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The Helwan Desert

The Halvan Desert

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Tabas region is one of the historical regions of Iran, which is one of the oldest human settlements in this land. There are many historical monuments in this region, especially religious and historical places, and every year it hosts millions of tourists from Iran and different parts of the world. Around the city of Tabas, there is a desert called Halvan. This desert is known by this name because of its proximity to the region and the village of Halvan, although there are many who know it as the Tabas Desert.

The Tabas desert is known as the jewel of the deserts of Iran and is a region with unique landscapes, absolute silence, and a starry sky. There is both vegetation and animal cover in this area. The rich vegetation of the region includes plants such as scissors, salt-loving, mountain almond, hawthorn, Calligonum, desert salt, etc., and due to this vegetation, there is a variety of animals in the region.

The wild animals of Tabas Halvan desert include rats, agama, golden eagle, wolf, flycatcher, Jaculus rodent, jackal, vulture, desert sarong, hawk, etc. Keep the animals of the area with them from their living position so that they do not enter their territory and stay away from possible dangers. It should be noted that creating a border using burnt oil or diesel, prevents them from approaching.

In Halvan desert, like other desert areas, there are attractive and exciting routes for descending, but in the distant past, in Halvan desert and especially the surrounding areas and villages due to the existence of many mines, different dirt roads have been built in the region and therefore, Access to the desert and sightseeing in the area is not so difficult thanks to the existence of these routes.

Where is the Halvan Desert?

Halvan desert is located in the west of South Khorasan or Birjand province. Around the Halvan desert, the villages of Bisheh Olya, Khairabad, Nesqanj, etc. are located, and desert travelers have to enter the Khour-Tabas road to reach the Halvan desert, and when they reach Bisheh Olya village, they enter the Hudar road and reach Halvan village.

Nastaran Ecotourism Resort

In general, to access the Halvan desert from the west, you should reach the village of Khour and then the road to Khour and Tabas, and from the east, first, reach the city of Tabas and then in the city of Tabas through the road to Khour to the village of Bishe Olya. To reach the city of Tabas, you can use the villages of Ferdows, Dehuk, and Bardaskan, and to reach the village of Khour, the roads from Damghan to Jandagh and Nain to Khour are the best routes.

The Best Time to Travel to the Tabas desert

Halvan desert is located in the east of the central Iran desert tour and is one of the hot and dry regions of the region. Summer will definitely not be the best time to travel to the Halvan desert, because at this time the weather in the region is very hot and you can not stay in the desert even for a few minutes.

In summer, the water evaporates quickly and many salt marshes will form in the area. Autumn and early spring will be the best time to visit Shahriar. With the onset of the desert season in early autumn, many people travel to the Halvan desert and this area will be full of deserts, but in winter the number of deserters decreases because Halvan in cold days of the year cold weather and is dry and the weather in the area is very hot.

Access Routes to Halvan Desert

You can access the Tabas desert from the western and eastern parts. To access the Halvan Desert from the east, desert travelers must reach Tabas in the northwest of Tabas to reach the village and the Halvan Desert. From the west

Distance From Tehran to Tabas Desert

Most of the guests of Halvan Desert are from the round deserts of Tehran. To travel to the Halvan Desert from Tehran, prepare for a 10-hour trip. In general, there are two routes to access the Halvan desert from Tehran, one of which passes through the city of Isfahan and the other through the city of Semnan. If you want to access the Halvan Desert from Isfahan, enter the Persian Gulf Freeway in the south of Tehran and reach the small town of Nain by passing through the cities of Qom and Kashan. In the northeast of Nain, there is a road that takes you to the villages of Misr, and Khour va Biabanak, and bypassing the village of Khour, you will finally reach the village of Halvan.

The second access route to the Tabas desert from Tehran is the Tehran-Mashhad road. On this road, first, reach Semnan city and in the southeast of Semnan, enter Hosseinian road or Semnan to Sarkavir to reach Hosseinian village. In the south of Hosseinian, there is a road through which you will have access to the villages of Jandagh, Khour, and Halvan. This route is less than 800 km long and takes more than 10 hours to reach the Halvan desert through Semnan.

Distance from Isfahan to Halvan desert

One of the most secluded deserts near Isfahan is the Tabas desert. Tabas desert is less than 7 hours away from Isfahan and desert travelers have to travel 560 km to reach Halvan from Isfahan. The route from Isfahan to Halvan passes through Nain city and you have to enter Nain road in the east of Isfahan and continue the route directly to pass through Nain city to reach the villages of Chupanan, Farrokhi, Khour, and finally Halvan village.

Distance from Isfahan to Halvan desert

Distance from Birjand to Tabas desert

Halvan desert is located in South Khorasan and is very popular among Birjand desert travelers on Iran Tours. From Birjand city, there are two routes to reach the Halvan desert, one of which passes through the village of Dehuk and the other through the village of Ferdows. The nearest route is Dehuk village and it entered the road in the west of Birjand and reached Dehno village at the end of the road. Leave the village to the north and you will reach Halvan by crossing Dehuk and Tabas. This route has a distance of over 350 km and its average time is 4 hours and 30 minutes.

The second route is located in the north of Birjand and in the north of Birjand you enter the road and at the end of it, you reach Ferdows village. You leave the village to the west and reach Tabas from the villages of Qani Abad and Narvan with Habur, and in the west of Tabas, you will see the road of Halvan. This route is less than 500 km long and will be less than 6 hours on average.

Distance from Tabas to Halvan desert

Halvan desert is less than 100 km away from Tabas city and for this reason, most desert travelers also know Halvan desert as Tabas desert. The distance of 90.3 km from Tabas to the desert of Halvan passes through the villages of Javadiyeh and Bishe Olya, and from the city of Tabas it takes a little over an hour to reach Halvan.

Sights of Tabas Desert

Sights of Tabas desert

Tabas Halvan desert does not have many sights and only desert tourism is enjoyable in this area, but Halvan village, which is located near Tabas desert, is a historical village and still retains its old and historical texture. In the distant past, the village of Halvan was an area with 13 military towers, which was of great value for this reason. Today, however, only 5 of these 13 watchtowers remain intact, and some have been destroyed by natural causes and some during various wars.

Halvan Desert Entertainment

There are many velvet salt marshes and sand dunes in the Halvan desert. The main recreation of tourists in this region, one of the most pristine deserts in Iran, is walking on sand dunes and hills. But keep in mind that you need to move slowly and steadily to get tired later. Generally, one kilometer of walking in the desert is equivalent to 3 kilometers of walking on asphalt and normal.

Do not miss the safari and exciting slopes if you want to travel to the Halvan desert with off-road tours and off-road vehicles. It should be noted that there are many salt fields in the Halvan desert, the largest of which is located in the village of Khairabad, and stay away from these areas because there is a possibility of getting stuck in salt marshes.

There are smooth routes in the Halvan desert and one of the most attractive tourist attractions in this area is Sandboarding. Some will climb to the top of the hills and experience snowboarding on a sanding board, while others will be able to ride a rope to an Aphrodite car and experience sand skiing, which is very exciting in its own right. Be. Other recreations in the Halvan Desert include camping in the desert, the pleasure of hiking in eco-lodges and watching the beautiful desert scenery.

There are various mountains in the south of the Halvan desert and mountaineering conferences are held there during some days of the year. If you are interested in mountaineering, we suggest you participate in these conferences and enjoy group mountaineering and making new friends.

Halvan Ecotourism Resorts

Halvan desert is so beautiful that most desert dwellers decide to spend the nights in the desert with a tent and a sleeping bag. Camping in Halvan is the most popular pastime among desert hikers, however, there are various people who want to stay in eco-lodges. In Halvan village, there are various eco-tourism resorts that we want to introduce the best of them

Setareh Kavir Ecotourism Resort in Halvan

The most famous ecotourism resort in Halvan village is Setareh Kavir ecotourism resort. This accommodation is popular among the people due to its good prices and various facilities, and during the desert season, you should book your accommodation one to two weeks in advance. Setareh Ecotourism Resort is located in the north of Halvan village and has closer access to the desert. In this eco-tourism residence, there are 6 rooms that have facilities such as bed service, but all rooms are on the floor and the bathroom, bathroom, and kitchen of the restaurant are public. Also, in order to offer the traditional sense of life, there is no TV in all the rooms.

Setareh Kavir Halvan Ecotourism Resort is one of the most beautiful ecotourism resorts in the region in the courtyard of the resort where the rooms are located, in addition to a small pond, beautiful flowers and plants are placed so that travelers can sit in this yard at night and Enjoy the sky and nightlife to the fullest. Also, Setareh Kavir Halvan eco-tourism resort was established in 1394 and to this day, is one of the best eco-tourism resorts in the region.

Nastaran Ecotourism Resort

Other popular accommodations in Halvan village include Nasrin Ecotourism Resort, located near Halvan Mosque. Nastaran Ecotourism Resort has a capacity of 40 people and has 5 rooms. Of these rooms, 2 rooms have a capacity of 8 people and 3 rooms have a capacity of 6 people, and all rooms have a sleeping floor. Nastaran Eco-Resort has good facilities for the traditional lifestyle, which include a desktop fan and electric heater.

The yard of Nastaran Ecotourism Resort has colorful flowers and plants and is well decorated. Located in the center of the pond tailor and overnight stay in the yard of Nastaran Ecotourism Resort is one of the most attractive pastimes that desert hikers do here.

Important Points on Traveling to Halvan Desert

Not everyone knows about desert tourism and you should take training courses to travel to the desert or travel to the desert many times with professionals to learn the tricks and important points of desert tourism. To travel to the desert, you must have many essential items, the most important of which are water and food.

Each person consumes an average of 4 liters of water per day, but in the desert due to hot weather and heavy activities such as walking, more water is needed, so according to the activities and the duration and time of presence in the desert, water in You need to have it with you. In addition to water and food, covering in the desert is the most important factor in traveling to the desert, and it is always recommended to wear a hat, scarf, and thin, long-sleeved clothes instead of sunscreen.

Whether you want to spend the night in the heart of the desert or you want to visit the eco-lodges in the area, you should have a sleeping bag with you to avoid the arrival of animals and the cold of desert nights. Extremely dangerous desert animals live in the desert that can cause irreparable damage to humans.

If you want to spend the night in the desert camping, be sure to create a border between you and the animals using diesel or burnt oil, and on the other hand, make sure that the zippers of your tent and sleeping bag are closed while you sleep.

To travel to the Halvan Desert, try to travel as a group and have professionals with you. The Halvan Desert is a secluded and pristine region, and traveling alone will be dangerous. There is no mobile antenna in this area and you have to use maps and locators to navigate.

Ecotourism resorts near the Halvan Desert are very affordable and since the Halvan Desert is less popular than other famous deserts such as Mesr, Marnjab, etc., the daily rental rates of ecotourism resorts in the region are much lower. So you can experience traditional life in the desert area at a very reasonable price.

Alternatively, if you are looking for a trip to a popular desert near Tehran check out our ‘A Glimpse of Iran Desert‘ where we explore the Maranjab desert in a two-day tour.

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