How to Drive to Damavand First Campsite?
It all depends on the Damavand route you plan to take and which Damavand Camp you intend to visit. There are 2 different Damavand Campsites for 4 different routes to Damavand peak. For the classic south route and the west route, you can drive from Tehran to Polour village and the Polour Mountain Hut. For the north-east route and the north face of the mountain, you can drive from Tehran to Nandal village and the Nandal Mountaineering House.
What is the best route to climb Damavand?
What level of Damavand difficulty are you seeking will determine the answer. There are four Damavand routes to climb the mountain, but the most popular and easiest one is the calssic south route. It has hot springs at the lower slops, midway camps and no need for technical equipment. The other routes are more scenic, challenging or remote.
How to trek to Damavand Bargah Sevom Camp?
Bargah Sevom is a mountain resort on the south route of Damavand Mountain, Iran’s highest peak. It is located at an altitude of about 4250 meters above sea level. There are two buildings: Damavand old shelter/refuge and a Damavand new hut that was built in 2009. Both offer accommodation and some services to climbers and mountain tourists.
To trek to Damavand Bargah Sevom campsite, you need to start from Polour village at 2200 meters. You can trek or take a 4WD off-road car to drive to Damavand Base Camp (also called Goosfandsara base camp or the Mosque) at 3050 meters. From there, you can hike for about 4 hours to reach Bargah Sevom camp.
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How can I acclimatize for trekking Mount Damavand Iran?
Acclimatize for climbing Mount Damavand Iran. Acclimatization is the process of adapting your body to high altitude and low oxygen levels. It is very important for trekking Damavand because it can prevent or reduce the risk of acute mountain sickness (AMS), which can cause symptoms such as headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue and shortness of breath. Find more info in: Damavand Forum.
To acclimatize and adapt for climbing Damavand mountain, you may follow these tips:
- Prepare and pre-acclimatize before your trip by doing regular aerobic exercises, staying hydrated and avoiding alcohol and smoking. You can also trek to some lower peaks (about 4,000 m) in Iran such as Mount Tochal, Iran or elsewhere to get used to the altitude. Tochal mountain is a good place for Damavand acclimatization and adaptation.
- Choose a gradual and flexible Damavand itinerary that allows you to ascend slowly and have enough rest days between different altitudes. A common rule is to not increase your sleeping altitude by more than 1000 meters per day.
- Spend at least one night at each Damavand camp (Polour Camp, Gosfandsara Shelter and Bargah Sevom Hut) before attempting the Damavand summit. You can also do some acclimatization hikes during the day to higher altitudes (such as 4,800 m) and then descend back to lower altitudes (such as Damavand Bargah Sevom Hut 4,250 m) to sleep. Read more: Acclimatization for Trekking Mount Damavand.
- Listen to your Damavand guide and your body and monitor your symptoms. If you feel unwell or have signs of AMS, do not ascend further and seek medical help if needed. You can also take some medications such as acetazolamide (Diamox) or dexamethasone (Decadron) to prevent or treat AMS under a doctor’s prescription.
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The best time to visit Damavand depends on your purpose and preference.
When is the best time for Damavand Trekking Tour?
If you want to climb the Damavand summit, summer is ideal. The best time to trek Mount Damavand is between July and August, when the weather is mild, the paths are clear of snow and the access is easy. However, it can also be crowded during this period. Damavand weather is generally good from June to October.
When is the best time for Damavand Ski Touring?
If you want to ski or do technical mountaineering, winter is better. The ski season may starts from Mid November and last until mid May. Damavand ski tours generally go in March, April and May.
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