There are different reasons why tourists and adventurists choose Iran as their destination for Ski mountaineering. When the days are cold and still rain in Europe, you can enjoy Skiing on the most remote mountains in Iran. On the other hand, some other people choose Iran because it is quite reasonable to travel to, especially while you are in a group.
Undoubtedly, if you are a ski fan you must try Iran. Because of the leveled mountains, the snow on the fields vary from elevation to elevation. Relating to that the snow condition is suitable for Skiing. In the following, we are going to introduce you, some of the best locations for ski mountaineering in Iran.
Mount Damavand is the highest mountain of Iran and the highest volcanic summit of Asia with elevation of 5610 m. It is located in Amol province and only 2-hours’ drive from Tehran. Damavand is the number one destination for ski mountaineers; however, the high altitude might make it a bit challenging but many adventurists attempt to top the summit of the highest volcano of Asia. The best time for Ski mountaineering Damavand is between Februarys to mid may.
Doberar is one of the longest mountain ridges of Iran with more 35 summits on it. Among all the summits there are mainly three summits that are quite popular for Ski mountaineering. Gole Zard, Angemar and Changiz Chal. The easy access and transfer are the reasons why these three summits are more popular.
Doberar ridge is located in Amol province. Doberar ridge is quite close to Mount Damavand. The close distance and leveled summits (mostly more than 4000 meters) have made Doberar Mountain ridge a best location for acclimatization for those who want to make their ascend to the summit of Damavand.
Zard-Kuh (Zard-Kouh) region belongs to Charmahal and Bakhtiari tribes. Located at almost southwestern of Iran. Enjoys from the most leveled mountains. Zard-kuh region is part of Zagros mountain range. Zard-Kuh (Zard-Kouh) is most of the year covered with snow and the ski season lasts for almost 8 to 9 months in the year. Great snow condition and virgin snow, beside the spectacular views of glaciers are the reason that you must give this place a visit.
Best time for visit is recognized between Februarys to mid-June.
Ardabil is the considered as the coldest province of Iran. In some part of Ardabil, the temperature in winter reaches to minus 45 degrees. The point about Ardabil is that there are no air-conditioning in the houses and apartments as the weather is quite cool in summer. All these reason are approve of a long ski season in this area.
Sabalan Mountain (4811 m) is absolutely the best destination for Ski mountaineering. Sabalan holds the crown for the most beautiful summit in Iran. The Crater Lake summit, which is frozen during the year, is one of the natural phenomena of this region.
The best time for ski mountaineering in this region starts from Februarys to mid may.
Iran is mostly known as a cultural destination for tourists. On the other hand, there are many pure locations suitable for rock climbing in iran that attract tourists there. So by reading this article you can get familiar with the best places to climb in Iran and the hubs of rock climbing. The best theme for adventure travelers, who has chosen Iran as their destination, is the combination trips. And the good point about rock climbers is that they can have an interesting venture on their trip to the rock climbing cities.
Rock climbing In Bisotun
Bisotun region is located at Kermanshah province at west side of Iran. To your knowledge, you must know that it is one of the old cities of Iran with numerous historical sites. So, if you are interested in BigWall Climbing and sport climbing you can choose Bisotun region for your venture.
What to see in Kermanshah:
Taq-e Bostan, Mount Paraw, Bisotun old city, Statue of Hercules.
Bouldering in Hamedan
Hamedan is one of the oldest cities of Iran and once the capital of Achamenid Empire. But when it comes to rock climbing Hamedan is recognized as the home of the top rock climbers in Iran.
If you are interested in Bouldering, Hamedan is an interesting place to be. Beside that you can enjoy the culture and city sightseeing.
What to see in Hamedan:
Hegmataneh, Alavian Dome and Meuseum of Hegmataneh, Ali-Sadr Cave and Ganjnameh.
Qazvin, a medieval city. And the history of it, backs to Safavid dynasty. There are many potentials for sport climbing and bouldering in Qazvin. You can find different routes with any kind of difficulty levels in this area. Mostly it is a very good place for mountain biking. Road biking in Alamut road is also recommended on this region.
What to see in Qazvin:
Alamut historical, Alamut Castle, Evan Lake, Caravanserai of Sa’d al-Saltaneh, Chehel sotoun palace.
Tehran, Bouldering, sport climbing
One of the easiest locations to reach in Iran is the capital. So you can have a direct flight to Tehran and accommodate in the somewhere in the city. To get to the climbing spots all you need is a ride to the safest climbing spot. Depending in your skills and style, you can choose different places to climb.
As you may know, the capital is a different city in comparison with other provinces we talked about on this article. And you can find different types of activities. Enjoying the historical sites, cafes, museums and other activities of the same nature.
What to see in Tehran:
Grand Bazar, Golestan Palace, Abgineh museum, Sa’ad Abbad Palace, Eram amusement park, Pars Aqua village, museum of music, Milad tower.
BigWall climbing in Kelardasht
The best place for BigWall Climbing is Kelardasht. In fact, when it comes to Kelardasht you must know that we are going to climb on Alam-kuh (4848 m). A giant granite wall that is recognized as the most technical wall in Iran. An 800-hundered meters of granite wall.
What to see in Kelardasht:
Ojabiat palace, valasht lake, Alam-Kuh, Vandarbon village.
Iran is among the top 20 countries in the world, in terms of the total area (1,648,195 ) according to Statista.com. Approximately around two/3rd of the area of Iran is the covered with mountains.
Iran enjoys from more 150 summits above 4000 meters and crosses the all the summits of the Alps. Here on this article we are going to get familiar with top three highest mountains. We are going to understand where they are located. When is the best time for climbing, skiing? And other general details.
Mount Damavand is the highest volcano of Asia and the highest mountain of Iran. It recognized as the symbol of Iranians. Regarding to these facts it is an interesting place for mountain climbers. Activities like trekking, mountain biking, ski mountaineering, glacier climbing and winter expeditions and other activities of the same nature.
There are so many routes to climb mount Damavand. However, there are mostly two faces of the south and the north east which are popular among mountain climbers.
There are two huts on Damavand. One placed on the south route at 4200 meters (Bargah Sevoom). You can rent private rooms or public rooms and use the facilities of the hut.
The other one located on the northeast face and located at 4400 meters above the sea level. The hut is the basic shelter and you must be equipped well especially in winter.
There are also eco camps in the trekking season on the both faces, which are according to the international standards.
If you are interested in trekking the highest volcano of Asia, you can trek Damavand between mid-June to late September. And if you are interested in winter ascend you can start from November to early March.
Alam-Kuh is the second highest mountain of Iran and known as the most technical mountain of Iran. From trekking to BigWall climbing and ski mountaineering you can enjoy the different paths. And more to have chance for summiting many 4000rs summits.
There are no hut on Alam-kuh except the hesarchal Eco-camp, which is suitable for foreign adventurists and tourists.
If you are interested in BigWall climbing you can take the Alam-chal route for climbing. You must conquer with 300 meters wall of granite for climbing.
The best time for trekking is between June to September and for ski mountaineering you can try Alam-kuh between early December to end of March.
Sabalan Mountain is the third highest mountain of the Iran and located in Ardabil province. It is 4811 meters. The bold point about sabalan is the Crater Lake summit, it is mostly frozen during the year. Between July to September (trekking season) you can enjoy the lake at the summit.
There is shelter on the northeast face of Sabalan with only basic facilities and to get you ought to be well Equipped. Ardabil is recognized as the coldest part of Iran and regarding this matter it mostly covered with snow and it is a perfect place for ski mountaineering.
If you are a fan of mountaineering and you are seeking an adventure, Iran is a great destinations for you.
Iran, home of the highest volcano of Asia, Damavand, and Crater Lake Mountain like Sabalan, offers variety of activities such as trekking, climbing, ski-mountaineering, splitboarding and big wall climbing.
Every year so many events are held in different spots of Iran and all adventure enthusiasts from all over the world are welcomed. Here is a list of three events that take place in Iran every year.
UIAA Youth Camp
UIAA Youth Camp is a program for young people in their 20s or even 30s that they climb with the help of experienced mountaineers. The aim is that the youth get more familiar with mountains and nature.
It is a 12 day program which starts with trekking Alam-Kuh, the second highest mountain of Iran. Alam-Kuh is also famous for its big walls but this time mountaineers take the other path, Hesarchal. After ascending and staying in the camp, mountaineers head to Noor City where is by the Caspian Sea, the biggest lake in the world. Then it is time to ascend the highest volcano of Asia. In order to trek Damavand, first climbers stay in either of Polour Mountaineering Lodge or Rineh Mountaineering Lodge to get some rest. After four hours of trekking, they arrive at eco-camps in the south face of Damavand. After all the trekking, it is time for a city tour. These youth will take a tour around Tehran.
This camp has taken place for five times in a row in Iran.
ISMF Ski-mountaineering Series
With the aim of enhancing ski-mountaineering in Iran, this event was held in Mount Damavand. Local adventure groups and Iranian sponsors.
Big Wall Climb Bisotoun
This brilliant event takes place in Bisotoun County in Kermanshah Province. The aim is to introduce Bisotoun big wall and other attractions of Kermanshah to people. If you can summit the top of the wall, you can also try base jumping. This Festival is organized by Groupe de Haute Montagne which is an international organization based in France, IRI Mountaineering and Sport Climbing Federation and the Alpine Club of Iran.