Long distance hike through nomadic tribes of Talesh in north of Iran

Private Tour
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Services

Moderate

Accommodation

  • 2 Nights Hotel
  • 6 Nights Camp
  • 2 Nights Local House

Meals

  • 11 Breakfasts
  • 9 Lunches
  • 7 Dinners

Transport

  • Bus

Trip Highlights

  • A trip to a corner of Iran where its ecological and geographical settings are unique
  • Allegedly the best trekking route developed by Adventure Iran
  • Experience rich culture of locals by staying with them
  • Trek in beautiful mountain scenery
  • Experience the hospitality of Taleshi people
  • A visit to historic city of Ardebil

Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Luggage handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg)

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
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

We have designed this tour as a special long trekking tour in the non-touristic region of Alborz mountain range. If you are thinking of having a special tour focused on trekking this is the right one. An unusual journey through an exceptionally beautiful and colorful part of Iran. The unique character of the inhabitants, the unusual architecture and building methods, a combination of sea views, deep forested path ways, ridges with expansive vistas, bubbling dark water from the ground, local hospitality and some epic hiking makes this a journey to remember. A great historical fort and castle is on the agenda and the setting is spectacular. Then we switch gears and get on a full 7 day trekking adventure through the forest and high passes.
Trekking will start in stunning mountain scenery along with visiting local Taleshi people. For thousands of years Talesh pastoral nomads spend their summers on these high pastures feeding their herds.
Although we will be equipped enough to camp but our experience suggests that it is most likely to be invited to stay with local Talesh in their semi permanent homes known as chapars, experiencing their warm hospitality and excellent cuisine.

Itinerary

  • Depending on arrival time, you will check in to hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay at your hotel

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
  • According to our experience, most travelers arrive late night with different airlines. Sometimes many of them arrive around midnight and would need to sleep well before starting the journey. You can relax in your hotel after your flight or if you have arrived earlier you have the option of exploring the capital city by yourself

    Accommodation
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Transport
    Bus
  • After breakfast, our vehicle will pick you up to the starting point of trek. We have 4-5 hours hike through a deep forest.

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • After breakfast our passage will continue through the meadows and grazing grounds. The route is mostly down today and we will end up at an expansive meadow which is usually shared with flocks of sheep. Today’s total walking time will be about 7 hours and we will end up at approx. 2700 meter altitude for overnight camping

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Today’s trek features are similar to yesterdays. There is a beautiful, picturesque and wild flower covered valley that we will cross. We will climb up from the valley floor by the river and proceed to climb up

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Today, before reaching to our third camp point we will leave the relative isolation of the forest to a busier historical village. This village is the center of the herd trade and an important trading and agriculture center. It has retained its old character and you can see examples of the indigenous architecture of the region and how people have lived for centuries

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • This is a lighter trekking day. We will only have at most 2 hours of hiking. Descending through a pretty trail, we have sites of a large peak while meandering our way through the valley floor.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • We will start the hiking day going through a steep V-shaped valley and then proceed to work our way up a ridge. After a 4 hour hike we will get to an old village

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • Starting hike up on a green slope we will get to an unusual spot. There are springs that their water content continuously bubbling up from the ground. The water is quite dark close to black. Beautiful, unique flowers grow around these bubbling pools of dark water.

    Accommodation
    Camp
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Dinner
  • We still have a steep slope to climb in order to get to the pass which is literally the peak of mount Baqroo-daaq, about 3110 meters in elevation

    Accommodation
    Local House
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
  • Before going back to Tehran, we will make a visit to the historic city of Ardebil

    Accommodation
    Hotel
    Meals
    Breakfast
    Lunch
    Transport
    Bus
  • we will arrive Tehran in the morning, this is a free day and you can spend it the way you please depending on your flight departure time

    Accommodation
    Meals

Talesh is a region in north western Iran along the south western coast of the Caspian Sea. Talesh area is believed to be where the Aryan People (the first Indo-European people that moved down from what are today the Russian steppes to Europe, Iran, Central Asia and northern India in the second millennium BCE) first settled. It is also said to be the birthplace of Zoroaster, the prophet of the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism.

Talesh has a sub-tropical climate with a lush green landscape. The region can be divided into two parts, the lowlands and the highlands. The lowlands lie along the fertile coastal plain of the Caspian Sea and are abundant with rice paddies and orchards. The highlands constitute almost three quarters of the area of Talesh and are covered by dense deciduous forests and meadows. The Talesh massif forms a 300 km long natural barrier against the drier climate to the south and west. Its highest peak, Bagharo Dagh, has an altitude of 3200 meters.

The people of Talesh have their own distinct language and culture which have been preserved over the centuries by the remoteness of their land. A great many of them are pastoralists and semi nomadic. They migrate to the highlands with their herds of sheep and goats every spring for pasture. They live in wooden houses or a kind of fixed tent called Kapar in their summer encampments. During this undiscovered superb trek we will experience their genuine hospitality at first hand by staying and eating with them or camping next to them.