GosfandSara Camp

Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp – GosfandSara – Mosque
The starting point for climbing Mount Damavand during the summer is called GosfandSara, Mosque or Damavand Camp 2 BaseCamp. A mountain camping area at an elevation of 3040 meters above sea level, a small mountain shelter, a sheepfold, and a mosque called Saheb Zaman (or Saheb al Zaman) are all nearby.

Damavand Camp 2 - Base Camp - GosfandSara Mount Damavand Trekking & Ski Touring Guide
Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp – GosfandSara Mount Damavand Trekking & Ski Touring Guide

Off-road vehicles like 4WD Jeeps and land rovers are used to transport climbers and their gear either from Damavand Camp 1 Polour or Damavand Camp 1 Rineh to Goosfandsara campsite during the summer climbing season. Although some water, food, and drink may be available here, it is advised to bring your own staff and equipment. You may also be able to get a mule or porter to help you transport your supplies to the final campground, Damavand Camp 3 Bargah Sevom.

The gravel road junction (GPS Landmark No. 5) or a location near to it is where Damavand starts in the winter because of the blocked gravel road caused by the winter’s heavy snowfall. Keep in mind that this region is practically secluded and off-limits in the winter, so it is not busy and you are welcome to utilize the shelter or the mosque. Important Remark. The campground is extremely crowded, noisy, and dusty, and it is packed with people and cars, making it unsuitable for lodging and acclimatization during the busy climbing season.

Damavand Camp II - BaseCamp - GosfandSara Mount Damavand Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide
Damavand Camp II – BaseCamp – GosfandSara Mount Damavand Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide

Mount Damavand 2nd Camp Base Camp
Damavand’s second campsite is situated at a height of 3040 m, it goes by many names, including Mosque, Goosfand Sara, Base Camp, and Camp 2. It is the southern route’s summer starting point. A modest shelter/refuge, a mosque called Saheb Al Zaman Mosque, and a sheepfold are all located in this region (called Goosfand Sara ye Ehsan).

Damavand Southern Route
One of the simplest and earliest ways to ascend Damavand’s peak is from the south. Through Polour or Reineh, one can access the ascent’s southern route. A dirt road and uneven trail leading to Damavand camp 2, the Base Camp, may be found in the center of the asphalt road that connects these two locations. A little marker designates the north side. This path goes to the 3,050-meter-high Gosfandsera and Saheb Al-Zaman Mosque, which serves as the starting point for the southern route’s ascent of Damavand mountain. Damavand Camp 3 Bargah Sevom, which is located at a height of 4,200 meters, can then be reached by the path. From here, mules can be used to carry the cargo up to C3.

Mount Damavand Hiking Trekking Ski Touring Guide Damavand Camp II – Base-Camp Shelter - GosfandSara Refuge
Mount Damavand Hiking Trekking Ski Touring Guide Damavand Camp II – Base-Camp Shelter – GosfandSara Refuge

You may also travel towards Rineh from the routes parallel to Haraz road, which connects Polour village to Rineh town, in order to reach Gosfandsera or Saheb Al-Zaman Mosque (the origin of the ascent of Damavand is from the southern front). A city in the province of Mazandaran, Rineh is situated at a height of 2,050 meters. It is 100 kilometers from Tehran. The Reineh route must be crossed by climbers coming from Mazandaran in northern Iran who want to ascend Damavand mountain from the southern ridge.

If you travel from Tehran, you will come to a two-way road on the asphalt road soon after Polour Camp. The southern front can be reached by taking the right road, which has a sign pointing to Reineh, from the direct path, which leads to the Lar Dam lake and the western parking lot. You will eventually come to a dirt road with a yellow sign advertising the natural resources of Damavand after traveling for around 5 kilometers. Mountaineers can begin their ascent from the southern face at the 3,050-meter Gosfandsera, which is accessible via this 7 km long dirt road. The load can be transported to C3 by a mule. 4WD vehicles are able to pass on the dirt road.

Damavand Camp 2 - Base Camp – GosfandSara – Mosque Mount Damavand Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide
Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp – GosfandSara – Mosque
Mount Damavand Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide

Accommodations at Damavand Camp 2 – Base Camp – GoosfandSara
Mount Damavand Camp II – BaseCamp – Gosfandsara is a comfortable area to stay and acclimatize during the off-season, but it is not a desirable location during the summer because it is too busy, noisy. For trekking Mount Damavand, Iran you may use Camp 1 Polour or Camp 3 New Hut for better acclimatization and accommodations. However, if you insist on using this location, it would be best to bring your own tent and set it up a few hundred meters away.

If you intend to use Mt. Damavand Bargah II – Base-Camp, three choices are available. You can stay in the mountain shelter, which has two rooms. You may stay in the mosque, which has a common area, or in your own tent. The best choice may be to set up camp nearby, though you can also bring your own tent and use it somewhere for greater comfort and solitude.

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.
Road Map Damavand Camp 1 Polour to Camp 2 Base Mount Damavand Hiking Trekking Ski Touring Guide
Road Map Damavand Camp 1 Polour to Camp 2 Base Mount Damavand Hiking Trekking Ski Touring Guide

Quick Facts Damavand Mountain 2nd Camp – Bargah Dovom

  • Drive the dirt road, by car in summer or walk it in the winter.
  • Distance from Camp 1 Polour is about one hour by 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 -3 hours trek.


Location Damavand Volcano Second Camp – Saheb Zaman Mosque

  • Altitude: 3025 m
  • Latitude: 35.902019°  
    Longitude: 52.109419°


Directions to Damavand Camp BaseCamp – Saheb Al-Zaman Mosque
From the first camp either from Polour village or Bargah Avval in Reineh town drive by car to Damavand Mountain 2nd Camp – Bargah Dovom. It is advised to reserve a car in advance the day before your kickoff if you plan to start and end your day at camp 1 early. Off-road vehicles typically need one hour to reach the location.

You can request a car from Damavand Camp 1 Polour, Damavand Camp 1 Rineh (Bargah I) or Larijan spa to drive you to Damavand Volcano Second Camp – Saheb Zaman Mosque, but keep in mind that the majority of the route is gravel and may not be totally passable in the spring and winter. You may thus consider this gravel road to be “as far as car can go.” Any 4WD vehicle with off-road capability, including Jeeps, Land Rovers, and small pickup trucks, can be used for this segment.


Other English Names and Spellings of Damavand Base Camp
It goes by many names, including Mosque, Goosfand Sara, Base Camp, Camp 2 and Bargah II. Base-Camp 2, Saheb Al Zaman Mosque. Base shelter/refuge. Sheepfold. Bargah II, (GosfandSara means sheepfold). Mount Damavand BaseCamp – Saheb Al-Zaman Mosque. Mt. Damavand Base Camp – Gosfand-Sara Shelter. Damavand Base-Camp – Gosfandsara Refuge.

Other Names of Damavand Base-Camp – Gosfandsara Refuge in Farsi
Gosfand Sara, GoosfandSara-e Ehsan, Masjed, Masjed Saheb Al Zaman. Bargah Dovom. Oldest name: Alaf chin.

Mount Damavand Road & Route Map Damavand Mountain Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide
Mount Damavand Road & Route Map
Damavand Hike Trek Climb Ski Tour Guide

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