Damavand Camp on the way to Mount Damavand peak. In this post, we’ll give you a brief introduction to some Damavand camps, mountain huts, shelters and tenting places, along with their locations and basic safety descriptions for climbing Damavand from different routes to stay the night.
Famous Damavand Camps
– South route: Polur Camp, Rineh Camp, Gosfandsara Camp, Bargah-Sevom Camp.
– North-east route: Nandal Camp and Takht-e Feridon Camp.
– North face: Nandal Camp, 4000 Camp and 5000 Camp.
– West front: Parking campsite and Simorq Camp.
In addition to the camps mentioned above, there are numerous campgrounds, hostels, local homes, and mountain resorts close to Damavand that can be used for overnight lodging, accommodation, and acclimatization for trekking Damavand, including hotels and hostels in Abegarm Larijan and Emamzadeh Hashem, local homes in Polour, and local houses in Lasem …
Mount Damavand Camp
Knowing the locations of the Damavand campsites, shelters and huts, as well as details about their equipment and capacity, can assist Damavand climbers in making plans to ascend the summit through various Damavand climbing tours, as well as in organizing the program and potential nighttime conditions. There are camping, resting, tenting places and shelters with or without restrooms in the middle of the path where you can set up your tent or just use the refuge for overnight. If you want to stay in one of the Damavand mountain camping places while traveling during peak seasons, it is preferable to make a reservations in advance.
Damavand Camp – Simorgh Shelter
The classic south path of Mount Damavand is the mountain’s most popular climbing side, followed by the west route. The Simorgh Shelter (latitude: 35.9564°, longitude: 52.0825°, elevation: 4,200 m) is located along the western trail of Mount Damavand. The two-story Simorgh Camp structure can accommodate about 40 climbers. Additionally, there is a tenting campsite close to the Simorgh refuge that can accommodate at least 40 to 50 tents, making it appropriate for climbers even on busy days.
The Simorgh mountain shelter has solar power and illumination both inside and out. The Simorgh shelter has access to running water, which is a useful feature. The snowmelt flowing water, which is 150 meters northeast of Simorgh camp, is the only water source in the Simorgh shelter campsite. There is currently no water in the shelter’s outdoor restroom.
The Vararood region, where the climb often begins, is home to the west route base camp – Parking camp site (Parking Lot, lat: 35.9587° – lon: 52.0516° alt 3,400 m). Spend the night in the tenting area or the Simorgh shelter. The climb from the parking lot to the Simorgh shelter takes about 3–4 hours. The distance from Simorgh refuge to the west top of the Damavand volcanic crater can be covered in 5-7 hours, depending on your physical condition and the weather.
How to go to the Simorgh Camp?
Driving first from Tehran to the Damavand camp – mountaineering resort of Polour. Rent a 4WD off-road vehicle from Polour Camp and travel to Damavand west route basecamp, which is the beginning of the western front, at an elevation of 3,400 meters (6 km asphalt road and the rest is dirt road). At the base of the mountain, there is a location known as Parking. In order to acclimatize, the location is a suitable site to pitch a tent overnight.
Then trek for roughly three to four hours (3.5 Km) to the Simorgh Refuge (altitude 4,200 meters). If required, give the mules the extra bags before beginning your hike to the Simorgh shelter. You can spend the night in the shelter if it is not too busy; otherwise, you must set up camp outside in your own tent.
Simorg Shelter Coordinate
elev 4,213 m
Parking Lot Coordinate
alt 3,400 m
About Climbing Damavand Peak from Western Route
Altitude of the starting point: (west parking lot): 3400 meters
Altitude of Simorgh shelter: 4200 meters
Trek from Parking to Simorg shelter: 3-4 hours
Climb from Simorg Camp to Damavand summit: about 5-7 hours
Total distance from basecamp to the peak: 7 km
Damavand Camp – Polour Camp
Polur mountaineering Camp is the best starting point and a shortcut route to the mountain for climbers coming from Tehran to Damavand! Polour Camp is a great site to stay and acclimatize before beginning your trekking excursion to Damavand Iran if you plan to trek the Damavand mountain from the classic south route or the west front.
Polour Mountain Camp
In the Polor camp, there is a hostel that offers comfortable lodging in Polour camp. Six private rooms and two hostel dorms each have bunk beds, a bathroom with hot water and a shower, a kitchen, and cooking fasciitis. It is necessary to make reservations for the rooms during the busiest trekking season. Polour Mountain Resort operates under the first-come, first-served principle outside of busy seasons.
Facilities: Advantages of Polur Campsite
Working hours Year-round hours of operation, 6 AM to 11 PM.
A shortcut route to Damavand Camp 2 BaseCamp Goosfandsara.
Suggested starting point for Damavand west and south routes.
The ideal place for lodging and acclimatization in the area.
Bunk bed dorms as well as private rooms.
A kitchen and cooking appliances.
Electricity and drinking water.
Telephone line, ADSL Internet and WIFI.
Bathrooms and showers. hot and cold water taps.
The area is covered by 2 mobile networks.
Central heating, which is cozy and warm in the winter.
There is access to water, some food, soft drinks, and climbing equipment.
Disadvantages of Polor Camp
The significant drawbacks of this camp in busy seasons is Damavand Crowd.
As it becomes more well-known, makes it very busy at the busiest time of the Damavand climbing season, so you should reserve your room in advance.
Booking Damavand Camps
Unfortunately, at the moment we have no clear answer for foreign mountaineers for how to book Damavand camps! Already Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation has stopped the former reservation system and made an online registration for it members only . But we are not sure when and how they can manage it for foreigners! Visit also FAQ Booking Damavand Huts.
Where is Polour Mountain Camp?
Polour Camp is located at latitude 35.846548° and longitude 52.060553°.
It is situated about 2-hour drive by car from Tehran.
It is stablished at altitude of 2270 meters in Polur village on the foothills of the Damavand.
Quick Facts about Polour Mountain Camping Site
Distance from Tehran: about 80 Km by road, 1 h 30 min to 2 h 30 min drive by car.
Distance to Damavand Camp 2 Base, 1-hour by off-road car (approx. 11 Km asphalt road + 7 Km dirt road).
How to go to Polour Camp
Tehran city > Haraz Road > Polour village > Polour Camp.
If you travel from Tehran to Polour village, Polour camp is a shortcut to the mountain.
Damavand Camp – Rineh Camp
Mount Damavand Camp 1 Rineh camp. The first mountaineering camp and oldest mountain lodge constructed for trekking in Damavand, Iran, is Rineh Camp. Reyneh Town, in the Larijan district, is where Reineh Hut is located. The first Rineh Lodge was built in 1939, and it was restored in 1969. Since then, many mountaineering teams, hiking clubs, and lone climbers have received assistance from Reineh shelter.
This simple, historic camp served as climbers’ main stop while trekking Damavand before the Polour camp was constructed in 2004. The popularity of Reineh Camp among climbers has significantly decreased in recent years. If you’re traveling from the northern Iranian regions of Gilan and Mazandaran, you can use the Rineh mountain resort. However, if you’re traveling from Tehran, you can take a shortcut to the south and west sides of Damavand by using the Camp 1 Polour Hut.
Lodging in Rineh Hut
A typical hostel has individual rooms with bunk beds (two stage beds), toilet outdoors, hot water, shower, kitchen, and cooking supplies.
Please be informed that staying at any unidentified locations in the cities, villages, or open spaces near to the mountain is not recommended. Climbers better to stay overnight at one of the Iran Mountain Federation Campsites.
Benefits of Rineh Camp:
– include a route from northern Iran’s Gilan and Mazandaran provinces that provides access to Mount Damavand in the south.
– typical hostel for habitation and acclimatization.
– public dorm with bunk beds for both large groups and lone occupants.
– private room.
– dining area.
– kitchen and cooking appliances.
– heating system.
– Wifi, phone line, and electricity power.
– Cold and hot water faucets, shower, and public restroom.
– There are two mobile networks in the area.
Reineh Lodge’s drawbacks include:
– A greater distance from Tehran than Polour Resort.
– In Damavand Crowded trekking season, this tiny hut has few amenities.
– This old camp need extensive renovation.
Rineh Camp Coordinate
Altitude: 2050 m
Quick Facts about Reineh Hut
Distance from Tehran: about 100 Km by road, 2 h to 3 h drive by car.
Distance to Camp 2 – Base Camp: 1-hour by off-road car (approx. 7 Km asphalt road + 7 Km dirt road).
How to get to Reyneh Town
There are two ways to get from Tehran to Reineh: either proceed to Polour Camp in Polour Village and then to Rineh town, or continue on the Haraz Road to reach Reineh immediately. The first choice takes a quicker detour.
Getting to Reineh & Ab-e Garm Larijan
If you go 80 kilometers from Amol to Tehran on the Haraz route, you will come across Reine after Gaznak. The city of Reineh is close to a hot spa. Ab-e Garm Larijan hot thermal spring (Larijan spa) by asphalt road, is only 5.5 km away from Rineh City.
Tehran city > Haraz Road > Polour village > Polour Camp > Polour to Reineh Road > Reineh Town> Reineh Camp
Tehran city > Haraz Road > Pol e Moon Junction (Akbar Jojeh)> Reineh Town> Reineh Camp
You can get a taxi to take you to Reyneh Town from the airport or any hotel in Tehran. Remember that most cab drivers don’t know exactly where this Reineh camping area is.
There isn’t a bus that goes directly to this town; instead, take a taxi to Terminal Shargh in the Tehranpars region of Tehran, where you can get a bus that will transport you close by. Take a local taxi to Reineh Town from Pol e Moon Junction after getting off at that stop.
In Amol County, Mazandaran Province, Iran, Reyneh is a city and the capital of Larijan District. Reineh is the town closest to Mount Damavand. Climbers from the north of Iran cross the Reineh road to get to the south ridge of Damavand. The Rineh Poppies meadow offers one of the best views of Damavand. Rineh Hut, located in Rineh town, is the first and oldest mountaineering resort developed for climbing Damavand Iran. At a 2050 meter altitude. On the southern trail of Damavand in Rineh city is where you’ll find Rineh camp. Near the tallest volcano in Asia and Iran’s Roof.
Ab-e Garm Larijan – Larijan SPA
Larijan spa and Dasht-e Laleh (poppy field) are two of Rineh’s most well-known and stunning sights. The city of Reineh is close to a hot spa. Iran’s Mazandaran Province includes the village of Ab-e Garm in Bala Larijan, Larijan District, Amol County. Around Reineh, the Larijan bath (Ab-e Garm Larijan) and Poppies field are picturesque and intriguing. A-be Garm Larijan Hot Thermal Spring (Larijan SPA) is only 5 km from Rineh City by Asphalt Road.
Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp – GosfandSara
GosfandSara, Camp 2 BaseCamp, or the Mosque is the beginning station for ascents of Mount Damavand in the summer. The second campsite of Damavand is located at an elevation of 3040 meters above sea level. In this area there is a sheepfold called Gosfandsara, a mosque called Saheb Al-Zaman mosque, and a modest mountain shelter called Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp. During the summer climbing season, climbers and their equipment are transported from lower Damavand Camps like First Camp Polour, First Camp Rineh, or Ab-e Garm Larijan spa to the second Camp Gosfandsara using off-road vehicles like 4WD Jeeps and land rovers.
Even though there might be some food, drink, and water available here, it is recommended that you bring your own staff and equipment. To help you transport your provisions to the top campground, 3rd Camp Bargah Sevom, you might be able to hire a mule or porter. Due to the gravel road being blocked by the winter’s heavy snowfall, Damavand starting point in the winter is at the dirt road junction (GPS Landmark No. 5) or a site nearby.
During the busiest climbing season, Damavand 2nd camp is unsuitable for lodging and acclimatization because to its excessive crowding, noise, dust, and automobile density. Unfortunately, due to its dense population, Goosfand Sara is not a good place to pitch a tent or go camping during the summer. You are welcome to utilize the shelter or the mosque because the area is not crowded in the off-season or during the winter.
Accommodations at Damavand Camp 2 Base Camp – GoosfandSara
In the off-season, Mount Damavand Camp II – BaseCamp – Gosfandsara is a good place to stay and acclimatize, but in the summer, it is too crowded and noisy to be an attractive destination. Use Camp 1 Polour or Camp 3 New Hut for better acclimatization and lodging when climbing Mount Damavand in Iran. It would be advisable to bring your own tent and set it up a few hundred meters away if you are determined on using this area, though.
There are three options if you plan to use Mt. Damavand Bargah II – Base-Camp. The mountain refuge, which has two rooms, is where you can stay. You can camp out or stay at the mosque, which has a common space. While setting up camp nearby could be the ideal option, you can alternatively bring your own tent and use it somewhere for more comfort and privacy.
Mount Damavand Camp II – BaseCamp – Gosfandsara
Services and Benefits (mostly for summer season)
- It serves as the southern route’s beginning point.
- Transportation via car is available to this location in summer.
- Both Porter and mule services are offered.
- There is some food, drink, and water on hand.
- There is a mobile network.
Mt. Damavand Bargah II – Base-Camp
Cons (especially in summer)
- Not a nice campsite for Mt. Damavand; needs extensive renovation
- There is only an outdated shelter or refuge there.
- Insufficient as a location for accommodation and acclimatization.
- There is typically no running water.
- Too crowded, noisy and unclean,
- Not a suitable place for foreigners traveling to this mountain.
- It is overrun with people and vehicles.
- No working restroom.
- No proper supervision.
Quick Facts Damavand Mountain 2nd Camp – Bargah Dovom
- Drive the dirt road, by car in summer or walk it in the winter.
- Distance from Damavand Camp 1 Polour is about 18 Km, 50 min by off-road car (mostly dirt road).
- Distance from Damavand Camp 1 Rineh is about 14 Km, 45 min by off-road car (mostly dirt road).
- Distance from Larijan spa is about 20 Km, 60 min by off-road car (mostly dirt road).
- Trek to Camp 3 Bargah-e Sevom: Approx. 4-hour slow hike (distance 4.7 Km).
- Descent from C3 to C2: It is about 2 to 3-hour trek.
Location Damavand Volcano Second Camp – Saheb Zaman Mosque
- Altitude: 3025 m
- Latitude: 35.902019°
Directions to Saheb Al-Zaman Mosque and Mount Damavand BaseCamp Drive to the second camp on the Damavand Mountain, Bargah Dovom, from either Polour Village or Bargah Avval in Reineh Town. If you intend to begin and conclude your day at camp 1 early, it is advisable that you arrange a car in advance the day before your kickoff. It usually takes an off-road vehicle an hour to get there.
You can ask for a car to take you to the Damavand Volcano Second Camp – Saheb Zaman Mosque from Camp 1 Polour or Reyneh (Bargah I), but bear in mind that the majority of the road is gravel and could not be entirely passable in the spring and winter. So, you could say that this dirt road is “as far as a car can travel.” For this segment, any 4WD vehicle with off-road capability, such as Jeeps, Land Rovers, and compact pickup trucks, may be employed.
Damavand Camp – Bargah Sevom
Mount Damavand Camp 3 – Bargah Sevom Campsite
Damavand 3rd Campsite Bargah Sevom is situated at 4,200 meters above sea level on the south route of Damavand Mountain. It is certainly a nice camping location for a night or two when trekking or ski touring in the Damavand south route. This is one of the highest mountain resorts in Iran, a great place to stay the night in the region. You may find running water in the area in summertime.
Although you might be able to find some food and water and rent a tent here in the summer, it is recommended to bring your own supplies. The old shelter/refuge is gradually losing ground to the New Hut in terms of popularity. Remember that Bargah Sevom is the last campground along Mount Damavand’s southern trail.
Clients who register for a Damavand trekking tour usually ask if they will spend the night in a tent, shelter, or cabin at the third camp site? The Bargah hut does have both private rooms and a dorm. However, due to the mountain crowds and high demand for hut and shelter during the peak of climbing, using tents or an igloo is the best option for lodging in Damavand Camp III area.
What can you find at Damavand Camp III Bargah Sevom?
Bargah Sevom is the highest campground and mountain resort along the Mt. Damavand southern route. In this campsite you can find:
1- A mountain hut called Damavand New Hut.
2- An old shelter called Damavand Bargah Sevom Refuge.
3- Several flat areas for camping, various tenting locations.
4- Igloo, 4 igloos have been constructed in the area.
1- Damavand Camp 3 – Bargah Sevom New Hut
Damavand Camp 3 Hut (alt 4,245 m, lat 35.9316°, lon 109312) also called Damavand 3rd Camp Bargah Sevom New Hut is located on the Damavand classic south route. Bargah Sevom lodge is constructed mainly for Damavand trekking tour and Damavand ski touring. It is without a doubt a good camping site for acclimatization and lodging in the area because it is one of the highest mountain huts in the entire world.
Bargah-Sevom camp is a comfortable lodge or hostel with private and public room (dorm) that include bunk beds, making it a very safe place to hide out in an emergency or during bad Damavand weather. It is advisable that you get the most updated information and make reservations in advance in order to take advantage of this resort’s exceptionally comfortable private rooms because it is only designed to be open during climbing season and not the full year. Therefore, make a reservation and make sure your room is available before you travel to the area. Remember Bargah Sevom Lodge is the final campsite along Damavand south route and there are no more campsites above this one.
2- Damavand Third Camp – Bargah Sevom Old Shelter
Damavand Camp 3 Shelter (alt 4,210 m, lat 35.9305°, lon 52.1085°) also called Damavand 3rd campite Bargah-Sevom old refuge is the oldest shelter on Mount Damavand, and it was built on the southern path. It is not a good spot to sleep in the summer because it is overcrowded. It is strongly encouraged that you bring and use a private tent for your comfort and privacy. Alternately, if possible, utilize the new hut, which has been providing services to climbers since 2009 and provides additional amenities such private rooms that may be leased.
3- Damavand Camp III – Damavand Tent
At the Damavand Camp III, Bargah Sevom, between the old shelter and the new hut, there are a number of flat spots that are perfect for tent camping and Damavand Tenting is one of the best option to stay overnight during the peak climbing season at Bargah Sevom.
4- Damavand 3rd Camp – Camping in Damavand Igloo
Four igloos have been constructed in the Damavand 3rd Camp tenting area in the recent years. Damavand igloo is cozy place for accommodation in the crowded summer season. The igloos have been made in addition to the tents in the area. For the first time in October 2019, the Iran Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation started the building of one metal igloos in that camping area. At the moment three are four Damavand igloos at camp 3 Bargah Sevom.
Igloo means house and refers to ice huts that are built with blocks of snow and ice, but it is not necessarily a snow house, and in some mountains, other structures similar to igloos are used as shelters for climbers.
Bargah Sevom Campsite Quick Facts
Distance from Camp II to Camp III: It is 4.7 Km (3 to 5-hour trekking).
Distance from Camp 3 to Damavand summit: It is 3.3 Km (5 to 7-hour climbing).
Descent from Damavand peak to 3rd Camp: 3 to 4-hour
Visit also Damavand Facts and Statics.
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