2 Days tour of Lut desert | Kaluts, Keshit Canyon & Shazdeh Garden
Camping in middle of surreal Kaluts (or Kalouts) of Lut desert, what can be possibly better?! We will take you to fascinating Dasht-e Lut (Iran’s first natural world heritage); visit many sites on our way (like Nebka mounds, qanat systems and salt river*) and at last arrive at our camp site** in the outstanding Kalouts (it’s not actually a desert but some call it as “Kalout Desert”) for seeing the sunset*** and spend a unforgettable night over there.
In the following day we will see the Keshit oasis, a true hidden gem in midst of Lut desert where there is a river, waterfall and water basin in a valley. Last but not least we will conclude our journey by seeing the Shahzadeh Garden of Mahan in the evening.
* Salt River may be dry in summers
** Staying at a nearby ecolodge is possible (and recommended in summer time).
*** There is a chance that sky is not clear due to clouds or dust
We will start our trip around 2 p.m.* . In our 2 hours drive to Lut desert we will cross Sirch village and Palver mountains where the weather is cold even in summers and as a result you may experience a temperature differential of 25 degrees in just one hour!
In Lut we will visit Nebka Mounds, qanat systems (ancient water system in Iran), Salt River and Egg Hills and later on we reach the Kalouts before sunset. Taking as mush time as we need, we will cherish the solitude that can be only found in Lut. Meanwhile, taking the most precious souvenir to get, photos.
After sunset we can either spend the night in a friendly ecolodge nearby or camp in midst of Kaluts. By telling anecdotes, drinking hot tea beside fire and eating our home made dinner it will become a hell of a night. Finally there would be enough time to look up and nothing is like a night sky full of stars.
Early in the morning and after seeing the sunrise we will head for the Keshit oasis which will take around 3 hours of driving. The road is in mountains and one of the most beautiful ones in Kerman and on our way we will pass couple of cool villages that are perfect spots for photography. Since this region is rich with minerals, the mountains are full of colors. In the oasis we will take our time with swimming and chilling out. After eating our lunch over there we will hit the road once again for our last must to see.
Shahzadeh garden of Mahan is among the 9 gardens that were inscribed UNESCO’s World Heritage List and you will be amazed by how the Persian gardens work and why this is the best in the world.
Eventually we will will be in Kerman in the evening.
Starts: 2 p.m. in day 1 *
Ends: 5 p.m. in day 2 *
Driving Hours: 7-8 hours
Highlights: Nebka mounds, Kalouts, Salt river, Egg hills, stargazing, seeing Milky-way, night photography, camping, Keshit oasis, swimming and Shazdeh garden.
Transport: New car in good condition with AC
Options: Camel Riding, 4×4, Traditional hammam
Children Friendly: Yes
* Timetable may vary a little throughout the year.
- Long sleeve shirt
- Sun glasses
- Proper shoes (we have to ascend & descend from a slippery slope at some point)
- 2 days
- Best time: Winters
- Group size: Up to 3-4
- Meals: 2
- Accommodation grade: Camping or ecolodge
- Physical rating: 2 out of 5
- Age group: +12
- One person: €215
- Two persons: €125 per person
- Three persons: €95 per person
- Four persons: €85 per person
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We seriously had the best time travelling with Ali Askary! Already prior to our trip, he was helpful in arranging the programme according to our plans and showed a lot of flexibility. He is very knowledgable about the direct surroundings and the entire Iran and explained us many things, also about the culture, people and politics. The trip was absolutely gorgeous and what seemed like the real Iranian experience (homemade food!!). We can only recommend Ali as a tour guide!