• Kalouts ( Yardangs )
• Sandy Hills
UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Lut Desert
Tehran – Birjand
|Arrival in IKIA International Airport & transfer to The hotel & rest, transfer to Mehr Abad Airport to board Birjand flight, transfer to the hotel & rest, visiting some highlights of Birjand ,including Akbariye Garden and monument , Kolah Farangi building, visiting and shopping in Bazaar, , O/N Birjand (Hotel-B-D)|
Birjand-Khur- Nayband Village
|Driving towards Nayband village, en route visit of Khur Village, sightseeing of the village and it’s the water system, heading to Nayband village; a village imagined as being still alive at a fixed time in the past, after Tabas earthquake in 1978; awhile walking and sightseeing of the village & the beautiful Saffron Farms, then heading to Nayband spectacular village, with its wonderful apartment style structure; it is an amazing green village with various corps from orange and rice to dates, imagined as a green clothed bride placed at the desert. Awhile walking in the village, sightseeing & getting familiar with people life style of this area. Swimming in thermal water of Nayband, named Dig-e Rostam (Rostam-an Iranian Mythic Hero-Pot) could be an optional choice at the end of this day , (if there’s enough time) , during a meeting, getting familiar with desert logistic team, starting your full day Safari (4×4 W drive) ofLutDesert North West, the start of 4×4 W drive inLutDesert towards the heart of desert, passing through the flat monotonous Hamada Plains; from which, we reach the by-side mountains of this zone, O/N Nayband Village(Tent/Local House-B-L-D)|
Nayband-LutDesert/camp 1- GL
|Today we are heading to one of the most famous deserts in the world; the Northern Lut, a desert so unknown to the adventurous tourists from around the world, desert with Geo touristic phenomenon that amazes you. You are among the first and luckiest geo-tourist that enter this area from the northern side. O/N Desert (Camp 1/tent B-L-D)|
Lut Desert/ camp 2- AN
|Starting the drive towards the very heart of Lut desert, & from there to South, passing through Hamada & visiting the geological terrains of this region, you will visit two pheromones on this day: Gypsum and Hamada Desert|
Gypsum is formed when the water passes through the salt and clay ground then reaches to a very high density. Due to the continuous pressure, Gypsums appear on the surface of Lut Desert as white stone beads or in size of 100 meters.
Hamada is a large flat land in Lut desert and mirages can always be seen in it due to the flatness of the area. So if GPS or other navigation accessories are not available, you will easily lose the geographical directions. Small stones that are carried by the wind for years and are placed on the sand and soil of the area.
O/N Desert (Camp 2/tent B-L-D)
Lut Desert/ camp 3- SO
|Today we will continue are adventurous safari to the southeast so we could watch the amazing sunset of the desert. O/N Desert (Camp 3/tent B-L-D)|
Lut Desert/ Camp 4 -ML
|Today, we pass thorough some other parts of central Hamada in Lut, visit the Sahara and the flat plains and watch the amazing stars of the desert sky in the high Malek Mohammad mountains, O/N desert (Camp 4/tent B-L-D).|
Lut Desert/ Camp 5- GO
|Driving to experience the phenomena of the high sandy hills.|
The high sandy hills have a height of 520 meters. These sands are one of the signs of wind erosion processes in the region. The relative smoothness, poverty of vegetation, prevailing winds and loose alluvial formations are the most important causes of wind erosion.
The sands being displaced by high winds known as the 120-day winds of Sistan and placing them in the east of Lut forms these sandy hills which are amazing Geo-touristic pheromones , O/N desert (Camp5/tent B-L-D).
Lut Desert/ Camp 6- 2005
|Continuing our trip to see the 2005 point.|
The 2005 point:
United States of America NASA research results suggest that the Lut Desert in Iran is one of the hottest places on Earth. According to satellite data from NASA in 2005, the surface temperature of Lut desert have been 70.7 degrees Celsius.
This temperature is the highest temperature recorded from the surface of all the satellite data. That’s why it is called the 2005 point. (Camp 6 /tent B-L-D).
Lut Desert/ Camp 7- RS
|Continuing the route towards West, visiting South West Kalouts, Where the sand and Kalouts are mixed together, the wind blow has given the sands interesting star form. O/N Desert (Camp 7 /tent B-L-D).|
Lut Desert/ Camp 8- ZB
|Continuing the trip towards West, to visit the Kalouts plus Zaban-e Mar Valley, O/N Desert|
Zaban-e Mar is a huge gap with a length of 9 km with walls about thirty meters high in the west of Hamada Sahara in Lut desert.
The geo-morphological condition at an altitude of 190 meters above sea level is formed due to lack of vegetation that can be seen in most parts of the Lut desert.
This gap can be the home to strange endemic animals of the area, including sand fox.
It has probably been formed by water drains or Lut Sistan great flood that has taken place at old times.
The valley is named Zaban-e Mar (Snake Tongue) because of the similarity of the area to a snake tongue with the end split in two. (Camp 8/Tent-B-L-D).
Lut Desert/ Camp 9 CHL
|Today we are going to visit a unique area of Kalouts and valleys between them that are signs of the power of the wind in this area.|
Kaluts are Lut desert sceneries that spread from the west north to south east
Their length is about 250 km and the width about 70 km.
It is written in historical manuscripts that no one has passed through it and it’s still unknown and there’s only information about the areas surrounding it.
The reasons of the anonymity are two natural phenomonas in the West and East of Lut. Kalout in the West and the big Rigestan in the East are two factors that limit the eastern and western regions connection. That’s why no one used to travel from West to East of Lut. The only way that passed through Lut was Rahe No (The new way) which is between two natural complications one of which is the wind sands of the eastern Lut and another one Hamada Desert. (Camp 9 /tent B-L-D).
Lut Desert/ Camp 10- GB
|Today we’re heading to see two geo-touristic phenomena of Lut desert. First we will visit Rood Shoor and then Gandom Beryan.|
Rood Shoor Lake forms layers of salt due to the passing the North Lut and a variety of minerals.
Image of ovate hills and Tak Kalouts like a little island in the midst of the waters, gives the place a special view. Rudshur salt’s density is so high especially in low- water years that salt crystals are always formed on the sides of the river.
The area is covered with Igneous rocks and Black lava rocks with about 4 meters in height that cover the upper surface of the dusty walls.
Coexistence of Black basalt rocks and yellow base soil is one of the amazing phenomenon that give the area indescribable beauty. The name has been given to the area probably because when the Carvans placed their carriage on the ground between Quhistan and Shahdad, the wheat was placed on the basaltic rocks and was roasted due to the great heat. That’s why the name is Gandom Beryan which literally means Roasted Wheat. , O/N desert (Camp 10-B-L-D)
Camp 10 (Shahdad)
|Driving toward Shahdad town, en route visit of Roud Shour/ Salty River, salty polygons plus North West Kalouts, also one of the endemic plants of the region, named Nebka,|
Nebkas or Tamarisk trees are endemic trees of Lut area due to their unique life systems, protection and reproduction. Then we move towards the old city of Shahdad with a 6000-year-old civilization. A city with kind and hospitable people. Tropical agricultural products in Joftan Mountains near the city of Shahdad and humid winter temperature will be an inexplicable experience. O/N Shafi Abad Village/ Shahdad (Local House/Dormitory-B-L-D)
Shahdad-Kerman – Tehran
|Driving towards Kerman, , going from a height of -520 m in Lut to 3000 m in Sirch heights to reach Kerman & transfer to the airport to fly to Tehran, transfer to the hotel and rest, O/N Tehran(Hotel-B-D)|
|Transfer to IKIA Airport to board the home bound flight, & end of the tour.|