CaspianTrek
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A small family run company offering trekking, climbing, MTB, desert hiking in Iran. We combine the cultural and the natural.
Tonekabon, Iran

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Erik X
Prague, Czech Republic9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
We wanted to top off our two weeks in Iran with a four-day trek in the Alborz mountains. We’ve found Caspian Trek online, liked the reviews and emailed Farzin. At this time we didn’t know the treat we were in for!

Farzin provides us with a couple of different itinenaries of various difficulty levels and prices. We didn’t want to go super high so we opted for a trek going up to about 3.400 metres above sea level. We also wanted to save a bit of money but didn’t want to carry all our things, so chose a non-English speaking guide and two adorable mules to carry our things. The trip was worth every cent.

Farzin had a driver pick us up in Tehran, who drove us to a small village to the home of our guide, a local man Ali. Ali introduced his wife and two boys, served refreshments and welcomed us in his home. This was truly exciting, seeing how an Iranian family lives. Ali let us sleep in their living room and he and his family went to sleep to their relatives. We started our trek the next day.

The trek was a great choice. We saw breathtakingly beautiful nature. With no people whatsoever. Any European mountains are overcrowded in comparison. We spent two nights in a tent near shelters of goat and sheep shephers high in the mountains. All these were Ali’s friends and welcomed us in their truly humble abodes. We never expected our trek to have such a cultural side. We would never experience this without Ali.

Unfortunatelly we had to cut our trek one day short as my trusted shoes nearly destroyed my feet. This wasn’t a problem for Farzin who arranged an alternative pick up and then welcomed us in his beautiful house near the Caspian see. The exciting bus ride through the mountains back to Tehran was just a small bonus!

If you’re considering a trek in Iran then Farzin is your guy.
Written 3 December 2022
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TL32
Helsinki, Finland11 contributions
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Jul 2022
We did a day hike and a longer hike from Caspian region to Alamut valley and stayed some days relaxing in Farzin's fantastic lodge. Farzin is an excellent trek organizer and we highly recommend his services for everybody planning to go trekking in Iran. The communication with him was easy and quick. He took great care to plan our trek according to our needs and wishes, and when we had to change our plans, he was very flexible to do adjustments. He has great knowledge of the region and can organize a great variety of treks suited to different kinds of needs. His lodge is very comfortable for relaxing before or after the trek and food there was very delicious (also vegetarians were well looked after). He also helped us to get the visas and organized transport for us.
Written 9 October 2022
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Many thanks Tuomas for this kind review. I am aware things were not perfect especially on the last day of your trek but I do appreciate your patience and flexibility whilst trying to rearrange everything for your Iran trip. kind regards Farzin
Written 17 October 2022
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T USA
Stockholm, Sweden8 contributions
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Aug 2022 • Solo
The trek was excellent and definitely one of the highlights of my trip in Iran. 4 day trek in the Alborz mountains combining Alamut valley with Caspian Sea; no other people on the way, varied terrain, and comfortable gear/equipment/pace. Some improvements were that it was a little pricey, food was good but not great, and guide rushed me at the end a bit. All in all a great trek and I would do another one! Farzin the owner was good in English and helpful in arranging the trip and details (like 10 people were involved).
Written 4 September 2022
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Thank you Tyler, I will endeavor to concentrate on the not so great parts to make them almost perfect for the next trek. Thanks for coming over. Farzin
Written 9 September 2022
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Karl H
Rosenheim, Germany1 contribution
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Jul 2022
By chance I found Farzin's website on the Internet. I asked him if he could organize a tour of the north-east climb of Damavand for me and my girlfriend. His quick response (in English) to all my questions and his friendliness convinced me that I booked with him. When I arrived in Tehran, we had to reschedule at short notice due to a road block and Farzin quickly and unbureaucratically organized the mountain tour to Alam Kouh 4850 m. The transfer from Tehran, the overnight stay in Koonoleghi and the drive in his Toyota all-terrain vehicle to the starting point of the tour worked perfectly. Staying at his nature house in Koonoleghi with the beautiful garden and good food was particularly enjoyable. The ascent of the Alam Kouh 4850 m was a special highlight. I can only highly recommend Farzin's service and organization.
Written 6 August 2022
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Dear Karl thank you for your contribution and your flexibility in the change of plans which were beyond our control. Thanks also for being a great guest in Khoonegeli. I hope to see you again. Warm regards Farzin
Written 11 August 2022
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Li Mai
12 contributions
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May 2022
We usually do multi-day hikes on our own and weren't sure if it was worth paying for a guided tour. In Iran, however, there are very few hiking trails and a pretty big language barrier in rural areas. So we gave Farzin a chance and have to say it was the best decision we could have made! Together with Farzin and Ali, we spent four days hiking through pristine mountains and green valleys. We had excellent food, lots of tea, and slept either in our tents or in private accommodations. Farzin has an extensive knowledge of the region and Iran in general and has shown us a beautiful side of Iran that probably only very few tourists experience. Thank you so much! We’ve already recommended you to our friends and families :-)
Written 25 May 2022
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Thank you Lilo and Conny for your trust and for being such great and easy going company during this trek I thoroughly enjoyed trekking with you both And thank you for spreading the word. Keep well and keep on walking! Kind regards Farzin
Written 9 June 2022
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Culture521721
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Jul 2019 • Couples
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!
Written 8 August 2019
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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).
Written 5 October 2019
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HAREM Faruq
Sulaymaniyah, Iraq58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
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
Written 22 January 2019
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Jakob Lange
2 contributions
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Sept 2018 • Family
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.
Written 26 December 2018
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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
Written 5 October 2019
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Geotaal
Duivendrecht, The Netherlands9 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Friends
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.
Written 5 October 2018
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2traveleraround
The Hague, The Netherlands92 contributions
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May 2018 • Family
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!
Written 26 May 2018
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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
Written 5 October 2019
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