15 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
Best Season
Cultural, Trekking
Activities
Adventure
Travel Style
Group Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • Hiking in Iranian Kurdistan

  • Crossing spectacular Howraman Valley

  • Discovering untraveled routes in Western Iran

  • Meeting locals and experiencing Kurdish culture

  • Enjoying adventures along the trail

  • Exploring Hamadan, ancient Achaemenid summer capital

  • Visiting UNESCO-listed rock relief at Bisotun

  • Staying overnight by the shores of the Zarivar Lake

  • Sailing on a boat across the Zarivar Lake

TOUR CODE 040-STN-TRK
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) West of Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 13 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 5 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 5 Nights, Local House: 8 Nights, Caravanserai: 1 Night
TRANSPORTATION: Bus, 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
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

Iranian Kurdistan is one of the least explored and most pristine regions in Iran waiting to be discovered. The area is known for its untouched nature, spectacular landscape, high mountains, beautiful canyons, numerous rivers, rich flora and fauna, diversity in culture and language and much more.

We, at Adventure Iran, visited Iranian Kurdistan for the first time back in 2007 on a two-week mule trek across the mountains. There were seven of us in the group, including a mule man, two local mountain guides, two Adventure Iran members, one Italian and one British tourist. This first trip was unforgettable, as our original trail programme kept on changing from dirt to paved roads, from isolated villages deep in the mountains to more modern Kurdish towns. We now offer a number of various itineraries that we can customize based on your preference and schedule.

This tour is not only ideal for adventurous hikers, but offers a combination of cultural and historical experiences and insights into one of Iran’s least explored corners. We start from Tehran, driving past Hamadan and Sanandaj, the capital of Iranian Kurdistan, from where we will continue towards a Kurdish village to start our eight-day hike.
The Iranian Kurdistan Trail lies across the region’s most picturesque mountains, canyons, forests and villages. As the temperatures are often unstable, the exact programme of the tour is subject to the weather conditions. In early spring and late autumn, it is cloudy and rainy and the temperatures are cooler than in the summer.
After the hiking part of the programme, the tour continues by car to some of the most interesting cultural and historical sites of Western Iran. We will overnight by the Zarivar Lake, visit UNESCO World Heritage Site at Bisotun and then return to Tehran. After that we will bring you to Tehran’s International Imam Khomeini Airport for your flight back home.

1

Day 1: Arrival in Tehran

Travelers arrive in IKA airport and they will be transfer to Tehran . Overnight stay at hotel. (-, -, -)
2

Day 2: Drive to Hamadan

After breakfast in your hotel, we have a short group chat at 8 am in the lobby and travelers meet each other. Having Tehran short walking tour in the down town and then we will leave Tehran to Hamadan by the late afternoon. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
3

Day 3: Hamedan city tour- Drive to Kurdistan

After breakfast in the hotel we will have full day Hamadan city tour. In the late afternoon we will drive to Sanandaj. Overnight stay in a hotel in the mountain. (B)
4

Day 4: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the hotel we will pack and transfer you to the starting point of the hike. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
5

Day 5: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
6

Day 6: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
7

Day 7: Exploring the Kurdish village

After early breakfast in the local house we have one day non hiking day. We will visit the area around the village and we will socialize with Kurdish people in the village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
8

Day 8: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
9

Day 9: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
10

Day 10: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
11

Day 11: Hiking in the mountain

After early breakfast in the local house we will continue our hike to the next village. Overnight stay in local house. (B, L, D)
12

Day 12: Marivan and Zarivar lake

After early breakfast in the local hosue we will continue our trip and drive to Marivan city. We have exploring day by visit untraveled place and then drive to Marivan city. Out side of the town there is an interesting lake called Zariva We have boat trip in the lake. Overnight stay in hotel. (B, L, D)
13

Day 13: Kermanshah & Bisotun

After early breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Kermanshah and Bisotun. We will visit one the most magnificent lime stone carved in Iran back to 2500 years a go which is UNESCO heritage site. Overnight stay in traditional caravanserai. (B, L, D)
14

Day 14: Drive back to Tehran

After breakfast in the hotel we will drive to Tehran. Overnight stay in a hotel in the capital.
15

Day 15:Departure

According to your flight time you will drive to Tehran IKA to take your departure flight. (B)
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