Central Alborz Mountains in northern Iran is one of the best locations for both amateur and experienced cyclists. Depending on your preparation and fitness level, we offer easy to moderate cycling routes on dirt roads or challenging downhill on single track roads for small groups. The itinerary below is recommended for end of spring, summer and early autumn, but can be adjusted in accordance with your time of travel and preparation level.
The tour is tailor-made for a small group of 2-4 people. Please contact us if you are planning to cycle in a larger group and we can prepare an alternative programme. For road cyclists, we customise a route running between towns and villages in the Central Alborz Mountains, starting or finishing in Tehran with overnight stays in hotels or private houses.
Upon arrival in Tehran we will meet and greet you at the airport and transfer you to a hotel in the historic part of the city. Check-in and overnight in the hotel.
After breakfast, we collect you from the hotel and drive to the Adventure Iran office in Lavasan where we explain the programme and the route. Having done all the equipment checks, we set off and embark on the 35km-long cycling journey. We stop en route to enjoy the scenery of the Central Alborz Mountains and to take a rest. This part of the route is mostly asphalt with a short dirt road via a small forest. The cycle route lies through backroads between villages and the destination on the first day is a small mountain lake, where we can swim, weather allowing. From here we return to the starting point, where a driver will pick you up to bring you to a mountain village for overnight stay.
Today’s cycle lasts approx. 4-5 hours, taking us past backroads towards one of the mountain villages. We set off at 08.00 after a hearty breakfast and cycle on the asphalt road towards the canyon located at 1,700m above the sea level. From here we will cycle up to the altitude of 2,400m, first for 15km on asphalt road, stopping for rest and taking pictures. We will also visit an interesting cave. After the ascent, our biking adventure will continue from the village located at 2,300m above the sea level, via a single-track road towards the vast canyon. This part of the tour entails mostly cycling alongside of the river bed and at times carrying one’s bicycle. We will have lunch by the picturesque waterfall, after which we will cycle for 10km downhill through the canyon, descending approx. 500m. We will then have dinner, take shower and overnight in a mountain village.
After an early breakfast, we head to the village of Shemshak from where we resume our mountain biking tour, first along the asphalt road to reach to the bottom of the canyon and from there along a single-track road towards Dizin ski resort, located at the altitude of 3,300m. From here we cycle further up to the altitude of 3,700m. After some rest and a pleasant lunch at the top of the mountains (if the skies are clear we can even spot Mount Damavand in the distance), we will be mostly descending towards the Darbandsar peak. Carrying one’s bicycles may be required on some sections of the route. From Darbandsar, we will take one the most attractive routes downhill towards the valley. Here we will rest and overnight in one of the villages.
After an early breakfast, we set off at 07.00 in the morning and cycle for 50km through mountain dirt roads, single tracks, canyon and rivers. We start at Garmabdar (altitude: 2,500m) cycling through the canyon via Ab-e Sefid waterfall towards the Lar Valley (altitude: 3,050m). We then proceed to another canyon, crossing the river. Here we will have to carry our bicycles for about an hour to reach the camp area (altitude: 2,800m), where have dinner and camp for the night. Today’s cycling will take approx. 8-9 hours.
After breakfast at 07:30, a 4x4 vehicle will transport our heavy luggage and we will start mountain biking towards mountain Damavand’s 1st camp. Today is another full day of mountain biking, starting from the mountain’s western and proceeding to its southern slope. Today, we have to ascend approx. 45km to the altitude of 1,500m. En route we will enjoy beautiful views of the Damavand’s western slope. The highest altitude today will be around 3,200m. The route is mainly ascending and lies entirely along dirt roads with a lot of adventure. We will have a picnic lunch before arriving in Polor in the late afternoon. Overnight in Polor in mountain hut
After a good night’s sleep, we drive back to Tehran (approx. one and a half hours) where we visit the main city sites with a local guide and have a dinner in one of the capital’s nice restaurants. Overnight in a hotel in Tehran
After a good night’s sleep, we return to Tehran where we visit the city’s highlights and have a dinner in one of the capital’s best restaurants
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