Mountain Biking in Iran
So here we go with our first non-climbing expedition. The idea came from a discussion with a professional cyclist and photographer. The idea is to do a exploratory and pioneering 12 day long expedition covering a variety of landscapes to the north of Iran. You have to be a confident off road cyclist with a good amount of cycle touring experience under your belt. The team will be supported by vehicles when possible. The terrain varies from rugged dry deserts to the south of Tehran to the lush green forests of Mazandaran province. You will also have a chance to see Iran's two highest peaks from close.
Dates: 5th - 16th june 2017
Booking closes by 15 February
Price: 3000 Euros land only
based on a group of 4 sharing twins
2400 Euros for a group of six
Day 1: Arrivals, cycling in Chitgar park – an opportunity for the guide to get to know the team, their ability, and test equipment. Finishing with a leisurely walk in Abo-Atash park Tehran. Overnight in Tehran
Day 2: Karaj – Darvan to BaraghanIf interested, visiting a horse riding place in the evening and a bit of riding. Overnight in Karaj
Day 3: Siahkolan and western Baghestan near Karaj, evening sightseeing in Karaj.
Day 4 Riding in Shahrestanak off Chalous Road, visiting the ruins of an old Qajar king and the 2500 year old Greek Juniper tree. Overnight at Gachsar hotel on Chalous Road
Day 5 Kojoor, Farakhin to Noshahr, 50 km downhill on dirt road through dense Hirkani forests. Overnight at Kelardasht, Mountaineering federation hut
Day 6 Landrover transfer to the base of Alam kooh, Iran’s second highest peak. Here there is a possibility of hiring mules to carry the bikes up to hesarchal plateau. Riding from Hesarchal down to Kelardasht and continuing on AbasAbad road to the Caspian see. Overnight near Abas abad
Day 7 Recovery/rest day. Drive to Behshar, visiting interesting sights along the coastline of the Caspian sea. Overnight at a local rental holiday house.
Day 8. Abas Abad, Behshar, riding the cross-country cycle piste and the Unesco heritage site of Gonbad-e Qavos. Overnight at rental holiday house.
Day 9 Gorgan to Shahrood through the Abr forest. Overnight at Shahrood.
Day 10: Drive to Polour at the base of Damavand, visiting the well-known sites in Shahrood, Damghan and Semnan (including the beautiful Badab Soort springs) Overnight at Polour mountaineering federation hut.
Day 11 Landrover transfer to 3050m Damavand base camp. Riding around the area and a chance to hike to Damavand high camp if anyone interested (4200m – 4/5 hr hike). Transfer to Tehran.
Day 12. Sightseeing and departure. An interview/informal chat with some mountain bikers and cycle tourists can be arranged for this day if interested.
We will have a large vehicale (mimni bus) at our disposal daily where duffles and personal stuff can be left and transferred to next camp.