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Tehran, Tehran
Iran

RO is a team of safari experts, adventurers and tour guides. Since 2009, we have organized more than 100 eco-friendly safari adventures into the heart of Iran’s nature, especially its deserts. We have pioneered sustainable explorations of Iran’s most pristine desert and mountains, including in Lut and Rig-e Jen Desert and the Alborz Mountain Range. Thanks to years of experience in Iran’s diverse nature and culture, we have found unique campsites, viewpoints and routes to design truly authentic travel experiences.

Rig-e Jen expedition

Experience the feeling of exploring a desert which people historically believed that it could not be crossed.

Experience the feeling of exploring a desert which people historically believed that it could not be crossed. Since “Rig-Jen” is an area of different types of dunes which are mostly moving on top of the vast mud lands of the Central Desert, even the oldest caravans avoided the borders of this desert. The lack of water sources is another reason for that. We are proud to finally open a fascinating route to cross this unknown desert. Although we have exact plans to deal with all difficulties, the nature of these trips is to expect the unexpected. Special dune riding techniques with optional activities like sand-boarding and skiing on dunes will pump adrenalin into your veins. You will visit enormous Tagh jungles (the only plant that may even grow in +70.C) and different climates of a desert from the border to the core. Camp sites with panoramic views of sunrises and sunsets over spectacular oceans of dunes will make an unforgettable memory of a special expedition in one of the most pristine deserts in the world.

Starting cities: Isfahan, Tehran, Kashan, Naeen, Anarak

Finishing cities: Jandagh, Khur, Yazd

It is also possible to do this route in the opposite direction.

Duration: 4 days

Categories: Expedition

Adventure rating: 5/5

Group size: min 5, max 12

Possible Months: September to April

Physical Demands: Guests must be able to walk for 2 hours without feeling tired


Day 1 & 2 (Entering the vast sea of dunes)

We begin our tour at 8.00am from Isfahan to Anarak and then to Rig Jen desert. After passing through the mountains we will enter a vast sea of dunes which we traverse in our trip. It will take about 2 days to pass this pristine area to arrive at long walls of dunes with more than 100km length. If there has not been any rain over the past 7 days, people who bring their sand board or snow board will have great opportunities to ski on the suns during these 2 days (optional).

Day 3 & 4 (Rig Jen swamps and dune walls)

We will pass through a swamp area with long dune walls.  Rig Jen has a special surprise for us before we leave to Jandagh and Mesr desert where are tour ends. Our accommodation is in a charming local house in the Jandagh area.

Day 5 (Extra day to Yazd)

Upon request of our guests, we will do an extra day to show them how this climate affect the culture of the locals in the area. We will visit biggest palm garden in the area in Garmeh village. Also one of the ancient villages, Kharanagh and its fortress-like 4 stories architecture is at least 3000 years old. Then we go to the Zoroastrian temple of Chak-Chak before we bring our guests to their hotel in Yazd.

 

Accommodation

Camping x3,  Traditional houses (upon request)

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)

Announced meals, snacks and drinks

Extra supplies for emergency situations

All road tolls and vehicle taxes