Halgurd, Iraqi Kurdistan

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Zagros mountains


Join Lupine Expeditions for an ambitious journey into the Zagros mountains of Iraqi Kurdistan

Scale the highest accessible mountain in Iraq, Halgurd (3607m), and explore one of the least visited but most hospitable and surprising regions on earth.

The climb


  • check_circleIncludes
    In-country airport transfers

    All in-country transport

    All hotel accommodation plus suitable mountain tents

    Breakfasts at hotels. All meals, plus cooking equipment and fuel, during the trek

    A Lupine Expeditions leader, with medical and comms equipment

    Basic Ice axe and crampon training delivered on site

    A knowledgeable local assistant leader

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    International flights

    Insurance (we can suggest a reputable insurer for travel to this region)

    Lunch and dinner while not on the mountain

    Additional snacks for the expedition

    We can supply ice axes, crampons and helmets at an additional cost (£tbc), or you can bring your own if suitable (we can advise you on what is required)

    Other clothing and equipment, though we will provide a detailed kit list for the expedition

  • assignment_indVisa Information

    For many European nationalites Iraqi Kurdistan is a free Visa on Arrival. For others we can arrange supporting documents, do contact us if you and unsuure about your own visa situation.




  • Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 hotel restaurant flight_land
  • Arrive in Erbil. Our driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to our hotel in the city. Meet the team and your Lupine Expeditions Leader in the evening and head out to get some street food and a first taste of Iraqi Kurdistan. Overnight in Erbil.
  • Sunday, March 24th, 2019 hotel location_city directions_walk
  • We will spend this morning gathering important supplies for our expedition and see some of the sights in the city. After lunch, we will make the three hour drive to Soran, close to the Zagros Mountains. You will enjoy some spectacular scenery along the way. Overnight in Soran.
  • Monday, March 25th, 2019 style directions_walk directions_car
  • Our 4x4 vehicles will collect the group from Soran, and we’ll make the increasingly exciting drive towards the trailhead for Halgurd. As we approach the snow-line, we will continue on foot. This afternoon will mainly be dedicated to practising the use of ice axes and crampons. Overnight in our first camp.
  • Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 style directions_walk
  • Today the group will ascend to what will be our base camp for the ascent, situated at approximately 3000m. We will complete a recce of the route to the summit, before getting an early night for tomorrow’s summit day.
  • Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 style directions_walk
  • Leaving base camp in the early morning, we will today attempt to reach the summit of Halgurd, the highest mountain in Iraq! Overnight in base camp.
  • Thursday, March 28th, 2019 style directions_walk
  • Today is a contingency day for the Halgurd Summit attempt, or the day can be used to explore another area of the Zagros Mountains. Overnight in tents.
  • Friday, March 29th, 2019 hotel directions_car
  • In the morning, we will rendezvous with our 4x4s and travel back to Erbil for a celebratory team meal.
  • Saturday, March 30th, 2019 flight_takeoff
  • Transfer back to Erbil Airport for your return flight or stay in country for additional nights. We can book these for you on request.