14 Days
Duration
Moderate
Activity Level
Jun, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
Month
Adventure
Travel Style

Trip Highlights:

  • Explore the Assassin’s Castle at Alamut Valley

  • Visit the fabled ruins of the Eagle Nest

  • A trip to a corner of Iran where its ecological and geographical setting is unique

  • A visit to historical city of Ardebil

  • Visiting the remains of Lambesar Castle

  • Sightseeing & photography around Ovan Lake & village

  • Photography from Andej canyon”Red-rock”

  • Historical village of Masuleh & Rudkhan Castle

  • Local homestay & socializing with locals

  • Trekking in beautiful mountain scenery

  • Visit the cosmopolitan city of Tehran

  • Allegedly the best trekking route of Iran developed by Adventure Iran

  • Experiencing the rich culture of locals by staying with them

  • An opportunity to taste both culture and adventure

TOUR CODE 013-STN-TRK
START Tehran
FINISH Tehran
REGION(S) Highland of Talesh, Alamut Valley, Ardebil province & the capital
INCLUDED
MEALS: 12 Breakfasts, 11 Lunches, 10 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 4 Nights, Camp: 7 Nights, Guesthouse: 2 Nights
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

Talesh is a region in north western Iran along the south western coast of the Caspian Sea. Talesh area is believed to be where the Aryan People (the first Indo-European people that moved down from what are today the Russian steppes to Europe, Iran, Central Asia and northern India in the second millennium BCE) first settled. It is also said to be the birthplace of Zoroaster, the prophet of the ancient Persian religion, Zoroastrianism.

Talesh has a sub-tropical climate with a lush green landscape. The region can be divided into two parts, the lowlands and the highlands. The lowlands lie along the fertile coastal plain of the Caspian Sea and are abundant with rice paddies and orchards. The highlands constitute almost three quarters of the area of Talesh and are covered by dense deciduous forests and meadows. The Talesh massif forms a 300 km long natural barrier against the drier climate to the south and west. Its highest peak, Bagharo Dagh, has an altitude of 3200 meters.

The people of Talesh have their own distinct language and culture which have been preserved over the centuries by the remoteness of their land. A great many of them are pastoralists and semi nomadic. They migrate to the highlands with their herds of sheep and goats every spring for pasture. They live in wooden houses or a kind of fixed tent called Kapar in their summer encampments. During this undiscovered superb trek we will experience their genuine hospitality at first hand by staying and eating with them or camping next to them.

The wild walk takes us to the highlands of Talesh, part of the Alborz Range that rises up from the Caspian Sea. We start by travelling to Alamut and visiting one of the castles on Freya Stark’s route in her classic book, The Valley of the Assassins. Then, after a visit to the beautiful and traditional village, Masule, the trek starts in earnest, taking in both the stunning mountain scenery as well as visiting the local Taleshi. The Talesh are pastoral nomads who have spent their summers on these high pastures tending to their herds for thousands of years.
Although we will be equipped to camp, experience has shown that most likely we will be invited to stay with the local Talesh in their semi-permanent homes known as Kapar, experiencing their warm hospitality and excellent local cuisine.
We have designed this tour as a special long trekking tour in the non-touristic region of Alborz Mountain range. If you are thinking of having a special tour focused on trekking this is the right one. An unusual journey through an exceptionally beautiful and colorful part of Iran. The unique character of the inhabitants, the unusual architecture and building methods, a combination of sea views, deep forested path ways, ridges with expansive vistas, bubbling dark water from the ground, local hospitality and some epic hiking makes this a journey to remember. A great historical fort and castle is on the agenda and the setting is spectacular. Then we switch gears and get on a full 8 day trekking adventure through the forest and high passes.

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Day 1: Arrival in Tehran & check in

Upon arrival in Tehran, you will be met at the airport and a representative will greet you and transfer you to a comfortable hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay at hotel.
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Day 2: Free time in Tehran

 This day you can either relax in your hotel or you can visit and explore the capital city by yourself. In the afternoon having a brief session with the mountain guide. Overnight sleep at hotel in the Capital. (B)
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Day 3: Tehran to Alamut Valley

Departure from Tehran and drive towards the valley of the Alamut. We have full day Alamut sightseeing and we will cover the most important attraction through a tight day. Hiking through the castle of the Assassins and a walking in the canyon and the famous Ovan lake is our activities for this day. Overnight staying in the local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 4: Masuleh and Rudkhan Castle

Drive from Alamut to the Caspian Sea. We will have hiking on RudKhan Castle and also visiting the historical city of Masuleh. Overnight stay at local house. (B, L, D)
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Day 5: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh(1st Camp)

We will drive to the starting point of the trekking and from there we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. We will have approximate 8 hours walk in each day and we will pass many mountains and village on the way to the Neor lake. From the in the last day our vehicle pick up us to Sarin town which is the mineral hot spring spa for recovery after the trek. We will set up camp near the village next to a pleasant brook and have our dinner there. (B, L, D)
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Day 6: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh(2nd Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains.overnight camping. (B, L, D)
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Day 7: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh(3rd Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains.Overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 8: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh(4th Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 9: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh (5th Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 10: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh (6th Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 11: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh(7th Camp)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 12: Trekking through the nomads in Talesh (8th day of trek)

we have trekking in the highland of Talesh through the nomad’s camp in west of Alborz mountains. overnight camp ground. (B, L, D)
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Day 13: Ardebil, Tehran

Before going back to Tehran, we will make a quick visit to the historic city of Ardebil. In the afternoon we will drive to return to Tehran the capital city. Overnight stay at hotel in Tehran. (B, L)
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Day 14: Tehran, Departure

This is a free day and you can spend your extra time in Tehran for shopping or visiting the capital before you depart. Transfer to the airport and come back to your country.
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