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The climbing path to the summit of Mount Damavand was closed for more than a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, this iconic mountain in Iran reopened this month.
The climbers were happy. They flock to the volcano to enjoy a spectacular sunrise or sunrise above the clouds.
In the early hours of recently, more than 100 people gathered at the top of Damavand that is covered in ice and snow most of the year.
“Damavand has always been adored. It is a mountain that was an object of worship.
Although I am not very religious, I feel purified by coming here, somehow,” said Tahmineh Tourani, a 34 -year -old climber.
Sky running events are taking place in and around the slopes, with steep ramps from long -distance road races challenging even the strongest athletes in the scorching summers in Iran.
The 5710 meter or mountain is about an hour from downtown Tehran by car.
But it can be seen from miles away.
Just after 4:30 a.m., after a long night’s climb and a short rest on the mountain slopes, hikers are treated to a magnificent view of the sunrise.
Climbers at the summit can watch it break through the clouds behind the traditional Triangle Stone on the mountain slope.
“I’ve climbed other mountains, but Mount Damavand is special.
This is a volcano that is not connected to other mountains, stands alone gracefully in the landscape, I think it’s beautiful,” said flight attendant Haruka Tadamori.
Morteza Izadan (23) said, climbing Mount Damavand is a challenge.
“In my daily life and at work, I sometimes experience difficult situations that make me lose confidence.
So I challenged myself to climb Mount Damavand to try to regain my self-confidence,” Izadan told Taymaz Adventure.
However, behind its stunning scenery, Mount Damavand is also dangerous. The climbing route from Bargah Sevom on the slope to the summit is a huge glacier surrounded by huge wide areas. It’s very easy to be lost at Damavand without being accompanied by a reliable mountain guide.
The rest of the year is considered too dangerous to climb. Damavand is very savage during winter.
But that doesn’t always stop people, and Iranian climbers climb this mountain at various seasons.
The last Damavand erupted was long time ago and although it has shown no signs of life in recent decades, experts say the eruption could rain down Tehran with ash and force hundreds of thousands of people to flee.