Winter ascent to Mount Damavand (5671 m, Iran) by Armenian mountaineers

A group of four mountaineers from Armenia made a successful ascent to the highest summit in Iran - Mount Damavand - on February 26.

The group started its ascent on February 25 from 2500 meters, experiencing a real feel of -10 degree Celsius at about 3000 m with 15 meters per second wind speed. After an overnight stay at 4200 meters, the group did its final and successful push up to the Summit the next morning and turned back to 4200 meters after spending minutes on the highest point of the Iranian Highlands. 

The group descended back to the starting point on February 27 safe and sound. 

Wishing them more safe & successful ascents & descents. 

The program in details 

Day 1-
Start time: 6:00 am | altitude: 2500 meters
Weather conditions at 3000 meters: -7 degree Celsius, 15 m/sec wind speed, real feel: -10 degree Celsius
Overnight stay at 4200 meters

Day 2 - Final push to the Summit
Start time: 6:30 am
Ascent duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
Arrival time to the Summit: 3:00 pm
Weather conditions at 4200 meters : -13 degree Celsius, 25 m/sec wind speed, real feel: -20 degree Celsius
Weather conditions at 5000 meters : -18 degree Celsius, 30 m/sec wind speed, real feel: -25 degree Celsius
Weather conditions at 5571 meters : -21 degree Celsius, 35 m/sec wind speed, real feel: -27 degree Celsius
Overnight stay at 4200 meters

Day 3 - Descent to the start point at 10:00 am

Group members:
Narine Tsagharyan (summer and winter ascents to Mt. Damavand; Mt. Ararat, Mt. Kazbek, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Hezar), Aram Beginyan (winter ascent to Mt. Damavand; summer ascent to Mt. Elbrus), Shushan Roobinyan (Winter ascent to Mt. Damavand; Mt. Ararat, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Kazbek), Anahit Sahakyan (winter ascent to Mt. Damavand; summer ascent to Mt. Elbrus). 

Leave No Trace

  • Plan ahead & be prepared
  • Dispose the waste properly
  • Leave what you find
  • Minimize campfire impacts
  • Respect the wildlife
  • Be considerate of other visitors

Roads conditions

It is winter time! Check out road conditions before heading to the road! Beware of the snow & ice layer!

Vanadzor - Alaverdi section of the M6 Interstate highway stretching from Yerevan to Georgian border is temporarily closed. You can use Vanadzor-Stepanavan-Odzun-Alaverdi bypassing road.

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