Tehran & Mazandaran . IRAN
International event since. 2015
The UIAA Youth Camp is a mountaineering program perfect for young mountaineers from all around the world who want to experience ascending Damavand (5610m) as the highest mountain of Iran and the highest volcanic mountain of west Asia. The youth camp helps young mountaineers to know other cultures and make new friends. From 2015, Atour Adventure Group have been hosting this event and had participants from all over Europe including France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Poland as well as Afghanistan, Malaysia, India, Azerbaijan and Sri-Lanka. Atour Adventure Group also had the chance of hosting experienced mountaineers like Krzysztof Wielicki. The Event usually includes trekking on two mountains, one of them being Damavand and the other changes each year. For this year, we will ascend Alamkuh and Damavand. UIAA youth camp is an unique learning opportunity to climb with experienced mountaineers who has climbed numerous 8000m. summits.
UIAA Youth Camp 2019 (Damavand and Alamkuh) is 12 days long, and includes staying in hotel, lodge and camp. It starts from Tehran, followed by transferring to Kelardasht and Vandarbon to ascend Alam Kuh. Summiting the second highest peak of Iran is planned after an acclimatization ascend to one of the peaks with lower altitudes. On our return we have a short stay in a city on the shore of Caspian Sea to re-energize. Then we move to Polour, the closest city to Mount Damavand, and the next day drive to Goosfandsara and trek to Bargah Sevom. We stay in Atour’s Camp and then ascend the Mount Damavand. You cannot leave Iran without knowing its history and people so we arranged for a one-day city tour. In this day you will see some of the most significant historic sites of Tehran. And then we part with lots of good memory and an experience that you will never forget. For more details check the program catalog, or feel free to contact us.
Each Summer, Atour Adventure Group establishes an Eco-Camp in the southern face of Damavand, and in Hesar Chal area of Alamkuh. In addition to providing comfortable and equipped accommodation for mountaineers, Atour makes sure to keep the ecosystem sustainable. The services of Eco-Camp include tent with mattress, meals, lunch box for ascend, electricity for battery recharges and lights, beverages (hot and cold).
Transfer from IKA airport, 35 km outside of Tehran, to hotel. The arrangement of this day depends greatly on the arrival time.
After breakfast we drive to Kelardasht through Chaloos road (~up to 5 hours). Part of the road after Roodbarak to Vandarbon is dirt road. We will stay at IMSCF (Iran Federation of Mountaineering and Sport Climbing) lodge. The kitchen and the dining room is shared by the mountaineers and the bunk beds are located on the upper level.
After eating breakfast, we will get to the trailhead in Tangeh Galoo by riding a 4×4. Depending on the road condition, it may take up to one hour. Then, we hike for three hours to get to Atour Eco-Camp at Hesar Chal base camp. Duffel bags are carried by mules and we spend the night in tents.
After eating breakfast, we start our trekking to Lashgarak summit that will take around 3 hours, then we descend and enjoy lunch at our camp. The rest of the day is specified to getting to know each other and resting for a challenging ascend that will happen next day.
Early in the morning, we will ascend Alam-Kuh. It will take us 5-6 hours to reach the summit and around 3 hours to come back. This acclimatization prepares us for Damavand summit.
After breakfast, we will descend to Tangeh Galoo which would be a 2-hour trekking and then we have a half to one-hour drive to get back to Vandarbon. From here we go straight to one of the cities on the shore of Caspian Sea, the largest enclosed water on earth.
On this day, after breakfast, we head toward Polour that is known as the closest city to Damavand. We spend the night at IMSCF lodge. The dining area and the kitchen are shared, and its rooms are filled with bunk beds.
After breakfast, around 9 a.m., we head to Gosfandsara that is also known as Masjid or Hosseinieh with 4×4. It takes about an hour to get to the trail head. We have 4 hours trekking to reach Atour Camp on the southern face of mount Damavand. Duffle bags are carried by mules.
Early in the morning, around 5 a.m., we start summiting mount Damavand. It takes about 6 – 7 hours to get to the highest point of Iran. With a short rest there, and after eating lunch (lunchbox), we would descend to Atour Camp which would take 4 hours.
The summiting is over, we have a 3 hours trekking back to Gosfandsara and then an hour drive back to Polour and a 2-hour drive to Tehran, not considering the time that would be spend on lunch. You will spend the night at hotel. However, the trip is not over yet. Tomorrow, Tehran is yours to explore.
After breakfast, the city tour begins. You will visit some of the most well-known places of Tehran.
Based on your departure flight, transfer will be arranged to take you to IKA airport. Atour Adventure wishes you a safe trip and hope you had fun in Iran.
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