About Lut desert

Lut desert or Dasht-e Lut is a large salt, emptiness plain, vast area covered with sandy hills with a complex and deceitful face that is located in the southeast of Iran and between the provinces of kerman and  Sistan and Baluchistan, Iran.
It is the world’s 27th-largest desert, and inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List as the first natural heritage of Iran. It is full of unknowns.

Lut desert in Kerman
Lut desert in Kerman

The inner part of this desert, which covers an area of about the size of the state of West Virginia, is almost devoid of plant life. The flora of the Lut desert is the trees and shrubs of Gaz in some part which located in desert pots that are known as Nabaka, and grow by underground water. In some parts, there are no living creatures, even bacteria. However, adventurers and scientists who have traveled to Lut desert have reported evidence of various animal lives, including insects, reptiles and desert foxes. The question is here how their food chain completes without plants. The response may depend on a unique and terrifying phenomenon. In the desert, the carcass of dead birds is abundantly found. The death of birds due to intense heat is the base of the desert’s chain food.  It has been known as the hottest and driest places in the world for many years and measured at 71 ° C (160 ° F) in the center. Therefore, there is no human being in the heart of the Lut desert and desert marginal residents have been seriously threatened too.

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Attractions in Lut desert

One of the most beautiful sights in the Lut desert is the mysterious Kalut of Shahdad, Kerman. Kalut of Shahdad is the world’s tallest pyramid sandstone created by wind and water erosion. Kalut of Shahdad, Kerman can also be a good choice for travel. It is better to travel to Lut desert with a good and experienced guide. A memorable desert tour, in addition to having a good guide, requires adequate equipment such as food, tents, cosmetics, fuel, rope, proper shoes, compass, map and sunglasses. Also, do not forget about having a sunscreen.

Lut desert in Kerman
Lut desert in Kerman

Lut desert location

Parts of Kerman Province, South Khorasan and Sistan and Baluchistan together form the largest desert in the world. The Lut Desert, with an area of more than 40,000 square kilometers, was the hottest spot in the world for a while at a maximum of 70 degrees Celsius. Usually clay and salt marsh lands called desert. The deserts, which are the result of evaporation and sedimentation, originated in the third geological period. It is interesting to know that subtropical desert is different from desert. This difference is due to specific vegetation, low rainfall and life existence. Contrary to popular belief, the Plain of Lut which registered in the UNESCO Global documents, called the subtropical desert of Lut, and is one of the hardest impracticable spots in the world. In some parts of it, there is no living species, not even bacteria!

Safari on Lut
Safari on Lut

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What to do in Lut desert

Lut’s unique plain has many sights in its heart. Every year countless wildlife enthusiasts come to Lut desert to see these wonders. The Quaternary Volcanic Cone, the largest cloistered city in the world known as Imaginary City or Lut City, wide sand and gray scale zones of light brown to gray and black, wavy sandy zones, numerous polygon zones, and the world’s largest nebulae in the hills. These are the unique effects of desert.

The deserts and especially Lut Plains have many attractions. Especially if you are eager to watch the night sky, you will surely find no better place than the desert. One of the attractions of this area is “Khor Kavir” or Salt Khor Lake located on the route of Isfahan to Tabas. It is up to you what point to choose for the trip. Shahdad can also considered one of the best and most famous attractions of the Lowland Plain, which is of great value both naturally and historically and even culturally, to the extent that it requires further elaboration. Kerman Kaluts can also be a good choice for travel.

Lut desert
Lut desert

Lut desert requirement

Your trip to the Lowland should be accompanied by a good and experienced guide. A memorable trek in addition to having a good guide requires adequate equipment such as food, tents, health care, fuel, ropes, proper shoes, a compass, a map and a sunglasses. Don’t forget to bring sunscreen with you. You can travel by Vehicles such as a train or plane to most of these attractions, but we recommend you to use personal vehicles and, of course, a guide, as it gives you more opportunity to see the surroundings.

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Lut desert history

According to some geologists, this desert was in the past a shallow sea called Tis that has dried up over time due to warm weather. This region of Iran has been known to be the hottest surface spot in the world from 2004 to 2008, which scientists attribute the reason to its dark, dry color. Most of the population of the Low Plains has settled in the Shahdad area, formerly called “Khabis”. One of the few vegetation in the area is Gaz bushes, which located 20 kilometers from Shahdad.