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Damavand

The highest volcano in Asia invites you to a great trip to the Orient.

This trip starts in Tehran, where the cultural part must not be missed. Afterwards the perfectly formed volcano Damavand (5.604m) is waiting for us. We have time to acclimatize optimally and then climb this technically easy peak. And you can already tick one of the “Seven Vulcanic Summits” on your bucket list.

Damavand is a potentially active stratovolcano, the highest mountain in Iran and is located between Tehran and the Caspian Sea in the Elburs Mountains (not to be confused with the volcano Elbrus in the Caucasus). The highest volcano in Asia and the Northern Hemisphere has a special significance in Persian mythology. Incidentally, in the Tibetan Kunlun Mountains there are a number of volcanic cones, the highest elevation of which is still somewhat higher than the summit of Damavand. However, the peaks of this volcanic group are only considered pyroclastic cones and their prominence is also less than 300 meters. Therefore, they are not among the highest volcanic peaks on earth and Damavand is entitled to the title of the highest volcano in Asia.

Damavand is also an ideal and very rewarding skiing mountain. Therefore, in Spring, we have an extra date for ski tourers.

Adventure Factor courageous
Experience / Emotion thrilling
Fitness / Struggle workout
Risk feel free to tell your partner about it
Comfort sophisticated

Highlights:

  • The highest volcanos in Europe and Asia
  • small groups
  • Continuous support of our English speaking local mountain guide

Trip dates:

Booking code:-
Minimum members:-
Price per person: 0

The exact plan will depend on weather and snow conditions. In addition, we will be in a very remote and politically highly sensitive area where regulatory or environmental restrictions can be expected at any time.

The following schedule is planned:

1. - 5. Day: Arrival and Trips for acclimatisation

1. Day: Flight to Tehran and overnight at hotel.

2. Day: Early departure to the north of Tehran for a first acclimatization tour (about 7 – 8 hours, depending on the condition of the participants) to the foot of Mount Tochal (3964m). Overnight stay at the hotel.

3. Day: Private transfer to Polur (2300m). Overnight stay in private accommodation.

4. Day: After breakfast transfer in a small truck to Gusfandsara mosque (3,031m), which is also the starting point for the ascent of Damavand. Overnight stay in tent.

5. Day: Reserve day for bad weather or acclimatization. Overnight stay in tent.

6. - 9. Day: Climb Damavand and Teheran

6. Day: Pack animals or porters take over the transport of the large and communal luggage. Already well adapted to the altitude and again with moderate walking pace we climb to Bargah-e-Sewom hut, at 4,260m. Hm 1.230. Overnight stay in the hut.

7. Day: Bargah-e-Sewom hut – summit day – Damavand – Rineh: Damavand – summit day also starts very early. On a clear day you can see the lights of Tehran. After about 8 hours or more, we have time, we should have reached the summit of Damavand (5,671 m). The break at the summit and a magnificent panoramic view into the Elburs Mountains make us forget all the efforts quickly. At the Bargah-e-Sewom hut we interrupt the descent for a longer rest and a second breakfast, before we descend the last meters of altitude to the valley, recharging the “depots”. Hm 1.410 hut – summit – hut, Hm 1.230 hut – mosque Gusfandsara. Overnight stay in tent.

8. Day: After breakfast we descend further into the valley – at the mosque Gusfandsara all come together again, helpers and participants. We say goodbye to the locals and drive back to Tehran. Overnight stay in hotel.

9. Day: Return flight from Tehran in the early morning and arrival on the same day.

check_circle_outline  Included:

• Planning and organization of the whole trip
• All accommodation incl. breakfast in a double room (Hotels, Guesthouses, Huts)
• All transfers according to the programme
• Climbing permits
• Lift tickets
• English speaking local mountain guides
• Porters, pack animals
• Half and full board during the whole trip (except on flight days)
• Pharmacy, high altitude emergency Medicine
• Kitchen team
• Satellite communication for a fee and depending on availability
• Radio communication
• All fees & permits
• Weather Reports
• Security and warranty of an Austrian tour operator

highlight_off  Not included:

• Personal insurance
• All flights (from Munich, Vienna or Frankfurt – others upon request)
• Iranian visa (must be applied for on time by the participants with the Iranian representative in their home country)
• Personal medication
• Alcoholic beverages
• Tips
• Personal mountain and climbing equipment
• Sleeping bag

info  General Infos

Tour operator for this trip: Furtenbach Adventures.

Even despite modern equipment and altitude tactics, an expedition to great heights still poses a major challenge. In addition to the conditional requirements, the altitude itself is the greatest difficulty. We attach great importance to a prudent, slow acclimatization.
Weather and mountain conditions can lead to program or route changes. Participation in the expedition is solely at your own responsibility. Furtenbach Adventures is not liable for accidents, damages or losses.

If you are not sure whether you are fit to participate in an expedition, contact Lukas Furtenbach at +43 512 204134 or [email protected] and clarify this issue in a personal talk!

This package in general is not suitable for persons with reduced mobility.

https  Insurance

We strongly recommend taking out a travel insurance (including trip cancellation, interruption, medical and luggage insurance) at “Europäische Reiseversicherung AG[European Travel insurance].

For this journey the insurance package “Annual-Complete+Cover” would be suitable. We’re happy to provide you with an individual offer after the booking of the trip or on request.

language  Entry Requirements

Passport – and Visa Regulations

Citizens of the EU and CH:
Russia: Your passport must be valid upon entry and at least 6 months following the period for which the visa has been issued (a visa must be applied for in your home country, we will provide you with the required invitation from Russia after you have booked). Processing the visa application may take up to 6 week, so be sure to apply on time!
Further information can be found here: www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/russische-foederation/

Iran: Your passport must be valid upon entry for at least 6 months. The required visa should be applied for in your home country.
Information: www.bmeia.gv.at/reise-aufenthalt/reiseinformation/land/iran/

Information regarding recommended vaccinations and health requirements: www.die-reisemedizin.de/data/weltkarte

Further travel information: www.bmeia.gv.at/aussenministerium/buergerservice/reiseinformation/laenderspezifische-reiseinformationen.html.

More detailed information regarding entry, visa and health requirements for this travel destination will be provided once you’ve communicated your nationality.

work  Equipment

A key success factor in expeditions is a good physical condition and stamina. Work out in the months prior to the expedition! Several hours of climbing with a heavy backpack over 1000 meters in altitude per day should not be a problem for you. We are happy to advise you personally on how you can best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

insert_chart_outlined  Difficulty/ Technique

The ascent lies in the individual responsibility of the participants under the supervision of an expedition leader. Participants must be able to move safely and independently in mixed terrain (rock, snow, ice) and independently create rope teams when necessary. Showing cooperation, camaraderie and support on the mountain increases the chances of success for everyone. The participants are obliged to follow the instructions and accept the decisions made by the expedition leader. Each participant must know his/her own physical boundaries in order to be able to make the decision to turn back if need be.

perm_identity  Physical Fitness

A key success factor in expeditions is a good physical condition and stamina. Work out in the months prior to the expedition! Several hours of climbing with a heavy backpack over 1000 meters in altitude per day should not be a problem for you. We are happy to advise you personally on how you can best prepare yourself mentally and physically for an expedition!

local_hospital  Health

We recommend each participant to undergo a medical check-up prior to embarking on the expedition. Sound health is a prerequisite for taking part in an expedition. Of particular importance is a trip to the dentist, because previously unnoticed dental problems can suddenly become acute due to altered pressure conditions resulting from higher altitudes.

how_to_reg  Experience

We are very familiar with the charm and attraction of an eight-thousander! However, we want to make certain that you can ascend safely, come back alive, and be able to enjoy the expedition while on it and not afterwards. Therefore, in order to participate in our eight-thousander expeditions, you must already have collected some experience at high altitudes and mountaineering. When booking, please let us know which heights you have already reached and which high mountains you have climbed. If you are a newcomer, no problem, we offer a bespoke program aimed to train you for reaching your desired destination.

In order to participate in our seven-and six-thousander expeditions, you should have at least some experience on the four-thousander peaks of the Alps or other mountain ranges. Our offer for newcomers applies here as well, we can train you to become prudent and safe high altitude climbers!

We offer a special introductory weekend for all those who want to learn about – or refresh their knowledge of – all the skills and techniques needed on an expedition. More info here.

payment  Payment

Deposit Payment is made less than eleven months prior to the end of the trip and is a maximum of 20% of the price. The balance must be paid no earlier than 20 days prior to departure. Please find more information regarding the payment in our GTC.

directions_run Right of withdrawal

The traveller has the right to withdraw from the travel contract at any time by paying the according cancellation fee stated in the General Terms of Conditions of Furtenbach Adventures GmbH.
The following fees apply for cancellations on the part of the client prior to travel:

until 30 days prior to departure…………………………. 30%
29 – 20 days prior to departure…………………….. 40%
19 -10 days prior to departure…………………….. 70%
9 – 4 days prior to departure………………………… 80%
from the 3rd day prior to departure (72 hours)………100%
on the day of departure………………………………… 100% of the tour fee.

The tour operator will be released from the contract if the specified minimum number of participants is not achieved and if the customer has been notified about the cancellation in writing within the following periods: until 20 days prior to departure.