Iraqi Kurdistan
Trail Development

The Zagros Mountain Trail is a 215km long trail through the Kurdistan region of Iraq. It begins at the monastery of Al Qosh in the west, and takes walkers along ancient pilgrimage routes, trading paths, and shepherds’ tracks to reach the foot of Mount Halgurd in the east.

See our trail development work featured in The New York Times Voyages Magazine.

Iraqi Kurdistan Trail Development

Where We Are Now

In 2019 we began scouting walking trails in the Kurdistan Regional Governorate (KRG), and key stakeholders have told us a long-distance walking trail is a great idea.

The trail is a work in progress, and there will be opportunities to walk on it in late 2022 and into 2023. To be kept informed of those journeys, and other updates, please sign up to our newsletter.

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We’ve been hard at work throughout the pandemic; in the last three years we’ve:

  • Scouted nearly 200 km of trail following the Zagros mountains and the Zab River, from the ancient Al Qosh Monastery in the west, to Halgurd Mountain in the east, passing through Akre, the Shanidar Cave, Rwanduz, and other natural, cultural and historical sites
  • Established relationships with 36 communities along the trail
  • Connected with five homestay host families
  • Engaged 10 day-stage hiking guides
  • Initiated relationships with seven outdoor clubs representing hundreds of local walkers

You can help us make this happen! Please make a gift today, and let’s walk!

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Images from the
Kurdistan Region of Iraq