Where is Chahkuh and how do we get there?
Chahkuh Strait is one of the amazing valleys on Qeshm Island, which has been formed due to the erosion of sedimentary rocks. This gorge is located in Shahab section of Qeshm city and its depth reaches 100 meters. Chahkuh Qeshm Strait is located 70 km from this city and is adjacent to the eastern Chahvi village. In fact, Chahkuh Strait is in the western part of the northern coast of Qeshm.
To reach Chahkuh Strait, you have to reach Dargahan Qeshm Square and then enter the western road. After traveling 20 km, you will reach a crossroads called “Direstan”. Do not tilt your path and continue straight. After another 11 km, you will reach the square where you have to enter the first road from the right. Now you are another 39 km to reach the village of Chahvi Sharqi. When you reach Chahoi Sharghi, enter the left road and cover another 1.7 km. Congratulations to you. Welcome to Chahkuh Strait of Qeshm.
The good news is that all but the last two kilometers are paved, and access to the Chahkuh Strait is as easy as possible.
Note: Keep in mind that Qeshm only has taxis and rental cars, and you must use cars with or without a driver to tour the island. Of course, you can bring your car to the island by landing craft and personally enjoy the beauties of Qeshm.
The best time to visit Chahkuh Strait
Since Qeshm is located in the southern and tropical regions of Iran, we recommend that you visit Chahkuh Strait in autumn and winter. If you plan to travel to Qeshm in the spring, be sure to do so before the weather warms up and mid-May.
Qeshm has a very pleasant climate in spring and many Nowruz travelers come to this island. However, warmer weather can make it harder for you to travel. So if you can not stand the heat, be sure to postpone your trip to autumn and winter. January and February are the best months to visit Qeshm, due to the various festivals held on the island.
Who is suitable for visiting Chahkuh Strait?
All those interested in rare geological phenomena must visit Chahkuh Qeshm Strait once in their life. Of course, the existence of winding paths and sometimes difficult to cross in this valley, has made Chahkuh more suitable for people with moderate to high physical condition. Unfortunately, Chahkuh Strait does not seem suitable for people with mobility disabilities and the elderly.
Where to stay on a trip to Chahkuh?
You can consider 3 main options when traveling to Chahkuh Strait:
- Hotels: If you prefer to be closer to Qeshm city center and can easily see other attractions of the island, go to the hotels option. Keep in mind that Qeshm hotels are approximately 90 km from Chahkuh Strait.
- Homes: If you travel to Qeshm in person, you can find affordable homes in Qeshm. These homes have all the facilities you need for a good stay.
- Ecotourism Resorts: Ecotourism resorts can be seen in the corners of Qeshm Island and two of them are near Chahkuh Strait. Aftab Chahkuh and Nichdar eco-tourism resorts are a good opportunity to experience the simple life of the local people.
If you need a little more adventure and none of the options were right for you, camp in person around Chahkuh Strait and be amazed to see the starry sky outside your tent as night falls. Of course, it is better to talk to the locals and set up in a safe place before setting up the tent.
What accessories should we bring with us on our trip to Chahkuh?
Since you have a long and a bit difficult road ahead of you on this trip, be sure to bring the right hiking shoes with you. Make sure you bring plenty of water and low-energy but high-energy snacks before you travel. Lastly, if your skin is sensitive to the sun, forget about your sunscreen.
What facilities are there in Chahkuh Strait?
Since Chahkuh Strait is located in the nearby village of Chahvi Sharghi, you can find acceptable amenities for shopping and even accommodation. For example, you can use the health services in the village, go shopping in the hypermarket and stay in the eco-lodge. At the beginning of the gorge, there is a place to park your car and the guards present take care of your cars. In addition, you will find several handicraft and souvenir stalls in the area. Since the presence of amenities inside the gorge itself harms its pristine beauty, there are no amenities along the way.
Cost and hours of visiting Chahkuh Strait
You can visit Chahkuh Strait every day from 8 am to 5 pm. The estimated time for this visit is about 1 to 2 hours. In addition, you have to pay 5000 Tomans as entrance fee.
Why is this strait called Chahkuh?
Existence of many holes and cavities in the heart of the stone walls and the bottom of this valley, has caused this place to be called Chahkuh. Natural wells formed by erosion are prominent and inseparable features of this strait. Of course, locals have a stronger reason for this nomination.
The old inhabitants of Chaho village dug 4 wells at the beginning of the gorge so that they could use them to provide a good source of water. In addition to having practical uses and supplying fresh water to the region, these wells have also added to the beauty of the strait. When you visit the gorge, you will notice these wells that have been dug in a certain order in the direction of the other holes. Water enters and is stored in wells through a narrow canal along the four routes of this strait. These wells are very old and some estimate their lifespan to be around 400 years.
What awaits us in Chahkuh Strait?
When you step into this area, a natural statue called the “Three Heads of Guardians” will appear right in front of you at the entrance to the valley. Then it is the turn of the 4 wells that the locals have dug to store water. After passing them and continuing the path, an amazing cross in the form of a cross in the heart of a rocky mountain is waiting for us. This gap is like a crossroads, and entering any of its paths will take you to new valleys.
The high walls of Chahkuh Strait amaze every viewer. The depth of this valley reaches 100 meters. Sometimes the height of the walls is so high that you can only see a small part of the sky; Therefore, light is low in some parts of Chahkuh Strait. The gorge is wider in the northern part and is U-shaped. The further south we go, the narrower the valley becomes, making it V-shaped at the end, making it difficult for us to cross. As the width of the valley narrows, so does the slope of the gorge.
High vertical walls, parallel grooves due to erosion, and hemispherical and elliptical cavities throughout the strait give the well a unique beauty. The presence of various designs and shapes on the walls of the valley will amaze you. These transcendental forms were created by nature.
Wind, rain, torrential rains as well as intense sunlight are the main reasons for the formation of such holes and designs in the walls of Chahkuh Strait. Because the walls of the gorge are made of limestone, the acid in the rainwater can easily and over time create large and small cracks and cavities in their hearts. Rainwater has been doing its job well for millions of years, gradually making these holes bigger and bigger.
Geologists believe that the main cause of the Chahkuh Strait itself is fractures in a large anticline. Anticlines are arcuate folds. Natural forces have caused a single rocky mountain to cross-cut over time, creating four gorges that meet at one point.
Vegetation and fauna of Chahkuh Strait
Most of the vegetation around Chahkuh Strait, due to the desert and hot climate of the region, is of the type of scattered trees and shrubs. Many small and large wells and holes in the heart of the strait have caused many birds to live in this area. Environmentalists estimate that there are about 16 species of animals living in this area, the most prominent of which is the mountain deer.
Chahkuh Strait Fun
If you are interested in photography, Chahkuh Strait is a good opportunity to take beautiful and eye-catching photos. Many climbers also come to the gorge to discover unknown places. If you are also interested in this sport, be sure to go to the area with complete equipment and a local guide.
Another fun pastime for astronomy and astronomy enthusiasts is watching the night sky. The absence of light pollution in this region has made Chahkuh Strait a base for discovering the stars of the Milky Way planet.
- Since there is no mobile phone in Chahkuh Strait, be sure to inform your friends, family and hotel officials about your visit to this valley before traveling.
- You do not need a guide to visit Chahkuh Strait, but it is better to be careful, especially in its southern and steep parts.
- The presence of high walls allows a little light to shine into the gorge, so do not postpone your visit to the last hours of the day.
Concluding remarks on Chahkuh Strait
Chahkuh Strait is one of the unique natural attractions that has been in its present form for millions of years. Writing a memento or digging up and collecting gemstones destroys this valuable and pristine phenomenon. Let us not forget that in this strait we leave nothing but footprints.
There are no trash cans along the Chahkuh Strait. So put your trash in a bag and, if possible, collect trash along the way.
Respect the traditions and customs of the local people when entering Chahkuh village and the surrounding area.