Persian Pursuits is the first UK based company that specialises in offering trekking, climbing and skiing expeditions in Iran as well as the highly popular cultural trips. It is founded and managed by Iranian-born London-based mother of two Shirin Shabestari who grew up hiking Iran's beautiful mountains with her dad.
Shirin personally travels with the team (as long as her family commitment allows) to supervise the expeditions as she enjoys being part of the journey and sharing her passion and love for the mountains in Iran. She is there to offer advice, support and help every step of the way, working alongside her professional team of Iranian guides and support team.
Check out Natalie Berry's interview with Shirin in UKClimbing
ARTICLE: Pushing Boundaries - Women's Climbing in Iran
"Down in the city, I was a girl being treated differently. When I went to the mountains with my Dad, I felt like an equal." For Shirin Shabestari, climbing and mountaineering presented an opportunity to transcend the oppressive barriers of inner-city life whilst growing up in Tehran. Forced to cover up her body and hair in the interest of public chastity, Shirin adhered to her country's conservative dress code. In the mountains, however, she experienced a unique sense of emancipation which eluded her in the city.
Expeditions and trips
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Step back in history in our 8 day special trip to the most famous cities of Iran.
22nd-29th April 2016
Climb to the top of the Middle East in this 11 day itinerary with superb acclimatization including the 4000m Tochal in preparation for the big one.
17th to 27th July 2016
Climb Iran's 3rd highest, the 4800m Sabalan. Stay with Nomads. Enjoy the local Azari culture, food and music. Visit the world-famous cave dwellings at Kandovan
9th to 18th July 2016
An 8 day itinerary to climb Damavand with effective and gradual acclimatization on the mountain.
9th to 16th July 2016
A pioneering trip, you would be cycling around Tehran, and along the Caspian Sea in the most varied and unique landscapes! From deserts to forests! and best of all we have a professional photographer to document it all.
9th to 19th May 2016
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