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Talesh Valley
Local People, Talesh, North West of Iran, Alborz Mountain Range
Perspolis -Shiraz
Perspolis -Shiraz
Giuliano Pugolotti
World Desert Runner
Desert trekking inside of Central desert - Dashte- Kavir
Through ancient Silk Road by foot
Ski Mountaineering
Ski Mountaineering in Mt.Damavand
Mt.Damavand
Trekking around Mt.Damavand
Desert runningTour
Giuliano Pugolotti
IRAN Classic tour & Desert Adventure
Visiting Tehran, Kashan, Esfahan, Yazd and exploring Iran Central Desert -Dasht e Kavir

Overview

Trip Code: STN-TRK-061
Country: Iran
Finish: Yazd
Service Level: Standard
Difficulty Moderate
Duration: 4 Days
Capacity Status: Group Tours
Price: € 369

Group Departure Dates

Mar 6, 2017 - Mar 9, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Mar 20, 2017 - Mar 23, 2017  Fully Booked
Apr 3, 2017 - Apr 6, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Apr 17, 2017 - Apr 20, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
May 1, 2017 - May 4, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
May 15, 2017 - May 18, 2017 Guaranteed to departure
May 29, 2017 - Jun 01, 2017 (AVAILABLE)

Sep 04, 2017 - Sep 07, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Sep 18, 2017 - Sep 21, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Oct 02, 2017 - Oct 05, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Oct 16, 2017 - Oct 19, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Oct 30, 2017 - Nov 02, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Nov 13, 2017 - Nov 16, 2017 (AVAILABLE)
Nov 27, 2017 - Nov 30, 2017 (AVAILABLE)

Trip highlights:

Two and half days trekking around 70 km in the heart of the desert
An epic passage through Iran's Central Desert following part of the historical "silk road"
Half day cycling through the villages
Visiting Anarak towns
Explore elegant historical villages such as Kharanagh, Mesr, Farahzad, Garmeh
Passing many quintessential oases on the trek
Tasting Persian foods of the local cuisine

Summary

Summary

This tour has been designed for people who would like to have a special desert trekking in the remote non-touristic areas of Iran Central desert. The journey will start from Esfahan through off the beaten track and will end in Yazd. There is an option to join us on the way from Yazd on the first day of trip.

In this package we visit some oases and special landscapes enabling trekkers to escape modern life for a couple of days and disconnect with civilization. For the first day, you will have a full day excursion to explore the many attractions on the way from Esfahan to the desert. During these 4 days, we will have desert trekking tour staying one night in a guest house and two nights in our camp in the heart of the Central Desert. Also there will be a couple of interesting villages and small towns to see such as: Mesr, Farahzad, Qehi, Kuhpayeh, Anarak and Nain. We will try to cover most of these villages according to the season and our daylight. Each of these locations will have something interesting to offer.

During this journey we want you to try many different Persian foods and one of the highlights of this journey is tasting the local cuisine.

We will trek for 3 days covering approximately 70 km’s in a variety of terrains including oasis, mountain slopes, heavily weathered rock formations, sand dunes, salt dunes and other large scale crystalline formations.

This combination of desert trekking, local cuisine and open air desert camps combine to create an epic and unforgettable atmosphere that will help one imagine ancient travellers with their caravans of merchandise crossing the desert on the Silk Road.

Note: For those travelers, who would like to join us from Yazd, we will arrange a taxi to pick up them from Yazd and reach us on the way of the first day. (40 € which is not included in the tour package).

Services

Meals 3 B 3 L 3 D
Accommodation One night a traditional guest house, 2 nights tent camping
Transport Approximately 1000 km driving. Private vehicle from Esfahan to an oasis in the desert, backpack handling during the trek, private vehicle from the oasis to Yazd
Other Services

English speaking desert guide, Drinking water, Backpack handling by 4WD or Mules/Horse (limited by 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: Eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows

Not Included Items of personal nature, travel insurance

Itinerary

Day 1: Exploring Kuhpaye, Qehi, Naiin & Anarak on the way to Central Desert

The desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km, but taking around 9-10 hours with our one full day exploring. We will visit the Kuhpayeh historical town with visiting of the old Caravanserai and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Then we will drive to the historic village of Qehi. In the village you will visit the remain of the old castle is in a picturesque location ideal for taking photos. We will also spend some time for roaming in the village of Qehi. The houses, mosque and its underground water “Qanat“ are the highlights of the village. Afterward, we will drive toward the desert and en route we will visit the historical towns of Naiin and Anarak. In Naiin we will visit the historic mosque, anthropology museum and Narin castle. Following Naiin we will leave for Anarak town where is located at the starting point of Iran central desert. In Anarak there is a special viewpoint from a tower to see the whole town. We will hike up to the tower for photography and watching the town. We have picnic lunch for this day. Then we will proceed in the late afternoon towards the desert and will arrive to the guest house in the evening. We will check in and taking some rest and prepare to have a traditional dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. We will spend the night in a guest house with a friendly family to experience the Iranian hospitality. (L, D)

 

Day 2: The Sand dune & Mountain Formations - {Camp}

Early morning rise up. After breakfast we will start trekking. The first day trekking will involve 25-35 km’s of trekking depending on the group fitness and the weather conditions. On the trekking route we will stop every now and then to rest and take photographs from spectacular and amazing sand dunes. We will continue walking until late afternoon. We will set up our camp in the desert and after a short rest; we would go to watch the sunset in the heart of the desert. Then we will make fire spending some time around it. We will have dinner in our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D).

 

Day 3: Trekking inside of the desert - {Camp }

We will wake up at the crack of dawn (optional), walking for a while to watch the sunrise view of the desert and will walk back to our camp for having breakfast. After breakfast, start another hiking day towards the heart of the desert. We will pass beautiful different landscapes. We will explore more spots on this day on the desert. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the camp. We have dinner and watch the sky and enjoy the silence of the desert. Overnight stay in camp. (B, L, D)

 

Day 4: Continue trekking towards the oasis- Drive to Yazd through the spots

After breakfast in the desert, we collect the camp and will continue our sojourn through the desert landscape. Today we are going to have half day walking. In the noon time we have lunch there and then the vehicle will arrive to pick you up and drive you to Yazd. We will be there around late afternoon. (B, L)

What to bring

Luggage: Extra large overnight backpack, day pack (to carry camera, water bottles, extra clothing and some snacks), luggage tags and locks
Clothing: Mid-weight fleece or wool sweater for evenings, Lightweight thermal underwear top and bottom (synthetic or wool), Lightweight hiking pants (synthetic, quick-drying), Long-sleeve shirts (at least one for sun protection), T-shirts, Underwear, Hiking socks
Clothing Accessories: Sun hat, Wool or fleece light gloves (optional)
Outerwear: Rain jacket (waterproof & breathable), Lightweight hiking shoes (broken-in), Comfortable shoes for camp
Travel Accessories: Flashlight or headlamp and spare batteries/bulb, Sunglasses and retainer strap, Sunblock and lip balm w/high SPF, Toilet kit (ditty bag containing 2 rolls toilet tissue and hand sanitizer gel or wet wipes), Small towel
Optional Accessories: Camera, film and spare batteries, Ear plugs, Pocket knife or multi-tool, Small freestanding flashlight/lantern for use inside your tent, Reading and writing materials, ditty bag containing 2 rolls toilet tissue, favourite energy snacks (you can buy here)

Destination Info

Alfons Gabriel (1894 – 1976) was an Austrian geographer and travel writer who made several trips to the deserts of Iran, during 1927-8, 1933, and 1937. Gabriel wrote five books about his trips and findings. His book Durch Persiens Wüsten (1935) is translated into Persian. On his second trip to Iran in 1933 he crossed Dasht-e Kavir (central desert of Iran) and discovered the flagstones road belonged to the times of Shah Abbas, the Safavid King. He made the third trip to Iran in 1937 and crossed the southern part of Dasht-e Lut. There is not many pictures left from Gabriel but it is said that one them taken with his wife in front of their tent belongs to the Aroosan village (can be found on our website) in the Central Desert of Iran. Gabriel has said lots of beautiful things about this village in his books.

This trekking exercise is the same route that was taken by the frontier Alfons Gabriel, who set the way for us to follow his path.

Trip Notes

  • Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season. During the winter an autumn season’s sun light will be scares; this will affect the number of places you will be able to explore during the day.
  • During the spring time (from Mid-March to end of May) we might experience rain and wind in the desert so you should be prepared for occasional rains and winds.

 

 

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