Mt Damavand Fake Summit
Posted by MDG 5 June 2010
There is a fake summit on the south face of Mt Damavand Iran, it is located at 5400 mteres above sea level, closed to the real peak and about an hour to the top. When ascending from southern route, remember Mt Damavand has s a big Crater and not a single rocky peak, you can not see the real Summit until you pass this fake one, this impersonating peak is a big boulder which looks like a pyramid.
Damavand Iran Campsite3
Camp3 Bargah Sevom Shelter and the New Hut
Rout map, to the fake summit and the real peak
When reaching the fake peak in a clear weather you will see the real one! Volcano's crater and volcanic fumarolic activity which releases a great amount of hot gases and you will smell sulphuric smokes.
Although the area between the fake and real summit has a mild slope with easy climbing grade, but is called the Dangrous Zone, due to it's bad weather and foggy condition, because it has been the most risky and accident part of the mountain in recent years where the most losses had taken place here.
In a bad Weather, never go upper than the fake summit without an experienced mountain guide and a reliable equipment such as a compass or a hand held gps.
Fake Summit Quick Facts
Altitude 5400 meters
Latitude 35, 57, 05 North
Longitude 52, 06, 37 East
Distance from Camp3 Bargah Sevom about 5 to 6 Hours
Ascent to the summit about 1 hour
Descent from summit about 15 minutes
Alternate names for the fake summit :
Baam e Jonobi, Sang e Pes-tan, Dood Kouh, Mosalasi, Southern Pyramid, Virtual Summit.
Damavand Fake Summit, altitude 5400m
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