Hamoun Lake

Photo by Roman Bruehwiler.

Hamoun Lake is part of the Tentative list of Iran in order to qualify for inclusion in the World Heritage List.

Hamoun Lake is a large desert lake that is fed by several rivers, mainly from the Hindu Kush. It is located on the border between Afghanistan and Iran. The area is a RAMSAR wetland and an important habitat for peregrine birds.

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The coordinates shown for all tentative sites were produced as a community effort. They are not official and may change on inscription.

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Zoƫ Sheng

Chinese-Canadian - 24-Jan-19 -

Hamoun Lake (T) by Zoë Sheng

I squeezed in this “visit” by having more time than expected as I visited Mount Khajeh. Little did I know that the lake is dry in winter and that the road is only a sandy path for 4WD by taking a left turn instead of going up the mountain. You can probably make out the wetland better in summertime. Thus Lake Helmand is not really worth trying to visit. I understand now that the other two parts are north of Zabol and I did not go anywhere up there, with one of the lakes shared with the Afghanistan border I assume it is off-limits anyway, and one completely in Afghanistan?!. Not a very good review, I know, I suppose mainly due to not being accessible. Even if this gets the notch for an inscription I would think a trans-national site is required with the help of Afghanistan.


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Natural landscape - Rivers, Wetlands and Lakes
2008 Added to Tentative List

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