Mt Damavand, Iran

During 12 – 26th June 2006, I travelled to Iran with David Lim on the ‘Singapore-Iran Expedition 2006’. You can read our expedition dispatches and see photos from the climbs at David Lim’s website by clicking here.

An excerpt from Davids Website as follows:

‘Mt Damavand is a dormant volcano, located in middle Alborz Range and and is the highest peak in Middle East, and the highest volcano in Asia. The mountain is located near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, in the Mazandaran province, 66 km northeast of Tehran. Zoroastrian texts and mythology, mention the three-headed dragon AziDahaka was chained on Damavand, there to remain until the end of the world. In a later version of the same legend, the tyrant Zahak was also banished there after being defeated by Fereydoun.

We began at the Alam Kooh/ Takhte-Soleyman ( Throne of Solomon ) area in the Alborz where a large number of 4000m peaks lie. After a 6 – 8 hike to the Sarchal shelter, the team climbed two peaks ( see below ). After these climbs, the team travelled to Damavand to make an attempt on its longest route, the northeast ridge. So little information in English is available about this route – the longest on the peak, that it is hoped that this page will make good this gap in information and allow climbers to learn more of this peak.’

With David Lim on the summit of Mt Demavand after climbing the North East Ridge, Iran, June 2006

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