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Kaluts Desert – The Sand-Castle Mountains of Iran

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Within a corner of the vast Dasht-e Lut, you could be forgiven for wondering if you’ve stumbled into a lost city – as miles of eroded sand towers, walls, forts, blocks stick out of the desert.

Girl with kite amid Kaluts of Iran.
Girl with kite amid Kaluts landscape.

A ruined city – so, it seems.

These strange desert formations are shaped by centuries of extreme water and soil erosion.

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The barren but shapely landscape of the Kaluts is mesmerizing.

The Kaluts range 145 km across the desert province of Kerman

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BOTTOM-LEFT: Guy from nearby oasis village beside crumbling mud-fort on route to the Kaluts.

Sitting only at 56 meters above sea level, this is the lowest region in Iran.

And apparently, the Kaluts Desert is the hottest place in Iran

And also, the world.

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Iranian family having a picnic in the shade of this vast landscape of weird dirt formations in Kerman province.

The temperature in the Lut Desert can exceed 65 degrees centigrade in the shade in summer.

So don’t visit in summer, okay.

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BOTTOM-LEFT: Note the guy sliding down – that trail of dust – a Kalut.

I was there in early-winter and it was still very hot at mid-day.

There were a lot of Iranian families having picnics out there this day.

… And I kept hanging-out for the impossible dream of an ice-cold 6-pack.

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Sunset.

INFORMATION: I was in the Kaluts Desert in 2011 and things change so for recent info about getting there, etc, read this post on the Kaluts from 2019.


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Travels in Iran – 2011


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