Cycling in Iran untraveled destinations
Passing rivers and canyon by Bicycle
Local home stay in non-touristic village in Iran
Dizin and Darbandsar single track mountain biking
Crossing two protected areas in Central Alborz mountains
Overnight staying in Shemshak village near the ski resort
Crossing Lar National Park with mountain bike
Adventure mountain biking in Lar national park
Camping inside of the protected area
Spectacular view of Mt Damavand in cycling route
|NOT INCLUDED||Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Excess baggage charges
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Mini bar used in the room
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The geography of Iran and the Iranian plateau located in between various mountains ranges offers excellent opportunities for cycling of various degree of complexity and mountain biking. North of Tehran, Alborz Mountains with peaks reaching 3,000-4,000m and numerous canyons, lakes and rivers, are ideal for cycling and mountain biking. The vicinity to the Iranian capital and the international airport is also a major advantage for those flying in from abroad. The Alborz Mountains area is divided into three special sections under the supervision of the Department of Environment of Iran.
This mountain biking tour takes visitors through two protected areas and one national park. The biking terrain is a combination of dirt roads, mule trekking as well as single tracks. Depending on the schedule and your preference, we will also cross numerous rivers with a varying degree of current. Carrying one’s bicycle may be required on certain sections of the route.
In spring, various plants and flowers blossom across the Alborz plains and the temperatures are cooler with a possibility of rain. One needs to be very fit to do the tour in early spring. In summer, temperatures in the Central Alborz Mountains are pleasant and ideal for cycling, especially at higher altitudes. The level of water in the mountain rivers is lower, making it relatively easy to cross. In autumn, nature in the Central Alborz is particularly colourful, but it gets quite chilly and warm clothes become a must. It rains sometimes as well.
Central Alborz Mountains in northern Iran is one of the best locations for both amateur and experienced cyclists. Depending on your preparation and fitness level, we offer easy to moderate cycling routes on dirt roads or challenging downhill on single track roads for small groups. The itinerary below is recommended for end of spring, summer and early autumn, but can be adjusted in accordance with your time of travel and preparation level.
The tour is tailor-made for a small group of 2-4 people. Please contact us if you are planning to cycle in a larger group and we can prepare an alternative programme. For road cyclists, we customize a route running between towns and villages in the Central Alborz Mountains, starting or finishing in Tehran with overnight stays in hotels or private houses.
Day 1: Arrival in Tehran
Day 2: Cycling in Lavasanat
Day 3: Cycling in the canyon (protected area)
Day 4: Dizin to Darbandasr ski resort – mountain biking on the ridge
Day 5: Lar National Park
Day 6: Lar protected area to Polor – Mount Damavand 1st camp
Day 7: Tehran experience
Day 8: Tehran