Climbing Damavand: needed climbing guide recommendation
Replies: 6 - Last Post: Jul 17, 2013 6:22 AM Last Post By: hausi85
Oct 9, 2012 3:28 AM
Climbing Damavand: needed climbing guide recommendationI am in Iran right now travelling around, and decide to see if I can organise a 3 day trip to climb Davamand, I have a window between the 20th and the 25th of October to do this trip.
a) Can anyone recommend a good and experienced climbing guide with contact info?
b) If anyone one wants to join this trip, please PM me here on Thorn Tree. I am doing it solo at the moment.
P.S. I understand this is already fairly late in the climbing season for Damavand or one needs to be experienced climbers. I am aware of that.
Thanks in advance.
Oct 9, 2012 5:27 AM
1Talk to Gashttours in Shiraz. They should be able to hook you up - they run tours every week (although it is getting late in the season).
Oct 25, 2012 9:00 AM
2Okay, I've just been back from a trekking tour to Damavand with Masoud, so I think a bit of feedback for people is in its place.
First it is indeed late in the season, and weather played a big role at the end of (this) October, with fog, cloud and snow storm stopping people. You will need a fair bit of luck to do this in three days, or doing it at all, even if you're an experienced climber, you cannot climb in bad weather with snow and thunder storm giving you no sight.
Second, physical condition certainly plays a significant part, but altitude and again, weather plays a bigger part. With again, plenty of snow up the from 4000 and above, getting through knee deep snow certainly is different than in the summer when it's loose stones on your path.
Now a bit of feedback about my guide Masoud, whom I have contacted after his reply above, before I was aware that he is on LP guide although at the Yazd section, where he is based.
He immediately sounds that he knows his stuff, trust worthy about making promises and also quite important, a fun guy to hang out with. Excellent English and some unexpected languages to throw in the mix. You may find someone else to do it for a bottom price, but Masoud's price is fair and he delivers. Also, there were a lot of surprises like taking you to visit all his friends, and take you to the best place for sheep head for breakfast in Iran if you happens to be in Yazd. He also boosts about making the best cocktails and being a very good cook, although I had no luck to certify this, the two cool French guys that were also in our trip may have more luck than I do.
One thing though, his style is slightly disorganised. Things happen, but not exactly on time and in the order you might expect. If you are the kind of person who wants to have a strict travel plan about time for breakfast and departure, you may need to be more specific with Masoud about your wishes, but if you are in a travelling mood, willing to wait and see how things come, you may be taken to places that are not what you might expect. Like a nearby hotspring hotel at 23:30, after descending and a good meal with fresh fried trout.
Oct 28, 2012 11:42 AM
We are the two cool french guys.
We confirm all what desertstorm001 says.
We continue our trip in Iran with Massoud in his guesthouse near from Yazd.
His guesthouse is an amazing place in an old and typical village, very peaceful.
Massoud is the best cooker we meet in Iran and we recommend you his cocktails. We are lucky to meet him, with him everything is easy.
He organizes for us a two days trip to climb Mt Sir (4075m) and exploring a cave near Yazd. It was a fantastic trip with a night in shelter at 3500m.
Thanks to Massoud and the mountain guide Hassan, we had very good time.
We recommend you to contact Massoud for trip in the Damavand or around Yazd.
Have fun and don t hesitate to come in Iran.
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Jul 17, 2013 6:22 AM
thanks a lot to desertstorm and the french guys!
I did go with Masoud!
It was a great recommandation!
We had a great time and for me it was the way i like to travel!
We met up with a lot of nice friends of him and had a lot of fun!
It was really good to learn about Iran and the people up there!
When i come back...and i will come back:) I will do it the same way with Masoud!
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