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Salt cave of Qeshm

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Salt cave of Qeshm

Postby Mehdi » Mon Nov 04, 2013 1:30 pm

Introduction: Salt cave of Qeshm (Also called: Namakdan cave, Persian: غار نمکی یا غار نمکدان) located in the southern coast of Iran in Qeshm island

Know more abour Qeshm island

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Location: South of Qeshm island in Persian golf.



Days of trip: (Without plane) 4-5 Days from Tehran to Tehran (Without heavy traffic you need 20 hr driving from Tehran to Bandar Abbas, then 1 hr by boat to Qeshm island)
Attention: In holidays there is heavy traffic in all roads around Tehran.

Best time to visit: October to May

Daily time visit: No limit

Difficulty level: Moderately easy

Requirements: (Depend on your plan) Guide or GPS track, water, food, warm and waterproof clothes and tent, waterproof shoes, headlamp
Also you need some technical gear for cave like helmet and...

Legal permission need: No


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Overall risk: Fall down of salt in cave maybe dangerous

Animal risk: No

Lost risk: No

Rescue: Yes, you can call 115

GSM Mobile Antenna: No


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Hotel: In Qeshm city Yes (1 hr driving)

Village: No

Shop: In Qeshm city Yes (1 hr driving)

Gasoline: In Qeshm city Yes (1 hr driving)


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How to get there:
1- Go to Baihaghi or sout terminal of buses in Tehran (more info), Also you can use air plane or traine.
2- Take a bus ticket to Bandar Abbas
3- Take a boat to Qeshm island
3- Take a taxi to cave (4wd vehicle is a best choose)


Nearest airport: Qeshm airport

Nearest train station: Bandar Abbas station


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A trip to the world’s largest salt cave

Postby Parvaneh » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:56 am

Namakdan Cave on Qeshm Island is one of the masterpieces of creation. The cave is an appropriate place for treating those who suffer from asthma and respiratory problems.

Located a few kilometers off the southern coast of Iran (Persian Gulf), opposite the port cities of Bandar Abbas and Bandar Khamir, Namakdan Cave has also the best quality salt useful for treating respiratory problems.

With a height of 237 meters and length of over 6,000 meters, this natural attraction is considered the largest salt cave worldwide.
Given its interior salt stalactites and crystals, and saltwater flow outside, Namakdan Cave displays eye-catching scenery as every part of this natural attraction offers a unique view.
The cave, 90 km off Qeshm Island, has several major and minor passages, first of which is located 670 meters from the entrance.

The underground water, which erupts in the cave, flows on mountain slopes in the form of a salt spring. It piles up in a hole and looks like snow. Elements such as magnesium are also found in the cave’s salt used by athletes.
Meanwhile, Ahmad Bazmandegan, who heads the audio-visual department of Qeshm Free Zone Organization, said ordinary people only can travel 100 meters into the cave due to lack of technical equipments.
He has explored the cave several times and shot pictures from it.

Bazmandegan believes that tourists carry nice memories of their visit to Qeshm Island, particularly Namakdan Cave.
Namakdan Cave is administered by Qeshm Geopark, which is the sole geopark in the Middle East.

Qeshm Geopark has been registered on UNESCO’s list. This unique cave is located along the warm Persian Gulf coast in the southernmost part of Iran.
(Source: IRIB)

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Salt caves

Postby Parvaneh » Sun Feb 02, 2014 5:51 am

Some mountains of Qeshm have turned into salt caves as a result of accumulation of sea water in deep fault and subsequent precipitation of salt. Such caves are not only important as a tourism attraction, but are also significant geological hallmarks. The caves are more than 6 km long.

Namakdan salt dome is among natural attractions of Qeshm island, which attracts a lot of tourists every year. Namakdan salt dome is the only salt dome in Qeshm island which extends from southern promontory of Salakh anticline up to the northwestern promontory of Basaeedou anticline.


Salt caves are located to the south of Namakdan salt dome and are up to 20 m high. This cave is the longest salt cave in the world. It is 6850 meters long. According to recent researches, breathing in the caves may be useful for curing asthma.

http://www.qeshmecotourism.com/pages.php?id=27



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Re: Salt cave of Qeshm

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Re: Salt cave of Qeshm

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Re: Salt cave of Qeshm

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Re: Salt cave of Qeshm

Postby Cherie Boyce » Thu Mar 20, 2014 9:18 am

Very horrible cave that is in all these pics tourist afraid when they saw these pics no doubt that Iran is beautiful underground water in the cave is plus point in the beauty of the cave..
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Salt Dome and the Longest Salt Cave in the world

Postby Parvaneh » Wed Mar 11, 2015 7:47 am

Salt dome site which is known as the other remarkable and scientific attraction of Qeshm Geopark has arisen due to Diapirism phenomena in which the longest salt cave of the world is located. Moreover, the existence of salt springs which have whitened the surrounding area has given it a marvelous landscape. In this region, several types of metamorphic rocks, sedimentary rocks, and igneous stones can be found that is used for studying and researching about mineralogy and lithology.
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