6 Days
Duration
Challenging
Difficulty
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Month
Cultural, Trekking
Activity
Adventure
Travel Style
Group Tours
Trip Type

Trip Highlights:

  • 5 days trekking in the desert around 120 km in heart of Dasht-e Kavir

  • passing through many villages and oases

  • An epic passage through Iran’s Central Desert following part of the historical “silk road”

  • Visiting Naiin, Anarak and Meybod towns

  • Explore elegant historical villages such as Kharanagh, Anarak and Mesr

  • Passing many quintessential oases on the trek like Farahzad, Aroosan, Koreh gaz

TOUR CODE 062-STN-TRK
START Esfahan
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Dasht-e Kavir (Iran Central Desert)
INCLUDED
Meals
  • Breakfast 5
  • Lunch 6
  • Dinner 5
Accommodations
  • Camp 4
  • Guesthouse 1
Transport
  • 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

This package is suitable for real trekker wishing to have long trekking. After many years performing desert trekking tours some professional customers ask about the possibility of having long desert journeys in the heart of the desert So if you are one of those guys this will fit you. This tour is a combination of different types of landscapes in the heart of Dasht-e Kavir. Our crew of professional desert drivers with 4×4 vehicles will support us during the trek and an expert English speaking desert tour guide would be with the group. This tour is available on your request and is not on our fixed departure time table but is available during the best season of Central desert. The doable season is from September to May but the best time climate and temperature wise is from October to December and March and April. For nature lovers and trekkers who are interested in shorter treks other journeys with 3 or 4 days trekking is available.
In this tour you will walk more or less on the same route that Sven Anders Hedin, the Swedish geographer, topographer, explorer, photographer and travel writer travelled by paddle steamer in 1886. He travelled to Persia twice in 1886 and 1890. In 1887, Hedin published a book about these travels entitled Through Persia, Mesopotamia and the Caucasus.
This itinerary has been designed taking into account the travels of Sven Hedin in Iran. Keeping his book (Through Persia, Mesopotamia and the Caucasus) in mind guided us through the routes he had taken while travelling in the desert. For those who are in love with books and adventures, reading his book before starting the journey can be so inspirational. You will experience a route travelled by a European adventurist and scientist and will probably see the scenes seen by him more than a hundred years ago.

1

Day 1: Drive to the oasis

Desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km taking around 5-6 hours. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel. You will have stops in Naiin and Anarak. We will check-in, have lunch and take some rest. You are free to walk around the village and see the beautiful sunset of the oasis. In the evening you have a locally made dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. Overnight stay in the guest house. (L, D)
2

Day 2: Start of Desert Trekking & Fun in the Dunes – {Camp 1}

We will start from caravanserai early morning driving around towards the desert. Start desert trekking through the sand dunes. Full day desert trekking to the camp. We will have dinner in our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky and you can see the millions of the stars in the desert night. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D)
3

Day 3: Continue the trekking toward the oasis – {Camp 2}

6.00 a.m. early morning rise up to see the sunrise and then the breakfast. Afterwards off into the sand dune. After a couple of hours of hiking we will get to a viewpoint on the top of the big hill. We have a view of the desert area from there. We have time for photography and rest. Then continue our trek towards the oasis. (B, L, D)
4

Day 4: The Sand dune & Mountain Formations – {Camp 3}

6.00 AM Rise, breakfast and off into the sand dune. After about 3-4 hours of hiking we will get to a stunning area of mountain and desert. The area is about 30 Km and is a superb subject for photography and just wandering through in all directions. We will give you plenty of time to wander around and enjoy this special place. We will continue heading east going through the rest of the trek and will camp in the area for the night. (B, L, D)
5

Day 5: towards another oasis - {Camp 4}

Our usual 6.00 a.m. rise. Another hiking day towards the small and beautiful oasis. We will pass beautiful different landscapes. On the way we stop for the lunch. We will arrive in the. It is a small oasis village with old buildings, spring drinking water, garden and we will spend the night with the villagers and enjoy the silence of the oasis. (B, L, D)
6

Day 6: Salt Lake - drive to Esfahan

Today we wake up at 8.00 AM, and after breakfast will continue our sojourn through the desert landscape. Today we are going to have half day walking (12 km). In the noon time we will arrive at an old and abandoned desert oasis. We have lunch there and then 4×4 desert tour through the heart of the desert. The place is a flat area and you cannot recognize the direction. Afterward drive to the Salt Lake which is taken 1 hour. After photography and walk around the lake we drive back to Esfahan.(B, L)

Desert trekking in Dasht-e Kavir (Iran Central Desert)

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