The doable season for this trip is from April to November. Sometimes in the high altitude the weather in not stable so the program might change according to local situation. As Nomads live in different locations and moving from one place to another in search of grasslands for their animals, visiting them depends on the season and the weather changes.
This tour suits real trekkers who enjoy long trekking in a non-touristic region. Most trekking routes in Iran have been developed in Alborz Mountain range while Zagros is richer in terms of untouched nature, landscape, a variety of plants, animals and special nomadic people. In other hands this trek is between Shiraz and Isfahan and its perfect for who do Iran Classic route which is more accessible to compare with another trek. This Adventure Iran tour will take you to a NON-touristic area for one week. You will hike along Dena Mountains from North West to south east around 80 km, ascending the highest peaks of Zagros Mountains.
Your one week adventure will start from Shiraz with three hours driving to a town in Dena foothills. Then your hike will start along the mountains through unknown villages, farms, gardens and untouched nature of the Zagros Mountains. One of the highlight of this trip is Dena National Park and protected area with its rivers, forests and waterfalls with the possibility of visiting nomad tribes. At the end of the trek you will ascend some of the highest over 4000 meter peaks of Zagros Mountains which is on Dena ridge Line Mountains. After trek you will travel to Isfahan.
On the trekking route, you will visit a couple of unknown villages and agricultural area of local people who work on their farms. Staying with them on their house and seeing their lifestyle is one of the highlights of this adventure journey. You have to walk on a river as well as passing a couple of huge canyon which is on our way.
Also, we can start this tour from Isfahan for group or travel agencies as a private tour.
The trek has two parts:
1. The first part come with a couple of days trek between 2000 m to 3000 m alongside Dena mountain chain on the foothill. On this part the trek cross through villages with a lot of farms nearby and you can see local settlement and their life style. Also on the most part of the route we have access to water as there is plenty of spring water and waterfall make different rivers in every corner of the National Park.
2. The second part of the trek is a two day adventure and will come with different landscape and terrain as we will. You will hike on the ridge line of Dena mountain chains over 4000m height. Also the mission is ascend a couple of highest Zagros peaks and challenge with your body fitness.
Afternoon around 14:00 you will leave Shiraz towards Yasuj “Dena Mountains Foothills” which is 216 km away and will take around 3 hours. There are some nomadic spots in Zagros Mountains for their temporary stay and live. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
After breakfast start your long day trekking. Starting point is National Park’s gate for 6 days. The altitude of starting point is 2500m from sea level. More or less we will traverse around 18 km per day taking us to the central part of the region. Overnight stay in the local house.
Second day walk is also around 20 km passing forest and Mountain Foothills. Today we will visit a waterfall which is the highest waterfall in Dena region. Overnight stay in the local house.
Third day walking length is also approximately 14 km crossing some rivers and visiting another waterfall. We will arrive in the late afternoon to the 1st camp, having dinner in our tents.
After breakfast we will collect our camps and continue trekking towards a shelter at 3780m height. Hiking will start from 2580m from sea level, the length of Trek is around 10Km and the end of the Trek leads us to Sisakht. Overnight stay in the guesthouse.
6.00 A.M wake up for breakfast to get ready to start at 7.00 A.M. Today we have chosen a couple of peaks to ascend. Overnight stay in the shelter
After breakfast we will leave shelter to the peak and after summit will back to Sisakht and then you will be transferred to Bus Station to take the bus to Isfahan
Zagros is one of the longest mountain ranges in Asia and it forms the largest chain in Iran, spreading across the whole length of the western and southwestern Iranian plateau, beginning in northwestern Iran and ending at Strait of Hormuz. Zagros range is about 932 miles (1500 km) long and more than 150 miles (240 km) wide. The mountains are separated into many sub-ranges. Geologically it is about the same age as the Alps. The forest cover is oak dominated. It is also home to rich and complex flora.
Dena is a protected area because of its vast range of plants, several endangered endemic mammals and natural resources. Oak species dominate the highlands, while wild pistachio and almond plants are common at lower elevations. Hackberry, walnut, and pear trees are scattered throughout this eco-region. A variety of animal life, such as brown bear, eagles, wolves, various wild cats including caracals, lynxes and leopards, and wild goat have long made their homes in the region. Dena is home to a vast range of plant species and several endangered and endemic mammal species. On the other hand many large rivers, including Karun, Dez, and Karkheh originate from this area flowing into the Persian Gulf. Scenic waterfalls, pools, and lakes add beauty to the mountainous landscape.
The central part of Dena (Dena National Park) was registered by UNESCO on their list of Biosphere Reserve sites. A biosphere reserve is an ecosystem with plants and animals of unusual scientific and natural interest. It is a label given by UNESCO to help protect the sites in the world.
Up to the present time, the vast majority of people living in the area practice a nomadic lifestyle.
The cultural diversity of the local communities, including the nomad communities are manifested by their languages, traditional production activities, herding, food products, dresses, festivals and dances.