Zagros Mountains

Key information: Zagros Mountains

    This endless mountain range sweeps across Irian’s South-west, with a marvellous array of fantastic walking.

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  • Length: Your choice
  • Maximum Altitude: 4,584m
  • Level of Difficulty: Variable

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The Zagros Mountains are both Iran and Iraq’s largest mountain range, with 30 summits over 4,000m and a total length of 1,500km, running the length of south-western Iran from Kurdistan on the northern border with Iraq to the Straits of Hormuz. They are classic results of tectonic clashes, so expect to find a selection of sandstones and fossil-rich limestones. It is also home to some weird salt domes.

As a result, they consist of high parallel ranges with sheer rugged peaks, divided by steep canyons and gorges.

The highest point in the Zagros range is Zard Kuh at 4,584m.

The Zagros have been long inhabited, and still the home to intact regional cultures.

The Zagros are still off the trekking map, but make for wonderful and fascinating walking.

Trekking includes both “teahouse” and camping versions, but you will do well to have a guide in any event. You can carry your own kit, or make a supported expedition. Our friends High Places do an exceptional-looking 7-8 day trek, combined with time in Isfahan and Shiraz.

This can be tough walking in high, remote mountains, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and where altitude can cause problems. Come prepared.

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