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Trek across Iran’s Lut desert and discover an otherworldly landscape of star dunes, shifting sands and wind-hewn kaluts. The Lut is home to the hottest recorded spot on earth and its soft sands and towering rock sculptures are the setting for an epic desert traverse.

Aim

The aim of this epic desert expedition is to carry out a 220km east to west traverse of Iran’s Lut desert, also known as the Dasht-e-Lut. As a member of this pioneering expedition team, you’ll pass through an ever-changing landscape of imposing sand dunes, some shaped like stars which radiate out across the desert plains.

Traversing dunes, rock corridors, kaluts, meteorite fields and rocky plateaux, this expedition will be carried out by the team on foot, with support and water supply from 4WD vehicles.

Secret Compass’s first expedition to the Lut was so unique it featured in National Geographic in 2016. This traverse remains a rare achievement, the desert having only ever been crossed on foot by a handful of adventurous travellers. If you’re passionate about Persia and intrigued by Iran, experience the geology, the desert stars and the solitude on this boundary-pushing desert venture.

Highlights

Follow in the footsteps of Thesiger (1964) and Marco Polo (1271). Trek the world’s largest kalut system.
Cross the infamous ‘plain of pain’ (named by Secret Compass). Explore the region that’s home to the world’s hottest spot.

Pass through former Silk Road haunts. See Kerman, One of Iran’s oldest cities. Discover Tehran after the expedition.

3 wonderful days in Lut

Not all the desert adventures should be about a camel-back trip, sometime you just want to explore the unending horizons and at the end of the day sit by the fire and sleep under the glittering and shooting stars. This image might be a dream of all wanderlust lifestyle lovers who seek to go beyond unknowns.

If you think you’re one of them, if you’re bewildered by serenity and solitude of desert, join us on our adventure to the hottest land on the earth, we are headed to Lut desert fellas!

Tour Details

You always watch these Hollywood movies, caravans riding through Sahara’s unmerciful heat, exploring and experiencing, and with your limited time (due to the pile of cases on your desk, thanks boss!) you wonder will you ever have the chance to truly touch and feel hot sand under your feet. I mean, you always can wear your hiking shoes! But still, you know what we mean.

Join us on a short, but memorable adventure In Lut, or what Iranians would call Dasht-e Lut. Located in the southeast of Kerman, Lut desert is the twenty-seventh desert of the world ,which was listed on UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites on July 17, 2016. This breathtaking beauty is a large salt desert which covers yardangs, nabkhas, kaluts and sand dunes.

Departure & Return Location

John F.K. International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Air fares
  • 3 Nights Hotel Accomodation
  • Tour Guide
  • Entrance Fees
  • All transportation in destination location

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Driver Service Fee
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Room Service Fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
What to Expect

Have you watched The Martian? Did you like it? Hope you do, because you are going to walk on Mars of the earth! After conducting lots of studies and running multiple tests, Nasa has declared that there appears to be some similarity between some parts of Lut desert of Iran and Mars! So, if you couldn’t be an astronaut, be an adventurer and don’t miss our limited tour. 

You will meet beautiful mysterious Shahdad Kaluts, located in the western part of the desert. When you look at them from far away, they seem to be some sky scrapers in the middle of the desert, like a mirage; Some people call it city of ghosts or Lut city.

Kaluts are sandy pyramids which are shaped by desert wind erosion and water. It’s been said that there is no life in the midst of these Kaluts and no human being has ever been able to walk through all part of it. Feeling challenged? To arouse your curiosity even more, you should know that a nail of a dinosaur and pieces of Meteorites have been identified in Lut.

Nebka Forrest is the only thing close to a plant that you find in this area. By using groundwater tables, Nebkas fight against getting buried under sand. 

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  • Ultricies Vehicula Mollis Vestibulum Fringilla
  • Condimentum Sollicitudin Fusce Vestibulum Ultricies
  • Sollicitudin Consectetur Quam Ligula Vehicula
  • Cursus Pharetra Purus Porta Parturient
  • Risus Malesuada Tellus Porta Commodo
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival from Tehran to Birjand (Flight)

• Upon your arrival, you will be accompanied and settled in your hotel rooms (chosen by your travel agency.)
• Please, keep in mind that we will have our breakfast in hotel.
• You will visit Akbarieh Garden in Birjand with its unique situation in a mountain. We can call this mesmerizing garden a fair representative of Persian gardens. The property dates back to the late Zandiyeh and early Qajar eras. Back in the time, building these kind of gardens with mansions inside them used to be considered as an art, the very beloved and dear art of Iranian architecture.
• The lunch will be served in a good restaurant outside the hotel. After exploring ,you will come back to your hotel, where you rest for a while.
• Diner will be served in hotel’s restaurant.

Day 2Birjand to Deh-e Salam village

• We will have our breakfast in the hotel.
• We will pay a visit to scenic Nehbandan Martian Mountains (or miniature range of mountain.) They get the name from resembling moon mountains, since they both share unusual and unique shape. Martian mountains of Nehbandan are considered to be one of the important ecotourisms of Iran. Their colors range from red, gray and white.
• We will have a little picnic for ourselves and alongside of mother nature, we will have our lunch.
• We will go to Deh-e Salam village, home to persian ground jay with its sweet and beguiling voice.
• We will settle in a beautiful and cosy house in the village. And, that’s where we dine.

Day 3One day with Lut! (Rig-e-Yalan, Dasht-e Lut and Kaluts)

• Breakfast at village house.
• Lunch on picnic
• We will trek from the north east of Lut to its west.
• We will visit highest sand hills of the world, we will feel it, touch it and walk through it.
• Afterwards, Kuh-e Malek Mohammad in the central parts of the desert will be expecting us! Zaban-e Mar canyon is our next stop. You should know that in Persian, it means: Snake tongue! On the air maps, the canyon gets split in two tines, just like a snake’s tongue.
• This is where it gets interesting: city of ghosts will be your camping place! Fun time! Yay! Sit by the fire, listen to scary stories, and roast your Marshmallows.
• Hot meals will be served for dinner in your camp.

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