an is the best for hsort sightse
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2013 1:22 AM Last Post By: Marcinio
Jan 30, 2013 11:05 AM
an is the best for hsort sightseHi.
- Me and my team are planning to do trekking on Damavand. But first we will spend about 2 days in Teheran.
What is worth to visit there in that short time? I heard its good to go to Gems Museum. Any other places?
- After trekking we are considering go to Esfahan for 2 days maybe. Which city is better for sightseing? We can cut our time in Teheran and spend more time in Esfahan if it is realy nice place to see.
- Next we go west to Yerewan, via Tabriz, Nordooz/Megri
Jan 30, 2013 11:08 AM
1please someone change subject for:
Trip plan: Teheran, Esfahan, go west...
Jan 30, 2013 6:35 PM
2Esfahan is absolutely beautiful! Definitely worth spending more time there than in Tehran. If you can possibly include Shiraz on your list so you can visit Persepolis then it's well worth it.
I found Damavand the most disappointing mountain I've trekked on. It's not very scenic compared to every other mountain I've been on and the route is boring (for me). Just kind of stand at the bottom and look up and that's the way you're going, if that makes sense.
We did not do an acclimatisation hike and I struggled with the altitude on Damavand so I think you are being wise to try to acclimatise beforehand.
Hope you enjoy the trek - and Iran, it's one of my favourite countries to visit and has without doubt the most hospitable people I've encountered anywhere :)
Jan 31, 2013 8:14 AM
3Hey, thanks for reply
Unfortunately Shiraz id propably too far and my team will refuse this option.
We want do an acclimation before Damavand. I know my body and i know i need it. Problem is that we dont know where to do acclimation. Im thinking about Tochal near Teheran. Its 4000m. Do you know if its able for trekking? Maybe you know any other mountain near Damavand or Teheran ?
PS. We are planning do 3-4 x 5000 peaks on our trip, so, if its disappointing i just hope views from Kazbek or Elbrus are better!
Jan 31, 2013 7:10 PM
4I don't know any other mountains in the area, sorry. We only went to Damavand - well Touchal too but just for sight-seeing, not hiking. According to Peakaware you can hike up Touchal but the article is very old.
There are mountaineering clubs in Iran and I'm sure they would be happy to advise you if you contact them. This is one of them: http://en.msfi.ir/contact-msfi
Enjoy Elbrus, I was supposed to do that years ago but had to cancel the trip due to illness and never got around to doing it in the end. Have fun!
Feb 5, 2013 9:22 AM
5Last September I climbed Damavand and week earlier also Sabalan -4809 m, province Ardabil,nice volcano with lake on the top:) Shorter, but bit more rocky than Damavand. On Sabalan you ve got nice shelter on approx.3700m,accessible by 4WD , so its just 1100m ascent.
Nice area and feeling.
Good for acclimatization before Damavand.
In Tehran, we stayed in cheap and friendly Mashhad Hostel, street Amir Kabir, oposite small, domed mosque.
Feb 11, 2013 12:37 PM
Feb 12, 2013 1:22 AM
7We have been there, on Sabalan, in September,and it was still season, a lot of people.When do you like to climb Sabalan?
If you like to minimize altitude difference, so to sleep as high as possible (in the hut), perhaps this way will be best :
1. Take a bus (cheap,good and numerous) to MESHGIN SHAHR ,town north from Sabalan , from Tabriz ,2-3 hrs or from Ardebil (nearer,1 hrs.)
2. There is tarmac road,but no public transport from Meshgin Shahr to warm springs SHABIL (30-40 km from Meshgin Shahr), popular place, warm springs and rooms for rent.Easier to catch a lift on way back, than get to.
3. Last part is steep 5-6 km rough road, there are old jeeps waiting for customers going up, or you can walk, we have seen some people walking up-but its about 1000m ascent,from 2700 m(Shabil springs) to 3700m (mountain hut), so you double your distance to the summit.
Jeeps are paid by car, not passanger, so if you have a group, its not so expensive.
We were proposed to rent a jeep already in Meshgin Shahr, at small bus station of buses from Ardebil.
It was more useful, but vintage jeep was slow -and maybe unnecessary-on tarmac. we paid sth like 600.000 rials for jeep from Meshgin up to hut 3700m.From Shabil it could have been half of it.
This part can be snowy and unpassable in winter, but i dont know for sure.
4. You dont need a tent,asconditions in hut are good. There is one large dormitory for maybe 50 or 100 people, very cheap.Also there are some very basic private rooms, enough for 8 people each, with wooden floor, carpet and electricity, but no heating.We -couple-slept there and was very comfortable.We cooked our meals there.
Its advisable to have own cooking gear and food. There is running water outside.
I suppose, concerning popularity of mountain sport iin Iran, that even in winter its open and there are people climbing Sabalan. Check the route on Google Earth,path from hut is visible clearly.
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