Rig-e Jenn Desert

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Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Shahram » Mon Aug 05, 2013 7:12 am

Introduction: The Rig-e Jenn (ریگ جن) is a vast area of sand dunes in the middle of Dasht-e Kavir (دشت کویر), Iran's central desert in the border region of the Semnan (سمنان) and Isfahan (اصفهان) provinces. It was not traveled by the old caravan travelers, who believed it is a place where evil spirits live. Even today some in the neighbouring towns and villages believe this. Sven Hedin, the famous desert explorer avoided this area in his 1900 explorations to Iranian deserts. Alfons Gabriel crossed the southern 'tail' of it on his way from Ashin to Aroosan in the 1930.
Due to the size of the desert, its lack of any water source, and of course the intense heat, Rig’e Jenn is considered one of the most difficult areas to cross and remained untouched by human.


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Location: North west of Khur city, north of Chupanan city, west of Jandagh city, Isfahan province.

Walking path length: -

Days of trip: 3 or 4 Days from Tehran to Tehran

Best time to visit: November to March

Daily time visit: No limit, but in summer it is very hot.

Difficulty level: depends on your plan

Requirements: Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, satellite phone, headlamp

Legal permission need: No


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Overall risk: -

Animal risk: There are few number of wild animals like snake, scorpion which are active in hot seasons.

Lost risk: Yes

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115 but rescue teams need a long time to find you.

GSM Mobile Antenna: No


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Hotel: No hotel in the path.

Village: No village in the path, just Ashtian village in the south

Shop: No shop in the path.

Gasoline: No gasoline in the path


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How to get there:
1- Go to South terminal of buses in Tehran
2- Take a bus ticket to Khur-o-biabanak (خور و بیابانک)
3- Get off bus in Khur or Chupanan (9 hours in bus)
4- Take a taxi from Khur to Jandagh or west of jandagh (this desert covers vast area around these cities and villages)
5- Start walking
6- Get back by taxi.
7- Get a bus Tehran

Nearest airport: No airport less than 100 km

Nearest train station: No station less than 100 km


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Location on map:

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Also See:
http://www.anobanini.net/forum/showthread.php?3728
http://www.anobanini.net/forum/showthread.php?3578

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Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Kathrine321 » Wed Nov 13, 2013 9:29 am

It’s located on the Southwest of the Great Desert and east of Kavir National Park. Rig-e Jenn is one of the world’s most arduous places because of its high Sand Dunes, vast Swamps, and absence of water.
Until 1997 Rig-e Jenn was never passed. But in that year Ali Parsa (www.aliparsa.com) at last broke the spell and passed this challenging wasteland.
Rig-e Jenn is not a place for beginners. No way! But for professionals a great program can be set, starting from Rig-e Jenn and then Pass Park-e Melii-e Kavir and at last get to Tehran. This is a great 1000km adventure.
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Re: Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Mehdi » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:32 am

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Re: Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Parvaneh » Tue Jan 28, 2014 9:09 am

Rig’e Jenn is a vast area of sand dunes in the middle of Dasht'e Kavir, Iran's central desert. It's located in the west and southwest portions of Dasht'e Kavir, south of Semnan, southeast of Garmsar, north of Anarak and west of Jandagh. It was not traveled by caravan travelers, which believed it was a place where evil spirits lived. Even today some in the neighboring towns and villages believe this. Sven Hedin, the famous desert explorer avoided this area in his 1900s travels to Iranian deserts. Alfons Gabriel crossed the southern 'tail' of it on his way from Ashin to Aroosan in the 1930s. Its rough terrain and harsh conditions have limited successful passage through Rig'e Jenn to only a handful of individuals.


In spite of the use of the neighboring areas such as Ghasr’e Bahram Caravansary from older times, and the Kavir National Park in more modern times, Rig’e Jenn itself had largely remained untouched. Due to the size of the desert, its lack of any wells or water ways, and of course the intense heat, Rig’e Jenn is considered one of the most difficult areas to cross even amongst other deserts. The desert itself consists of many of the main characteristics of this type of terrain such as sand dunes, dry riverbeds, crystallized salt flowers, salt planes, rare vegetation here and there and a hard and often dried and cracked mud surface. Another rare sight is hard mini-mountains which at time were undoubtedly higher and wider but have been reduced to a miniature version due to constant sand erosion.


The difficulty in accessing the area has revealed many surprises in recent expeditions. In 1997 a fresh looking crater filled with salt water and bordered by crystallized salt was discovered. Beyond the crystallized salt was unearthed dirt as a result of some form of impact. The cause of the crater has not yet been established.


Besides the Kavir National Park, other populated areas surrounding Rig’e Jenn include Molk Abad and the village of Mohammad Abad Kooreh Gaz, while the villages of Ashin and Baba Khaled are now deserted. The rocky Jenn Mountain is also in close proximity and its slopes visibly show the severe effects of sand blasting fron Rig’e Jenn.


While spotting animals in Rig’e Jenn has been a challenge, mainly due to minimal human presence, however, physical evidence left behind tells a tale of the desert’s wildlife. Tracks in the sand indicated the presence of sand cats and wolves. The presence of any mammals in the area is truly remarkable due to its lack of water.


It took many tries and a method of trial and error to finally find a feasible path through Rig’e Jenn. A successful trip crossing this desert was completed in 2005 by Ali Parsa. Even in spite of such modern equipment and aids such as jeeps, maps, aerial photos, laptops and GPS devices, due to the nature of this remote area, some not so modern modes or transportation such as camels had been utilized to avoid unpredictable conditions such as mud sinkholes in the middle of the uninhabited desert.


Rig’e Jenn undoubtedly received its name from the belief that the area was haunted by spirits and the devil. This belief was strengthened by, and probably originated from, the fact that perhaps many had entered the desert and never returned, dying due to starvation and dehydration. With the hurdle of crossing the desert now overcome, perhaps it is now time to explore and revive the many ancient and deserted structures that Rig’e Jenn is home to.

http://historicaliran.blogspot.com.ar/2 ... -jenn.html

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Re: Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Parvaneh » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:47 am

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Re: Rig-e Jenn Desert

Postby Parvaneh » Mon Apr 14, 2014 7:57 am

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Re: Rig-e Jenn Desert

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