Qeshm Chahkuh Gorge

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Qeshm Chahkuh Gorge

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Chahkuh Strait is one of the well-known and at the same time strange attractions of Qeshm Island Geopark, which is located about 90 km away from Qeshm city in the northwestern part of the island.

This gorge is located near a village called Chahkuh and the access route to it is passable for all kinds of vehicles. From the parking lot to the beginning of the valley it takes about 15 minutes of relatively light walking that everyone can walk. At the beginning of the valley; The walls are short and relatively far apart. Gradually, as you enter the gorge, these walls become taller and closer to each other, to the point that in the middle of the valley in some places only one person can cross.

Strange cavities and shapes can be seen on the walls of the gorge, which are created by rainwater. Rainwater has a small amount of acidic properties in contact with minerals in wall sediments over time, causing it to erode and create such problems. These shapes are doubly attractive to the gorge.

At the beginning of the main part of the gorge, a number of hand-made wells and canals have been dug to direct water to store rainwater and be used for dry seasons. There are examples of these wells in different parts of Qeshm Island, and in some places, such as Laft village, their number is significant.

Qeshm Island is a dry and low rainfall area and the existence of these wells has been to make maximum use of the small amount of annual rainfall on the island and these wells were used until a few years ago and before the construction of Desalination Plant on Qeshm Island.

Chahkuh Strait is very long but a short part of it can be crossed by ordinary people. The rest of the gorge can be visited only by adventurous people with proper equipment due to the water and difficult access roads.

It is possible to visit Chahkuh Strait in all seasons of the year, but in case of rain and water flow, it is better to avoid entering the gorge. The presence of several wells along this strait will create a double risk in this situation.

Due to the remoteness of Chahkuh Strait from Qeshm city, welfare facilities have been created around this strait and also in Chahkuh village that can be used. Around Chahkuh, you can also visit the Statue valley, Mangrove forests and Cheshmeh Strait.

At the moment, there are enough signs to find the way to the gorge and it is not difficult to find it. There are usually guides at the entrance of the valley and in the middle of the route to help tourists, which has created more security for visitors.

Mehdi Gholami.

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