As you all know this year
2002 is named as year of mountains by United Nation
and it is our responsibility to celebrate it
highly and by running different type of events
attract the attention of public and medias to
mountains and show their importance.
has decided to run a new type of competition on
the highest mountain of Iran. We have called it
Damavand Marathon. This competition will be held
in August 4-5 from Rineh which is village on the
bottom of Mt.Damavand to the summit. We have also
considered $4500 prizes for those who will attend
in this competition.
The itinerary of this
competition is as follows.
Day 1) 4th August
In the first day all
participants be gathered in Rineh 2300m and after
registration and opening ceremony they will go to the
starting point and start the competition towards
Gosfand Sara 2900m which considered as BC of Mt.
a)Arrival to Rineh at 8.30am
b)Registration 8.30-10 am
c)Opening ceremony 10-11.30 am
d)Start the competition 14.30
f)Sleeping time 9 pm
Day 2 )5th Agust 2002
a) Wake up call 4.30am
b) Breakfast 5 am
c)Starting the competition
d)Bargah Sevom (Shelter)
f)End of competition 12.30 pm
g)Closing ceremony (Gosafad
h)Back to Rineh
-All the participants should
provide all their altitude foods and sleeping gears.
-The competition will be from
Renieh to Summit via normal South route(refer to the
-IRIMF will provide free
transportation from Tehran to Rineh and return.
-All participants should hold
-Providing medical & health
certificate to show their ability to participate in
-Hotel reservation will be
done by federation on the participant demand (twin bed
-Supplementary food will be
provided for each day
-Visa facilities will be
-Participants are allowed to
carry or not carry any back pack
-All participants equipment
will be transferred to Gosfand Sara 2900m by car
-Hot & cold drink will be
available in Gosfand Sara 2900m & Bargah Sevom
-All the way to the summit is
-All participant will climb up
from one way
-The average timing of both
day is considered as highest rank
-Registration fee is $100
-Dead line for registration is
20 July 2002
The oldest and the
youngest participant will be rewarded.
Mean while of you have
any question please do not hesitate and contact us
fax:+98 21 830 6641 .
Looking forward to see
you in Iran soon.
Best regards Sadegh
Mt. Damavand 5671m
Many global tourists and
alpinists consider Damavand the most beautiful conical
and unique peak of Asia and the highest peak of Iran.
Fly 5 hours from the farthest part of Europe to
Tehran. Drive 75km by car to the North of the Alborz
chain through plains of flowers and green slopes of
Damavand. It is an 8-hour trek and an 8-hour climb to
the glorious peak of Damavand.
Mt Damavand with 5671
meters lies only 100km from Tehran and 75 km to
Caspian sea. There have been many myths written about
this mountain in Iranian history and it can be called
a legend mountain .It is said that there is a monster
banned on the summit.
The slopes and skirts of
this mount are filled with volcanic lava. Moreover,
there are a number of small volcanic mouths near the
peak from which sulfur gases usually flow out.
Damavand has several
glaciers, the most important of them are
Dobisel and Sioleeh
glaciers in the north, Yakhar glacier in the east.
It has four main routes and
each has a different character. South route is the
normal route which has one refuge at 4100m.North has
two refuges whith the first one at 4000m and second at
5000m. West route has one refuge at 4550m and the
North East route has one refuge at 4800m. The summit
is covered with yellowish sulfuric rocks and the
diameter of the crater is about 180 meters. Albourz
Range of which Mt.Damavand is the highest peak is a
chain along the range of Alps and Himalayas, but
Damavand is not connected to any other mountains of
Albourz range. It is estimated that this volcano is 2
billion years old. Because of its particular location
with the Caspian Sea on the North and desert on the
South it has a particular climate and wild life. Winds
generally blow from west and northwest which contains
humidity and rain. Because of species and vegetation
you can see nomads who are living on its base during
late spring and summer.
The first successful
recorded climb to this peak goes back to 1900. During
that year, some Iranian geographers, affiliated to
Mozaffari Geographic Mission, succeeded to reach the
top through a very difficult glacier course, called
Yakhar Valley. From that time to 1936, there is no
recorded climb. But in the 1940s, the climbs were
multiplied and new routes were opened.
Damavand is the national
symbol of Iran and there are many organizations
getting benefit from the picture of this famous peak;
you can find it for instance on bank notes, credit
cards or bus tickets.
During the last 50 years
many foreigners have been attracted to climb Damavand.
Although Damavand had no
eruption since 100.000 years ago and been inactive,
the geologists have not denied it might be activated
again and offered a few reasons for their points of
view. One of the evidences that this Volcano is still
active is hot mineral water springs all over it. This
mineral water spa attracted people who believe in
getting cured by soaking in it.