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11-18-2015, 11:24 AM

Introduction: Dasht-e Lut (Persian: کویر لوت‎, "Emptiness Desert"), also spelled Dasht-i-Lut and known as the Lut Desert, is a large salt desert in southeastern Kerman Iran and is the world's 25th largest desert. The surface of the sand there has been measured at temperatures as high as 70.7°C (159°F), and it is one of the world's driest places.
Measurements of MODIS (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) installed on NASA's satellite "Aqua" from 2003 to 2005 testify that the hottest land surface on Earth is located in Dasht-e Lut and land surface temperatures reach here 70.7 °C (159.3 °F), though the air temperature is cooler. Precision of measurements is 0.5 K to 1 K.

Fantasy land structures carved out of sand hills made by blowing winds called Kalout (کلوت) near Shahdad (شهداد) and Nebkas (the flower pots of the desert) are main features of Lut desert. There is a tourist camp in Shahdad for visitors.


Location: East of Kerman city and north of Shahdad, Kerman province.

Walking path length: Depends on your ability ! there is mile upon miles of desert.

Days of trip: 4 Days from Tehran to Tehran

Best time to visit: November to March

Daily time visit: No limit, but in summer it is very hot.

Difficulty level: Moderately easy, (night camping with no facilities)

Requirements: Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, satellite phone, headlamp

Legal permission need: No


Overall risk: -

Animal risk: There are few number of wild animals like snake, scorpion which are active in hot seasons.

Lost risk: Yes

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115 but rescue teams need a long time to find you.

GSM Mobile Antenna: No


Hotel: No hotel in the path, just a camp in Shahdad

Village: No village in the path.

Shop: No shop in the path, just at the beginning

Gasoline: No gasoline in the path


How to get there:
1- Go to South terminal of buses in Tehran
2- Take a bus ticket to Kerman
3- Get off bus in Kerman(10 hours in bus)
4- Take a taxi from Kerman to Shahdad village
5- Start walking
6- Get back by taxi.
7- Get a bus from Kerman to Tehran

Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km

Nearest train station: No station less than 100 km

11-18-2015, 11:25 AM