Cradle Mountain & the Walls of Jerusalem

My 16 year old son and I have just finished the Cradle Mountains & Walls of Jerusalem walk and, while driving home, we were reflecting on why it was so rewarding and so much fun.

We expected spectacular scenery and plant life, and they were spectacular. We expected challenging terrain and weather, and they were challenging. We didn't expect such exceptional guides and that is why I am writing to you.

Tim is obviously a very experienced, capable and knowlegeable guide and I probably can't tell you anything you don't already know about him. He is a thorough professional. We always felt safe but challenged. I was impressed with his efforts in finding us interesting things to see and do in the Walls when the weather didn't allow us to visit the usual places. I also thought he handled the stop-over in Mole Creek due to flooding with a good combination of leadership and humour and it turned out to be a trip highlight!

So, the thing is, the environment we visited was every bit as spectacular, challenging and rewar ding as we had hoped for. What made this holiday exceptional was your wonderful guides.My son and I have thanked them, but we wanted to let you know as well.

Wayne and Simon C. | Mosman, Australia



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Seventy million people inhabit this country which is nearly the size of Queensland (Australia) or a fifth of the United States. It is dominated by three mountain ranges – the fertile and volcanic Sabalan and Talesh ranges, the Zagros range which the runs along the western border and the Alborz range, to the North of Tehran and home to the highest mountain – Damavand (5670m).The Alborz range also has the largest area of vegetation in Iran and the northern slopes are densely covered with deciduous trees.These ranges are also home to many mammals including wolf, jackal, wild boar, hyena, black bear and lynx.The lowlands are inhabited by Persian squirrels, mongoose, Persian gazelle, porcupine, badger and Iranian wild ass. However perhaps the most famous of creatures is the Alborz red sheep with its long black beard and spiralling horns.

Ninety percent of the population practice Iran’s brand of fundamentalist Shi’ite Islam and this will be noticed by travellers by the modest dress code and the behaviour at mosques. All Iranian and foreign females appearing in public should cover their head and wear a dress that covers the body except the face, toes and hands. Men are advised not to wear short sleeves and short pants are strictly forbidden – refer pre-departure notes for full details on dress requirements.

Iran has a long history of almost 7000 years since the Aryans emigrated here and gave their name to the land and called it “land of Aryans” or Iran. Achaemenid appeared in 550BC and was the first unified dynasty and until it was conquered by Alexander of Macedonia in 330BC, Iran prospered as the “Great Persian Empire” for more than 2 centuries. There are many landmarks left from the Achaemenian period, most notably in Persepolis. Many other dynasties and monarchies succeeded the country until the Pahlavi, which was demolished in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution, changing Iran from a constitutional monarchy to a republic. There is an enormous diversity of ethnic types in Iran, the majority are descendants of the Aryan tribes.

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Because of its size, variety of topography and altitude, Iran experiences great extremes of climate.Spring (March – May) and autumn (October – December) is the ideal time to tour Iran.Temperatures should be in the mid twenties Celsius or around 70F.

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