About Araz

The word "ARAZ" is taken from the name of a wild river flowing from east Turkey along a portion of the border between north west Iran and the southwest Russia into the Kura river.
Because of its strategic position, this river is considered to be a joint boundary between Iran and other countries such as Turkey, Armenia, Azerbaijan and the Republic of Nakhichevan. Moreover, from long ago, this river has had a mythological reputation. In the Armenian language the word Araz is known as "Arax", in
the Persian language as "Aras" and in the Azeri language as "Araz", all of which have the same root in the Aryan language.

The below letter is received from one of our site visitors who has given a very interesting and valuble comment about other meaning of word "Araz":

" I came across your "website" today and I have enjoyed browsing the content.As I was browsing around, I noticed the section about the "name Araz". My nick name is Araz and I am originally a Turkmen from Iran, residing in
Virginia, USA. The name Araz is a common name among Turkmen of Iran. It is usually used as a prefix, such as in my name (Araz-dordi, Araz-galdi, Araz-berdi and so on). Having said this, If I may suggest one more meaning
of Araz to your description of "the name Araz" in your site. In Turkmen it means "the month of Ramazan". Those who are born in the month of Ramazan will have a prefix of "Araz" at the beginning of their names. So, since I was
born in the month of Ramazan, I carry the name Arazdordi (meaning = born in Ramazan).

Best wishes,
Arazdordi Toumadje, Ph.D."

The logo of Araz is taken from the ancient metal and bronze
engravings of Lorestan (7-8 BC), which are considered to be
original Iranian ancient designs that are associated with
miniature paintings.

ARAZ Activities
1- Organizing classic/cultural tours 
2- Organizing adventure tours such as: peak climbing, trekking, rock-climbing, skiing, caving, mountain biking, camel riding, horseback riding, desert safari, water sports
3- Organizing classic together with adventure tours
4- Organizing adventure tours for some of the Iranian tour operators
5- Organizing training tours in the Himalayas.
6- Organizing incentive tours, holy sightseeing tours, research tours, etc.
7- Organizing tailor made itineraries according to the requests of clients

- Mr. Mohsen Aghajani, Managing Director, Expert in Iranian Art
- Mr. Sadegh Aghajani, Leader of the successful expedition to the summit of Mt. Everest in 1998 (8848 m) and also the leader of the successful expedition to the summits of Gasherbrum (8035 m), Shisapangma (8046 m) & Cho Oyu (8201 m)
- Ms. Annette Zaya, Technical Director

Araz Philosophy
Araz philosophy is that we belong to Nature not possess her. The source and mother of life is Nature and we are her children and must try not to annoy the mother, taking refuge in her bosom, we forget the sufferings and frozenness of urbanism. Because there we have to be free from our social status, we are just her children so we should try to learn the language of the Nature to communicate with.

There we learn simplicity and experience how to live freely.
Respect her because she is the whole knowledge beyond our imagination.
We love her because we know her as the mother of all living creatures.
We believe that Nature is not a heritage left to us by our ancestors but a gift, which should be gifted to the futures, so try to reserve her beauty as it is.