TEHRAN: After avalanches reached mountains north of the capital Tehran, eleven climbers died in Iran, the Red Crescent said on Sunday.
The disaster started on Friday when avalanches and blizzards hit the mountainous area, the state news agency IRNA said.
Several climbers were trapped in the area, but during a three-day operation led by 20 helicopter-backed emergency teams, the Red Crescent managed to rescue 14.
Rescuers said they had found the bodies of eight climbers on Saturday, while it was confirmed on Sunday morning that another had died.
In the Darabad mountains, the other two bodies were found, the Red Crescent said on Sunday, adding that the rescue operation was now over.
Tehran is located at the foot of the Alborz mountain range that extends 900 kilometres (almost 560 miles) from the border with Azerbaijan in the northwest of Iran to the northeast of Khorasan province.
The region is renowned for its numerous ski resorts and is popular with climbers.