Damavand

Elevation (feet): 18,602
Elevation (meters): 5,670
Continent: Asia
Country: Iran
Range/Region: Alborz
Latitude: 35.9558
Longitude: 52.1086
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Volcanic status: Extinct
Year first climbed: 1837
First successful climber(s): W.T. Thomson
Nearest major airport: Teheran, Iran
Convenient Center: Raineh, Iran (village at the south base of the mountain)

Damavand is a towering volcano just 45 miles northeast of Teheran, near the Southern coast of the Caspian Sea. It is surrounded by the smaller and comparatively rugged peaks of the Elburz range, but its great height and classic volcanic shape, unique to the region, grant it dominance and isolation. Damavand has not erupted in historical times, though occasional steam and sulfur gases exude from the top. The view from the summit is an amazing panorama of Iran's vast expanse of mountains, valleys, and deserts.