2 days challenging mountain bike from Tehran towards Mt Damavand through Lar national Park

Private Tour
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Services

Challenging

Accommodation

  • 1 Night Camp
  • 1 Night Local House

Meals

  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 2 Lunches
  • 1 Dinners

Transport

  • Private vehicle
  • Support vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • Two days mountain biking in the west face of massive Damavand Mountain
  • Passing Lar National Park with bicycle
  • Visiting nomads and shepherd areas on the trail
  • Camping in heights of Mountains inside of the park
  • Crossing the vast valley of Lar protected area
  • Adventure biking with crossing rivers on the singletrack roads
  • Untouched landscapes- rivers- sounds and colours of nature in a non-touristic area

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English spoken mountain biking guide
  • Backpack handling by 4WD cars (limited by 15kg per person)
  • Provided Gear: Eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows, duffel bag for non-trek items left at our office in Tehran

Excluded

  • 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
  • laundry
  • 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

Trip Notes

This tour requires a special permit from department of environment for entering to Lar National Park. The process for applying the permission takes about 14 working days.

This is amazing opportunities for all travellers to have an exciting adventure mountain biking in one of the closest national Park in the Capital’s countryside. We will send you to the heart of the Alborz Mountains in the park, which is surrounded with many mountains and for two days. We have a challenging biking from Northern Tehran towards the Damavad mountain through Lar national park. We will finish our mountain biking trip in Polor which is in south of massive mount Damavand.  From there we will collect the bikes and we will back to Tehran from Haraz main road to the capital takes two hours. We will be Tehran by the evening on the day 3. We will have approximately 100  km cycling this tour and we will cross a couple of mountains, canyon and rivers to reach polor which is the foothill of Damavand Mountain. The valley is a vast area and on early in the season in May will cover different type of flowers. We have to cross the Lar rivers for a couple of times and that would be a good to be prepared with extra cloths and sandal. Also, there is an amazing canyon on our way to the camp area and we have to carry the bike for an hour through a magnificent river of Lar. We will have camping in the National Park and we will supply all of the camping stuff and gears and sleeping arrangement as well. 
For getting the permit to a National Park for foreigner its take time and extra paperwork and advance booking are mandatory.
 

Itinerary

  • Depart from Tehran to Fasham road in the afternoon by a private vehicle through the mountain road. You will be picked up from your hotel at 17:00 pm. It takes only one hour to reach the village. The altitude of the village is around 1800 m from the sea level. When you arrive, first you will get relaxed in a local house and then prepare for a short walk in the village. You will enjoy the birds singing and the river. After a short walk and photography in the village, we will come back to the house preparing the dinner. Sleeping is in a shared room on the Iranian traditional style mattress at local home stay.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Transport
    Private vehicle
    Support vehicle
  • 6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast and getting ready to start at 8.00 A.M. Today we have around 50 km biking through mountain dirt road, single track, Cayon and rivers from Garmabdar (2500) to the pass (3050m) and finally the camp area (2800 m). We will start our biking from Garmabdar “west gate of park” through a tight valley with the name of Tangeh Younza. We will cross the pass through spectacular landscape, Abe Sefid waterfall and after passing rivers we will reach to the Lar valley (Dashte Lar). We have to cross a couple of times through the river and carry the bike in the second canyon as well. It would be 8-9 hours mountain biking and we will make a camp for the night. The guide will prepare the dinner in the camp and we enjoy the beauty of silent nice in the park. Our 4x4 car will carry all of the stuff and backpacks. Overnight at tent.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast at 7:30 A.M collecting the camp and put everything in the 4x4 car and we will start biking on our way through some spectacular scenery towards the mount Damavand west face. We have to ascend around 1500 m on this day and the length of the road is around 45 km. We will have a very good view of the west side of Damavand mountains and the highest point of this day is around 3200 m. The whole route is a dirt road with a lot of adventures and the most part of the road is asending. We have packed picnic lunch on the way and finally we reach to Polor in the afternoon. From there is two hours driving through mountain road “Haraz road” to the capital and the vehicle pick you up from polor and we will back to Tehran by evening.

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch

Lar National Park is a protected area on the foot of massive Mt Damavand (5610 m) with many impressive summits of Central Alborz Mountain range over 4000m. Officially it is in two provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran. Lar is one of the preserved areas of Iran with watery and mountainous ecosystem only 70 km far from north east of the capital. The National Park of Lar is as big as 30,000 hectares and doesn't have any residential area in or around it. During the summer when the National Park opens for local tribes, you see semi nomadic shepherds from the desert areas further south take their herds to graze in the summer months.  You may also see some Persian tribes making KOOCH (move to high altitude and cooler places in the hot season) in the park territory. Because of different ecosystems and ecology, different species live in this park such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and aquatics (brown bear, viper, partridge, gamma and red-spotted trout). This area is also used for beekeeping considering the various plants it has. The park opens from May to Mid- August and then is closed for the entire year. The best time to visit is beginning of May to the end of June when the area’s grassland is covered with wild flowers. All domestic visitors need a permit to visit the park. Foreign visitors also need entrance permit and some extra paperwork. In order to obtain a written permit for foreigners from the Environment Department in Tehran, we will need some time as it is bureaucratic and time consuming.