Raghez Canyon Travelogue

  • 2018/16/16
  • نوشته توسط Nima Moslemzadeh
Raghez Canyon

Raghez Canyon Travelogue

It was in late July 2017 (Mordad 1396 in Shamsi Calendar) that we formed a group of four and set our destination to Raghez Canyon. Small and light backpacks were our companion and we started the trip at Wednesday night from Tehran terminal to Shiraz. None of us knew what was expecting us in there and we merely saw a bunch of photos and gathered some general information from google. It was 8 o’clock in the morning that Shiraz gate opened its doors in front of us. One of the most beautiful cities I have ever known and being there always excites me to the most. We washed our faces as a refreshment and continued along the way to Darab. Personal cars are transporting passengers from Shiraz to Darab. On the way there, The Maharloo salt lake will definitely capture your soul and you cannot take your eyes from it. We went and went and went so finally after about four ours we reached Darab. Of course, it should take about 3 hours to get there, but our dear driver was not a fan of fifth gear transmission. In Darab, we waited for Aboozar to come. Aboozar was our good and high-energy leader. A kind and lovely human being. We became his guests, rested a little and waited for nighttime. At night, we packed the necessary equipment such as safety helmet, special gloves, rock-climbing equipment, scuba diving suits, and life jacket, which they are all the necessities of this trip. At night, we started to move towards Derakooyeh col and it was there that we should get on Saipa. It was interesting for all of us to know what Saipa is. In the end, we understood that the people of Derakooyeh called the blue Nissan pickup Saipa. We got on Saipa and passed the dusty and rocky road to Kooh Derakhti area. On the road when I gazed upon the narrow and bumpy road, fear took control of me and I was thinking to myself that all of a sudden a zombie could appear from god-knows where and finish us. On the other side, when I looked at the sky, there was nothing but beauty. We had a ceiling full of stars above us. I had not seen a sky with so much density of stars never before. On the Kooh Derakhti road, we spent about two hours of our time to reach the mountain peak. The hiking mile started from here. A path full of downhills and uphills that after hiking about one and a half hour and passing giant cliffs we finally reached the spring. A flat and smooth region. We camped here to wait for the morning and the second half of our amazing trip to start. We slept on the stones. Under the same star-decorated sky. Tiredness overcome us, so sleeping on the stones was equal to sleep in a five star hotel, and to be honest with that sky above us and that calm and quietness I felt no difference. We were woken up at six A.M. We ate a brief breakfast and got ourselves ready for landing and dive. Our first landing was done stressfully. It was our first time to get down on a rope from a height. The rope, which our lives relied on it. There were 64 falls along the way that we only landed from 14 of them. The height of the falls ranged from 4 meters to 35 meters. The water in canyon is extremely cold so that with the first dive I was shocked completely. The excitement is indescribable. Diving from 4 meters height to 23 meters height and going down from the last fall called ”Veda Fall” (the Farewell Fall) with a height of 35 meters. I can tell when I was going down from Veda fall, there were no strength left in me. On the way there, the only companions you have are excitement, wonder, beauty and silence. When we entered the ponds, even the fishes were not afraid of us. There were full of peace. Seeing calcareous ponds is spectacular and you can enjoy looking at sky from narrow peaks of the cliffs. Veda fall was the last landing in this trip. The rest of the road is known as catwalk. A very hard and difficult road, which contained many excitements. Such as a way in which you should slide on the stones to reach the mountain bottom or a narrow way that you could only get through it by sticking to the rocks. So narrow you could not even look down. This trip is full of excitement and adrenaline. A trip that tiredness cannot stop you from moving on and you are whole-heartedly full of craze to go and experience. Our trip has reached its end at the end of the day. I took a plane for the journey from Shiraz to Tehran because there was no strength left for me at all and that was my best trip to this day.

Author and Photographer: Shahin Ghamgosar
Translator: Abbas Amani

 

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