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Tuesday 01 Oct 2024 9:00

Mountainbike trip in Iran with a guide
from

2'590.- CHF

duration

10 days

technical level

3,5/4icone ask level

fit level

3,5/4icone ask level

Destination :

Iran

Registration close :

31 July 2024

Places :

7

10 days of pure adventure

Discovery of Northern Iran

If you are looking for a unique adventure off the beaten track, which combines surpassing yourself and cultural discovery, our mountain bike trip in northern Iran will certainly not lack spice.



Highlights

  • A unique variety of trails
  • Challenge the highest peak of Iran (5,670m)
  • Ride the highest volcano in Asia
  • Shuttle your bike on the back of mules
  • An unforgettable night in a mountain refuge
  • Taste the local cuisine
  • Visit of Tehran, its museums and its bazaar with a guide

    • Day 1 | Welcome to Tehran

      Mountainbiking IranWe welcome you upon your arrival at Tehran airport, and accompany you to your comfortable hotel*** in order to assemble your bike and a first step in your immersion in the warm daily life of Iran.
      Already charmed by your first cultural exchanges with this friendly population, we escape the bustle of the capital of 10 million inhabitants to take advantage of the surrounding reliefs for a first bike check on friendly and fun trails, offering a first-rate view of the immensity of Tehran.
      In the evening, we will introduce you to our best addresses for a typical meal and you can enjoy delicious Zerishq polo or ghormeh sabzi drizzled with a creamy Dough.

      Distance: 10 km
      U+: 400 m
      D-: 400 m
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 2 | Tehran, transfer to Mazandaran province

      MTB guide IranTotally won over by the welcome of the local population and your first spins in Iran, you will surely be the first to leave Tehran for a shuttle which will allow you to enjoy one last time the breathtaking view of the capital with a dominant starting point.

      A magnificent rocky and playful ridge line which offers some great freeride options will take us to the outskirts of the city, before embarking on a first 5-hour road transfer towards more mountainous and rural regions.

      You will be able to enjoy the incredible diversity of landscapes during the road and will take advantage of making a few stops for a good tea or to have your fill of koobideh. The real adventure begins!

      Distance: 15 km
      U+: 0 m
      D-: 1,300 m
      Night in lodge
    • Day 3 | Kelardasht, transfer to the Caspian Sea

      MTB holidays IranYou are already very familiar with our essential "mule shuttles" when necessary. This big day is an opportunity for us to take advantage of these efficient natural 4x4s for a long climb in a spectacular and wild valley in the vicinity of Kelardasht, in order to reach the start of the day's trail at an altitude of 3,800m.

      A good way to acclimatize to the altitude, but above all the opportunity to ride the most technical trail of this adventure. But what a treat to cross these little elusive hairpins and find the flow on this terrain which at first glance is hostile.

      Arriving at the end of this extraordinary spot, we embark on a quick 2-hour car transfer to discover the coasts of the Caspian Sea, and the imposing surrounding mountains, including the dense and green forests contrast completely with the rocky and dry landscapes of the first days.

      Iran is truly a land of contrasts and surprises!

      Distance: 25 km
      U+: 1,200 m (walking)
      D-: 1,400 m
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 4 | Caspian Sea, transfer to Golestan

      Mountainbike in Iran with a guideAfter a hearty breakfast of dates and carrot jam, we take advantage of the cars to climb 2,000m above the sea to rediscover the little sweetness of the day , in the form of a fast and fun single track through the forest. A few clearings will allow you to admire the sea, but be careful not to get too distracted to avoid going off the road at mach 2 on this magnificent, fast and risk-free path.

      Arriving at the bottom of this unforgettable trail, we will show you a good address for a delicious homemade ice cream. Gelato in Italy is commonplace, but gelato in Iran is definitely worth putting on your to-do list.

      We hit the road again to reach the province of Golestan, just as green and a favorite place for Iranians to spend their weekend. On the way, we will make a stopover for a delicious meal on a terrace by the water.

      Distance: 25 km
      U+: 200 m
      D-: 2,000 m
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 5 | Golestan

      2401 mtb trip enduro iran 05Today you continue to live your best life on the trails of Iran, with a new car shuttle which advantageously saves us almost 2,000m of altitude difference.

      A quick little portage/push of 300m allows us to discover the day's track. Still such a beautiful view of the Caspian Sea in the viewfinder, as the finishing point for our trail of the day. Between the two, a perfect alternation of lots of flow, a slight touch of technique, between atypical forest and green meadows, with a beautiful finish in a fast and playful natural half-pipe, before finishing in a village under surprised eyes and amused by the locals.

      A real treat!

      In the evening, we take advantage of the nightlife for a good restaurant, and interact with the population, always friendly and interested in our impressions of this beautiful country.

      Distance: 35 km
      U+: 300 m
      D-: 2,000 m
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 6 | Golestan, transfer to Mazandaran

      MTB trip in IranIt's almost time to leave this Iranian-style "Côte d'Azur", but not without enjoying its green flow one last time. Today, it's a double portion of shuttles, with two car rotations to accumulate nearly 4,000m of D- in two runs.

      Our loyal drivers will use the solid V8s of our pickups to optimize the ride time until exhaustion. It is therefore with absolute relaxation and without regret that we can take the road again to head towards Damavand.

      Change of atmospheres. change of scenery... each detour once again reveals a beautiful variety of landscapes, until arriving at the foot of the imposing volcano which peaks at an altitude of 5,670m, making it the highest volcano in Asia.

      In the evening, we will let you enjoy the natural hot water baths that Damavand spits out and which will do our bodies the greatest good, before the great challenge to come.

      Distance: 38 km
      U+: 200 m
      D-: 4,000 m
      Night in lodge
    • Day 7 | Damavand

      MTB Damavand IranToday we find our faithful mules to ensure the ascent that awaits us, and not least, since the goal is to reach the base camp refuge at 4,200m in which we will spend the night.

      We have the whole day to ride peacefully, relieved of our bikes and the luggage that goes up on the backs of mules. The landscape that unfolds as you climb, with a view overlooking the vast Lar natural reserve, is simply breathtaking.

      Arriving at the refuge, you may even be lucky enough to see the lights of Tehran in the distance, where your Iranian adventure began a few days ago. On the other side, you can see the summit of Damavand and its sulfur fumaroles. What a spectacle!

      Spending a night in such a refuge is an experience in itself, and the word adventure will take on its full meaning here.

      Distance: 13 km
      U+: 1,200 m (walking)
      D-: 0 m
      Night in refuge
    • Day 8 | Damavand

      2401 mtb trip enduro iran 08Depending on your fitness level, your determination and the weather conditions, you have the possibility of getting up (very) early for a walk to the summit of Damavand.

      If the access itself is easily passable on foot, it can only be done if you are completely in conditions compared to the high altitude, otherwise you can stay in the refuge and enjoy the sunrise.

      From the refuge, we can now get on our bikes, to take on the 2,000m of D- which separate us from the valley. The trail that leads us down will call on all your dexterity to let yourself slide on this volcanic soil.

      With the altitude decreasing and your mastery of this unusual terrain increasing, you will find a second wind to drift like a boss in each turn with a smile from ear to ear and find our friendly drivers who will accompany us totally exhausted for a good well-deserved shower and a solid meal at the restaurant.

      Riding a volcano... check. Sleeping in a refuge at over 4,000m.... check. Gelato and cappuccino in Iran... check. Mule shuttling....check.

      But more than anything, after these nine days of riding in Iran, you will have the joy of realizing that you have just grafted unforgettable memories, and the unexpected discovery of a culture and a country that is too little known .

      We return to Tehran at the end of the day to return to our comfortable *** hotel and immerse ourselves in urban life.

      Distance: 20 km
      U+: 100 m
      D-: 2,000 m
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 9 | Tehran, cultural and historical visit

      Organized MTB trip in IranTraveling to a distant country should not be limited to the sole pleasure of riding trails. Iran is a country of many facets, and the history of Persian culture is rich.

      So today we are enjoying a tour of Tehran, accompanied by a brilliant English-speaking guide, who will not only share the oldest stories of kings and the creation of Persia , but will also return to the more contemporary history of the country.

      Between visits to museums, shopping at the grand bazaar and a good table to enjoy one last time the delicious dishes that accompanied us throughout our adventure, this last cultural day will punctuate your stay will be wonderful and will allow you to say without fear that you now know Iran, and will easily understand what pushed us to open this exclusive trip to this destination.

      Back at the hotel, all we have to do is pack the bikes and indulge in a meal in the busy streets and chaotic traffic, while reminiscing all the highlights of this journey.

      Distance: -
      U+: -
      D-:-
      Night in hotel***
    • Day 10 | Tehran, end of your trip

      2401 mtb trip enduro iran 10We take care of your transfer to the airport depending on your flight time.

      We particularly encourage those who wish to extend their stay in Iran, as there is so much to discover.

      If this is the case, we will be happy to help you organize your visit, and can store your bike and unnecessary belongings safely.


  • What's included

    • Swiss Cycling expert mountain bike guide (fr/en/de)
    • Transfer from and to Tehran Airport
    • Internal transfer & 4x4 shuttles, fuel and professional drivers
    • Mechanical assistance
    • Accommodation, guest house, refuge and/or hotel
    • Permit for ascents
    • Mineral water
    • All meals (except the last evening)
    • Driving advice
    • The video and souvenir photos

    Not included

    • The flight to and from Tehran
    • Additional nights and extension of stays
    • Airport taxes
    • Bike rental & equipment (optional in the registration form)
    • The compulsory visa (application form)
    • Personal insurance
    • Sodas & fruit juice
    • Meals of the last day in Tehran
    • Tipping
    • Everything not included in what is included

  • Bike

    • a full-suspension mountain bike with 150 to 170mm travel, completely revised, including suspensions
    • Mixed terrain tires 2.3" wide or more, with reinforced casings and tubeless with recent preventive fluid
    • A telescopic seat post
    • Replacement derailleur hanger
    • 2 spare inner tubes
    • 3 pairs of brake pads
    • 2 quick links adapted to the chain
    • Chain oil
    • 1 Derailleur cable
    • Charger and battery if transmission or electric seat post
    • Repair equipment specific to your bike

    Accessories

    • Open face MTB helmet
    • Sunglasses
    • Knee pads
    • Elbow pads (recommended)
    • Long gloves
    • Sleeping bag (min 0 degrees)
    • Jacket, pants, gloves, mountain hiking hat (waterproof and min 0 degrees)
    • Walking pole (recommended)
    • Beanie
    • Swimsuit
    • Toiletries
    • Bicycle clothing for 10 days
    • Sun cream
    • Scarves to cover hair (women)
    • Long off-bike pants (men & women)
    • Backpack (min 16l) with integrated back protector and water pocket
    • Repair equipment (tire levers, bits, multitool, chain tool, pump or CO2 cartridges)
    • First aid kit
    • Rain-resistant windbreaker
    • Long gloves
    • Repair equipment
    • Old cover (protection of bicycles for transport on mules)
    • A roll of Gaffer tape
    • Rislan necklaces
    • Mobile phone and its charger
    • 1 Powerbank

  • Required level

    This adventure in Iran is aimed at regular riders of intermediate level+.

    The terrains are varied, the altitude can limit reflexes, and it is important to have experience.

    We rated this stay 3.5/4, which makes it a demanding stay.

    You can find out more about our level scale by clicking here.

    If you have any doubts, do not hesitate to contact us.

    Culture

    Iran is a particularly mysterious and little-known country.

    The welcome there is simply unbeatable, and meeting the people is extremely easy.

    Many people speak English there.

    The law that governs the country, however, imposes some recommendations to be observed.

    In town, and outside of sport, the wearing of shorts, short clothes or clothes revealing too much skin or shape is prohibited, for both women and men.

    In addition, women must cover their hair with a scarf.

    In the mountains and during sporting activities, these rules are relaxed.

    We are here to advise you throughout your stay, so no worries about these few rules.

     

    Accommodation & food

    During our stay, we will alternate between modern and comfortable *** hotels.

    One night in a comfortable guest house.

    One night in a comfortable dormitory of the Iranian Mountain Federation

    A night in a high altitude refuge without running water, without heating and limited electricity

    Climate

    The season in which we operate this program is rather dry and temperate, particularly around Tehran.

    Along the Caspian Sea, the weather and temperatures are generally pleasant, but there may be a spell of rain depending on the currents and the clouds that remain stuck on the mountain range.

    For these regions, the climate is rather temperate and pleasant.

    The two days on Damavand can be much harsher, with possible temperatures below zero, especially if you reach the summit at 5,670m.

    More specific equipment for the cold is essential.

    Sécurity

    Contrary to popular belief, Iran is a safe country, both in the cities and in the mountains.

    For further

    Are you won over by this program and you only want to join this incredible adventure?

    If you are sure of your physical and technical abilities, and have made sure that your equipment corresponds to the program, you can click on the registration button and fill out the form to reserve your place.

    The second step will be to apply for your visa.

    Please note, citizens of Great Britain, the United States or Canada must contact us before booking their stay.


    • How many people are there in a group?

      In order to ensure perfect logistics and ensure you have the best possible experience, we generally limit the number of participants to 6 to 8 people.

    • Who is our guide?

      This MTB trip in Iran is supervised by a professional Swiss MTB guide, specialist in Iran, certified Swiss Cycling. You are in good hands!

    • What is the usual profile of the participants on this adventure?

      The participants of this mountain bike trip in Iran are on average aged 30 to 55 years old. This adventure is aimed at regular practitioners, with good technical and physical skills.

    • Is this adventure in Iran suitable for women?

      Yes of course.

    • What type of ride should I expect?

      The terrain encountered during our adventure is extremely varied. Most of it happens on trails. Some have passages that are sometimes exposed, technical, or on the contrary very smooth.

    • Should we always ride with all our equipment?

      No, during the day, you will only ride with your bike gear. All luggage is transferred by car with our team of drivers.

    • Is it possible to do laundry during the stay?

      It is possible to have clothes washed and dried mid-week with the hotel's laundry service. Either way, we recommend that you take what you need for the week.

    • What is the type of accommodation?

      We spend most nights in minimum *** type hotels, whenever we sleep in cities. For mountain stages far from towns, we sleep in a refuge (one night at 4,200m) or in a guest house.

    • Are meals included?

      Yes, all meals are included in the price of the stay. We will show you the best local restaurants to taste the most traditional Persian dishes.

    • What type of equipment do I need?

      Most of this stay does not require any special cycling equipment. However, you will need to equip yourself more specifically for the two days on Damavand, including a sleeping bag for low temperatures, and warm mountain equipment if you want to attempt the summit at 5,670m.

      You can find the complete list of necessary materials under the “materials” tab.

    • What happens if I am tired or can't stand the altitude in Damavand?

      The program for this adventure was developed with the safety aspect as a priority. The two altitude stages allow you to turn back at any time if you don't feel comfortable. If you don't have altitude experience, we are here to advise and supervise you.

    • Does my insurance cover me in Iran?

      When you arrive at Tehran airport, you will need to take out compulsory insurance for travelers. Of course, regardless of this, you must have insurance that covers you, including for mountain biking.

      We also invite you to ensure that you are covered by travel insurance in the event of an accident or cancellation in the event of force majeure.



  • Free Riding Iran

     

    In 2019, we were mandated to ensure the logistics and guiding of the production of Free Riding Iran, a report produced by Halsundbeinbruch, several times awarded:

    • Hollywood International Independent Documentary Award
    • Pinnacle Film Award
    • Federation Internationale Cinema Télévision Sport
    • Everest International Film Festival

    Press articles

    Red Bull TVRed Bull TV | 2019

    logo velo tout terrainVélo Tout Terrain Mag | 2019

    Big Bike
    Big Bike Mag | 2015

    logo pinkbike
    Pinkbike | 2016

    logo pinkbike
    Pinkbike | 2018

     

Who will lead your adventure?

Your expert
for this experience

Christian

Tour leader & C.E.O.

In 2014, Chris embarked on the exploration of Iran and discovered a world apart, where the challenge and majesty of the landscapes combine with unforgettable encounters and a captivating culture.

From this immersion was born the bold idea of creating a unique mountain bike experience where the soul of the traveler blends with the nature and culture of a country as magnificent as it is surprising.

Chris is therefore your ideal guide to accompany you in conquering unexplored trails, in the heart of this country full of mystery and splendor.

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  • How to privatize a guided MTB tour or trip?

    In order to offer an adequate outing, it is essential that we know the technical and physical level of the participants, the desired date for the event, the location, and the style of practice.

    You can of course draw inspiration from our different mountain bike tours and stays for your private outing project, but we are obviously delighted to offer you a completely personalized itinerary with the characteristics and accommodation of your choice.

  • What is the profile of your guides and instructors?

    The experiences offered by Exoride are supervised by extremely qualified guides and instructors, with more than 30 years of mountain biking practice, most of them former competitors, certified, and above all carrying out this activity 100% professionally.

    We pay particular attention to safety and you are assured of being surrounded by true mountain bike guiding professionals.

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  • What are prices for a MTB guide in Switzerland?

    Each request responds to needs specific to the chosen activity, such as location scouting or the organization of possible logistics alongside your event.

    However, here are some examples of applicable guiding and rental rates:


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  • How many people maximum?

    We can organize mountain bike or E-Bike tours for 1 to 100 people. For stays abroad, the number of participants generally does not exceed 20 maximum depending on the destinations.

  • What other services are available?

    We offer turnkey tours and stays. Take advantage of our solid network of partners for an exceptional event.

    In addition to the cycling part, we also take care of:

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