14 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov
Month
Cultural, Trekking
Activities
Adventure
Travel Style
Group Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

TOUR CODE 180-STN-MLT
START Shiraz
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Central Iran
INCLUDED
MEALS: 11 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 7 Nights, Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 2 Nights, Local House: 2 Nights, Shelter: 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
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 Mountain:

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 mountain chain:

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 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 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 ;

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

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 highlights of Shiraz, Isfahan, Yazd, Kashan and Tehran. The period for this trip is from May to November, but May and June are the best months.

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Day 1: Arrival to Shiraz

Depending on your arrival time you’ll likely have free time to relax, get adjusted and explore the famous city of Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (-,-,-)
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Day 2: : Shiraz- Persepolis excursion

In Persepolis we start a full sightseeing of Persia’s imperial past by visiting Naghseh Rajab and Nagshe-Rostam. In the late afternoon we will drive back to Shiraz. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
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Day 3: Shiraz City tour- drive to sisakht

In the morning we will start a walking tour to visit Karimkhan citadel, Vakil mosque & baths, Nasirolmolk mosque, the grand bazaar and the old part of the town. Afternoon we will spend a while for visiting Hafez mausoleum Persia’s beloved poet and Eram garden registered in UNESCO World Heritage sites. late afternoon we will leave Shiraz towards Sisakht “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 216 km away. Overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. (B, D)
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Day 4: Enter to Dena national park- Trek day 1

After breakfast start your long day trekking. Starting point is national park’s gate for 6 days. The altitude of starting point is 2500m from sea level. More or less we will traverse around 15 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Dinner in the camp. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: Passing by villages & farms- Trek day 2

Second day walk is also around 7.5 km passing forest and mountain foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: Walking on a river through the canyon - Trek day 3

Third day walking length is also approximately 10 km crossing some rivers and visiting another waterfall. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the 3rd camp, having dinner in our tents. (B, L, D)
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Day 7: Descending to Sisakht- Trek day 4

After breakfast we will collect our camps and continue trekking towards a shelter at 3780m height. Hiking will start from 2580m from sea level hiking to a mountain to reach the shelter. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: Summits day – the highest Zagros peaks- Trek day 5

6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast to get ready to start at 7.00 A.M. Today we have chosen a couple of peaks to ascend. (B, L, D)
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Day 9: descend to the base Trek day 6- drive to Yazd

After collecting our camps we will continue trekking to the base (3000m) to be picked up by our vehicle to drive towards Yazd. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L)
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Day 10: Yazd city tour

After breakfast you will have full day sightseeing tour visiting its touristic attractions such as Zoroastrian sites of Dakhmeh (old cemetery & tower of silence), the fire temple, Amir Chakhmagh complex and the main Grand Mosque next to bazaar. (B)
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Day 11: Drive to Esfahan

After breakfast drive to Esfahan and en route we will visit the historical city of Meybod and Naeen and Varzaneh desert. Overnight stay in Esfahan. (B)
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Day 12: Isfahan walking tour

A full day Esfahan city walking tour to visit all of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites on Naqshe Jahan Square, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Imam Mosque as well as Aali Qapu Building, Chehel Sotun (Forty Pillar) and Hasht Behest (Eight Heaven) building on this day. Overnight stay at hotel. (B)
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Day 13: Drive to Tehran – En route Kashan city

After breakfast in the hotel you will drive to Kashan, you have have a half day Kashan tour. visit a couple of historical houses as well as Aghabozorg old mosques and the Grand Bazaar. We will visit Fin garden and bath before leaving the city by drive to outside of the town. Fin garden is one of the Persian gardens UNESCO world heritage list. Afterward we will drive to Tehran. Over night stay in a hotel. (B)
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Day 14: Tehran city walking tour – departure

After breakfast there will be Tehran sightseeing and city tour. It will be a walking tour and we will include all of important sites of the capital on it. Golestan Palace world heritage site, Iran anthropology museum and the Grand Bazaar are the sites till afternoon. Drive to Tehran IKA to take departure flight. (B)

Shiraz Adventures

Explore Shiraz and Persepolis, Capital of the Ancient Persian Achaemenid Empire

Kashan city tour Agha Bozorg mosque

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