• One of the great defensive walls ever made by humans anywhere • A Peninsula in the Caspian Sea, Bird Sanctuary, wetlands and traditional fishing village. • Several Castles dating from 10th Century A.D • A cloud forest unique in the entire middle east. • Close look at the way of life of a distinct and colorful tribe.
Day 1: Arrival and transfer to hotel, free time to explore the city or rest. Day 2: Visit Niavaraan Palace and Museum and Iran’s National Archeological History museum. Prepare for overnight train journey to Gorgaan. (B, L) Day 3: Short visit to two old Caravanserai of Qozlog and Robaat-e-Sefid and then to our starting point for hiking at 2200m. Heading south we will enter the steep forest covered slopes to the village of Ziaarat and continue upwards throughout the afternoon. Camp accommodations. (B, L, D) Day 4: Ascend to the summit of Quolombar peak at 3050m with a great view of the area and then down into Gorakooh forest and then to the plains of Torkeh Meydaan and Alang to camp for the night. (B, L, D) Day 5: Visit Bibi Tarkeh protected area and up a narrow passage to a high area called Jahaan Nama (meaning ‘the world revealed’) where on a clear day you can see Forest, sea, mountain and desert in 4 directions. (B, L, D) Day 6: we will head for the peak of Aatashaan mountain (3000m) in the morning and then down a ridge until we reach the village of Deraaz-no to camp. (B, L, D) Day 7: Drive to Miaan-Kaaleh peninsula which is a Biosphere reserve and International Wetland and a host to thousands of migrant birds every year for some bird watching and set camp. (B, L, D) Day 8: Visit Gohar-tapeh and the ruins of a 3500year old village, then to Ashuraa-deh Island and onto Agh-Ghala city towards Almaghol Lake near the border. 20km from here are the Gel-Afshaan mud fountains were we will camp for the night. (B, L, D) Day 9: Travel to Gonbad to visit Gaaboos tower and the local market, then to Gorgaan for some more sightseeing and then head for The red snake wall and travel the length of the wall up to the village of Zad to camp for the night. (B, L, D) Day 10: Visit the remains of 4 garrisons along the wall then go to Kalaate to see Lowe waterfall. In the afternoon we will go to Jamisoran region and stay at Rajany shelter for the night. (B, L, D) Day 11: Ascend up mount Marraan (2600m) to see Maaraan castle at the summit and then down to Kalaate village and a minibus ride to Afraa-takhte for dinner and rest. (B, L, D) Day 12: today is spent forest hiking in Sorkhe-daar forest and then we will go to Shirin Abaad by minibus for dinner and rest (camp). (B, L, D) Day 13: Start hiking in Abr Forest (Abr means cloud) and head south in the dense foggy forest until we reach Abr village in the afternoon to set camp. (B, L, D) Day 14: Travel back to Tehran in the morning and to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for you to spend they way you desire. (B, L) Day 15: Departure. (B)
Meal Abbreviations: (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner) Meals: 14 B / 13 L / 11 D Accommodations: 2 nights Hotel, 8 nights camping, 1 night sleeper train, 3 nights local village accommodations Included: Meals as indicated All hotel accommodation (twin shared) All internal transportation, luggage handling during the trek (up to 15 Kg), Guide, Camping Gear Not Included: Air fare, airport taxes, gratuities, items of personal nature
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