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CaspianTrek

Tonekabon, Iran
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About CaspianTrek
A small family run company offering trekking, climbing, MTB, desert hiking in Iran. We combine the cultural and the natural.
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Culture521721 wrote a review Aug 2019
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My wife and I HIGHLY RECOMMEND partnering with Farzin if you want to safely trek in the Alborz mountains. And if you want to engage with probably the most hospitable and trusting people on our planet. We have travelled the world and the seven seas, and what lies in the Alborz mountains is very special. Our week was like walking across the pages of a pastoral poem. From the business and logistics perspective, Farzin runs a tight ship. (Incidentally, he also owns a small ship if you want to swim in the Caspian Sea.) 100% professional and clearly tailored to meet and exceed Western expectations. He arranged extras for us, such as horses, swimming, and sumptuous vegetarian meals. Value for money is extraordinary. From a more personal side, staying in Frazin’s home with his wife and two boys was a real treat. Everyone speaks impeccable English and Spanish; everyone is happy and content. The beds are comfy, and with a private terrace. The backyard’s orange grove is a testament to Mother Nature’s abundance, and a microcosm of the region. Our trekking guide, the sensational Saeed, was a smiling diamond who should have his own sitcom. His sufficient English and surfeit of social skills allowed us to laugh often, and be invited into many homes. He pridefully assumed his duty of care at all times. The local shepherds possess very little, but share it so nonchalantly. It was very humbling to experience this different way of being and becoming more fully human. The trek we chose required a good level of fitness, as some of the ascents took a few hours. Sleeping bags were super warm; cooking kit was on point. Expect some mesmerizing views. And mountainsides quilted with wildflowers, as if God dropped his Sunday suit’s handkerchief. There was a mix of forest, pasture, and remote villages. etc. We hiked early July and didn’t spend much time above the tree line. No stomach problems from the local water or yogurt, and we are usually pretty sensitive. We did not see a single other tourist while trekking, nor hear a motor. We hadn’t realized this was still available. Apparently it is, mercifully. Before you go: download the Farsi dictionary from Google translate, so you can create a dialogue with all the friendly people who will surely invite you in for tea along the trek. To thank locals for tea, consider bringing Marlboro cigarettes to share: they were clearly appreciated. They won’t accept money. Also, bring more cash than you need. We met travelers in Tehran who were frustrated to miss opportunities because they didn’t bring an extra $1000 USD. There is no capacity to use credit cards or ATMs at the time of writing. The Tehran hostel “See you in Iran” has clean private rooms and great cultural tours, including Iranian Literature and Cinema. Lastly, a big THANK YOU to Farzin, his family, and his team for an indelible and uplifting experience!
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from iranhiker, Owner at CaspianTrek
Responded Oct 5, 2019
Greetings from Khoonegeli northern Iran!. We are all very touched by this review. We would like to thank you publicly Heather and Mathew. We know there were shortcomings as there always is in a country where tourism is at its infancy and we are still learning but we have been honoured to have had such big hearted "customers". We hope sincerely that like minded people would follow your footsteps to tell others what there is to discover in this ancient land. Kind regards and all the best. Farzin (on behalf of family and the entire team).
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HAREM Faruq wrote a review Jan 2019
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq58 contributions12 helpful votes
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The Caspian Sea is the world's largest inland body of water, variously classed as the world's largest lake or a full-fledged sea. It is an Endorheic basin located between Europe and Asia, to the east of the Caucasus Mountains and to the west of the broad steppe of Central Asia. Max. depth: 1,025 m (3,360 ft) Countries: Iran, Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Jakob Lange wrote a review Dec 2018
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We are a family of four who spent 5 wonderful days with Farzin trekking across the mountain range from the Alamut Valley to Tonekabon. Not only did Farzin organise the entire trek including food, camping equipment etc as well as mules to carry the lot, he also found us a beautiful itinerary and proved to be a very knowledgeable guide. Not to mention that he is such a nice person! Farzin also organised another trek for us in the Zagros mountains which was an equally pleasant experience. We can really recommend his services to anyone interested in trekking in Iran.
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Date of experience: September 2018
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Response from iranhiker, Owner at CaspianTrek
Responded Oct 5, 2019
Thank you Lange family. It was a pleasant trek for me too and I am posting the images and the videos on my instagram these days. In my humble opinion, your teenage children are an example of natural parenting and I really enjoyed talking to them in the time we were together, they are clearly very mature for their age and their deep understanding of nature is testimony to this maturity. I have decided to accept the invitation and visit you in Switzerland, as long as we do not stay in the city !! As you have gathered I am not the fastest with regards to technology and the virtual world. Happy nature roaming! Farzin
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Geotaal wrote a review Oct 2018
Duivendrecht, The Netherlands9 contributions
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We had a wonderful tour from Qazvin to Farzin's nice place in the hills above Tonekabon. Trekking with Ali and his son Ebrahim from Garmarood to Maran was a great pleasure. As we had to return to Garmarood the first day because my travel partner had severe kidney-problems, a two-stage (beautiful) taxi ride was offered to him, while I continued the trek from Pichebon to Maran. Staying in Farzin (and his very hospitable wife) their very comfortable house (with big orange orchard) was also a pleasure.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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2traveleraround wrote a review May 2018
The Hague, The Netherlands87 contributions27 helpful votes
Farzin organised an amazing trek through the Alborz Mountains. My wife and I love hiking but this an be difficult with children. Farzin (who is great with kids) organised horses/mules for our kids, which they really enjoyed. During our three day trekking we stayed in a remote farmer village and eat almost only product produced by these farmers. We had such a great time thank to Farzin, who is also a very pleasant person to talk with. We will certainly do another trek with Farzin in the future!
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Response from iranhiker, Owner at CaspianTrek
Responded Oct 5, 2019
I still look at those wonderful photographs and videos and wish we could trek again with your kids.... they are truly international. Impressive how they related and responded to the locals at such young age. I hope your 360 degree lens is OK now!! Let us see if you come over to Spain this year. It would be good to catch up. All the best and thanks for the review. Farzin
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