Iran’s diverse natural landscape offers an array of activities ranging in physical demand. The vast mountain ranges will beguile hikers, climbers and walkers of all skill levels. With the highest mountain in the Middle East, Mount Damavand boasts 5,671 metres of rocky terrain, offering an excelling challenge to the more experienced climber and hiker. Village-based walking tours in the Valley of the Assassins, the Zagros region and the area South and West of the Caspian Sea afford numerous possibilities for more comfortable routes. Due to the high altitude of many mountain ranges, Iran also has a surprisingly prominent ski scene, boasting a significantly longer season than that of European resorts. Optimal conditions can be found between mid-November and May. Dizin, Iran’s largest resort, offers 23 runs and the opportunity of grass skiing in the summer season. Closer to sea-level and covering an area of over 360,000 square kilometres, Iran’s largest deserts – Kavir-e-Lut and Kavir-e-Markazi – offer fascinating and largely undiscovered areas of sand dunes, salt lakes, steppe-like plains, date palms and camel flocks.
Iran is a country with a profound and intriguing history, a vibrant culture, a diverse natural landscape, an array of archaeological treats and warm-hearted locals who are generous with their hospitality.