4 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Month
Adventure, Nomadic
Travel Style

Trip Highlights:

TOUR CODE 211-STN-TRK
START Shiraz
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province
INCLUDED
MEALS: 1 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Guesthouse: 3 Nights
TRANSPORTATION: Sedan
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
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

Zagros Mountains:

Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia (sixth) after the Himalaya, Kunlun Mountains, Tian Shan Mountains, Altay Mountains and Ural Mountains.

Zagros forms the largest mountain range in Iran and Iraq, spreading across the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, begining in northwestern Iran and ending at Strait of Hormuz. Zagros range is about 932 miles (1,500 km) long and more than 150 miles (240 km) wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges and organically have the same age as the age as The Alps. Zagros is also home for rich and complex flora widely oak-dominated.

Relatively wet, warm and cold climates can be found in Zagros. The vegetation is rich and diverse including 10 million ha of oak forest and also wild pistachio forests at its south-eastern end. Hillocks are up to 1000 m high while mountain peaks elevation varies from 2000m to 4000m. The highest peaks of Zagros, of which the highest one is Ghashmastan (4435m), are located in the high mountains of Dena.

This vast area with its beauties is ideal for many adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking, wildlife adventures, river trekking, river swimming, climbing and nomad adventures.

Dena Mountain chains:

Dena range has 80 km length and 15 km average width with more than 47 peaks higher than 4000 meters. This vast area with its beauties is ideal for many adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking, wildlife adventures, river trekking, revier swimming, climbing and nomad adventures.

Dena is a protected area by Iranian Department of Environment because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources.

The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) was registered by UNESCO on their list of Biosphere Reserve sites. A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest. It is a label given by UNESCO to help protect the sites in the world.

Dena National Park

Dena is a protected area by the Iranian Department of Environment because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while pistachio and almond are common at lower elevations. Hackberry, walnut, and pear trees are scattered throughout this eco-region. A variety of animal life, such as brown bear, eagles, wolves, various wild cats including caracals, lynxes and leopards, wild goat have long made their homes in the region. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from the area flowing into the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea. Scenic waterfalls, pools, and lakes add beauty to the mountainous landscape.

The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) was registered by UNESCO on their list of Biosphere Reserve sites. A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest. It is a label given by UNESCO to help protect the sites in the world.

Untill now the vast majority of people living in the area practice a nomadic lifestyle.

The cultural diversity of the local communities, including the nomad communities are manifested by their languages, traditional production activities, herding, food products, dresses, festivals and dances.

More info:

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/natural-sciences/environment/ecological-sciences/biosphere-reserves/asia-and-the-pacific/islamic-republic-of-iran/dena/

This trip is an amazing opportunity for who travel between Shiraz to Isfahan on the Iran classic part and has limited time for hiking in Iran. The trail is a two day hike have chosen from one of the best Adventure Iran long trek in the Dena mountain for who would like have a special hiking in the non touristic area. The level of difficulty of this trip is between moderate to challenging and we will cross through canyons, river, villages and farms. The total length of trail during this trip is around 40 km in the foothills of the mountain between the altitude of 2000 m up to 3000 m but it’s possible to customize it as a private tour and we can make it longer for taught hikers or make it shorter for who would like to have softer trek. Please inform us in advance for this case. Sometimes in mid spring and the end of summer we will meet local nomads of this region who belong to Boier Ahmadi tribes and which they lives with their ships and animals in the mountains in their temporary staying of seasonal migration. The hiking region has different landscape and in some part you will hike through different canyon and along a river in Dena National Park and protected area. This tour starts from Shiraz and ends in Isfahan, but for private groups there is a possibility to start from Isfahan and end in Shiraz.

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Day 1: Shiraz to sisakht

In the afternoon at 14:00, you will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht in the “ Dena Mountain Foothills” which is 216 km away and will take around 3 hours. overnight stay at a traditional guesthouse. (D)
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Day 2: Enter to Dena national park

After early breakfast, you will pack up to start your long trekking. One hour drive will take us to the National Park’s gate. Trekking will start from there for 2 days. You will hike through the forest and in most part of the trek we have a spectacular view of a lot of peaks over 4000 m which is on the mountain ridge. Dinner in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 3: Passing by villages & farms

You will have breakfast in the early morning and continue the second day walk to another village. You will have very nice trek and quite different with yesterday as we will cross a couple of canyons and mountains with alloy orange color on our way. By late afternoon we will arrive to the village, socialize with simple and local farmers of the village. (B, L, D)
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Day 4: Drive to Isfahan

Today we will have breakfast in the house and after breakfast you will pack from the village and drive to the bus terminal by a private car, to go to Isfahan. You will arrive in the noon. (B)
Dena Mountains Hiking Holiday Iran
Iran Cuisine in Dena National Park

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