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Mt Damavand climb – Northern route

Mt. Damavand climb northern route : Damavand mountain has 16 main ridges that climbers use to climb. The most popular route to climb Mt. Damavand is the southern ridge , but Damavand northern is the most difficult route of Damavand peak among the routes that have shelters.

Being on the north side and the passing of two glaciers, as well as the steep slope of this route, are among the reasons for the difficulty of this route. This route, like the northeast route, starts from Nandal village

Advantages of Mt Damavand climb from western  route:
  • FirstlyHaving two shelters at the height of 3900 and 4800 meters
  • Secondly this route is the most technical route among the normal routes of Damavand peak
  • Thirdly Some of the most prominent and huge permanent glaciers in Iran, such as Khortab Sar, Dobi Sel, Yechar, Siuleh, and Arushok are located on the northern slopes of Mount Damavand, and it is very magnificent to see them.

Mt Damavand highlights:

The highest volcanic mountain in Asia, and part of the Volcanic Seven Summits

Read more about Damavand here .

Mt Damavand climb – Northern route summarized program

Day1 :Ascending Tochal Mountain to Shirpala Shelter (2700 meters)

Day2 :Climb Tochal peak and return to Tehran and transfer to Nandal village(2400m)

Day3 :Climbing up to first Shelter (3900m)

Day4 : Mt Damavand climb up to second shelter ( 5000m)

Day5 :Climbing Damavand mountain and return to the first Shelter (3900m)

Day6 :Return to Nandal and transfer to Tehran

Mt Damavand climb – Northern route detailed itinerary

Day1 : Climbing Tochal Mountain to Shirpala Shelter (2700 meters)

This morning, our agent will meet and welcome  you at your residence , then you will move to the north of Tehran and start your trekking from the beginning of the beautiful Darband valley at an altitude of 1800 meters and walk along one of the most popular trekking routes in the north of Tehran.

You pass through the beautiful and historical village of Pasqaleh and move between the beautiful riverside restaurants and cafes along the Darband River and continue your way and enter the Osun Valley and from there you move to the Shirpala hut (2700m) and spend the night there . Shirpala is well equipped hut : private room , bed and blanket , restaurant and toilet . At night, you enjoy the silence of this hut and the beautiful views of Tehran metropolis , which is in front of you.

Trekking ↑ approx. : 900m , 4 hours

Accommodation: El. : 2800m , Hut

Day2 : Climb Touchal peak and return to Tehran and transfer to Nandal village(2400m)

Today we start our trekking early in the morning and hike up to the Tochal peak  while along the route of Tehran metropolis is behind us  .  we reach the peak after about 4 hours of hiking . In good and clear weather, we can see Damavand peak in the northeast, which has a special and unique shape and height compare with the mountains around it .

After descending from the peak, we get in the car and drive to Nandal village. After about 4 hours, we reach this cozy and beautiful village on the northern slopes of Damavand and spend the night in a local house with warm and welcomming hosts.

Transfer : 4 hours (160 km)

Trekking ↑ approx. : 1260m , 4 hours

Trekking ↓ approx. : 2160 , about 4 hours

Accommodation: El. : 2400m , Local house

Day3 : Climbing up to first Shelter (3900m)

This morning, after having a full breakfast including bread and local dairy products, we will start our journey from our accommodation to the west of Nandel Plain. After about 3 hours of walking on a path with a slight slope, we reach a place where there is a large stone mass known as the famous rock. From here, our ascent route begins along the south and on the northern ridge of Damavand. The climbing route is clear and easy, which leads to the first refuge of Damavand at an altitude of 3,900 meters. We spend the night in shelters or tents, depending on how busy the area is and the number of our people.

Trekking ↑ approx. : 1500m , 8 hours

Accommodation: El. : 3900m , Tent / shelter

Day4 : Mt Damavand climb up to second shelter ( 5000m)

Today is acclimatization day , In order to better adapt to the conditions of high altitude, you will climb to an altitude of about 5000 meters, and after stopping for about half an hour at this altitude, you will return to the second camp and rest to prepare for the next day and climb the peak.

Trekking ↑ approx. : 1100m , 4 hours

Accommodation: El. : 5000m , Tent / shelter

Day5 :Climbing Damavand mountain and return to the first Shelter (3900m)

In the early morning you will set off for your summit attempt. At 3 o’clock you have to wake up and at 4 o’clock you start to the summit. Since the summit pyramid is completely open and without protection, strong winds are to be expected. With a bit of luck, especially in July and August, you can climb the summit completely without contact with snow and ice.

The ascent route is technically easy and does not require special skills. A solid basic condition and surefootedness are important. In some places it may be necessary to reach into the rock. It may be necessary to cross an old snow field. Right at the start it is recommended to put on gaiters.

From an altitude of 5,100 m you will feel the first sulphur vapours and it will become clear that you are travelling along a volcano. The mountain is no longer active, but you can still feel its breath. After approx. 6-7 hours you will then stand on the highest point of the Damavand volcano and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view.

On a clear day you can even see as far as Tehran or the Caspian Sea. One also sees the top of the 4. 850 m high Alamkouh protruding on the horizon. Who still has power reserves can, after consultation with the mountain guide, walk around the crater (caldera) (walking time approx. 45 minutes).

After an extensive rest at the summit, the descent follows the ascent route to the Takthe Fe-ridon mountain hut. Here we spend the night again.

Trekking  ↑ approx. : 610m , about 3 hours

Trekking  ↓ approx. : 1510m , about 4 hours

Accommodation : El. : 3900m ,Tent / shelter

Day6 : Return to Nandal and transfer to Tehran

This morning, after having breakfast and delivering the luggage to the porters, we will move to Camp 1 at around 9:00 AM and from there be transferred to Nandal village and we say goodbye to its lovely people and move to Tehran. Also, along the way, our guide lead you to visit the 2000-year-old residential caves that is called Kafar Koli, which is located near the village of Rineh.

Trekking ↓ approx. :1410m ,  4 hours

Transfer (camp1 to Tehran): 5 hours (180 km)

Mt Damavand climb – Northern route  services included

  • Full board (all meals are included)
  • All transfers & sightseeing trips in private vehicles
  • Damavand permit fee
  • Accommodations  in simple guest houses, tents or very simple mountain huts in Damavand
  • Luggage transport by mules
  • English speaking mountain and trekking guide
  • Additional, local mountain guide on Damavand summit day for 4 people each

Mt Damavand climb – Northern route required equipment

  • Base layers
  • Backpack (30 to 40 Liter)
  • Wind stoppers (polar jacket)
  • Warm trekking pants
  • Light down jacket
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Warm hat
  • Waterproof Trekking boots
  • Sleeping bag (comfort level :+5)
  • Warm gloves
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun creams
  • Headlight
  • Sticks , poles
  • Mattress
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Mount Damavand south face

Price : 500$

1PAX : 750$

2 PAX : 620$

3-5 PAX : 500$

6-8 PAX : 470$

9-10 PAX : 440$

11 and more : 410$

Duration : 6 days

Valid from  : June to September

Age requirement  : +18

Physical rating : 5

Join in : Tehran

End in : Tehran

Max Altitude : 5610m


Nandal village : 1 night in Local house

Touchal: 1 night in hut

Damavand Camp1 : 2 nights in Tent / shelter

Damavand Camp2 : 1 night in Tent / shelter

Meals :

5 Breakfasts

6 lunches

5 dinners

Transportation : 

Private car all the road trip

4WD car in the mountainous roads

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