4: After breakfast, ski touring to the summit of Sabalan (4811m). Skiing down to Shabil. Transfer to Sarein to enjoy hot water springs. Overnight will be in hotel in Sarein. Lunch is in form of lunchbox and dinner in the restaurant.
  • Day 5: transfer to Ardebil airport, and domestic flight to Tehran. Then, transfer to Polour (2300m). The overnight will be in the lodge.
  • Day 6: 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: Reserve Day. On this day, if the weather was unstable, we will ski in the surrounding area around Bargah Sevom shelter and acclimatize. If the weather is stable, then we will summit Mount Damavand on this day. The overnight will be in the lodge. Guide will prepare the meals.
  • Day 8: 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 9: 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: 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.
  • Spots

  • Cultural Extension

    • Destination: Tehran City Tour
    • Cultural Sites: Golestan Palace, Tehran Grand Bazaar, Iran National Museum
  •  General Equipment List for Ski

Camping
Shoes
Skis
Bags
Clothes
General
Camping
  • Sleeping bag with -5 comfort
  • Mattress
Shoes
  • Sandals or Crocs
  • Sports shoes
  • Trekking shoes
Skis
  • Ski touring ski
  • Skin
  • Boot
  • Crampons
  • Repair kit
  • Telescopic or fixed ski poles with large plate
Bags
  • Duffle bag
  • Day backpack 30-40 Liter
Clothes
  • 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
  • Balaclava
  • Headband and scarf
  • Sunglasses and goggles
  • Helmet
  • Gaiters
General
  • Personal aid kit
  • Water bottle and flask
  • Pocket knife
  • Sunscreen
  • Crampons
  • Carabiner
  • Sling
  • Avalanche transceiver
  • Ice axe
  • Snow shovel
  • Mountaineering harness
  • Rope cord 7mm/10m long
  • Headlamp with spare batteries
  • Quick dry towel
  • Personal medicine
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