Trip Highlights

Hike in heights of MT Dena protected Area
Crossing diffrient type of terrain everyday
Spectacular landscape of the highest peaks of Zagros mountains
Chance of visiting wild animals
Socialize with local people and stay with them in their house
Off the beaten track of Iran 
Cross Dena National park 
Visit nomad tribes 
Visit an amazing cave in MT Dena foothills
Hiking thtough a river on a canyon
Taste local cuisine
Ecological Characteristics of the Park
South African landscape 
One of the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve sites of Iran

  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Code: 212-STN-TRK
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Activities: Trekking,
  • Regions: Yasuj, Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad Province, Iran
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  • Service Level: Standard
  • Group Size: ( 6 - 12 )
  • Tour Type: Group Tour
  • Price: € 558
  • Single Supplement: N/A

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 more rich 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 Esfahan.
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.
Also, we can start this tour from Esfahan for group or travel agencies as a private tour.
The trek has two parts: 
1.    The first part come with a couple of days trek between 2000 m to 3000 m alongside Dena mountain chain on the foothill. On this part the trek cross through villages with a lot of farms nearby and you can see local settlement and their life style. Also on the most part of the route we have access to water as there is plenty of spring water and waterfall make different rivers in every corner of the national park. 
2.    The second part of the trek is a two day adventure and will come with different landscape and terrain as we will. You will hike on the ridge line of Dena mountain chains over 4000m height. Also the mission is ascend a couple of highest Zagros peaks and challenge with your body fitness. 

Services Included

Meals

6 B

7 L

 6 D

Accommodation

2 nights in a traditional guest house, 2 nights in a local house, 1 night camping in Dena mountains, 1 night in shelter

Transport

All transfers and transports according to the itinerary and number of people, Backpack is handled during the trek up to 10 Kg

Other Services

English speaking mountain guide, daily refreshments, entrance fee for national Park

Excluded

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

Day 1: Shiraz to sisakht

Afternoon at 14:00 you will leave Shiraz towards Yasuj “ Dena mountains foothill” which is 190 km away. There are some nomadic spots in Zagros mountains for their temporary stay and live. Overnight nomad’s tent stay. (B, L, D)

Day 2: Enter to Dena national park- 1st camp

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)

Day 3: Passing by villages & farms- towards 2nd camp

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)

Day 4: Walking on a river through the canyon - towards 3rd camp

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)

Day 5: Descending to Sisakht- 4th camp

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)

Day 6: Summits day – the highest Zagros peaks- 5th camp

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)

Day 7: descend to the base - drive to Isfahan

After collecting our camps we will continue trekking to the base (3000m) to be picked up by our vehicle to drive towards a recently discovered cave. After visiting this cave, you will be transferred to Bus Station to take the bus to Esfahan. (B, L)

Zagros Mountain:

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.

Dena mountain chain:

Zagros is 1250 km long (from Marivan Valley to Hormoz) and 160-360 km wide. 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 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:

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

The doable season for this trip is from April to November. Sometimes in the high altitude the weather in not stable so the program might change according to local situation.

As Nomads live in different locations and moving from one place to another in search of grasslands for their animals, visiting them depends on the season and the weather changes.

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