Please be aware that if you have an Iranian visa in your passport or have travelled to Iran (or a number of other countries), you may not be eligible for the USA ESTA visa waiver service and will be required to apply for an American visa for travel to the USA. In addition British, American and Canadian visitors to Iran must be accompanied at all times by a government approved guide – this is arranged by the expedition organisers for the duration of this expedition, however if you are extending your stay you will be responsible for ensuring you have an appropriate tour guide. These nationalities will also be required to provide a CV and links to social media profiles when applying for their visa.
Kaluts, also known as yardangs, stand like enormous sand castles. They are like broken teeth jutting up from the sand and punctuating the landscape as far as the eye can see. According to UNESCO, the Lut’s widespread Kalut system is the longest in the world at approximately 120km long and 80km wide. Kaluts are formed by wind erosion and can reach heights of 80m, although most are smaller hills and long elongated furrows. Between kaluts there are salty desert lands similar to ploughed lands, with a hard mineral base. Teammate photography from the Lut teaches us more about this incredibly diverse terrain from one year to the next, it is truly a jaw-dropping environment to be able to trek through.
A Nat Geo first
An Award-winning travel writer joined the group’s first ever expedition to cross the Lut in 2015. As a world first endeavor, this Iran expedition earned the attention of National Geographic – make an enquiry about the trip and we’ll send you a link to the article to read. This is great preparatory reading for anyone considering stepping up to this desert challenge in 2018 as it reveals the reality of life on the ground on this physically and mentally arduous and therefore highly rewarding expedition.
Salt plains and meteorites
The Lut Desert has a high potential for finding meteorites due to its persistently dry climate. A small collection that has come to be known as the Valley of Meteorites has been discovered approximately 100km from the village of Deh Salm. In the central Lut, massive flat plains can be found, covered with unusual shapes where saltwater has accumulated and been evaporated by the ferocious sun over the years. The team does not explore this exact region but the route encompasses a smaller example of this phenomena in the form of an evaporated inland lake, whose banks are covered with these salt-encrusted patterns.