Northern Iran tour

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Environment
We have a strict environmental policy to make sure that the environments we visit are not damaged in any way. Our “Leave No Trace” ethic is applied to each one of our trips, and as a responsible tour operator, it is something we are careful and steadfast about promoting. Each one of our guides are trained to uphold, promote and put into practice such responsible behaviour, especially in wilderness areas or whilst traveling to UNESCO heritage sites, which many of our trips undoubtedly do. We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable bottles. We understand this is not always possible in countries where tap water is not safe to drink.

We attempt to reduce plastic bottle use wherever possible by promoting use of reusable and filtered water bottles. Our partnership with Water-To-Go provides a discount on filtered water bottles to our clients. We do not provide water from plastic bottles to our clients in country but always ensure there is regular access to drinking water on our tours.

On this particular tour, we will be exploring the Alborz mountains on foot. Not only does this provide us with more time to soak up the beautiful villages and scenery, but it reduces our carbon footprint. On Day 6 we will hike for 3 hours before wild camping and day 7 we will be hiking for 6-7 hours before wild camping. Wild camping is a low emission and fun way of exploring the region.

By keeping the group size to a maximum of 12, we can also minimise the human impact on the fragile sites and ecosystems we visit.
We will predominantly use minibuses, with the occasional 4WD. We only use one vehicle for the whole group when travelling in minibuses to reduce carbon emissions. We resource the minibuses from local providers to further reduce this impact.
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The Impacts of this Trip

On this particular trip we will be spending several nights in homestays and guesthouses, with the occasional night wild camping. On each Group tour we use local ground handlers. This means that all operational costs go directly into the local economy and help improve employment opportunities in remote regions. Such support can also be seen in our incorporation of homestays, locally owned hotels, family run restaurants and the services of local guides and drivers into our itineraries, which ensures that the money you spend with us goes directly into the local economy and local community.

Throughout the tour we will be walking to authentic Iranian villages, little changed over centuries. We will be staying in guesthouses within these charming mountainous villages to support the local tourism industry and to gain a better insight into everyday life here. The best way to share stories and understand new cultures is over a plate of great food and a glass in hand.

As an overall ethos, wherever possible we aim to use characterful accommodation that enhances the overall travel experience, not just offers a bed for the night. This can obviously vary dramatically from country to country and from trip to trip. On this particular trip we will be in a combination of hotels (some comfortable, others somewhat simple) but we will also spend several nights in homestays and guesthouses, with the occasional night wild camping.

For example, on Day 5 we’ll head for our overnight stop in the lovely old village of Masule. Famed for its traditional wooden buildings which lie clustered along the northern slopes of the valley, Masule exudes oriental character, with some of its buildings dating back three centuries. Approached by dramatic mountain passes and surrounded by forest, this wonderfully preserved village retains much of its tradition and culture, with the production of local handicrafts still very much a part of life here. Staying in a homestay here helps preserve the traditional culture and buying handicrafts provides income to the local community.

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