There are many places in the vast country of Iran that are not well explored. Hayghar Canyon, تنگه هایقر or Grand Canyon of Iran is one of them.
I went to this place with a local friend of mine who had gotten the tip of this place from another friend. I’ve also noticed that most of my other Iranian friends and Persian people I’ve met online have never heard of this place. It even took me a very long time and the power of the internet to figure out the name of it and eventually finding the spot on the map.
Good to know before you go
You need your own vehicle to get there as I am not aware of any tour company going there. When me and my friend was there, there were barely any other people around. It’s a road trip. Bring snacks and A LOT OF WATER and prepare that music list of yours.
We have been told it’s not safe for women to go alone. We were fine, but it is very secluded so I understand what they meant. Especially since a couple of guys seemed way to interested in bumping into us again. So be a group of people, not alone.
There are some incredible places on the way that you should not miss – like Qal’eh Dokhtar (also known by the names Ghale Dokhtar, Dezh Dokhtar, The Maiden’s Castle, The Girl’s Castle and دژ دختر)