4 days 3 nights
We experience three days in central-southern Iran that is a vast desert called lut desert. We are in the area of sand dunes, some of which can reach several hundred meters in height, up to 300 or 500 meters! With our off-road vehicles, we travel along sandy corridors dominated by dunes that stun for their simple and perfect beauty. The dunes invite us to go beyond them; we don’t always succeed at the first attempt, the cover-ups are inevitable, but this is also part of the desert rituals we know well. From their peaks, they invite us to admire the sunset and an incomparable panorama, without borders. Then at night, wrapped in the special silence of the great spaces, we will admire a splendid sky, so starry that it will fill our hearts with pure joy once again.
In this tour, we will visit, Qanat and fort in Shafiabad village and, Kalouts in Sunset. We sleep 3 nights in tents under a beautiful starry sky, accompanied by our staff of expert drivers with their 4WD off-road vehicles and Iranian professional guides. We have another choice to stay at night in Malek Abad village in luxury tents. In the tent, the facility of a 5-star hotel is provided.
We can add this experience to most of our classic Iran tours, so you can enjoy cultural cities like Shiraz and Isfahan and museums as well as the boundless desert of Iran in one package.
After breakfast, we drive from Kerman toward Shahdad desert (130 km). To approach the Lut desert we should pass through the oasis of Shahdad and Shafiabad village, where various ruined caravanserais are nearby. In Shafiabad village, we enjoy a timeless walk among abandoned mud huts, a delightful palm grove, qanat, fort, and watch the sunset in kalout. Stay overnight in a tent.
The day is dedicated to an excursion to the Dasht-e Lut desert. Today we will drive with a 4-wheel car into the depths of the desert. We will see the sand dunes, Dolphins Valley. We enter the magnificent area of kalout, imposing clay formations hardened by salt and shaped by the wind, real mud castles that are lost on the horizon. The landscapes from the top of the dunes are truly unforgettable. Stay overnight in Gandom beryan. Stay overnight in a tent.
Today we will visit Gandom Beryan, a large plateau covered with dark lava. The hottest place on earth is here at a temperature of 70.7 °C. Most of the visitors have said it looks like the surface of another planet. Salty plains and rivers, stone valleys and, colorful mountains are some of the multiple and unexpected landscapes that we will explore. Then drive to Salt Lake and spend time around for photography then, heading to see the egg-shaped Kalouts and, drive back to Shafiabad village. Stay overnight in a tent. We will return to Kerman the next morning.