7 Days
Duration
Challenging
Activity Level
Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov
Best Season
Trekking
Activities
Adventure, Nomadic
Travel Style
Tailor-Made Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike in heights of MT. Dena Protected Area

  • Spectacular landscape of the highest peaks of Zagros Mountains

  • Off the beaten track of Iran

  • Cross Dena National Park

  • Visit nomad tribes (related to the season)

  • Hiking through a river on a canyon

  • One of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sites of Iran

  • Crossing different type of terrain everyday

  • Chance of visiting wild animals

  • Taste local cuisine

  • Ecological Characteristics of the Park

  • Socialize with local people and stay with them in their house

TOUR CODE 212-STN-TRK
START Shiraz
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province
INCLUDED
MEALS: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Camp: 1 Night, Guesthouse: 4 Nights, Shelter: 1 Night
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:

https://en.unesco.org/biosphere/aspac/dena

This tour suits real trekkers who enjoy long trekking in a non-touristic region. Most trekking routes in Iran have been developed in Alborz Mountain range while Zagros is richer in terms of untouched nature, landscape, a variety of plants, animals and special nomadic people. In other hands this trek is between Shiraz and Isfahan and its perfect for who do Iran Classic route which is more accessible to compare with another trek. This Adventure Iran tour will take you to a NON-touristic area for one week. You will hike along Dena Mountains from North West to south east around 80 km, ascending the highest peaks of Zagros Mountains.
Your one week adventure will start from Shiraz with three hours driving to a town in Dena foothills. Then your hike will start along the mountains through unknown villages, farms, gardens and untouched nature of the Zagros Mountains. One of the highlight of this trip is Dena National Park and protected area with its rivers, forests and waterfalls with the possibility of visiting nomad tribes. At the end of the trek you will ascend some of the highest over 4000 meter peaks of Zagros Mountains which is on Dena ridge Line Mountains. After trek you will travel to Isfahan.
On the trekking route, you will visit a couple of unknown villages and agricultural area of local people who work on their farms. Staying with them on their house and seeing their lifestyle is one of the highlights of this adventure journey. You have to walk on a river as well as passing a couple of huge canyon which is on our way.

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Day 1: Shiraz to Sisakht

Afternoon around 14:00 you will leave Shiraz towards Yasuj “Dena Mountains Foothills” which is 216 km away and will take around 3 hours. There are some nomadic spots in Zagros Mountains for their temporary stay and live. Overnight stay in the guesthouse. (D)
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Day 2: 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 18 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Overnight stay in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 3: Passing by villages & farms- Trek day 2

Second day walk is also around 20 km passing forest and Mountain Foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. Overnight stay in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 4: Walking on a river through the canyon - Trek day 3/Camp

Third day walking length is also approximately 14 km crossing some rivers and visiting another waterfall. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the 1st camp, having dinner in our tents. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: 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, the length of Trek is around 10Km and the end of the Trek leads us to Sisakht. Overnight stay in the guesthouse. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: 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. We will hike to the shelter and after lunch to the shelter we continue ascending to the summit to reach the peak of Hozdal (4350 m). Descent to the Shelter. Overnight stay in the shelter (B, L, D)
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Day 7: descend to the base - drive to Isfahan

After breakfast we will leave shelter and decent to the basecamp. From there you will back to Sisakht and then you will be transferred to bus station to take the bus to Isfahan. (B)
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