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Ski touring in the Zagros massif, Iran

Amazing 8-day ski touring in the Zagros massif, one of the wildest destinations in Iran, together with an IFMGA Mountain Guide.

Mountain RangeZagros Mountains
Duration11 days
Offer periodJan, Feb
Skill LevelAdvanced
Fitness LevelFit
Type of tripGroup


  • A unique destination unknown by most skiers in the world

  • Ski from town to town in the heart of the mountains

  • Personalized trips


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 11-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.



-IsPahan: in a hotel -Chelgerd and Zagros massif: homestay, a rustic hábitat. 2 nights.

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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

Meeting point

Tehran airport.




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

Day 10: Ispashan

We take the way back to join Ispahan. We will leave early to enjoy the late afternoon to visit the wonders of Ispahan.

Day 11: Ispashan - Tehran

Visit Ispahan in the morning. Then, we will take a flight to Tehran in late afternoon. Night at a hotel in Tehran.

Day 12: Theran - Paris

Early flight to Paris.

About the guide

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I have been a mountain guide since I was 25 years old. My passion for discovering the mountains of the world has led me to the four corners of the earth. Currently, I am also an instructor at the National School of Skiing and Mountaineering (ENSA).

Each year, I organize different trips. I'm in charge of each trip's organization and I'm sometimes also the guide who leads the group. It could either be me or one of my 4 guide friends, who I have been working with for years.

I have been organizing trips around the world for the past 26 years: Alaska, Antractica, Nepal, Mongolia...Over the years, I have organized trips in more than 30 countries.

In recent years I have had the opportunity to discover:
- Ski traverse in Greenland
- Ski touring in Iran, Lebanon, Mongolia, Argentina, Canada
- Climbing in the Yukon at the Lotus Flower, Jordan, Oman
- The high summits of Sichuan, Kula Kangri in Tibet, Langtang Ri in Nepal

I am currently based in Chamonix and the other 3 guides who work with me live nearby as well. If you are interested in traveling far away or discovering the Mont Blanc massif and other places in the Alps, for climbing, ski touring or ice climbing, please contact me. It will be a pleasure for me to organise a trip that meets your expectations.

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Prices per person

Group of 1

EUR 3454 each

Group of 2

EUR 3454 each

Group of 3

EUR 3454 each

Group of 4

EUR 3454 each

Group of 5

EUR 3454 each

Group of 6

EUR 3454 each

Group of 7

EUR 3454 each

Group of 8

EUR 3454 each

Want a different number of travellers?

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Accommodation

- Flight to the start of the trip

- Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back

- Transport during the trip

- Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Price details

Price per person to join a group from 6 to 10 people.

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