Trekking at Golestan National Park
Visit Golestan National Park in 3 days
The park’s forested western end rises rapidly from around 500m to over 1600m atop the Beyli Plateau, which is dramatically surrounded by stepped cliffs. The eastern areas are contrastingly dried but better for wildlife-watching: at least 22 large leopards live within the territory. Just beyond the park’s eastern tip lie a ruined caravanserai and an appealing little village with a Sassanid-era fire temple ruin.
The park is around 40km by 100km and the main Gorgan–Bojnurd road passes through a considerable section of it.
Explore fabled Golestan National Park, an Iranian National Park in the north of Iran, and the Miankaleh peninsula in the north west of the country, with our expert tour guide who is well-spoken and experienced in sharing his native land with travelers.
Early in the morning, we drive with a comfortable cab or VIP bus to Miankaleh peninsula that is a Biosphere Reserve located at the south-eastern part of the Caspian Sea and watching birds such as: Coot, Purple Swamphen, Smew, Flamingo, White-Headed Duck, Red-Breasted Goose, and Whooper Swan.
O/N Local Village House in Zaqmarz – B, L, D
In the morning, we’ll drive with a comfortable cab to Golestan National Park with 900 square kilometer area that has 1350 plant species and 302 animal species including half of the mammals of Iran. It is one of the best natural reserve in the Middle East.
For the first time in 1958 the forests located in eastern parts of Golestan province were selected as a protected area. Later in 1976 it was changed to the first national park in the country and now it is the oldest and biggest national park in Iran and one of 50 UNESCO biosphere reserves on the earth.
At first, we will start visiting the west entry, called Golbagh, walking and a little mountain climbing around the Golestan National Park at Tange Gol guesthouse (the previous king’s villa), visiting the Mirza Bayloue’s variety museum in this park.
Then we’ll move to the East of the national park for visiting Alme, Alme Valley and see deers, rams, and ewes, we’ll stay in the Solegerd’s police station in the northeast of the park, a great bivouacking at the Solegerd’s police station.
O/N Golestan (Camping Included) – B, L, D
Before departing Golestan province, we’ll visit incredible Khalid Nabi Cemetery in the hills of Turkmen Sahra. The ancient graveyard contains some 600 tombstones of unknown origin, many of which are clear representations of the phallus; from a distance they resemble stone pegs. In this mysterious cemetery, gravestones carved from monolithic stones are divided into three general categories:
Our tour will finish when we head back to Tehran. – B, L, D
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