Ski touring
Expedition
01.03.2016

Who knows the Iran’s mountains ?

Last month, Jean Annequin was in Japan, showing us beautiful sceneries. In February, the magic of ski touring is still here, but this time in Iran. Travel Story:

"Maybe you know the Damavant mount which rises up to 5610 meters, located in North Teheran. Covered with snow in winter, its height attract a few foreign skiers.

However, we did not go skiing there. We prefered the Zagros’ Mounts which extend from North to South, along the Iraqi frontier. Just thinking of this geographical situation, we had a little apprehension concerning the safety factor.

Zagros’ Mounts are totally in Iran. Most of the villages are based at an altitude of more than 2000 meters.

Villagers live essentially thanks to their ship herds and in summer, they transmute on highlands for grazing the animals. We are so far away from the geopolitics problems and the pictures that European medias show us. Here, the people’s life is in the mountains with a pastoral activity.

Jean Annequin en Iran
 
Jean Annequin en Iran
 
Jean Annequin en Iran
 
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In winter, they live isolated in their flat roof tiny houses, and the snow cover the villages. Most of the access are closed. Villagers almost live in autarky.

A few years ago, I’ve been in those mountains to explore them. After two trips there, I have been able to create a raid that goes from village to village. At night, a little family welcome us in its tiny house. The Persians carpets are our mattresses.

This year, powder snow and sun are once again with us. Mountains stretch as far as the eye can see. The only thing that limit us in our itineraries is our fatigue.

Jean Annequin en Iran
 
Jean Annequin en Iran
 
Jean Annequin en Iran
 
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After ten days exploring just a tiny part of those mountains, it’s time to enjoy Esafahan’s wonders. In the mountains, temperatures reach the -15°C, but, just three hours driving from the mountains, Esafahan is located at the desert’s gates and has a soft climate in winter. It’s nice to have a walk in the souk and visit old palaces. At night, having dinner on a patio which offers to us an awesome view on the Naghsh-e Jahan place is a real pleasure.

Every ski tourers should ski once in Iran in their life. Next year, for sure, I will come back there to continue to explore its mountains.

Jean Annequin