I enjoy skiing in Iran because there is snow and summits whose slopes are specially suited for skiing. But mostly, because I’m always searching for the wildest places in the world.
After Mongolia, South Georgia and the Caucasus, the Zagros massif in Iran caught my skier attention. I believe that ski touring is a wonderful way to discover a region, not only a mountain massif but also the people.
In 2009, I went on a reconnaissance trip to Iran based on Chelguerd. This trip allowed me to identify the best spots and to organize a raid between each village. I realized it was an unique and incredible experience.
That is why I’m inviting you to this 8-day ski touring trip.
In Iran there are two main mountain ranges: the Elbourz, in the north of the country near Tehran, and the Zagros, in the south west of Isfahan.
Every winter it snows heavily. Because of that, most of the peaks remain snowy during the year, turning this place into a ski touring paradise!
The Zagros massif is one of the wildest ones, so there are not important cities nearby. It consists on two parallel chains separated by deep canyons and gorges. Its higher peaks are over the 4000 meters, and the highest one is Ghash-e-Mastan at 4548 m.
The nomadic lifestyle is still present in these mountains. You can find goats and sheeps, as well as families (including Bakthyaris) that accompany them. In winter they all descend to the lower valleys.
I invite you to contact me if you are interested in this beautiful adventure. It will be a pleasure for me to discuss our trip and be your guide in the incredible Zagros massif.
|Day 1 to 2|
Paris - Tehran - Chelguerd
An international flight with a departure in the late evening will take us very early to Tehran airport.
After a 6-7 hours drive, we’ll get into the small village of Chelgerd, located at the foot of the Zagros mountain range.
Our first contact with the snow can be at night.
Night at a hostel.
|Day 3 to 6|
Chelguerd - Village 1 - Village 2 - Village 3 - Chelguerd
The 5th day we return to Chelguerd, to the hostel to organise our bags.
Indeed we leave for 3 days in autonomy at the heart of massif Zagros.
Duvet, mattress and stove will be on hand to sleep in a barn and explore the heart of the massif.
|Day 7 to 9|
Exploring the heart of Zagros
We take the way back to join Ispahan. We will leave early to enjoy the late afternoon to visit the wonders of Ispahan.
Ispashan - Tehran
Visit Ispahan in the morning. Then, we will take a flight to Tehran in late afternoon. Night at a hotel in Tehran.
Theran - Paris
Early flight to Paris.
Price per person
|Group of 2||3180EUR|
|Group of 3||3180EUR|
|Group of 4||3180EUR|
|Group of 5||3180EUR|
|Group of 6||3180EUR|
- Guiding fee
- Transport to the start of the trip
- Transport during the trip
- Group equipment
|-IsPahan: in a hotel -Chelgerd and Zagros massif: homestay, a rustic hábitat. 2 nights.|
|EQUIPMENT: - Backpack 50 liters to carry skis, - Touring skis, skins, knives, sticks, - Touring ski boots, - Crampons (set on shoes) - Harness with 1 carabiner, - Transceiver, shovel, probe, - 1 duvet (-15 ° comfort minimum) + 1 self-inflating mattress - 2 or 3 pairs of socks, - 1 tights and pants windproof and waterproof Gore-Tex-type, - 2 or 3 breathable T-shirts and fleece 1, - 1 fleece jacket and a cutting wind and waterproof Gore-Tex-type, - 1 Bonnet and cap, - 1 pair of warm ski gloves and 1 pair of fleece gloves, - Thermos (isothermal gourd) - Survival blanket, - Headlamp with new batteries, - Glacier sunglasses, sunscreen and lip balm, - Small personal pharmacy, small toiletries, - A camera, - A food specialty from your area that we will enjoy sharing the evening! - A bowl and spoon|