This is one of the most diverse and interesting Adventure Iran tours. Combining hiking through natural and historical sites, the trail stretches across several eco zones and includes ridge walks with spectacular views of the forest area below, the sea in the distance and the Alborz Mountains all around. At some points you can even see the desert in the neighbouring Turkmenistan. On the tour we will pass the Great Wall of Gorgan and you will have an opportunity to see the lifestyle of local Turkmen people, famous for their colourful clothes and a beautiful breed of steppe horses, known as Turkoman or Akhal-Teke. Depending on the season, we may witness bird migration and enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Caspian Sea coastal areas. The journey starts with an amazing train ride from Tehran over the spectacular Veresk Bridge towards the Caspian Sea and ends in Tehran as well.
Upon arrival in Tehran, an Adventure Iran representative will greet you at the airport and transfer you to a comfortable hotel in Tehran. The remainder of the day is spent at your leisure for initial city exploration to get your bearings and especially to acclimatize to the high altitude. Tehran’s altitude is approximately 1500 meters above sea level. We will give you sufficient information, maps, tips etc. in order to make your wonderings in the vast city enjoyable and hassle free.
After breakfast we will visit Niavaraan Palace and Museum and Iran’s National Archeological History museum. In late afternoon we will prepare you for our overnight train journey to Gorgaan. We will pack and go to the main train terminal and catch an overnight sleeper train to the city of Gorgaan.
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.
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
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.
The real unique feature of this trip is this sense that you are on top of the world and you have forest, sea and desert all under your feet; quite rare. We are going to Aatashaan which is another 3000 meter peak and will have lunch on the peak if it is a quick group. Otherwise will find a nice spot before the peak and have lunch. This is mostly ridge walking, quite pleasant with expansive views in all directions. We will have a few more hours of hiking in late afternoon to descend from the peak. We will end up at the village of Deraaz-no for dinner and rest. The trekking portion of this trip ends at this location.
After breakfast we will go by car to Zagmarz and Miaan-Kaaleh peninsula, on our way passing an old monument called ‘Meele Radkan’ which showed the way among the mountains on the ancient silk road. Miaan-Kaaleh stretches out into the Caspian Sea and in early autumn is host to thousands of migrant birds escaping the Siberian winter weather. We will have lunch and set camp here and spend the afternoon bird watching and exploring the peninsula. The bird watching will extend to the next day since we will stay in this region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
today is spent forest hiking in Sorkhe-daar forest and then we will go to Shirin Abaad by minibus for dinner and rest (camp).
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.
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
Rest at the hotel and free time for some shopping until the return flight home
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