Alborz Mountains to Khaled Nabi
In this expedition we explore specific parts of East Alborz Mountain Range. We will see how high walls of Alborz divide the climate and culture between desert in south and Hyrcanian jungles in north which survived before the ice age. We will use abandoned and sneaky dirt roads and dry water paths and rivers which goes more trough the deeper parts in nature and protected areas, to avoid the touristic areas and show our guests the real nature of Iran.
Badab-e Surt mineral spring, Khaled Nabi cemetery and the famous Hyrcanian jungles of Golestan province are the high lights of our journey.
Starting cities: Tehran (recommended), Damghan, Gorgan, (Mashhad upon request)
Finishing cities: Tehran, Damghan, Gorgan, (Mashhad upon request)
It is also possible to do this route in the opposite direction.
Duration: 4 days
Group size: min 2, max 12
Possible Months: April to September
Physical Demands: Guests must be able to walk for 3 hours without feeling tired
Day 1 (IRON & SALT)
Starting from Tehran we heading to East direction. This road which is known by Firuz Kuh road takes us to famous bridges of Veresk which build in World War II by Austrian engineer. It is 110 meters high and open since 1937 for trains. We will continue our route to cross the mountains trough our sneaky routes and dirt roads to get on the highest balcony at 3000 meters elevation. When you stand on this 45KM ridge, you will realize how it keeps the clouds and jungles on one side and the desert on the other side. After lunch we have to cross Parvar protected area before we arrive to unique spring of Badab-e surt. After thousands of years combination of salty water and iron oxide water from two springs, creates the unique scene of natural pool balconies in nice orange color at the elevation of 1840M. After visiting this natural national heritage, we will setup our camp at the side of the forest in this area and prepare our dinner (local house accommodation is also possible upon request)
Day 2 (Hyrcanian jungles)
After breakfast and last walk on the grassland around the spring, we will continue through the dry water lines and dirt roads to arrive to small desert micro climate with lots of natural colors and shapes on the ground. Then again by crossing one neck to north direction we will see how the climates change so quickly in this area. This diversity in climate also brings diversity in wild life and human life and culture. By lunch we will cross to Golestan province. We have many protected areas, wild life reserve and national parks in this area. Our experts will choose one of these sights depends on the month and the weather, which have a good view to the area so we can have our optional walk in the evening and the morning after. There is a high chance of seeing wildlife in these walks. We will do camping on nice view point by the evening. (local house accommodation is also possible upon request)
Day 3 (Khaled Nabi & Turkmen land)
After breakfast we will cross the last ridge of mountains to arrive to the north side and get into the area where Turkmen lives with their famous horses. We will get into the heart of this region and drive up to shrine of Khaled Nabi (which Turkmen believe him as a pre-Islamic prophet) to see this entire vast region in one panoramic view. We will have some walk in the cemetery next to the shrine to see the unique stones they use at the very ancient times. After watching the sunset from up there, we will drive down and stay with the locals in their local house tonight to enjoy their hospitality.
Day 4 (old famous silk road)
.We will say goodbye to the locals and continue our route to south and cross the jungles and mountains to the desert side. Again we will see how all of these climates could be as close as 20KM to each other. We will visit the shrine of Bayazid Bastami which was a Persian Sufi known as "King of the Gnostics". We will continue to Damghan and visit one of the old caravanserais on the famous old Silk Road on our way to Tehran.
Camping x2, Traditional houses x1
We are flexible to change the accommodations upon your request and preferences
What we provide for you:
Fully equipped 4x4 safari vehicle
English speaking guide drivers and safari experts
Camping and cooking equipment
Vegetarian food (up on request)
2 person tents with mattress (sleeping bag is mandatory)
All the food and drinking water during the trip
Extra supplies for emergency situations
All road tolls and vehicle taxes