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Trip Highlights

  • Two and a half day trekking around 70 km in the desert
  • An epic passage through Iran's Central Desert following part of the historic Silk Road
  • Half day cycling through villages
  • Visit Anarak town
  • Explore elegant historic villages such as Kharanagh, Mesr, Farahzad and Garmeh
  • Passing many quintessential oases on the trek
  • Taste local cuisine

This tour has been designed for people who would like to have a special desert trekking in the remote non-touristic areas of Iran Central desert. The journey will start from Esfahan through off the beaten track and will end in Yazd. There is an option to join us on the way from Yazd on the first day of trip.

In this package we visit some oases and special landscapes enabling trekkers to escape modern life for a couple of days and disconnect with civilization. For the first day, you will have a full day excursion to explore the many attractions on the way from Esfahan to the desert. During these 4 days, we will have desert trekking tour staying one night in a guest house and two nights in our camp in the heart of the Central Desert. Also there will be a couple of interesting villages and small towns to see such as: Mesr, Farahzad, Qehi, Kuhpayeh, Anarak and Nain. We will try to cover most of these villages according to the season and our daylight. Each of these locations will have something interesting to offer.

During this journey we want you to try many different Persian foods and one of the highlights of this journey is tasting the local cuisine.

We will trek for 3 days covering approximately 70 km’s in a variety of terrains including oasis, mountain slopes, heavily weathered rock formations, sand dunes, salt dunes and other large scale crystalline formations.

This combination of desert trekking, local cuisine and open air desert camps combine to create an epic and unforgettable atmosphere that will help one imagine ancient travellers with their caravans of merchandise crossing the desert on the Silk Road.

Note: For those travelers, who would like to join us from Yazd, we will arrange a taxi to pick up them from Yazd and reach us on the way of the first day. (40 € which is not included in the tour package).

Meals 3 B 3 L 3 D
Accommodation One night a traditional guest house, 2 nights tent camping
Transport Approximately 1000 km driving. Private vehicle from Esfahan to an oasis in the desert, backpack handling during the trek, private vehicle from the oasis to Yazd
Other Services

English speaking desert guide, Drinking water, Backpack handling by 4WD or Mules/Horse (limited by 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: Eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows

Not Included Items of personal nature, travel insurance

Day 1: Exploring Kuhpaye, Qehi, Naiin & Anarak on the way to Central Desert

The desert journey will start from Esfahan at 8 AM driving around 450 km, but taking around 9-10 hours with our one full day exploring. We will visit the Kuhpayeh historical town with visiting of the old Caravanserai and one of the oldest mosques of Iran. Then we will drive to the historic village of Qehi. In the village you will visit the remain of the old castle is in a picturesque location ideal for taking photos. We will also spend some time for roaming in the village of Qehi. The houses, mosque and its underground water “Qanat“ are the highlights of the village. Afterward, we will drive toward the desert and en route we will visit the historical towns of Naiin and Anarak. In Naiin we will visit the historic mosque, anthropology museum and Narin castle. Following Naiin we will leave for Anarak town where 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. We have picnic lunch for this day. Then we will proceed in the late afternoon towards the desert and will arrive to the guest house in the evening. We will check in and taking some rest and prepare to have a traditional dinner. The night time would be a great opportunity to watch the stars of the desert. We will spend the night in a guest house with a friendly family to experience the Iranian hospitality. (L, D)


Day 2: The Sand dune & Mountain Formations - {Camp}

Early morning rise up. After breakfast we will start trekking. The first day trekking will involve 25-35 km’s of trekking depending on the group fitness and the weather conditions. 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. We will set up our camp in the desert and after a short rest; we would go to watch the sunset in the heart of the desert. Then we will make fire spending some time around it. We will have dinner in our camp enjoying the beauty of the desert sky. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D).


Day 3: Trekking inside of the desert - {Camp }

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 having breakfast. After breakfast, start another hiking day towards the heart of the desert. We will pass beautiful different landscapes. We will explore more spots on this day on the desert. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the camp. We have dinner and watch the sky and enjoy the silence of the desert. Overnight stay in camp. (B, L, D)


Day 4: Continue trekking towards the oasis- Drive to Yazd through the spots

After breakfast in the desert, we collect the camp and will continue our sojourn through the desert landscape. Today we are going to have half day walking. In the noon time we have lunch there and then the vehicle will arrive to pick you up and drive you to Yazd. We will be there around late afternoon. (B, L)


Alfons Gabriel (1894 – 1976) was an Austrian geographer and travel writer who made several trips to the deserts of Iran, during 1927-8, 1933, and 1937. Gabriel wrote five books about his trips and findings. His book Durch Persiens Wüsten (1935) is translated into Persian. On his second trip to Iran in 1933 he crossed Dasht-e Kavir (central desert of Iran) and discovered the flagstones road belonged to the times of Shah Abbas, the Safavid King. He made the third trip to Iran in 1937 and crossed the southern part of Dasht-e Lut. There is not many pictures left from Gabriel but it is said that one them taken with his wife in front of their tent belongs to the Aroosan village (can be found on our website) in the Central Desert of Iran. Gabriel has said lots of beautiful things about this village in his books.

This trekking exercise is the same route that was taken by the frontier Alfons Gabriel, who set the way for us to follow his path.

  • 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 winter an autumn season’s sun light will be scares; this will affect the number of places you will be able to explore during the day.
  • 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.



Sep 25, 2017- Sep 28, 2017


Price: 256

Single Supplement: N/A

Oct 16, 2017- Oct 19, 2017


Price: 282

Single Supplement: N/A

Nov 13, 2017- Nov 16, 2017


Price: 282

Single Supplement: N/A

Dec 11, 2017- Dec 14, 2017


Price: 256

Single Supplement: N/A

Start Date End Date Price Single Supplement Status Book
Sep 25, 2017 Sep 28, 2017 256 N/A Available Book
Oct 16, 2017 Oct 19, 2017 282 N/A Available Book
Nov 13, 2017 Nov 16, 2017 282 N/A Available Book
Dec 11, 2017 Dec 14, 2017 256 N/A Available Book
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