A Short desert trekking in Mesr and Farahzad, in Dasht-e Kavir Desert

Private Tour
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  • 1 Night Camp
  • 1 Night Local House


  • 2 Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 2 Dinners


  • Private vehicle

Trip Highlights

  • One and a half day trekking in Central Desert
  • One night camping
  • One day desert exploring tour
  • Visit Kuhpayeh
  • Na’in & Anarak historic towns
  • Explore the elegant historic village of Qehi
  • A short soft 4x4 off-road desert exploring

Service Included

  • All transportation according to the itinerary
  • Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • English speaking tour guide
  • backpack handling by 4WD or mules (limited by 15kg per person)
  • Provided Gear: eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows

Service 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
  • phone calls
  • Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary

Trip Notes

•    Deviating from this itinerary is unpreventable sometimes due to weather conditions, seasonal changes, frequency of visits to a village or for any other factor which may influence our travel times and schedules. Furthermore, this is the tight itinerary and sometimes we must skip a place or two depending on the season.
•    During the spring time (from Mid-March to end of May) we might experience rain and wind in the desert so you should be prepared for occasional rains and winds.


This tour has been designed for people who are interested in trekking and camping in the desert with limited time. On this trip you will have a short visit of Iranian Desert “Dasht-e Kavir” on Iran classic route between Esfahan and Yazd. On the way from Esfahan to the desert, we consider stopping at rural places to visit small towns and villages. There are some activities included in this tour such as walking in the villages, one and a half day desert trekking, camping with overnight stay and a short off-road driving in 4x4 vehicles.

The accommodation is a cosy guest house that would give you the feeling of staying at your own home. You will visit Kuhpayeh, Anark and Na’in historic towns, Qehi historic village, dry salt river, Mesr and Farahzad oases. We will travel to a viewpoint for watching sunset and if you wake up in the early morning you will have the chance to watch the desert’s amazing sunrise. This tour officially starts from Esfahan and finishes in Yazd.

Note: For those who would like to join the tour from Yazd a taxi will be arranged to pick them up and meet us on the way in first day. (40 € charge which is not included in the tour package).  This is a tight journey to touch most attractions of the Iranian Central Desert “Dashte-e Kavir” in 3 days. If you are a tough trekker or would like to have a longer desert trekking with more challenge, please see our other desert tours like Alfons Gabriel Trek (4 days) or Sven Hedin expedition trekking(6 days).


  • The desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km taking around 5-6 hours. Our driver will pick you up from your hotel. You will have stops in Naiin and Anarak. In Naiin you will visit its historic mosque which is one of the oldest mosques in Iran going back to 9th century. Anarak is located at the starting point of Iran Central Desert. In Anarak there is a special viewpoint from a tower to see the whole town. We will hike up to the tower for photography and watching the town. Proceeding after Anarak towards the desert we will arrive to our guest house in the afternoon. We will check-in, have lunch and take some rest. You are free to walk around the village and see the beautiful sunset of the oasis. In the evening you have a locally made dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. Overnight stay in the guest house.

    Local House
    Private vehicle
  • Early morning rise up. After breakfast we will start trekking. On the trekking route we will stop every now and then to rest and take photographs from spectacular and amazing sand dunes. We will continue walking until late afternoon. After finding a suitable point for our camp and some rest we leave to watch the sunset. We will have dinner at our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky. Overnight stay in tent.

  • We will wake up at the crack of dawn (optional) walking for a while to watch the sunrise view of the desert and will walk back to our camp for breakfast. Next, the camp will be collected and trekking will continue toward the sand dunes. Then we will return to the oasis where our vehicle will pick us up to Yazd. We will have lunch at the guest house before driving to Yazd

Iran Central Desert, Kavir Markazie Iran,  Dasht-e Kavir, also known the Great Salt Desert, is a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau, about 300 kilometers east-southeast of capitol of Tehran. The desert is about 800 kilometers long and 320 kilometers wide, and composed of mud and salt marshes (kavirs). Tens of millions of years ago, this region was occupied by a salt-rich ocean that surrounds a small piece of continent in what is now central Iran. As the ocean dried up, it left behind a layer of salt as much as 6 to 7 kilometers thick.
Over time, the layer of salt was buried under a thick layer of mud. But salt has a fairly low density — lower than the layer of mud and rocks underneath which the salt layer lay. So it started pushing up through the overlying sediment and eventually, over millions of years, the salt broke through and formed domes. The salt domes of Dasht-e Kavir are probably some of the best examples of this geological phenomenon.
Geologists have identified about 50 large salt domes in this region. Some of the domes have been eroded away by wind and rain exposing its cross-section.
Although it looks like a hard surface, the salt crust is only a few inches thick, below which lies soft grease-like mud the Iranians called “Charbeh” that is extremely difficult to get out of if one were to get stuck. Because of this travelling in Dasht-e Kavir is extremely dangerous. The soil is sterile and not suitable for cultivation. The desert is almost uninhabited and only partly explored. Human settling is restricted to scattered oases, where wind-blocking housing constructions are raised to deal with the harsh weather conditions. Some live in the hills and the surrounding mountains. Wild sheep, camels, goats and Persian leopards also live in the mountainous areas.