TODAY'S ADVENTUREA guide to Masuleh in Iran>
Located in the northern-eastern part of Iran and home to some of the most stunning landscape in the country, Masuleh is a one-thousand-year-old stepped village and a major touristic destination in Iran.
This guide contains everything you know about visiting Masuleh village in Gillan province.
Stepped villages are quite common to find around Iran, especially in Iranian Kurdistan and around Mashhad.
Basically, they have been built on a hill so steep that the roof of one house is the pathway for the next.
Whereas practically, all stepped villages in Iran have been able to keep their rural and traditional essence, for some reason, Masuleh has evolved into a popular touristic destination which especially attracts wealthy local tourists from Tehran.Do you know the guys from 1stQuest? They are an Iranian company that offers plenty of services for traveling in Iran, like visa services, hotels, flights, travel insurance and tours. The best is that you can finally purchase or book these services with an international credit card. The good news is that the readers of this blog can get an exclusive 5% discount by using my promo code ATC-QST Click here to learn more about 1stQuest
Foreigners are less common though, basically because it is far away from the classic Persian route, so most tourists don’t have the time to travel that deep into the country.
However, thanks to pretty developed tourist infrastructure, Masuleh is receiving the attention of all the guidebooks, portraiting it as a dreamy mountain village so, slowly, it is becoming the prime destination for those travelers who have a little more than 2 weeks in Iran.
The village is actually pretty, composed of some yellowish houses which disappear behind the mist during the early morning hours.
Being the most visited stepped village in Iran, Masuleh has all types of opinions.
On the one hand, the most well-traveled backpackers will tell you that Masuleh is not worth the journey unless you don’t mind eating in overpriced restaurants or trying to bargain ridiculous fares with taxi drivers who clearly want to rip you off.
On the other hand, less demanding travelers will tell you that Masuleh is such a lovely village which you can’t miss.
I personally think that, whereas it is true that, from a cultural point of view, Masuleh has lost its authenticity, it is actually surrounded by some of the most striking nature in the country and, the thing is that 99% of the visitors will just remain in the village, so with just stepping slightly out of the comfort zone you will be suddenly hiking among striking nature only disturbed by the greetings of the shepherds.
So yeah, I think that, if you had time, you can’t miss Masuleh.It’s mandatory to have a travel insurance to get your visa on arrival in Iran. Because of the sanctions, most insurance companies don’t provide coverage for Iran, but IATI Insurance does. Get your exclusive 5% discount if purchasing via this link
Surrounded by green valleys, misty forests, and 3,000m peaks, Masuleh is the ultimate trekking destination in Iran, offering several trails that include both day treks and multi-day treks.
I hiked to the nearest peak, which took me around 8 hours (round trip) and it was a very easy trail to follow.
Along the way, you are likely to find quite a few Iranian shepherds who actually live there, perhaps not in winter, but they have fully equipped shacks and you are likely to be invited to have some chai.
Some of them are very old and live there alone, without a family. I met that old man living in his small hut. He got suddenly surprised when he saw me wandering around those hills by myself.
I asked him for water and he kindly filled it with some boiled water.
We kept at staring at each other until he said: Chai?
Close to the peak, the landscape turns from misty forests to vast green, gorgeous meadows covered in blankets of flowers, a stream, and a few more shepherd shacks, like in a fairy tail.
It’s absolutely stunning.
Spring, summer and autumn would be the ideal months. In winter, the area is covered by snow.
There is no Wi-Fi in Masuleh so you should have a local SIM Card. By the way, as you know, many popular websites are blocked in Iran, which means that you will need a VPN. If you want to know more, read: How to find the right VPN for Iran.
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By: Joan Torres
Title: A guide to Masuleh in Iran
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Published Date: Mon, 05 Dec 2022 03:00:00 +0000