Without a doubt, untouched nature is one of the main attractions for visitors in Iran. Kerman is a vast province with many incredible natural landscapes, including the Lut Desert, Meymand cultural landscape, and Rageh Canyon. While Iran has many astounding canyons, Rageh is arguably the most magnificent and least known. Read on to discover just what you can expect from Rageh Canyon along with our tips for exploring it.
Intro to Rageh Canyon
Rageh Canyon is located in Kerman province, approximately 28km outside of Rafsanjan city. Over thousands of years, elements of nature such as wind, water, and soil erosion have shaped this canyon. In fact, as you trek through this 20km-long gorge, you can recreate the story it once told. At each bend and twist in Rageh Canyon, you’ll be greeted with different features, from massive boulders to conical pillars to narrow passes. It’s unlike anything else you’ve seen in Iran.
Bird-watching and star-gazing
It’s not just the natural shapes that will leave you amazed, though. Another highlight of Rageh Canyon is the wildlife. Bird lovers be sure to bring your binoculars so you can do some bird watching inside the canyon. Eagles are common around here, but even if you don’t see the eagle itself, you’ll be sure to catch sight of its nest, tucked into a quiet corner high above. Pheasants and partridges are among other birds that call this awe-inspiring canyon home.
As there is no light pollution, Rageh acts as a premier spot for stargazing. However, we recommend a night time stay here if and only if you are with a local guide. See the tips below for more.
Level of difficulty
And now for a bit of real talk. Most guides will only give you a rundown of this canyon’s beauty. But as adventurers ourselves, the Iran Vegan Travel team has actually trekked through here, so we want to include an honest account of its level of difficulty, which varies from beginning to end. Starting from the hiking trail around the middle and heading north, the path is relatively flat and certainly easier for the average visitor in good health. If you head south, however, you’ll come across more exotic natural features but at a cost. In many parts, giant boulders have come crashing down, thereby blocking the walking path. These parts are better suited for more professional hikers with the ability to rock climb as some parts require scaling about 4m before descending again. As these sections may prove too difficult and dangerous for inexperienced hikers, they should definitely be avoided.
The best time to trek Rageh Canyon is in the spring or autumn. You’ll notice that in the autumn, the temperature down in the canyon is warmer than above.
A good pair of hiking boots are strongly recommended. Parts of this canyon may require trekking through water.
This tip we cannot stress enough- do not get stuck down here after dark (unless you are with a local guide). Unfortunately, there are no marked paths inside the canyon, so once night falls, it’s virtually impossible to find your way out, and temperatures drop drastically. Make sure you’re out before sunset.
All in all, we strongly advise hiring a local guide who can not only get you to the canyon itself but also ensure that you have a safe and pleasant visit. We can help you arrange one so that you can hike for as little or as long as you like and make the most out of your time in this breathtaking natural phenomenon. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions regarding Rageh Canyon or any other part of your trip to Iran.