Thursday, September 29, 2016

Khajeh Mount in land of sunrise!


  Khajeh mount is a trapezius formed lava about 609 meters high above the sea surface, located in the middle of Hamoun Lake near Zabol city of Sistan va Baluchistan province. Sistan (known as the land of sunrise) has been a thriving region in Iran during Ashkanid (247 BC-224 AD) and Sasanid era (224-651 AD) and many monuments like fire temples and castles with glorious corridors and porches were built on this mountain which used to be an island in the middle of Hamoun Lake when it was full of water. Hamoun Lake has been a holy place for Zoroaster people and they believed that Saoshyant (the promised savior) will rebirth out of this lake.

Khajeh Mount and the historical monuments.

  The biggest adobe monument remaining from Ashkanid era is located on this mountain and it includes a big citadel and the ruins of the city. The architectural ornaments of this citadel are similar to Greek ornaments and it proves that the monument is related to Ashkanid era due to the relations between these two Empires. Another remarkable monument on Khajeh Mountain is a Sasanid palace, indicating great architecture achievements of that era.
  Although the mural arts of Khajeh mount are a little pale and the figures and margins may be unrecognizable without the guidance of a leader, but these are the most precious remains of this complex, showing different rituals and legends. One of them shows three men standing and halos are shining on their head. The Parthian kings and queens and the victory goddess riding a horse are portrayed in another mural. The other painting shows a goddess with a trifurcated cone. Some archeologists relate this painting to Shiva, goddess of India. The most interesting mural shows a scene of a ceremony where some people are playing musical instruments and a rope dancer is dancing upside down!

  Visiting Khajeh mount, which is an unexplored heritage for many of the tourists and history lovers, would give you lots of information about the art, beliefs and the legends of Iranian people during Ashkanid and Sasanid Empire. Uppersia travel can make it easier for you to reach this unknown and adventurous attraction.

A portrait mural in Khaje Mount's citadel.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Golden springs of Badab- e Surt!

  Badab- e Surt (Badab Soort) is a magnificent natural heritage site in the north of Iran, in Mazandaran province, including a range of stepped travertine springs. Badab means carbonated water (Bad= gas/ Ab= water) and Surt refers to an old village in the area named Orost, which have been destroyed many years ago. 

  The stepped form is due to the folding of Alborz mountain range, that happened thousands of years ago and the water flowing in the terraces originates from two mineral hot springs on the heights. All of these has led to a dazzling natural wonder! The water in each spring has different properties. One of the springs, which is about 15 meters deep, has a very salty water and the other one contains a red and kind of sour water due to the iron deposits. The water in Badab- e Surt is known as a cure for Rheumatism and Migraine.

  These big and small springs, laid out in a natural terrace form, containing water with different colors and Barberry trees around, have created an amazing natural miracle, known as the land of golden springs!

  Badab- e Surt is extremely beautiful during autumn because of the colorful trees and the mild weather and you can reach this place by 4 or 5 hours driving from Tehran through the forests and nice roads. Ask Uppersia travel to include exploring Badab- e Surt in your Iran tour!

"Badab-surt" in Mazandaran, Iran. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

"Rivas eco-lodge"

  “Rivas eco-lodge” is located near Shahr e Babak in the east of Kerman province, on the way to main touristic cities of Iran, like Kerman, Yazd and Shiraz. Rivas eco-lodge is a simple rural house in a garden and the tourists will be greeted with a simple and traditional atmosphere. The rooms are furnished with objects like traditional mattresses and old ovens offering you pleasant smoky heat and in the morning you will be served a great breakfast including fresh dairy and home baked bread.

"Rivas eco-lodge"
  “Rivas eco-lodge” is only 20 kilometers away from Meimand, the old village with wonderful hand dug houses, which is a world heritage site. You can also visit a group of nomad people who live in this area and see how their life is connected with nature. These people may even teach you how to weave a nomadic carpet if they aren’t so busy. If you happen to be in this area during spring you will be amazed by the vast plain of wild rhubarbs. Rhubarb is called Rivas in the Persian language. In Shahr e Babak you can explore “Moosa Khani” mansion which is a masterpiece of architecture with fabulous ornaments, built by the governor of this city during the Qajarid era.

"Moosa Khani" mansion in Shahr e Babak.
In “Rivas eco-lodge” you will be served with great traditional cuisines of Kerman province like Boz Ghorme (lamb, whey and beans) Abgousht (lamb stew), Gojeh polo (rice, tomato and cumin), and etc. In the night you can gather around a bonfire, drink tea and even experience baking bread. Spending one or two nights in this cozy house will be a nice experience.


Monday, September 26, 2016

Hormoz is land of colors!

  Hormoz is a small island in the Persian Gulf (south of Iran) with an area of 42 kilometers squares, which has been an important military spot during Safavid era and Portuguese soldiers occupied this island and built a castle in it which is still available. Shah Abbas, the Safavid king, rescued Hurmuz Island in 1621. The dwellers live in a village at the center of the island.

  Hormoz is madly colorful! The mountains are made up of soil in different color layers and the women wear nice colorful cloths and they cover their faces with a burqa. The mountains, the weird shaped hills and the unlimited landscape of the Persian Gulf have made this island a great destination, especially among young artists. They usually make backpacking trips to Hormoz Island and experience a simple lifestyle for some days. This is the place for long walks on the seashore, swimming, drawing and painting, collecting weird stones, enjoying photography and doing yoga while all you hear is the sound of waves.

Women of Hormoz Island, wearing colorful clothes.
  Hormoz Island is an exhibition of geology wonders like stone and sand shores, white salty hills named “salt goddess” and a mountain with vivid red soil that is used in producing cosmetics and even cooking! Different animal species like aquatic turtles, corals and even gazelles are available in Hormoz Island.

The salt layers on Hormoz Island.

  Hormoz Island has a very mild and pleasant weather during autumn and winter with a temperature about 20- 23 °C. So consider exploring this wonderful island during your autumn tour to Iran!

Khezr beach in Hormoz Island.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

27 September is World Tourism Day!

  World Tourism Day (WTD) has been celebrated by United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) every year on September 27th since 1980 to foster international awareness about the importance of tourism and its positive impact on culture, politic and economy. This date was chosen to coincide with the anniversary of the adoption of UNWTO statutes on 1970.

  World tourism day theme for 2016 is: “Tourism for All – promoting universal accessibility”, which means providing accessible tourism for all of the people including disabled people even temporary, families with small children and old population.

  UNWTO forecasts a 3.5 % to 4.5% growth in international tourist arrival in 2016 and predicts that tourist arrivals will reach 1.8 billion by 2030!

Tourists in Iran.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

"Shafi Abad", a desert eco-camp in Lut.


  “Shafi Abad eco-camp” is located near Shafi Abad village and Shahdad town in Lut desert, in the east of Kerman province. Lut desert is inscribed as a natural world heritage site by UNESCO and a spot in the Lut desert (Named Gandom Beryan) is known as the hottest spot on the earth!

"Shafi Abad" eco-camp.
  This simple eco-camp includes 35 dome cottages constructed with palm leafs on stone benches, located between sand hills to be safe from desert winds.  These simple cottages are equipped with electricity and it is a safe and friendly place for spending the night in the desert for free.  A security room is near the cottages for providing safety for the tourists.

This desert eco-camp is only 20 kilometers away from the Kalouts. Kalouts are weird sand towers shaped by the wind and this is the most interesting feature of the Lut desert as many visitors believe. This is also one of the best places in Iran, for photographers.

  Shafi Abad is an old village near this eco-camp. On the road between this camp and Shafi Abad, you will see stunning sand hills with some Tamarisk trees on each, known as Nebka forest. An eco-museum, a historical caravanserai (dating back to Qajar era), and a Qanat under the ground are the attractions of Shafi Abad village.

Nebka forest of Lut desert.
The historical castle of  "Shafi Abad" village.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The land of heights and myths!

 Oraman Takht or Huraman Takht is a village in Oraman region in the west of Iran, between Kurdistan and Kermanshah. Oraman Takht is located in a beautiful slope valley with a unique architecture. The yard of one building is the roof of the building below and some call these houses “stairways to heaven!”

  Ancient objects from the Paleolithic era like some stone made tools and remains of an oven show that this area has been home to first men since 12000 to 40000 years ago. But the madly beautiful nature and the nice weather is more 
motivating for visiting Oraman Takht.

The beautiful "Oraman Takht" village in spring.
  The people living in Oraman Takht are Kurdish people who speak in Hurami dialect and they have a very rich culture with many mythical stories. They are known as brave and family oriented people. The strong  Kurdish women, wearing colorful traditional dresses, are associated with men and they sometimes lead a whole tribe or family. These people are also famous for creating fabulous handicrafts, like kilims, rugs, shawls and wood crafts like Persian music instruments.

  The most amazing ritual held in Oraman Takht is named “Pir Shalyar”:

  There is a Kurdish myth about a great and holy man named “Pir Shalyar” who lived in Oraman Takht 1000 years ago. He was able to cure the patients. He cured a deaf-mute princess and the king announced them as husband and wife. Today after 1000 years Kurdish people of Oraman Takht especially the Sufi people celebrate his wedding for three days in the middle of winter and in the middle of spring.

  In this ceremony, Kurdish people play Daf (a Persian percussion instrument), which is a very exciting show. Many Kurdish men and women play Daf at the same time and create a fantastic atmosphere. Some players and audiences are so affected with the wild music and they nod their head or dance to the strong rhythm of the Daf. This ceremony also includes sacrificing for “Pir Shalyar”, cooking and serving a special soup, helping the poor and gathering in an old garden until late night.

Kurdish people of "Oraman Takht" playing Daf in "Pir Shalyar" ceremony.
  This spiritual ceremony which is held for praising the goodness of a great man attracts many visitors from all over the world every year. Uppersia is willing to make it possible for you to visit this unforgettable ceremony! 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pieces of paradise on the ground!

  Climate and the geography of a specific area impacts on the people’s character, traditions and even their fears and wishes! Totally, Iran is a dry land and worrying about drought has accompanied Iranians during millenniums. They have stimulated paradise to a vast garden full of trees and two intersected rivers and they weaved this green garden on their carpets to bring paradise to their houses.

  Almost all of old Persian gardens are built based on the same structure, named “Chahar Baghi” style (four gardens), which means that the garden is usually divided into four main sectors by two main water ditches and a pavilion is at the center. Long standing cypresses, beautiful plane trees, cobblestone paths and little blue pools are some elements usually seen in a Persian garden. This is how paradise is pictured in holy books like Quran, Torah and ancient Zoroastrian texts.

  Many Persian gardens have been constructed in cities of Iran, especially the cities with a dry climate and the people could enjoy the cool water and the tree shade during hot summer days. These gardens were usually houses of the Persian kings and governors. Nine of Persian gardens have been inscribed as a world chain heritage site by UNESCO:

  The oldest remains of a Persian garden is the leftovers of intersected ditches of Cyrus the great’s garden (550 B.C.) in Pasargadae (in Fars province), which shows the antiquity of “Chahar baghi” style.

The remains of a water ditch in "Pasargadae Garden".
  "Fin Garden" in Kashan have been built on remains of ancient Sialk civilization, in 1852 B.C and it is constructed based on “Chahar bagh” style with main ditches dividing the garden into four sectors and a two story beautiful pavilion is in the middle of the garden.


"Fin Garden" in Kashan.
  "Dowlat Abad Garden" of Yazd (built in 1747 B.C), is another Persian garden which is famous for its beautiful pavilion with a tall wind-catcher on top. The building is located on the corner and a long water ditch, surrounded by trees, passes all along the garden.

"Dowlat Abad Garden" and its famous wind-catcher in Yazd.
  "Shazdeh Garden" of Kerman (built in 1880 B.C) is located in the middle of barrens and looks like a green oasis in the heart of the desert. The water is supplied by Qantas and a long ditch flows all along the garden. This stair garden is known for showing a beautiful connection between Persian architecture and water.

"Shazdeh Garden" looks fabulous in the evening.
  "Abbas Abad Garden" in Behshahr (north of Iran) has been constructed during Safavid era (1611 B.C) ordered by Shah Abbas and it includes a vast lake surrounded by many old trees and a brick pavilion in the middle.
"Abbas Abad Garden" in the north of Iran.
  "Eram Garden" is constructed during 19th century in Shiraz, known as the city of gardens. "Eram Garden" is a fabulous place for its Orange trees and tall cypresses, especially during spring when the Orange blossoms change the whole city into a perfume factory! The two-story pavilion in "Eram Garden" shows the combination of Persian and European architecture style.
The beautiful "Eram Garden" in spring.
  "Chehel Sutun Garden" (40 columns) has been built in Isfahan during Safavid era. The stunning pavilion in the garden has 20 columns and the big pool in front of the pavilion shows the reflected image of this beautiful building and its columns. That is why they call this Garden Chehel sutun (40 columns). The big pool is surrounded by old plane trees.

"Chehel sutun Garden" in Isfahan.
  "Pahlavan Pour Garden" is built in Mehriz of Yazd province, by a businessman named Ali pahlavan Pour, during Qajarid era. A beautiful adobe pavilion is built on the main axis of the garden and the trees are watered by a long main ditch and canals, originating from three different Qantas.


The adobe pavilion in "Pahlavan pour Garden".
  "Akbariyeh Garden" is constructed in Birjand city, in eastern Iran, during Qajarid era. The main pavilion is ornamented by great Persian brickworks and the long-standing trees give an ancient face to the whole garden.
"Akbariye Garden" in Birjand.


  There are many more fabulous gardens in Iran that were not mentioned in this article. Walking in a Persian garden gives you information about Iranian architecture and the pleasant image of being in paradise for a while! Uppersia tours usually include visiting the Persian gardens in each city.

Monday, September 19, 2016

"Gileboom eco-lodge"

  “Gileboom” is an eco-lodge in Ghasem Abad village of Gilan province, in the north of Iran and it is located between the Caspian Sea and “Samamoos” peak, covered in Hyrcanian forest. This beautiful eco-lodge is a two story house with different rooms for group tourists and individual tourists. The rooms are decorated with wicker and felt carpets and traditional mattresses are available for sleeping. The vast garden in front of this house has many orange, fig and pear trees and a seasonal ditch passes through the garden.

  “Gileboom” has been founded to provide and revive old costumes and rich culture of northern Iran. Visitors have the chance to get familiar with different handicrafts done in this village, like pottery and felting.  They can also take part in fruit picking in the garden and experience fishing in the Caspian Sea. There are more adventurous activities available. For example, climbing “Samamoos” peak and “Gisharkouh” peak, walking through different forests or riding a safari car to “Javaher-dasht” bungalow village.

  The most pleasant thing about staying in “Glieboom” is the cuisine! Different traditional cuisines and appetizers of Gilan are served here. Sour chicken stew, stuffed barbecued eggplant, roasted cheese and different kinds of seafood are some of the dishes served in “Gileboom”.

a colorful room in "Gileboom eco-lodge".
The guests gather in the balcony of "Gileboom", in night.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

To walk on clouds!

  This is a never-ending land covered with oak, alder, beech and pine trees and an ocean of clouds is flowing just under your feet. Let pure oxygen and pleasant moist run into your lungs after a long hiking, then set up your tent or hang your hammock on trees and listen to woodpeckers digging into the trees. This foggy atmosphere is just so beautiful and surreal!

  Yes, these are happening in Iran although it is known as a dry land! “Jangal- e Abr” or “Clouds forest” is located on Alborz heights, between Shahroud in Semnan province which is a dry land and Ali Abad in the north with a rainy climate (North East of Iran). “Clouds forest” is a part of the Hyrcanian forest, dating back to Jurassic era and it has been inscribed as a national heritage for Iran. This forest is located between  two areas with different heights and climates. This contrast is why this forest is covered in dense clouds. 85 species of trees and medical herbs are available in “Clouds forest” and you may see Persian brown bear and wild boar during your climbing trip up to the heights.

  The climbing route to "Clouds forest" usually starts in Abr village of Shahroud, where you can visit Bayazid Bastami’s tomb (a well-known Persian Sufi who passed away 874 A.D). You can reach the heights in the middle of the “Clouds forest” on a car and spend a day in the forest. You can also start an adventurous climbing trip through the forest which takes 3- 4 days. The forest goes dense and the fog makes you feel fresh as you continue the climbing route and you may see bear’s footprint and wild mushrooms on your way. This is a very good area for camping during nights and enjoying the forest’s beauty and the fresh weather. After two days you will reach a village named “Afra takhteh”. The climbing route is continued by walking through a canyon and it finishes on the other side of the mountain, in a small village named “Shirin Abad”, near Ali Abad village.

  During spring the weather is just perfect for hiking in “Clouds forest”. The temperature is about 26°C and the spring rain makes it so enjoyable to walk through young green leaves and the beautiful nature. But autumn changes this forest into a magic land, while the temperature is about 16-19°C. Ok, I’m not sure that this is the most fabulous autumn view but the colorful trees in yellow and ochre, while pale autumn sunlight shines on them is truly a fabulous scene.
Ask uppersia for outdoor tours in Iran during autumn and enjoy the wild, unknown nature.

"Jangal e Abr" or "Clouds forest" during October.
"Jangal e Abr" or "Clouds forest, in North East of Iran.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

"Ateshooni ec-lodge"

  Ateshooni is a 400-year-old desert house that has been restored and converted into a cozy and beautiful eco-lodge by the owner of the house. This house is located near remains of Ateshooni oasis (dating back to Sasanid era), near Khur o Biabanak of Isfahan province, in the central desert of Iran.  Khur o BIabanak, which is a touristic attraction itself, is a historical town with a remarkable desert architecture and many palm trees.

  The family members who live in Ateshooni eco-lodge, host the guests themselves. They offer guests private rooms and hostels with traditional beds for sleeping, serve them delicious Iranian cuisines and entertain them with magnificent live music, played with traditional instruments.

  During your stay in Ateshooni eco-lodge, you can enjoy different expressions of Iran’s central desert. Having a long walk through the desert and its beautiful sand dunes is a good way to make your mind free of everyday worries and riding an off-road car, moving on sand dunes is a thrilling desert experience. In the nights, the millions of stars and the big bright moon change the desert into a wonderful land and leaves an unforgettable image for you. You can also enjoy camel-back riding and meet the hospitable people of this oasis.
 
An old style room in Ateshooni eco-lodge.



Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A desert getaway!

  “Rohab eco-lodge” is located in the middle of the central desert of Iran in a village named Mesr. Mesr village and desert are very popular adventure destinations in Iran. Rohab has been an old desert house that is converted into a cozy eco-lodge, offering tourists the unforgettable experience of desert lifestyle. There are 7 twin bedrooms and a 4-bed suite in “Rohab eco-lodge”. The cozy rooms are decorated with traditional objects, representing old desert houses for the guests. There are many unique attractions around “Rohab”, which you can reach by riding off-road cars. Riding off-road cars, jumping on sand dunes is a delightful experience itself!

A beautiful bedroom of "Rohab eco-lodge".

  "Aroosan" is a village with only three residents, busy with agriculture in their little farms! This old village is far from technology and visiting it is a real getaway from everyday life.

  "Kooh Jen" (Elf Mountain!) is a weird rock mountain covered with sand and you can climb it to enjoy the infinite beauty of the desert at a glance

   "Khur salt lake" is the most fabulous spot as many visitors believe. This lake turns into a vast dry land covered with polygons formed by salt, during summer. It is the place for having a long walk and enjoying the sunset and the deep silence of the Mesr desert.

  “Rohab eco-lodge” serves healthy and local meals, usually made with organic vegetables. You can spread out a piece of carpet on the desert sand and have your memorable meal in a whole different place.

Off-road cars are available in "Rohab eco-lodge".



Sunday, September 11, 2016

"Javarg eco-lodge"

Javarg is a village near Sepidan, in the north of Fars province. This area has a great nature with oak and wild almond trees and many springs. An eco-lodge named “Javarg” has been recently founded in this area and many tourists go there for experiencing nomadic life and exploring the amazing nature.

“javarg eco-lodge” includes a central building with simple rooms and some nomadic hand-made tents. These rooms and tents are decorated with stunning hand weaved Qaghqai kilims and rugs which are so colorful that makes you feel happy! It is interesting to know that Qashqai carpet is known as an intangible world heritage.

In “Javarg” you can meet Qashqai nomads who are a big population in Fars and they have a very rich culture. They are so energetic and fresh just like the beautiful clothes that the Qashqai women wear and the colorful carpets they weave. During night Qashqai nomads play a fantastic music with local instruments called Saz o Naqare (something like trumpet and drums). You can join them around a fire and enjoy their hospitality while drinking a good tea, brewed on fire. You can even learn how they dance and get in their circle!

The food in “javarg” is just perfect. Iranian kebabs and different kinds of stews are served with delicious rice or great bread baked by the Qashqai women. But “Dough” is what makes your meal so enjoyable. This is a salty and sour drink made out of milk which is made by Iranian nomads and it provides calcium to the body. Drinking Dough makes you feel relaxed.

If you are a mountain climber or nature lover “Javarg eco-lodge” is an interesting place for you because it is located near some stunning spots which are popular among climbers and adventurous. Shesh pir (a big water spring on the heights), Behesht- e gomshode or the Lost Paradise (a forest area with a spectacular nature) and Barm firouz (a high mountain with a beautiful lake on top) are some of natural destinations that you can visit while you are staying in “Javarg eco-lodge”.

The black tents of "Javarg eco-lodge".

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Stepping through the weird caves of Iran.

  Iran is a weird land with many natural wonders like high mountains, deserts, caves and etc. About 1200 caves have been discovered in Iran until today. Some of these caves have been home to first men and they sheltered in them from rain, wild animals or any threat in nature.

  Today, caving is getting popular among athletes and adventurers in Iran and many foreign athletes travel to Iran for having a caving experience in this country. Some famous caves of Iran are introduced in the following:

 “Rood afshan”: This cave is located near Tehran and it is reachable by an hour of climbing to the top of  a mountain. The caving route in "Rood afshan" is about 800 meters. The drops of water have created many beautiful anticline and synclines. According to pieces of potteries discovered in this cave, we can come to conclusion that "Rood afshan" cave has been home to first men.

"Rood afshan" cave, near Tehran.


  “Khofash” cave (bat cave): This is the only bat cave in Iran and it is located in Ilam province. 30,000 bats in different species live in this cave which is known as a historical cave related to cavemen age. Khofash cave is 225 meters long and hundreds of stalactites and stalagmites are created in it during centuries. The bats go for a flight in the afternoon and it is a fabulous scene when they all fly out of the cave into the sky.


"Khofash cave"
 "Ghoori Ghale”: This is the biggest water cave in Asia, located near Kermanshah, in the west of Iran. This cave is 12 kilometers long and it is known as one of the most attractive natural heritages in Iran. A beautiful area in "Ghoori Ghale" is named “Maryam hall”, which is a big round lake surrounded by stalactites and stalagmites.
Stalactites  and stalagmites of "Ghoori Ghale" cave.
  “Kataleh Khor”: This one is an enormous cave in 3 floors! "Kataleh Khor" is located in the west of Iran, between Zanjan and Hamedan. An interesting fact about this cave is that it ends in Alisadr cave which is a big one in Hamedan! It is said that this cave actually has seven floors but three floors have been explored so far. The cavers can go about 4 kilometers through this cave.

Beautiful "Katale Khor" cave.
  “Chama”: it is an ice cave in Chahar Mahal province (west of Iran) which looks like a canyon full of piled snow and ice, with a fabulous ice ceiling. The ice layers go thin during summer and a spring flows under the ice which is a great water source in the area. Being located in deep valleys and so much snow being piled during years have led to permanent ice cressets that are extremely beautiful.

The stunning "Chama" cave in Western Iran.
  “Parau”:  this is located on a high mountain (3000 meters high) in Kermanshah province and it is 751 meters deep and 1500 meters long! Parau has been a very challenging cave for cavers all over the world.

caving in breathtaking "Parau" cave.
  There are many more caves in Iran like “Namak cave” (Salt cave) in Qeshm Island, “Danial cave” in Mazandaran, sahoulan and Alisadr in the west, and etc. Each of these caves has a unique feature that makes it a wonderful and exciting place for adventurers and nature lovers.

 Uppersia travel is willing to arrange you a professional caving tour anytime you wished for it.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A home for Damavand climbers.

  Damavand Mountain with 5610 meters height is the highest peak in Iran and the second volcanic peak in Asia. This mountain is located in the north of Tehran and the south of Caspian Sea, in Amol county of Mazandaran province. Many mountain climbers and adventurers from Iran and other countries, travel to Damavand for climbing trips to the peak which usually takes three or four days.

  Damavand mountain eco-camp has been founded in two departments in order to provide services to climbers during their climbing trip:

  The base camp is located in a small village named Nandal in the middle of the route to Damavand peak (2300 meters high) and this is a good place for the climbers to take a rest. You can enjoy a hot shower and have delicious and nutritious meals (prepared by a good cook) in this eco-camp which has 10 twin tents. There is a garden outside the tent where you can enjoy your barbecued meat and drink your tea while making new climber friends.

  You will be accompanied by a local guide on your climbing trip to the Damavand peak if you ask for it. The advanced camp is located on the northeastern heights of Damavand, at an altitude of 4300 meters and it is known as the second and last mountain camp in the route to Damavand peak. This eco-camp is founded with temporary constructions including 10 double tents and another tent as the kitchen that provides warm and healthy food to you after your long and tough climbing day. The electricity required in the kitchen is provided by a generator and you can recharge your electronic devices here.

This is so enjoyable to get refreshed in this camp and sleep in cozy tents with comfortable mattresses.
 
The advanced camp of "Damavand eco-lodge", 4300 meters high.