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Desert camping in Dasht-e Kavir and walking through the sand dunes and Salt Lake

START Esfahan
REGION(S) Dashte Kavir (Iran Central Desert)
MEALS: 2 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Private 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
  • One and a half day trekking in Central Desert
  • One-night camping
  • One-day desert exploring tour
  • Visit Kuhpayeh, Na’in & Anarak historic towns
  • Explore the elegant historic village of Qehi
  • A short soft 4×4 off-road desert exploring

This tour has been designed for people who are interested in trekking and camping in the desert with limited time. It has been running as a group tour from 2012 during desert season. In this trip you will have a short visit of Iranian Desert (Dashte-e Kavir) between Esfahan and Yazd seeing many attractions. On the way from Esfahan to the desert we will stop at a few places to visit small towns and their attractions. There are some activities included in this tour such as walking in the village, one and a half day desert trekking and camping with overnight stay in Dashte-e Kavir. While trekking we will handle your backpacks but you will carry your day pack, water and persons stuff. Trekking length would be approximately 15-30 km per day taking about 6-9 hours depending on the group fitness level and daylight time.
This is an opportunity to touch the stars in the clear sky and watch the mysterious moon in the silence. A chance to watch the astonishing view of sunset without any human made hurdle. A possibility to see wild camels pacing on the sand dunes. The accommodation is a cosy guest house that would give you the feeling of staying at your own home. You will visit Anarak and Na’in historic towns along with dry Salt river, sand dunes, flat desert and the tiny oasis of Farahzad. This tour officially starts from Esfahan and finishes in Yazd.


Day 1: Drive to the Central Desert

The desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km taking around 5-6 hours. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel. You will have stops in Naiin and Anarak. In Naiin you will visit its historic mosque which is one of the oldest mosques in Iran going back to 9th century. Anarak 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. Proceeding after Anarak towards the desert we will arrive to our guest house in the afternoon. We will check-in, have lunch and take some rest. You are free to walk around the village and see the beautiful sunset of the oasis. In the evening you have a locally made dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. Overnight stay in the guest house. (L, D)

Day 2: Trekking in the desert

Early morning rise up. After breakfast we will start trekking. 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. After finding a suitable point for our camp and some rest we leave to watch the sunset. We will have dinner at our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D).

Day 3: continue trekking - Drive to Yazd

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 breakfast. Next, the camp will be collected and trekking will continue toward the sand dunes. Then we will return to the oasis where our vehicle will pick us up to Yazd. We will have lunch at the guest house before driving to Yazd. (B, L)

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