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.
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.
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.
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.
Lar National Park is a protected area around the massive Mt Damavand (5610 m) including a number of impressive 4000m+ peaks; all located in Central Alborz mountain range. It is in two provinces of Tehran and Mazandaran. Lar is a high altitude mountainous ecosystem only 70 km north east of the capital.
The Park is around 30,000 hectares in size. There are no residential areas in or around it. During the summer when the national park opens for local herdsmen, you will see semi nomadic shepherds from the warmer regions further south take their herds to graze in the summer months. You may also see some a variety of tribes making KOOCH (move to high altitude and cooler places in the hot season) in the park territory. 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 utilized by beekeepers due to the abundance of a variety of wild flowers. The park opens strictly from May to Mid- August and then is closed to the public. The best time to visit is beginning of May to the end of June when the land is covered with wild flowers. Visitors need entrance permit. We will obtain the permits for our guests. Since it is a bureaucratic and time consuming procedure we need sufficient time so there will be no delays.