The texture of the ground beneath your feet is changing every few minutes. You can spend hours looking at the formation of patterns the earth has created. It won’t take long for you to reach a hill like sand formation that looks like Arizona desert structures and the movies you remember from your childhood. As you climb up the yardang, you’ll see a vast field of nothingness. You can see nothing and hear nothing for as far as eyes and ears could see and hear. It is a complete serenity. What’s the closest you’ve ever felt to the stars?
Iran desert tours will top that and bring you a step closer to the earth and the sky. From the Kalouts of Shahdad in Kerman to the Maranjab desert just a few hours away from the capital city of Tehran, Iran deserts are among the best natural attractions you’ll come across during your travels in this part of the world. Also, it’s good to know Lut desert is also a UNESCO world heritage which means internationally they’ve recognized the magic it holds inside.
The excitement of partaking in activities that will rise your adrenaline or relax you to the extremes is one of the main reasons Iran desert tours should be your bucket list. From sunbathing on the sand dunes to camel riding in the heart of the silence, sandboarding and quad biking and also exploring with Iran desert safari, you’ll experience magic in this ancient land.
Iran deserts are like a puzzle of an unusual ecosystem. Seven years of satellite temperature data show that the Lut Desert in Iran is the hottest spot on Earth. Standing at this point in a mysterious plant less land where the sense of nothingness exists is quite fascinating. The spectacular series of landforms namely the yardangs are the only formations that give life to the nothingness of it all. Being the highest of these formations in the world is also worth mentioning why Iran deserts are worth a visit.
Plus, Ancient Culture
Iran desert tours are not just about visiting natural attractions but also exploring one of the most ancient cultures in the world. The Iranian people have turned deserts in Iran into their homes for thousands of years. People living in the desert can teach a passerby so much worthy life lessons about patience, hard word, and resistance.
Affordable & Accessible
About two-thirds of Iran’s land is deserts so it is quite easy to access the serenity of beautiful deserts in this land. Also, this accessibility combined with Iranian currency rates makes Iran desert tours much more affordable than many other countries. You could experience more activities and time in the heart of a beautiful desert while having access to cities nearby and spending less money.
If you are looking for a tour that takes you to both the natural and historical heritage of Iran, this one is for you! Get to visit the magnificent deserts while visiting many cities on the way during this 11-days trip!
The best time for Iran desert tours is October, November & December. Autumn gives you the real-time of adventure in Iran deserts. However, April and early May could also still be a good time for Iran desert trekking. Even though the days will be warmer and longer than the Fall, it is still bearable to experience most of the Iran desert tours. Summer and winter are usually not suitable times for Iran desert tours as the warmth and the cold of the desert can be excruciating and unbearable during those seasons. If you plan to visit Iran during summer, Iran trekking tours through the mountains of this land could be a better choice for that time of the year.
What Are Unique Aspects of Our Iran Desert Tours
Security & Guides
Your security is our number one priority during our Iran desert tours. We think that having knowledgeable local guides who know the desert routes very well, decent insurance plans and suitable desert equipment during our Iran desert tours can ensure your safety and peace of mind during your adventures in Iran.
Often times, the canned food and the unhealthy ingredients of them can be quite a disappointment during travels through remote places such as deserts. That’s why we ensure to have fresh ingredients and quite a talented guide who can cook delicious meals for you during your Iran desert tours.
Flexibility & Moments
Having the freedom to choose for yourself what activities or speed is best for you during your time in a tour is crucial. We ensure that our Iran desert tours give you enough flexibility to choose what activities or as well call it moments the best suit your preferences during your trip to Iran.
Whether you are a fan of camping in the desert silence around a bonfire or getting back to the closest town to stay at a facility, we ensure to surprise you with the accommodations during our Iran desert tours. From the beautiful traditional guesthouses to the lovely campfire and group activities, our accommodations are tailored to meet the highest standards.
What are the best destinations for Iran Desert Tours?
Two main desert regions of Iran are Lut desert and Dasht-e Kavir or central desert. Lut desert has been registered as a natural UNESCO attraction. Long periods of strong wind have caused the creation of the spectacular platform in both of these Iran deserts. The placement of villages nearby these desserts goes back to more than 7000 years ago meaning unique lifestyles have been formed around these deserted areas since ancient times.
We have gathered a selection of the best Iran desert spots for you to visit during your Iran desert tour. The variety and uniqueness of landscape and scenery in each of these sites have made them the best locations for you to explore during your adventure and Iran Safari.
This desert is an ancient central desert in Isfahan province still showing evidence of its 5000-years-old civilization. Sandboarding has got very popular in Varzaneh dessert over the past years due to the fact that Varzaneh dunes are really high and mostly steep, comparing to other sand dune deserts not only in Iran but also in the middle east.
The mysterious formations called yardangs or kalouts that make Lut desert extremely important as a natural UNESCO world heritage are spotted in this area. Also, remember the hottest point on earth? Gandom Beryan is located 80 kilometers from the village of Shahdad which is accessible through our kalout desert tours.
This desert is a part of the extensive central desert in Iran called Dasht-e Kavir. There is sand as far as eyes can see. This desert is surrounded by quite fascinating villages as well such as Garmeh. The beautiful palm trees, bushes and sand hills have created spectacular scenery in these villages.
Golden sand dunes, special vegetation and an amazing Salt Lake are only a few elements that make Maranjab desert quite an extraordinary destination for an Iran desert tour. The close proximity of this desert from the capital city of Tehran makes it even more popular among desert lovers.
One of the most popular deserts for off-roading also in close proximity of Tehran is Abouzeidabad. This dessert is also surrounded by historical sites such as underground village of Nushabad which dates back to 1500 years ago. It’s considered a marvel of ancient architecture and engineering.
Professional Iran Desert Tour Guides
Knowledgeable and Local
When it comes to Iran desert tours, one of the most important part of the journey is for your guide to know both the ecology and the route of the desert well enough to ensure your peace of mind. Our guides are locals who have great knowledge of every aspect of the site they are guiding you through in your journey.
Trustworthy and Reliable
Our guides are reliable ensuring you have access to resources you’d need during your Iran desert tour. While they are equipped with first aid kit, water supply and all the needed tools for emergency situations, they are also trustworthy enough to find solutions on a rim even in case of unexpected circumstances. Their highest priority is making you feel at home in the middle of nowhere.
Flexible and Adaptable
We choose our guides to have flexible characters for all of our Iran tours. Therefore, they will be inviting you to stay away from anything you are hesitant to do. They’ll ensure you only partake in activities you are more interested and they match your schedule based on how you feel during the trip. Also, they are not rigid about sticking to the pre-written schedule.
The deserts of Iran are mainly untouched land being slowly explored by tourists. While that can be of great benefit to the local communities around, it could also mean we need to have a plan to preserve these beautiful landscapes and protect them from long-term environmental harm. During our Iran desert tours, we ensure to reduce our footprint by leaving the least amount of human trace behind. We also ensure to do all of our shopping for food, water, and supplies from local nearby villages which helps the surrounding villages thrive economically.
We also believe that our knowledgeable guides have a strong role in being critical sources of environmental education. They will make sure to discuss and let you know about all the habitants and the ecology of the desert you are visiting, therefore, you not only preserve them during your trip but also, have the added knowledge that can be passed on to your friends, family, and kids who might set foot on the desert land one day.
We take responsibility in ensuring that we are an advocate of responsible travel whether before, during or after your trip. For more information, check out the responsible travel page and responsible travel section in tour packages.
We’ll ensure to have a comprehensive session with you before going on the trekking routes to discuss tips regarding responsibility. These tips will include but not get limited to Iran etiquette and dress code. We also explore environmental worries about the Damavand region and the local community guidelines, which we would need to follow to ensure the less negative impact is placed on traditional communities.
Furthermore, we try to preserve the environment and diminish our footprint in nature. Not only we don’t leave any waste in nature, but also, we encourage others not to do so. Also, we try to use the minimum amount of plastic on our trips. Besides environmental considerations, we respect nomad people and their way of living while we meet them during trekking. For more information, check out the responsible travel page and responsible travel section in tour packages.
The food schedule is one of the most critical factors in Iran desert tours. During these tours, you will have fresh and good-quality food. These meals are either prepared by your guide or a fantastic cook. You will also have many snacks that will help you preserve energy.
Where will we be staying in our Iran desert tours?
We could either spend our nights camping in the heart of the deserts or go back to the nearby villages and spend the night either in traditional guesthouses or historical carvanserai in Iran. Our accommodation will depend on the tour package you book and your specific requests during iran private tours or iran tailor-made tours.
Are there any other activities besides desert trekking during Iran desert tours?
Yes! Iran is famous for its hospitable people and its rich culture. Therefore, you can experience iran cultural tours along with your Iran desert tours. Just tell us what you need in your form. You can also combine any of our iran tour packages with your requested Iran desert package and let us know on your booking form what experiences you’d like to have during your trip to Iran.
Are these group tours or private tours?
Most of our Iran desert tours are private tours. Which means you’re able to book the tour in advance for any date you like. Some of our tours are more popular and have fixed dates. You can join these tours and travel with a small group.
How many people are there in small group tours?
We never hold mass tours. We believe this will harm nature and the traveler’s experience. The maximum number of people on our Iran desert tours is eight. And on every tour, for every four people, there’s one guide!
How would I need to get a visa?
The process of getting Iran tourist visa is short and straight forward for most countries besides several specific ones such as the United States, England, and Canada. You’ll get your visa approximately in 2 weeks. If you choose to book a tour package with us, we won’t charge you additional charges for the visa as it is included in our services. If you are from those specific countries, then you can visit our visa page list to see the process for the visa as it will be different and more prolonged.
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