The Trip-Finder, January 1998

Climbing Mount Damavand

Outfitter Departures Price Accommodations
Alpine Ascents International
1 $3,800 rustic lodging,
tourist hotels

The Route: A 17-day journey in the land of ayatollahs, including an ascent with ice ax and crampon of 18,934-foot Damavand, Iran’s highest mountain, as well as excursions to Isfahan, Persepolis, and numerous ancient Persian and Greek ruins.

When to go: August to September

Difficulty: Moderate to strenuous

Travel advisory: Take a crash course in Farsi before you go. Knowing even a few words of the Persian language may prove to be invaluable.

High/low points:

  • Being one of the first Americans in at least 25 years to stand atop Mount Damavand.
  • If you’re a woman, having to wear a scarf and long black dress or raincoat at all times when out in public.

Copyright 1998, Outside magazine

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