Iran, also known as Persia, is home to one of the world’s oldest civilizations. It’s a country in Western Asia surrounded by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Caspian Sea, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Persian Gulf and gulf of Oman with over 77 million inhabitants. Iran is the world’s 17th most populous nation and the 19th largest country in the world. Its area roughly equals that of the United Kingdom, France, Spain, and Germany combined. The capital city is Tehran. To this great country nature has given it all – from rain forest to desert, from high mountains and their rivers to the lowland rivers ….
Iran has a long tradition of using the rivers, but white water rafting as a relatively new adventure activity started in 2003 with early expeditions and rafting trips to the Himalayas (India and Nepal) arranged by Kianoosh Mehrabi, the first Iranian raft guide and river expedition leader. Many Iranians had the chance to paddle in the Himalayan Rivers – Alaknanda, Ganga, Trisuli, etc. After gaining knowledge and experience in 2007 he devised “River Ecotourism in Iran” which was considered by the Iranian Tourism Organizations as a national development plan for the country.
The plan was based on River Tourism safety standards and Eco-tourism principals. The main aims were: promoting white water activities in tourism and sport, preserving nature and conserving rivers, empowering local communities by employment and economic development.
The standard rafting trips started on the Karoon River, Chaharmahal o Bakhtiari in 2008.
In Zagros area there is virgin nature and unseen landscapes where there is no access except by river. To explore the amazing nature of Zagros and to see unseen attractions you need a river craft and a professional team of river guides. The rivers are different levels, so all nature lovers from families to professional white water rafters and kayakers can enjoy paddling there. The main rivers in this area are Karoon (Armand) and Zayanderoud in Chaharmahal o Bakhtiari, Sezar in Lorestan, Zaab in Azarbaijan, Sirvan in Kordestan, Zayandeh Roud in Esfahan etc.
In Alborz region, The rivers are mostly steep and good for creek kayaking with some exceptions.
Haraz is located in Mazandaran Province, it is near to Tehran. The river goes through amazing landscapes and gorges. Sefidrood As a rather high volume river, it is an exception in Alborz region. It is located in Gilan province and starts from Manjil to Caspian Sea.
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