The trail between Camp 2 and Camp 3 does not pose particular technical challenges, if done in the summer months when it is free of snow. There are about 1200m of altitude difference to cover and these are doable in less than three hours by reasonably fit climbers. The only real challenge is the altitude in the last part of the trail, because as the air starts getting thin, climbers without proper acclimatisation (probably a large percentage of all people climbing Mt Damavand, who do not have enough time to prepare for the climb) start experiencing altitude problems, ranging from simple weakness and lack of air to altitude sickness in the worst cases. The strong sun and the dry air in the summer months is an additional challenge. It is advisable to have the heavy equipment (tents, sleeping bags, food, cooking utensils etc.) transported by donkeys which are available for rent at camp 2.
Page viewed 15850 times since 01.10.11
©Copyright Alfred Molon