14 Days
Activity Level
Best Months
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep
Trekking & Hiking, Multi-Activity
Travel Styles
Off the Beaten Track, Classic

Two weeks’ efficient trip to Iran for covering three special trails in different nomadic regions of Alborz & Zagros Mountains and visiting main Iran’s cultural sites in the major touristic destinations

START Shiraz
REGION(S) Central Iran
MEALS: 13 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 9 Nights, Local House: 4 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: Support vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
NOT INCLUDED Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
International airfare
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Mini bar used in the room
Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
Tips (optional)
Cost of medical immunizations
Bottled water
Phone calls
Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Covering three regions of mountain trails in the Alborz & Zagros ranges
  • Dena mountain chain trail hike
  • Walk through Bakhtiari tribal territory and Zardkuh Mts
  • Dena National Park hike
  • Experience different climates of Iran in one journey
  • Travel to the most important of Iran’s world heritage sites
  • Visit the cities of Shiraz, Isfahan, Kashan and Tehran
  • Overnight stay in traditional Persian historical houses renovated as boutique hotels
  • Chance to mingle and socialize with local people in non touristic villages
  • Taste local home made cuisine and Persian food not offered in restaurants

Most travelers travelling to Iran miss out on the opportunities of Iranian deserts. Some of them just touch the desert and have no idea about the attractions of this quintessential place. Trekking in the Dasht-e Kavir would be a great opportunity for hikers as this area is fabulous and untouched without many tourists. On this trip which is perfect for Iran first visitors, we provide a memorable journey, an adventurous 5 days trek into the heart of the desert alongside of your cultural-historical exploration which covers Iran’s quintessential main well known attractions.

Sven Anders Hedin was a Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer and travel writer who travelled by paddle steamer in 1886. This itinerary has been designed taking into account the travels of Sven Hedin in Iran. Keeping his book (Through Persia, Mesopotamia and the Caucasus) in mind guided us through the routes he had taken while travelling in the desert. For those who are interested, we advise reading his book before starting the journey. For more information please check SVEN HEDIN link.

Including the majority of attractions and interesting places in one tour for two weeks is practically impossible. Iran offers too many attractions that would take much longer than 2 weeks. This task becomes harder if you include a sporting activity as well. This tour is an intensive multipurpose cultural-adventure journey suitable for first time visitors. It covers three different regions for hiking in Iran. Two mountain regions in the west of Iran and one mountain region in the north. Dena and Zardkuh mountain chains are both part of the Zagros range located in western Iran. Lar National Park is situated in the foothills of Mt Damavand which is part of the central Alborz mountain range. Mt Damavand is the highest mountain in Western Asia at height of 5610 m. The beauty, wildlife, birds, climate, terrain, trees, plains, flora and fauna of each mountains is different and it therefore makes this journey special. Dena also is a National Park and designated UNESCO biosphere reserve.

A mule trek with nomads is one of the main highlight of this journey, travelling through their territory and seeing their way of life in a region seldom visited by any other foreign travelers. You will share meals with them and socialize with their families.
The classic cultural/historical part of the trip covers the most important and world renowned UNESCO heritage sites. The season for this trip is in Mid-spring till mid-autumn and the journey starts from Shiraz and ends in Tehran. Booking in advance for this trip is mandatory as we have to get permits for two national parks and organize mule trekking which is time consuming. If you have more time over two weeks and would like to experience something more than this, please contact us.


Day 1: Arrival to Shiraz

Depending on your arrival time you’ll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore the famous city of Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (-,-,-)

Day 2: Shiraz- Persepolis excursion

In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past by visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)

Day 3: Shiraz City tour- drive to sisakht

In the morning we will start a walking tour to visit Karimkhan citadel, Vakil mosque & baths, Nasirolmolk mosque, the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. Afternoon we will spend a while for visiting Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet and Eram garden registered in UNESCO World Heritage sites. late afternoon we will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 216 km away. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, D)

Day 4: Enter to Dena national park

After breakfast start your long day trekking. Starting point is national park’s gate for 6 days. The altitude of starting point is 2500m from sea level. More or less we will traverse around 15 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Dinner in the camp. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Passing by villages & farms

Second day walk is also around 7.5 km passing forest and mountain foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Drive to Nomadic region of Zardkuh mountains

After breakfast, we will pack our bags and we will drive to a cave around the region to explore hidden attraction of the mountains. Afterward, we will have a long drive to Mts Zardkuh, the nomadic region of Zagros takes about 5-6 hours. We have two hours mountain off road in the last part of the road. We reach to a nomadic region of Bakhtiari tribes and we will wall to the village. We stay the night in the village. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Nomadic Hike

After early breakfast with local in the house, we will start our hiking through the nomadic tents of Bakhtiari who they moved from low land up to highland during spring and summer. We are going to have between 6- 8 hours hike. In the late afternoon you will arrive to another nomadic region. You will stay in the tent or a very basic house for this night. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Explore nomadic village – drive to Isfahan

We will have early breakfast in the camp and continue our hiking toward another region. In the afternoon we will finish our today hike in a village. Afterward a local vehicle pickup us and we have off road driving towards a main town. Afterward we will drive to Isfahan city take 4-5 hours. In the evening we will be in Isfahan. Overnight stay in a hotel. (B, L)

Day 9: Isfahan city tour

A full day Esfahan city walking tour to visit all of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites on Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Aali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)

Day 10: Abyaneh - Drive to Kashan

Check out from the hotel at noon and after having lunch in the town, we will drive to Abyayen by the afternoon. Abyaneh is a mountain village and it’s one of the most beautiful villages of Iran with a special architecture. It takes 2.5 hour drive (180 km). We will have a short walk in the village to explore the historical houses and visit the local people and women who has their own dress. Afterward, we will drive to Kashan take 1 hour (87 km). We will stay in traditional house for tonight. (B, L)

Day 11: Kashan city tour- Drive to Meygon

After breakfast in the house, we will have a full day Kashan city tour. We will have a short drive out of the town takes half an hour to visit Fin Garden which is registered as a Persian Garden in UNESCO heritage site and Fin historical bath as well. We also visit the old part of the town and a couple of historical houses and Agha Bozorg famous mosque. We will check out from the hotel and after having lunch we will visit the old Bazaar of Kashan. We will drive to Meygon village. We will have 290 km distance takes 3.5 hours. The last part of the road (1 hours) is mountain road. You will staying in a hotel in Meygon village. (B, D)

Day 12: Lar National Park trail– drive to Tehran

You will check out from the hotel and you leave you all about the stuff and backpack in the hotel and we will carry all the baggage to your hotel in Tehran. So you only carry your own day pack and your lunch box pack. Today we have full day hiking in Lar National Park beyond Mt Damavand (5610 m). you will start your hiking from the pass toward Lar protected area. After finishing the trek we will pick you from the park and take you to Tehran takes 2.5 hour drive. Overnight at hotel in Tehran. (B, L)

Day 13: Tehran city tour

After breakfast in the hotel we will have one full day Tehran city tour. You will visit Golestan Palace world heritage UNESCO site, Iran anthropology museum and the Grand Bazaar. In the late afternoon we will visit artists park and having a dinner in a traditional restaurant.(B)

Day 14: Departure

According to your flight time you will drive to Tehran IKA to take your departure flight. (B)

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