Adventure In Progress: A Quick Update From Iran

There’s a good reason for this blog having been quiet for a few weeks: I’ve been on a deliberately low-tech adventure in the Middle East since early February.

While Leon and I still have another couple of weeks on the road to look forward to, I wanted to share a few moments of this journey so far as a taste of the stories to come (and there will be many!).

This journey was never envisaged to be a bicycle trip (though it would become one for a while).

"Definitely going ultralight this time" -- famous last words...

Instead, we would begin on foot at the headwaters of Iran’s longest river, over 3,000 metres above sea level…

When the road ran out, we began our trek upstream to find the source of the river, heading deeper into the Zagros Mountains

…and follow it to the Persian Gulf…

At the start of the packrafting leg in #Iran with @leonmccarron

…by any (human powered) means available.

The winter trekking leg of our journey looks to be done- let the packrafting commence!

We would carry packrafts…

Exiting a gorge on the upper Karun, and some calm water to reward our efforts

…and paddle as and when we were able to do so…

This Iranian river gets wild...

…which was certainly not all of the time.

Playing it safe and portaging past anything that looks like certain death- this section filtered the entire river through two narrow craggy gaps...

The river journey was merely an excuse for exploring the diverse geography and culture of a misunderstood nation…

Clear cold skies in Esfahan. Looking forward to the off.

…and while we were kitted out for self-sufficiency…

My heroic porter for the next few weeks

…Iranian hospitality rendered much of our camping gear redundant.

Loving Iranian hospitality. در خدمت شما...

A series of dam construction projects soon forced us to travel the roads in the vicinity of the river…

Hitting the road again in search of lodging with @leonmccarron #Iran

…where we eventually elected for a more appropriate means of transport…

A new perspective for the next stage of our journey following this on two wheels!

…and enjoyed the benefits of a ‘downhill’ expedition all the more as a result.

Insane downhill switchbacks and...greenery! Flat plains! We're not quite out of the mountains yet, but the landscape and climate is certainly changing quite dramatically now we are in Khuzestan province

The river widens as it approaches the Gulf…

Reaching Ahvaz in the nick of time after 450km in 5 saddle sore days #Iran

…to where our journey will continue on foot.

Refuelling in #Esfahan with a classic combo: carrot juice & saffron ice-cream #Iran

Here’s to the final leg!

6 Responses to “Adventure In Progress: A Quick Update From Iran”

  1. Alastair Humphreys

    This is shaping up to be a brilliant trip.

  2. Oliver

    Impressive variety of terrain Tom! Ranging from rocks over water and roads to rugs. 😉
    Enjoy the final leg and may the reward increase with every single step…

  3. Gary Middleton

    I’m really looking forward to reading the full story of this trip.

  4. Laura

    You found water! Looking forward to hearing about this adventure so much guys

  5. robin foundher

    bravo and blessings! I’ve been enjoying reading about your journey and wondered why there were no weekly updates for a bit. Glad to read you are safe!

  6. امین

    چون میدونم فارسی بلدین و خانومتون ایرانیه فارسی مینویسوم
    لطفا لینک دانلود تریلر برای من ایمیل کنید.
    خیلی دوست دارم فیلم ببینم اما ما از ایران نمیتونیم پرداخت کنیم.


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