Iran boasts dozens of high mountains, some of them permanently snowcapped. Many can be climbed by anyone fit, without the need for special equipment, experience or a guide, but you should always check the situation before embarking on a mountain trek. Early June to late August is the climbing season.

Resources

The following are good places to get started:

Iran Mountain Zone Iranian mountaineering website with some trip logs in English, a mountain index and contacts for local climbing clubs.

Peakware Has summit logs for 36 Iranian peaks, including Damavand and Sabalan.

Summit Post Search Iran for dated but detailed trip reports.

Iranian Mountain Guides Useful for tracking down a mountaineering or trekking guide.

Mazieh Mandegari (maziehmandegari@yahoo.com) Licensed and highly experienced female mountain guide operating out of Yazd.

Where to Climb Mountains

The magnificent Alborz Mountains contain about 70 peaks over 4000m; those listed here are the most notable.

Mt Damavand (5671m) Northeast of Tehran, Iran’s highest and best-known peak has a classic Fuji-esque profile, but reaching the summit is not of great technical difficulty.

Alam Kuh (4850m) Mt Alam is Iran’s most technical peak with an 800m near-vertical granite wall on its most difficult northern face: a world-class challenge.

Mt Sabalan (4811m) An elegantly soaring peak usually approached from Meshgin Shahr, though it’s worth arranging guides and equipment in Tabriz.

Mt Oshturan (4070m) Too tame for climbers, Oshturan is the most accessible peak of the splendid Zagros Mountains. It has an attractive lake near the summit and is ideal for mountain walkers.