dropped at Polour village, first view of snowcapped Damavand
flowering poppy at 3000m and Damavand in the back
After the intro day in Tehran i headed by bus towards northeast and was dropped in a village called Polour at the foot of Damavand. With combination of hitch-hiking and 4x4 jeep hire i made it to Damavand Base Camp at 3040m on the same day.
next day morning in the Base Camp (3050m)
climbing from base camp to high camp
Next day was about to get up from Base Camp to C1 at 4250m. With heavy backpack it took me almost 5 hours to reach the objective of the day.
made it to C1 (4250m)
summit day, sunrise at 4800m
My plan was to give the summit a try without extra day spent in the high camp, so next day at 5AM I started the climb. At 5200m my body started to fight with the altitude and the speed of climb dropped.
at approx. 5200m
close to fore summit at 5500m, main summit with sulphur gases in the back
Above 5400m the sulphur gases are bit disturbing (the smell really isn't nice) and one should try to avoid them. Final steep sand slope was neverending, but finally i made it to the summit rocks and reached the top at 5671m. It took me long 5 and half hours from C1 to the summit.
summit of Damavand, remnants of what once was a crater
at 5671m, highest volcano in Asia
descending the big hill
back in C1 with Damavand rising above
After a good half an hour at the top i made my way on the long descent. I reached the high camp later in the afternoon and decided not to rush, but stay one more night up there and finish the descent to the valley only the following day.
look back to Damavand while descending to the valley