Central Desert Expedition to the Rig-E Jenn
Experience the feeling of exploring a desert which people historically believed that it could not be crossed.
Exploring both nature and culture of central parts of Iran will take us all the way into one of the deepest and most pristine deserts which has not been crossed by humans until a few years ago. We will experience why Rig-Jen desert was abandoned during history.
We will learn how people in the vast neighboring desert brought water and civilization to a few remote villages and named it Mesr Desert. Via old abandoned routes we will visit other desert micro-climates and civilizations. They lead us to our final tour destination Yazd, the main civilization in Central Iran.
Journey through a vast ocean of untouched nature in Rig-Jen Desert and Mesr Desert
Explore the beginnings of different desert civilizations
Visit beautiful villages with unique history and stories
Visit Yazd, the cultural heart of Iran’s Central Desert
DAY 1 TO 3 (JENNIES´ DUNES)
Depending on the starting point we can visit Nain and Anarak. Then we will get into the dunes of Rig-e Jen desert which has not been crossed by humans until 2009. Locals believe that it is roamed by Jennies. So we will figure it out by exploring different micro climates in this desert for 3 days.
Accommodation is camping and the food will be prepared by our chef. On the third evening we will arrive at a local house bordering the desert for a taste of local hospitality. We get a chance to refresh and prepare to ride into the next desert.
DAY 4 & 5 (OUR “EGYPT”)
After a short walk in the green farms between the dry lands, we continue our journey to the desert named “Mesr”, which means “Egypt” in our language.
A few hundred years ago, a camel driver came to this side of this desert to find his lost camel. When he saw the beauty of the place, he said “I will make my own Egypt here”. So he started to dig a Qanat for 5 km to bring water to this area and build a small village in the name of Mesr.
This village was destroyed by a flood a few years ago. The beautiful desert in this region is named after the village. During our 2 days´ expedition, we pass through some small oasis which still bear traces of old desert architecture.
We will do one night of camping and the second night we will arrive in Garmeh. This village has the biggest palm gardens in the region and is the beautiful home of the pioneer of traditional local accommodation in Iran, Maziar AleDavood. We will stay at his Ateshooni House for the night.
DAY 6 & 7 (THE FINAL SURPRISE)
After a morning stroll through the palm gardens and the water cave in the village, we head to our next desert destination. It is again a unique and different place, so we keep it as a surprise for you to enjoy. The day before we arrive in Yazd we visit one of the ancient villages on the way. Kharanagh and its fortress-like 4-stories architecture is at least 3000 years old.
Upon request of our guests, we might visit the Zoroastrian temple of Chak-Chak before we bring our guests to their hotel in Yazd.
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All entrance fees and local fes 2 person tents with mattress
Extra supplies for emergency situations
Sleeping bag (mandatory) 1 person tent (+70 EUR)
Optional activities (Camel riding,
Quad bike riding, Sand boarding/snowboarding and … )
Tips and items of a personal nature
An arrival transfer is included on this trip
This trip starts at 7:00 in the morning on day 1
Please note deposits for this trip are non-refundable and non-transferable as per our terms and conditions. You are required to pay a non-refundable deposit of 250 per person per trip for your booking to be confirmed.
The above is our primary itinerary, but because of diverse micro climates in the deserts, exceptional conditions like heavy rains or ﬂash ﬂoods, may require us to alter our routes along this itinerary or rent local houses on camping nights. Additional costs incurred by such unforeseeable conditions are to be paid by guests sur place.
We will do four night of camping and two nights in traditional local houses. These houses are two of the most beautiful traditional houses in desert regions of Iran.
In your trip we use private Fully equipped 4X4 safari vehicle for 7 days.
The tour includes a 24-hour airport meet & assist service in Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport, your arrival and departure airport-hotel transfers and all other transfers.
The tour price includes entrance fees to all the tourist sites mentioned in the itinerary. You will need to cover the cost of entrance to any other extra sites that you may wish to visit.
Booking & Payment
If you would like to book a place on this tour, please complete the online reservation form on our website. We will then contact you with more details about how to complete your booking. Payments may be made by making a bank transfer. Full details will be provided in your booking confirmation email. Please contact us if you would like any more information or have any questions before making a booking.
Passports and Visas
Passports should be valid for at least six months after your departure from the country. Please do not bring an almost full or almost expired passport. Visa arrangements are the responsibility of the traveller. For more information about how to get an Iranian visa please visit this page.
These tour joining details are provided on a provisional basis and may change prior to this tour departing. Any changes to these details will be updated on this page.
Joining Point: Watch this space as we announce the point soon.
Time and place: 07:00 am on day 1
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