Damavand South Face is the easiest track to climb that requires basic trekking skills. The descent is straightforward and often experienced climbers, who have taken more difficult tracks up, pick this track for the descent. There are several base camps and shelters along the way. You can also get mule support for backpacks on this track, something that cannot be guaranteed on other routes. Rescue teams can also reach the south route faster in case of emergency. As this is the most common track, it can get busy which puts the facilities under pressure.
Climbing Damavand Peak is a special ascent from different points of view and the feeling of stepping on the summit is a combination of pleasant and successful feelings that a climber gets by finishing the ascent and being at that height.
Damavand ascent from the south face is the easiest and most popular track among the four main routes of Damavand. The south face of Damavand is the common track to reach the summit and a high percentage of ascents are done via this track. Damavand peak enthusiasts, including professionals and even non-professionals mostly choose the south face to hike.
Damavand south face track is one of the oldest routes to reach the summit of Damavand Mountain. Access to the southern ascent track is possible through Plour and Rineh. Halfway between these two, there is a rough dirt road to the north, which is marked with a small sign. This route leads to Gosfandsara and Sahib Al-Zaman Mosque located at an altitude of 3000 m, which can also be done by car.
After that, the route continues to Bargah-e Sevom at an altitude of 4250 meters. Livestock can be used to carry the backpacks at this distance. After Bargah-e Sevom and continuing the route from the left side of the icy waterfall, we reach the sulfur hill which is the result of the latest activities of Damavand volcano.
Sulfur gas is emitted from various cavities of scattered sulfur rocks in this area and causes eye and throat irritation. Continue along a relatively steep slope to the summit. The average time required to ascend the distance from Gousfandsara to Bargah-e Sevom is 4 hours and from there to the summit is 6 hours.
Damavand south face track: Starts from the southeast side of the mountain. Plour, Rineh, Gousfandsara and Bargah-e Sevom are located on this route. It is the most common and busiest way to climb Damavand. The mountaineering of this route starts from a place called the Do Raahi, where the dirt road to the mosque separates from the asphalt road connecting Plour and Rineh. After passing the mosque and Gousfandsara, you will reach Bargah, and after that, by climbing the straight southern ridge and passing by the icy waterfall, it leads to the sulfur hill and finally to the summit. The path is very clear due to the high traffic and also there is no stone fall on this route.
This route is 5.3 km long and it takes a maximum of 4 hours to walk. At first glance, using 4 by 4 Land Rovers may seem convenient and time-saving. But this path is not just very beautiful and pleasant, but all around it smells of mountain plants and flowers. Also, by walking this route on foot, the damage of car tires on nature would greatly reduced.