This is a three week active holiday in Iran with combination of hiking and Iran sightseeing. In Iran there is two mountain ranges of Alborz and Zagros mountains and we will cover both mountains on this trip. In Zagros you have one week hike in north of Shiraz in DENA national park, which is listed on the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve destination. The mountain route crosses a couple of interesting villages and you will have the interesting night with local Bakhtiari tribes in their house and at the end of this one week hike you will have a challenging ascent to climb one of the highest mountains in the Zagros mountain chain. In another region in Alborz mountains, we will have a famous hike from the Valley of the Assassins in Alamut Castle towards the Caspian Sea which is a 3 day hike. Also you will visit the most attractions of Iran in famous touristic cities of the country in Iran classic route and you will visit all UNESCO sites of Shiraz, Esfahan, Yazd, Tehran. At the end of the trip you will have an exploring tour in the Caspian Sea and you will visit a couple of the famous villages like Masuleh and short trek in Rudkhan Castle as well as boat trips in Anzali lagoon. The journey will start from Shiraz and finish in Tehran.
Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia and it forms the largest chain in Iran, spreading across the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, beginning in northwestern Iran and ending at Strait of Hormuz. Zagros range is about 932 miles (1500 km) long and more than 150 miles (240 km) wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges. Geologically it is about the same age as the Alps. The forest cover is oak dominated. It is also home to rich and complex flora.
Dena is a protected area because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while wild pistachio and almond plants 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, and wild goat have long made their homes in the region. Dena is home to a vast range of plant species and several endangered and endemic mammal species. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from this area flowing into the Persian Gulf. 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.
Up to the present time, 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.
Dena is the name for a sub-range within the Zagros Mountains. Dena is in the middle part of Zagros with 90 km length and 15 km average width which is the main important sub range of Zagros Mountains. Dena Mountains are the home of some of the highest mountains in the entire Zagros with more than 40 peaks rising to elevations of 4000 meters or more above sea level. Ghach Mastan in Dena is the highest peak in Zagros with an elevation of 4,450 meters.
This vast area with its beauties is ideal for many adventure activities like mountaineering, trekking and mountain biking. In addition there is also the possibility of the extremely exotic chance of observing tribal nomadic life styles.
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