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Title: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: Stephane on February 18, 2010, 04:15:03 AM
I have a friend who tried to cross the border on the road between Van and Khoyl a few years ago. He was stopped by the police on a section of the dirt road in the mountain and was not allowed to cross the border, as it is not open to non-Turkish or non-Iranian people.

There are only two borders open to foreigners between Iran and Turkey. The first is the Gürbulak–Bazargan border near Dogubayazit (Turkey) and Sahabat (Iran) - it is by far the busiest.

The second one is Esendere–Sero and it is farther south. I know someone who got stuck at this border during the winter and was not able to cross because of the snow, so you better make sure it is open if you're planning to go that way during the winter.

I personally biked only the road going through Dogubayazit. I thought this was a truly beautiful region (stunning views of Mount Ararat), but the road going through Esendere-Sero is supposed to be even more scenic.

Has anyone biked the road between Esendere and Sero? Can you provide us any input, descriptions, or advice?
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: petervanglabbeek on February 19, 2010, 04:53:21 AM
I also think there are only these two border crossings. In 2005 I took the northern one, which is very easy. And like Stephane writes, very beautiful. A friend of mine took the southern one in the same year. He encountered quite a heavy army presence and militairy check points. People warned him for the bad and dangerous Kurds, but of course his experiences with these hospitable people were different. The border crossing itself was not a problem. I have seen his pictures of both the Turkish and Iranian sides. The scenery looks fantastic! It seems to be all quite remote, nothing like the excellent paved highway of the northern crossing.
Peter
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: On Two Wheels on February 19, 2010, 07:50:14 AM
I'd be interested in doing this southern crossing this year, but, believe it or not I'm having a hell of a time finding it on the map.  :-\  (Using on line maps.)  ???
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: Stephane on February 19, 2010, 08:08:41 AM
This link will take you right there: http://bit.ly/dy4JFg (http://bit.ly/dy4JFg)
 :P
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: On Two Wheels on February 19, 2010, 08:22:17 AM
This link will take you right there: http://bit.ly/dy4JFg (http://bit.ly/dy4JFg)
 :P


Hahaha, you really know how to make someone look a right chump  :D :D :D

I guess it's easy when you know where to look. Everytime I've searched for it I've never been able to find it.

Thanks for showing me - Believe me that crossing is now firmly engraved into my memory  :-\
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: Stephane on February 19, 2010, 08:31:58 AM
If you know the name of the town, it is actually pretty easy to find with google. I just googled Esendere and Turkey and then clicked on "map". There are only 3 of them in Turkey, so it was easy to locate the right one.
It will be engraved in your memory even more once you have biked it!
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: On Two Wheels on February 19, 2010, 09:05:38 AM
If you know the name of the town, it is actually pretty easy to find it with google. I just googled Esendere and Turkey and then clicked on "map". There are only 3 of them in Turkey so it was easy to locate the right one..
It will be engraved in your memory even more once you biked it!


I totally forgot about Google Maps, I have been so concentrating on finding specific maps on line recently that I have forgotten to 'Go Back To Basics.'  Apologies  :-[
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: noelbike on June 30, 2010, 01:44:56 AM
We crossed both of these borders in recent weeks. No problem. For the southern one you are on the road between Van in Turkey and Urmia (spelt in many ways) in Iran.
There is a high pass (2760) in Turkey but it is no problem.
There is lodging in Baskale if you are interested in this detail.
The country is lovely.
Title: Re: Open borders between Turkey and Iran?
Post by: Stephane on June 30, 2010, 06:53:58 AM
Noel, Thanks a lot for the update!
Title: Turkey to Iran?
Post by: onrbikes on July 03, 2010, 07:00:15 PM
Hey Noel

We're planning the same trip for next year for our Greece to China ride.
Have you got a site to watch your trip.
There's a few guys from cgoab that did the section

ATB
Fred