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DAMAVAND WOMEN EXPEDITION 2014

This was our women association' third trekking expedition, after the one to Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2009 < http://www.pbase.com/jolka/kilimanjaro_expedition and to Mt. Ararat in 2012 (in which I did not participate).
It was a 14-women expedition to climb Mt. Damavand (5671m, 18,605 feet), the highest peak in Iran and the Middle East, as well as the highest volcano in Asia. It is also the second highest volcano in the northern hemisphere.
Mt. Damavand is located in the middle Alborz Range, near the southern coast of the Caspian Sea, 66 kilometres (41 miles) northeast of Tehran. Snow covers the entire mountain in winter and the upper parts in other seasons.
It is one of the most perfect cone-shape stratovolcanoes in the world, surrounded by many handsome peaks of the Alborz Range.
Damavand is an extinct volcano, but is also considered as a potentially active dormant volcano as it has fumaroles and sulfur gas coming out near the crater. Its narrow summit crater with diameter of about 150-200 meters, is usually covered with snow-cap and cloud. The snowy white peak with its regular Lenticular Cap Cloud is the most beautiful sight of Persia.

In 2008 Mt. Damavan with its flora, fauna and thermal springs was submitted on the Tentative List of UNESCO World Heritage.

Climbing this 18,605 feet giant volcano is technically easy but physically a tough challenge and requires a good physical fitness. The main challenge of ascend is acclimatization and the weather.
There are at least 16 known routes to the summit from all sides, which have different difficulties. Some of them are very dangerous and require rock climbing.

We took the easiest and the most popular Southern Route, which takes 4 days (with one day for acclimatization). There is 5 to 8 hours day-trek with big ascents and 3 to 4 hours descents. The starting point is in Camp 1 Polour at 2270 m, then we went to Camp 2 Base Goosfand Sara at 3040 m, and Camp 3 Bargah New Hut at 4250 m.
Damavand Women Expedition
Damavand Women Expedition
First View From The Bus
First View From The Bus
Damavand Seen From Polour
Damavand Seen From Polour
In Polour
In Polour
In Polour
In Polour
Camp 1 Polour
Camp 1 Polour
Camp 1 Polour
Camp 1 Polour
Lunch At Camp 1 Polour
Lunch At Camp 1 Polour
Lunch At Camp 1 Polour
Lunch At Camp 1 Polour
Camp 1 Polour Registration Point
Camp 1 Polour Registration Point
You Will Go There
You Will Go There
Green Pastures
Green Pastures
Our Destination
Our Destination
Family Picnic
Family Picnic
The Adventure Begins
The Adventure Begins
The Beginning
The Beginning
Trekking To Camp 2
Trekking To Camp 2
Red Poppies, White Peak
Red Poppies, White Peak
All The Way Up
All The Way Up
Mountains And Poppies
Mountains And Poppies
Happy Girls
Happy Girls
We Could Almost Fly
We Could Almost Fly
Me And The Volcano
Me And The Volcano
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Rocks And Grasses
Rocks And Grasses
Flora Of Damavand
Flora Of Damavand
Sunshine And Clouds
Sunshine And Clouds
Going Higher
Going Higher
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Landscape Of Alborz Range
Landscape Of Alborz Range
Astragalus Flowers
Astragalus Flowers
Mt. Damavand And The Sheep
Mt. Damavand And The Sheep
Approaching To Camp 2
Approaching To Camp 2
Camp 2 Goosfand Sara
Camp 2 Goosfand Sara
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Camp 2 Goosfand Sara
Camp 2 Goosfand Sara
Sheep Near Camp 2
Sheep Near Camp 2
Mosque's Domes
Mosque's Domes
A Small Mountain Shelter
A Small Mountain Shelter
Tea At Camp 2
Tea At Camp 2
Tea Time At Camp 2
Tea Time At Camp 2
Our Sleeping Place In The Mosque
Our Sleeping Place In The Mosque
Polish Flag In Camp 2
Polish Flag In Camp 2
Mt. Damavand Seen From Camp 2
Mt. Damavand Seen From Camp 2
Day 2 - Morning In The Mosque
Day 2 - Morning In The Mosque
Breakfast At Camp 2
Breakfast At Camp 2
Breakfast At Camp 2
Breakfast At Camp 2
Morning In Camp 2
Morning In Camp 2
Ready For Acclimatization Day
Ready For Acclimatization Day
Our Next Day Destination
Our Next Day Destination
Leaving Camp 2 Behind And Below
Leaving Camp 2 Behind And Below
Our Next Day Destination
Our Next Day Destination
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Flora Of Damavand
Flora Of Damavand
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Mt. Damavand Under Snow Cloud
Mt. Damavand Under Snow Cloud
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Awesome View Of Mt. Damavand
Awesome View Of Mt. Damavand
Day 2 Trek To Mt. Damavand
Day 2 Trek To Mt. Damavand
The Higher The More Rocks
The Higher The More Rocks
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
A Small Bird On The Rock
A Small Bird On The Rock
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Elephant Of Alborz Mountains
Elephant Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Repose Under Mt. Damavand
Repose Under Mt. Damavand
Repose
Repose
Taking Some Rest
Taking Some Rest
On The Way Up
On The Way Up
Nargiz
Nargiz
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
At The Foot Of Mt. Damavand
Mules Transport
Mules Transport
The Mule Rider
The Mule Rider
The Mule Rider
The Mule Rider
Rocky Squirrel
Rocky Squirrel
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Rocks And Flowers
Rocks And Flowers
Wild Iris
Wild Iris
Purple And Orange
Purple And Orange
Rock Shepherd
Rock Shepherd
The Black Goat
The Black Goat
Goats At Mt. Damavand
Goats At Mt. Damavand
Sheep Above Camp 2
Sheep Above Camp 2
Sheep Above Camp 2
Sheep Above Camp 2
Sheep Above Camp 2
Sheep Above Camp 2
Trail To Mt. Damavand
Trail To Mt. Damavand
Rocks Along Mt. Damavand Trail
Rocks Along Mt. Damavand Trail
The Guard Of Alborz Mountains
The Guard Of Alborz Mountains
Alborz Mountains
Alborz Mountains
Getting Closer To Mt. Damavand
Getting Closer To Mt. Damavand
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Flora Of Alborz Mountains
Returning To Camp 2
Returning To Camp 2
Mosque In Camp 2
Mosque In Camp 2
Back To Camp 2
Back To Camp 2
Another Group Arrived
Another Group Arrived
In Camp 2
In Camp 2
Waiting For Tea
Waiting For Tea
Making Tea
Making Tea
Tea At Camp 2
Tea At Camp 2
Making Tea
Making Tea
Polish-Finnish Chat
Polish-Finnish Chat
Polish-Finnish Chat
Polish-Finnish Chat
Meeting In Camp 2
Meeting In Camp 2
Gold And Blue
Gold And Blue
In Camp 2
In Camp 2
Our Sleeping Place
Our Sleeping Place
Day 3 - The Horse And The Mule
Day 3 - The Horse And The Mule
Green Lizard
Green Lizard
The Morning Bird
The Morning Bird
Butterfly Of Alborz Mountains
Butterfly Of Alborz Mountains
Alborz Mountains Painted On The Wall
Alborz Mountains Painted On The Wall
Morning Of Day 3 - The Finnish Camp Is Packed
Morning Of Day 3 - The Finnish Camp Is Packed
Bringing The Mules
Bringing The Mules
Bringing The Mules
Bringing The Mules
Loading Up The Mule
Loading Up The Mule
Fasten Them Tight
Fasten Them Tight
Lake Lar And Alborz Mountains
Lake Lar And Alborz Mountains
Ascending To Camp 3
Ascending To Camp 3
Village In The Valley
Village In The Valley
Ascending To Camp 3
Ascending To Camp 3
Camp 2 Seen Below
Camp 2 Seen Below
Bargah Sevom Old Shelter
Bargah Sevom Old Shelter
After A Long Day
After A Long Day
Iranian Trio Who Perished When Descending Broad Peak
Iranian Trio Who Perished When Descending Broad Peak
Lar Lake At Sunset
Lar Lake At Sunset
Trekking Above Camp 3
Trekking Above Camp 3
Dinner In Camp 3 New Hut
Dinner In Camp 3 New Hut
Dinner In Camp 3 New Hut
Dinner In Camp 3 New Hut
Cheers To Mt. Damavand
Cheers To Mt. Damavand
Day 4 - Ascending The Summit
Day 4 - Ascending The Summit
Mt. Damavand And The Ice Fall
Mt. Damavand And The Ice Fall
Camp 3 New Hut
Camp 3 New Hut
Alborz Mountains
Alborz Mountains
Camp 2 Seen Below
Camp 2 Seen Below
Near Camp 3 New Hut
Near Camp 3 New Hut
Camp 3 New Hut
Camp 3 New Hut
The Rope Trail
The Rope Trail
At Mt. Damavand
At Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
These Boots Are Made For Trekking
These Boots Are Made For Trekking
Early Return
Early Return
Ascending Begins
Ascending Begins
Ascending To Mt. Damavand
Ascending To Mt. Damavand
Fumaroles On Mt. Damavand
Fumaroles On Mt. Damavand
Fumaroles On Mt. Damavand
Fumaroles On Mt. Damavand
On Top Of Mt. Damavand
On Top Of Mt. Damavand
Flora Of Mt. Damavand
Flora Of Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand Sparrow
Mt. Damavand Sparrow
I Can See My Friends
I Can See My Friends
Our Group Descending
Our Group Descending
They Are Returning
They Are Returning
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Back To Camp 3
Returning To Camp 3 New Hut
Returning To Camp 3 New Hut
Alborz
Alborz
Chat At Camp 3
Chat At Camp 3
Day 5 - Early Morning In Camp 3
Day 5 - Early Morning In Camp 3
Blue Morning In Alborz Mountains
Blue Morning In Alborz Mountains
Light Under The Clouds
Light Under The Clouds
Camp 3 Bargah Sevom
Camp 3 Bargah Sevom
Early Morning Snowstorm In Camp 3
Early Morning Snowstorm In Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Early Morning Snowstorm In Camp 3
Early Morning Snowstorm In Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
Snowstorm At Camp 3
After The Snowstorm
After The Snowstorm
Early Morning Visitor In Camp 3
Early Morning Visitor In Camp 3
Starting The Summit Ascent
Starting The Summit Ascent
After The Snowstorm
After The Snowstorm
Leaving Camp 3
Leaving Camp 3
Descending To Camp 2
Descending To Camp 2
After The Snowstorm
After The Snowstorm
Beautiful View After The Snowstorm
Beautiful View After The Snowstorm
Window In Camp 3 New Hut
Window In Camp 3 New Hut
Sleeping Room In New Hut
Sleeping Room In New Hut
Last Morning In Camp 3 New Hut
Last Morning In Camp 3 New Hut
Sound Asleep
Sound Asleep
Packing Up
Packing Up
The Rope Trail
The Rope Trail
Packing Our Luggage
Packing Our Luggage
Mules Saddled For The Riders
Mules Saddled For The Riders
Our Group At Camp 3 New Hut
Our Group At Camp 3 New Hut
International Door In Camp 3 New Hut
International Door In Camp 3 New Hut
Ready For The Mule Riding
Ready For The Mule Riding
Irena And Alborz
Irena And Alborz
Starting My Ride Down
Starting My Ride Down
Anna On A Ride Down To Camp 2
Anna On A Ride Down To Camp 2
The Mule Ride Down To Camp 2
The Mule Ride Down To Camp 2
Back In Camp 2
Back In Camp 2
Back In Camp 2
Back In Camp 2
Masoud
Masoud
My Saddle
My Saddle
Back In Camp 2
Back In Camp 2
Farewell
Farewell
Happy Mt. Damavand Climbers
Happy Mt. Damavand Climbers
Saying Goodbye
Saying Goodbye
Happy Mt. Damavand Climbers
Happy Mt. Damavand Climbers
Leaving Mt. Damavand Behind
Leaving Mt. Damavand Behind
Red Poppies, White Peak
Red Poppies, White Peak
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Mt. Damavand Poppies
 Mt. Damavand Poppies
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Red Poppies Season
Red Poppies Season
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Mt. Damavand Poppies
Red Poppies At Mt. Damavand
Red Poppies At Mt. Damavand
Nice Place To Get A Photo Taken
Nice Place To Get A Photo Taken
Poppies On The Way To Polour
Poppies On The Way To Polour
Red Poppies Of Mt. Damavand
Red Poppies Of Mt. Damavand
Red Poppies Season
Red Poppies Season
Departing
Departing
Arriving In Rineh
Arriving In Rineh
Arriving In Rineh For Lunch And Hot Bath
Arriving In Rineh For Lunch And Hot Bath
Street In Rineh
Street In Rineh
Our Lunch Restaurant
Our Lunch Restaurant
Preparing Kabab Koobideh
Preparing Kabab Koobideh
Preparing Kabab Koobideh
Preparing Kabab Koobideh
Our Yummy Lunch
Our Yummy Lunch
Having Lunch
Having Lunch
Mens' Corner
Mens' Corner
After Lunch
After Lunch
Street In Rineh
Street In Rineh
Kids In The Street
Kids In The Street
Walking To The Hot Spring Bath
Walking To The Hot Spring Bath
Entering The Spa Baths
Entering The Spa Baths
The Spa Baths Pool
The Spa Baths Pool
Street In Rineh
Street In Rineh
Boys Playing In The Street
Boys Playing In The Street
Boys In Rineh
Boys In Rineh
Houses Of Rineh
Houses Of Rineh
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
OnThe Road Rineh-Polour
OnThe Road Rineh-Polour
Ira Village And Alborz Mountains
Ira Village And Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Goodbye Mt. Damavand
Goodbye Mt. Damavand
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
View From The Road Rineh-Polour
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Wild And Beautiful Alborz Mountains
Mt. Damavand Graphical Map
Mt. Damavand Graphical Map
Damavand Camp1 - Camp2 Road Map
Damavand Camp1 - Camp2 Road Map
Damavand Camp2 - Camp3 Route Map
Damavand Camp2 - Camp3 Route Map
Damavand Camp3 - Summit Ascent And Descent Routes
Damavand Camp3 - Summit Ascent And Descent Routes
Damavand Road And Route Map
Damavand Road And Route Map
Mt. Damavand
Mt. Damavand
Trekking To Mt. Damavand
Trekking To Mt. Damavand