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Damavand is a towering volcano just 45 miles northeast of Teheran, near the Southern coast of the Caspian Sea. It is surrounded by the smaller and comparatively rugged peaks of the Elburz range, but its great height and classic volcanic shape, unique to the region, grant it dominance and isolation. Damavand has not erupted in historical times, though occasional steam and sulfur gases exude from the top. The view from the summit is an amazing panorama of Iran's vast expanse of mountains, valleys, and deserts.

Elevation (feet): 18,602
Elevation (meters): 5,670
Continent: Asia
Country: Iran
Range/Region: Alborz
Latitude: 35.9558
Longitude: 52.1086
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1837
First successful climber(s): W.T. Thomson
Nearest major airport: Teheran, Iran
Convenient Center: Raineh, Iran (village at the south base of the mountain)

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 67 trip reports for Damavand.

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  • Log #21940 - by jirivac on Feb 26, 2010
    beautiful nature, kind people. One of the best climbs in my life.
  • Log #21870 - by Спутник on Feb 09, 2010
    دﻤﺎﻮﻨﺩ (DAMĀVAND) 5671m Climbed by best weather solo in 2 days. Bivouac in tent at Guwsfandsarā. 2680m up; technical a easy walk up with ski poles, no ice or snow.
  • Log #21504 - by Ana Maria Diaz Attryde on Nov 03, 20084 Stars
    TREK TO DAMAVAND PEAK (5671m)-IRAN By Ana Maria Diaz Attryde Damavan Mountain is a dormant volcano, located at the farthest end of the central eastern part of the Alborz Mountain Range. It is the...
  • Log #18857 - by Taymoor on Aug 16, 2005
    It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. i have the complete story of my climb on my web blog. more pictures will be posted soon http://damavandblog.blogspot.com/ If you have questions,...
  • Log #1422 - by Amir Ardeshir on Oct 11, 2004
    It was so wonderful that I can`t say anything!!!
  • Log #1423 - by Mehdi Danesh on Oct 10, 2004
    Hello All We climbed as Student Group of Agriculture Faculty, Tehran University. I have Some Photos, That should be scaned and will be presented. Good Luck for All especially Climbers
  • Log #1424 - by shabab on Aug 30, 2004
    We were a group of 12 who decided to summit the pick but only me and other 8 climbers were successful to reach the pick .We climbed from the south part,the other 3 climbers couldn`t accompany us...
  • Log #1425 - by palic on Aug 02, 2004
    We have reached the summit of Mt. Damavand on skis in April, 26, 2004. Then, a ski descend via the Shelter III and Shelter II on the south side. First 300 altitude meters there were the snow...
  • Log #1426 - by Taymoor Zahoory on July 16, 2004
    I like to have information about Damavand. When is the best time to climb. I am 50 yeras old and live in California with little experience and lots of passion and like to climb next summer
  • Log #1427 - by Ahmad Tajvidi on July 06, 2004
    I summited Damavand in August 2003.it was the first time for me to climb such an important summit.Before that time i played football but i never havn't climbed more than 3300m up to that time.I...
  • Log #1429 - by Mahroughe Kazazi on June 17, 2004
    I am a Iranian who is passionated by nature and montain. When I was in Iran,in Tehran University, my dream was to climb Damavand. But I had no opportunity to do so. In the year 2000 God give me this...
  • Log #1430 - by Julie Amer / Ginge Fullen on June 16, 2004
    Its Wednesday 16th June and I am back in the heat of Dubai with no mountains in site. Its 8am here and I am just back from my morning coastal bike and swim in the sea but my mind is still in the...
  • Log #1431 - by Hoshang Momeni on June 02, 2004
    I was only 16 years of age. Two of us, a university student from France and myself, we climbed from the southside approach to the peak. I have lived through that experience ever since. I was one of...
  • Log #1432 - by Anders Joergensen on May 23, 2004
    A very nice climb in mid may!
  • Log #1433 - by Ferydoon on May 04, 2004
    I summited Damavand with a group of Tehran University hikers. It was the summer of 1975, but unfortunately I do not remember the exact date. All I can say is that it was wonderful, and I hope I can...
  • Log #1434 - by Mischa Kohnstamm on Apr 23, 2004
    What a great experience: climbing and skiing down Damavand ;-) We were with a group of 5 Dutch and 1 Swiss (mountaineering guide) and were accompanied by an Iranien mountaineering guide. We spend a...
  • Log #1435 - by Vahit Telli on Mar 19, 2004
    This Demavend climbing very beatiful. Iran (tebriz-tahran)people very HUMANITARIAN. Thank you every FRIENDs. Greeting from Demavend summit EVERYBODY.
  • Log #1437 - by Dave Hess on Dec 28, 2003
    We were a group of 5 Americans who arranged our trip through Araz Travels (www.araz.org) which we HIGHLY recommend. The guides they provided were some of the best mountaineers in Iran who had...
  • Log #1438 - by amir nanpazi on Dec 26, 2003
    very nice and good feeling
  • Log #1439 - by Feridun Ebbasi on Oct 09, 2003
    I am not a mountaineer. I was 42 years old then. I decided to summit this legendary mountain. I did a little bit of preparation for a month or two prior to going to Iran.
  • Log #1440 - by Reza Mozaffary on Oct 06, 2003
    I don't know how you get the name W.T. Thomson as the first climber in 1837. Our ancestors climbed it more than 2000 years ago and we have it in the poems.
  • Log #1441 - by Brian Murray on Sep 07, 2003
    Very tough climb but all the more rewarding for that. A year on and I still have so many happy memories of Damavand and Iran.
  • Log #1442 - by Sebastiaan Lagendaal on Aug 20, 2003
    Sebastiaan lagendaal and Serge de Boer hiked up the eastface passing the Karvak Towers. Slept up the summit for one night. Pretty chilly and windy. poor view put a beautifull non technical climb
  • Log #1443 - by Vincent Rouffaer on July 27, 2003
    Great mountain to climb. We summited the top with the same bunch of 4 that summited the Kilimanjaro 2 years ago. Great experience.
  • Log #1444 - by ojan khoey on July 26, 2003
    if you know ''Mehdi Farahani, member of Damavand Club'' please get him to send me an email urgently. Thanks, Ojan Khoey
  • Log #1445 - by Arash Dadyar on Apr 27, 2003
    in the name of god's mountains i recommended to everyone that loves mountaines & high lands : "if minieverest let you" climb the DAMAVAND because this peak is very holy peak in iran...
  • Log #1446 - by Alireza Jourabchi on Apr 27, 2003
    Dear Foreign Climbers, U MUST see & climb this Mountain . Iranian Climbers , calling him :HAZRAT !! or HAZRAT E DAMAVAND which means: Holly Damavand or something like that. it means sooooooooo...
  • Log #1447 - by Pouyan Salehi on Apr 16, 2003
    The sun was setting as we neared the end of our descent, I turned around...and was left absolutely breathless. Not only by the timeless beauty of the mountain, but moreso by the new relationship of...
  • Log #1448 - by Mohammad Ali Mirzaee on Mar 17, 2003
    I prefer the west side. Its shelter named Simorgh is the best of Damavand's shelters.
  • Log #1449 - by Safari on Mar 03, 2003
    The center of world and the place of flowers, rivers and nice people.
  • Log #1450 - by Reza on Feb 26, 2003
    I summited Damavand on Sept 4th 2001. There was a climber on top by the name Vida. Does anybody know her and know how I can get in touch with her? She was a kurdish climber and a student at a local...
  • Log #1451 - by hosein on Feb 22, 2003
    I am a climber in iran I went to damavand
  • Log #1452 - by Jane Goodall on Feb 10, 2003
    OMG! Climing Damavand was the best thing that has ever happened to me! I loved it! Thank you for putting it there.
  • Log #1454 - by Karda Zoltan on Jan 22, 2003
    Hello My name is Zultan Karda. I am a hungarian climber. My personal best is 4167m in the Jebel Tubkal in the Atlas Mountain in march 2001. It was difficult, but now in march I want to climbed in...
  • Log #1455 - by ojan khoey on Jan 21, 2003
    Please do not litter at this beautiful mountain. I was very sad to see so much rubbish on the mountain.I would like to ask all future visitors to Damavand to take their rubbih back with them. And,...
  • Log #1456 - by joanne on Nov 07, 2002
    Iranians are nice people. Hope to return for Sabalan one fine day...
  • Log #1457 - by Ali Zolfagharian on Oct 18, 2002
    Damavaand is a complete life.
  • Log #1458 - by Valer on Oct 06, 2002
    Beautiful and difficult. Excellent night climbing started at 3 a.m. with full moon.
  • Log #1459 - by Saeed Hasheminezhad on Oct 02, 2002
    I would like to find new freinds among mountaineers all around the world.
  • Log #1460 - by SZABO Tamas on Sep 27, 2002
    Four Hungarians managed to reach the top in quite good weather conditions. The visibility was OK, but the lack of oxygen can be dangerous - be prepared and acclimatize! The Iranians are very kind but...
  • Log #1461 - by Saeed Hasheminezhad on Sep 26, 2002
    I and my wife are going to ascend Mt.Damavand this September again. We are in a group of four.Our free group,called HAMNAVARD,is to ascend Damavand for the memorial of The Universal Year Of MOUNTAINS.
  • Log #1462 - by SABER HAGHVIRDY on Aug 28, 2002
    I have the best wishes for the 5000 people who are going to climb Damavand and i hope all of them be safe and sane . And also for the 150,000 people who are going to climb important peaks of...
  • Log #1463 - by SABER HAGHVIRDY on Aug 27, 2002
  • Log #1464 - by Reza on June 25, 2002
    I summited Damavand on September 4th from the south. It was the greatest experience of my life. We stayed in the base camp for one night and climbed to Bargah-e-sevom (middle shelter) the next day....
  • Log #1465 - by David Hamilton on Apr 09, 2002
    2 members of the UK Alpine Ski Club www.alpineskiclub.org.uk expedition reached the summit at approx 3.00pm after a 5 hr climb on the regular southern route.
  • Log #1466 - by Reza Azami on Mar 22, 2002
    We climbed from NorthEast side,One of the most beautiful routes.It is one of my greates wishes to climb again.
  • Log #1467 - by Hans Eggink on Mar 06, 2002
    I would like to get any info on climbimg Damavand, the easiest route, most preferred season, local guides etc. etc. Please who can help me?
  • Log #1468 - by Manfred Werkmann on Feb 10, 2002
    I worked as a student in 1976 in Tehran. After having climbed Towchal (3950m) just north of Tehran and Kulun Bastak (4150m) near Shemshak. Because of poor equipment I reached only 4800 m at Damavand....
  • Log #1469 - by ojan khoey on Feb 08, 2002
    Rostam was the first recorded person to have conquered Damavand. Please correct your notes!
  • Log #1470 - by saeid rahmaty on Jan 14, 2002
    too nice unblivable and everybody are most welcom to me for sharing my experience and happiness as well ,you will be my guest for this climbing.
  • Log #1471 - by Nicolas JAQUES on Dec 20, 2001
    After beeing turned down by fierce winds a few days earlier, and a short vacation in Isfahan, we came back on the mountain on the 15th April, directly up to Bargah-e-Sevom, and reached the summit the...
  • Log #1472 - by JOSEP PERPINYA on Nov 22, 2001
  • Log #1473 - by Nikolas Kroupis on Nov 21, 2001
    I have climbed Damavand from the North Face, It's really great on 5.671m. The climbing was very hard but very nice. The team were Nilolas Kroupis, Eytichis Grigorakis, George Zardalidis and Ilias...
  • Log #1474 - by Nikolas Kroupis on Nov 21, 2001
    I climbed Damavand from the North Face, it's really great on 5.671m. The climbing was very hard but very nice. In the team were Nilolas Kroupis, Eytichis Grigorakis, George Zardalidis and Ilias...
  • Log #1475 - by Mehmet Akgun on Aug 08, 2001
    We (there are two of us) would like to climb Damavand around Sept. 1, 2001 and wish to know if there are others with whom we could team up. We also need to know where we can get maps of Damavand...
  • Log #1476 - by Iulian Cozma on May 02, 2001
    Hello all, I want to climb inthis summer demavand peak, but i don't know anything about this peack. can you help me ? thankx a lot !
  • Log #1477 - by ojan khoey on May 01, 2001
    It is really grate that this page is available; many thanks to the organiser(s). I would be grateful to hear form those who may be going to Damavand between July 24 and August 15, 2001. Also, it...
  • Log #1478 - by George McGee on Mar 29, 2001
    I was 15 years old when I climbed Damavand. It was a hard climb but I knew I would make it because I was with good friends. We trained for the trip by hiking the Alborz many times. We also hiked from...
  • Log #1480 - by Behrang Asghariyan on Mar 10, 2001
    this was my first climbing damavand
  • Log #1481 - by eama ghafari on Jan 07, 2001
    I love DAMAVAND.
  • Log #1482 - by Reza on Oct 25, 2000
    I need information regarding climing Damavand this summer. how can I get maps? what kind of physical preparation do I need? do I need guides or can I do it alone? any info is appreciated.
  • Log #1483 - by Damavand mountineering & skip cllub on Oct 24, 2000
    WE WELLCOME TO ALL CLIMBERS WHO WANT CLIMB DAMAVAND OR OTHER PEACK IN IRAN. We will be glad to be at your service, so don't hesitate to contact us for any information you require.
  • Log #1484 - by Thomas Spadone on Aug 18, 2000
    I would like to go to the Damavand in winter or spring with ski or snowboard. I'm in need of informations (map, description, difficulty, slope, ...) ? Can you help me ? Thank you !
  • Log #1485 - by Daniel Homorodean ; Edmond Kr Florian on Aug 16, 1999
    Easy climb, the normal route.We also climbed on the beautiful icefall at 5100m altitude.
  • Log #1487 - by Hakan Esme on June 22, 1999
    It's wonderfull, excellent... I still fly away on the clouds...
  • Log #1489 - by Laval St Germain on Mar 18, 1999
    perfect weather - great trip 5h+15min from hut to top will return for mountain biking!!
  • Log #1491 - by Lars moller on Oct 03, 1998
    Summited Mt. Damavand thogether wiht Peter Westman, Fredrik Holman, Ulf Julin-Dannfelt and Hans Rnnbck. We made the treck on two days on West route. We spent a night on 4100m in a cabin.