With dramatically eroded mesas and picturesque landscape with towering dunes, it's not hard to see why the Dasht-e Lut is considered one of Iran's most exciting adventure destinations and identified by NASA as the hottest place on Earth.
The desert is speckled with colossal rock formations, some of the tallest dunes in the world, salt plains, sinkholes, forgotten castles, and friendly wolves that roam around at night.
The most impressive of these formations are the yardangs, colossal dunes stacked in a way that they appear corrugated. These features are standard in the western part of the desert. In the east, there is a massive sand-sea, due to the strong winds adding to the impressiveness of this place.
The ecosystem of the desert has been vastly unexplored to date because of the unforgiving conditions and most researchers feel the desert is not worth the effort of studying as it may not sustain any life. However, a team that braved the desert uncovered a fully functioning ecosystem and discovered several insects, desert foxes, and reptiles.
Visitors are advised not to explore Lut Desert in the summer; however, beware that in winter and spring the nighttime temperatures drop below zero.