Shahdad Kalut Desert, Kalout, Kalot

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Kalots are structures that are created by natural erosion, especially caused by wind. These structures are seen in different forms and therefore have a lot of tourist attraction and many enthusiasts travel to visit and photograph these structures.





Where is the Kalut Desert?

Kaluts are found in different parts of Iran. But the largest of them is located in Kerman province and around the city of Shahdad, and for this reason they are known as Shahdad Klots.



The range in which these Kalots can be seen is very wide. The western and northern parts of this area, which is located between Shahdad and Nehbandan, are more scattered, and for this reason, it is more possible to visit it. Along the way to the south and east, it causes the Klots to condense.




Travel guide to Lut desert

The best place to enter Kaluts is after Deh Seif village on the way from Shahdad to Nehbandan. From this point, you can enter the Kaluts area by car or on foot and enjoy visiting them.



Visiting a small area of ​​the Kalots takes at least half a day, and due to the usual heat of this area, it is necessary to have water with you for this period.


Kalut Desert Wildlife

There is no plant or animal life in the central parts of the Lut Desert; But in some times of the year when the weather is more favorable, short life can be observed. For example, in the spring, after limited seasonal rains, grass plants grow and dry out in a short time.

Unlike the central regions, which are devoid of vegetation, the Rig-e-Yalan region contains several species of plants. The density of this vegetation is much higher in the east of Lut. In addition, in 20 km of Shahdad region, turmeric trees and shrubs can be seen, which is one of the most beautiful landscapes that can be seen in Lut desert, “Nebka” or sand pots. This amazing phenomenon is one of the unique attractions of Lut desert. The sand dunes, which surround the teak bushes like a pot, are up to 10 meters high.

In the eastern part of the Lut Desert live animals that are resistant to dehydration. These include snakes and carnivorous birds, foxes and sand cats, and agamas. About 70 species of birds have been seen in the Lut Desert, all of which have white in common to absorb less heat. These birds get their water from insects or dew, which is formed by the difference between day and night temperatures.


Kalut desert at night

The night sky of the desert is the paradise of astronomers, and the pristine nature of Lut compared to other deserts of Iran invites photographers, astronomers and researchers. Due to the remoteness of this desert from the big cities and the light created by these cities, beautiful images of the night sky can be recorded inside the Lut desert.



The best time and season to travel to Kalut desert?

The best time to travel to Lut is autumn and winter. In the summer, the Lut Desert is not only one of the hottest spots in Iran, but according to NASA satellite data, this region is one of the hottest spots on Earth.



Travel guide to Lut desert

A trip to Lut desert, due to the size of the region and the absence of any town or village in it, requires the company of a professional group and familiar with the region. The only way to visit this area is to use SUV cars. To travel to it, you must bring enough food, water, gasoline and in general all the travel necessities. Undoubtedly, watching the grandeur of Lut and Rig Yalan desert is worth the hardships of traveling to this region.

It is important to note that a full visit to the Lut area also requires a permits. The Lut desert is actually divided into three parts: green, orange and red. Visiting the green area is open to the public, but presence in the orange and red areas is prohibited, and to enter this area you will need the presence of a guide and the necessary coordination with the relevant devices.


Necessary equipment for Kalut desert Travel?

Although lut is a desert and lowland region, it has cold nights. Therefore, having warm clothes and a sleeping bag is a necessity of travel. The only way to stay in this area is camping and it is definitely an adventurous trip.




What is needed for visit Lut desert in Iran?

First, you need to have enough knowledge to do. .

Second, you will need camp equipment. Equipment without which it is not possible to stay in desert. 

Third, you need to select an experienced team to enter the desert with. Without an experienced team, entering the desert can be very dangerous.



Trekking tours in Lut desert

It is possible to trekking in the Lut desert, which of course requires professional teams.



Iran desert tour, best team, guide in Iran?

Contact me to introduce the best desert teams in Iran. Teams with whom you can visit each of Iran’s desert in complete safety. You will also not need to bring desert equipment.



The young lake of Kalout Shahdad desert

In 2019, a flood destroyed the Shahdad – Nehbandan road, which was part of the unfortunate consequences of this flood. From another perspective, we will see this flood, as a result of which a lake appeared in the desert of Lut and Kalut Shahdad. After the emergence of the young lake, many migratory birds were attracted to this area. The width of the lake blocked the road from Shahdad to Nehbandan. The remains of the road are still there and the electricity poles are in the middle of the water of this lake. The Kalouts that emerge from the lake’s water are like beautiful islands. The emergence of the lake, in addition to desert irrigation, has made this region one of the natural attractions in Iran. The emergence of a young lake near the hottest spot in the world is very strange.  It is not clear how long the lake will last. Lack of rain in the area and hot weather are likely to cause the lake to lose water soon.






Mehdi Gholami.

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