A trek through Iran’s main highlights
Visiting Dena National Park and protected areas
Visiting local people in remote villages
Tasting local cuisine
Possibility to meet local tribes and visit nomadic region
Experience different climate conditions of Iran in one journey
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Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia after the Himalaya, Kunlun Mountains, Tian Shan Mountains, Altay Mountains and Ural Mountains.
The Zagros forms the largest mountain range in Iran and Iraq, spreading across the along the length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, begining in northwestern Iran and ending at Strait of Hormuz. Zagros range is about 1,500 km long and more than 240 km wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges and organically have the same age as the age as the Alps. The Zagros mountains are also home to rich and complex flora.
Dena is the name for a sub-range within the Zagros mountains. Dena is in the middle part of Zagros mountains, 90 km long and 15 km in average width. It is most important sub range of Zagros mountains. The Dena mountains are the home of some of the highest peaks in the entire Zagros range with more than 40 peaks rising to elevations of 4,000 meters or more. Ghach Mastan in Dean is the highest peak in Zagros with an height of 4,450 meters.
This vast beautiful area is ideal for many adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking, wildlife adventures, river trekking, river swimming, climbing and nomad adventures.
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 forests dominate the highlands, while Pistachio and Almond trees are common lower down. Hackberry, Wallnut, 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 this region. Many large rivers, including the Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from the area before flowing into the Persian Gulf and the Oman Sea. Scenic waterfalls, pools and lakes add to the beauty of this mountainous landscape.
The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) is 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 sites in the world.
The cultural diversity of the local communities, including the nomads can be seen in their languages, traditional production activities, herding, food products, dress, festivals and dances.
More information can be found on UNESCO’s web site ;
This long distance trek in the Zargos mountains allows first time visitors to include Iran’s best UNESCO heritage sites as well as the DENA national park. It is one of the best hiking routes in Iran and is listed on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve list. The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Tehran. The first 4 days of the hike is at a moderate level of difficulty and its suitable for general hikers in good condition. The last two days are a bit more challenging as we will climb up to one of the heights Zogros peaks (4400 m). It is possible, of course to modify this part and choose an easier route.
In the cultural and historical part of this trip you will visit all UNESCO sites and the most Iran’s highlights in Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kashan and Tehran. The period for this trip is from May to November, but May and June are the best months.