Adventure- nomadic adventure

What is an adventure?!

“Let’s go on an adventure!” “I need a bit of adventure in my life” “You should be more adventurous”

It’s very likely that you’ve used these phrases or heard them from those around you. They might conjure up images of a Indiana Jones-esk character walking through dense jungles or someone in a tuxedo jumping off a plane. It may remind you of the travel blogger you follow on Instagram who takes photos in far away deserts and oceans. Do a quick Google search and you can find endless articles on how to be more adventurous. But how do we define an adventure?

Dictionary.com will give you the definition that an adventure is an exciting or very unusual experience. It also states that it can be a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome. Exciting, unusual, risky; these are all very subjective ways of describing our experiences.

Not everyone finds the same activity exciting or risky. This subjective perspective applies to how we each define adventure; it’s unique to us and our own exposure. For example, a tourist, born and raised in London, might find a several day hike following the legendary migration path of the Bakhtiari nomads to be the most adventurous journey she has ever embarked on but for the nomadic family it’s just ordinary life. They, along with their ancestors, have been making this journey twice a year for centuries.

Then maybe a more practical definition would be to say that adventure is what pushes us out of our comfort zones. Your comfort zone is neither positive or negative, but simply the collection of settings in which you are most at ease. However, there are benefits to temporarily breaking free from the boundaries of this zone and challenging yourself. By challenging yourself, you will get a sense of empowerment. You are doing things you never thought you were capable of and here you are doing it! This and the new setting around you can make you feel alive, inject some energy into you after years of doing the same routine day in and day out. The change from the ordinary can suddenly give you a new perspective: a new perspective that can teach you valuable life lessons.

Even after you’ve returned to your familiar activities, chances are you have pushed the limits of what used to be your comfort zone. You have made yourself more adaptable to new situations and reduce the anxiety you used to have when stepping out of this zone. You will be more open to taking risks, risks that help you grow as a human being. Many of us don’t take these risks because we are so afraid of failure and block our own development with this fear. Researchers also say that the little bit of stress caused by temporarily stepping away from what we are comfortable doing is actually a healthy type of stress. This state allows us to be more creative and perform at our peak.

Now don’t worry, I’m not telling you the only way you’ll get these benefits is if you do a trip around the world in 80 days. You can start right at home. Tonight, instead of having dinner in your usual spot, make a picnic and enjoy it in a park surrounded by the beautiful outdoors. 

picnic in park at night

Tomorrow, after work, go explore a part of town you’ve never been to or go to a restaurant from a part of the world you don’t know anything about. Sign up for a sport or dance class you’ve never tried. And yes, you can start planning that dream trip of yours. Even if you don’t have the financial means yet, just planning it may teach you so much about the history, culture, and people of the place you plan to visit. You can never have too much knowledge!

So go explore! I’ll see you soon on top of the Zagros mountains 😉

top of the zagros mountains

Black tent Bakhtiari

An Adventure Among the Authentic People

    15 MAY 2018 OUR FIRST DAY IN ISFAHAN In the early morning of a beautiful spring day we had our breakfast in Mah Bibi hostel, and then our fantastic trip started.   On our way to Charmahal Bakhtiari, we passed Mavarz village in Bazoft district. We had our lunch in a very nice […]

together in zagros mountains

Unique adventure that few countries can offer

 

together in zagros mountains

As I selected an non-typical tourist country, I wanted to have an unusual experience and learn more about local and isolated cultures. In several travel blogs, I learned about one of the largest nomadic inhabitants in the world, located in Iran. I searched for Nomad.Tours website and I contacted them. It was important for me to see that already somebody went on such a trip before me, and regarding the correspondence, I had the impression that I talk to some serious people that I can trust. I chose a 3 day tour, but for the same payment, they offered me to join the day before in the neighboring city.

Since I visited nomads in February, outside the migration season, I was the only tourist on this trip. The tour joined the organizer, a guide and a cameramen. About the tour itself you’ll hear a bit later, but I want to point out that it was the team that made my time unforgettable. If I just could “turn off” the language, it would be just as if I went with my mates to Zlatibor in Serbia. Later, during my stay in Tehran, I realized that Iranians and Serbians are very similar in their mentality – they have smilliar sense of humor (including black one), they are very much related to family and friends and love to spend time together.

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After meeting with the organizers in the morning, we left with a 4WD car into the mountains. At the foot of the mountains, one boy was waiting for us and he took us to the nomad family where we going to sleep in the coming days. It hasn’t been a long time when I completely lose my mobile signal. In the mountains, smartphones can hardly catch the signal.

For the next 3 days, I was living with nomads who, even for majority of Iranians have a specific lifestyle. Most of the Iranians I met later were surprised by the photos I showed them from the tour. Nomads in Iran rarely abandon their lifestyle, thus preserving their uniq culture.
During the 3 days of my stay I lived as a nomad. The day would start with a traditional breakfast, then we would go to hiking. We visited improvised schools for the children of nomads, neighboring villages and waterfalls.

Mountains, like the ones where nomads are living, I didn’t see in my whole life. From the desert which is only 30km away, mountains are raising with peaks above 4000m. In cliffs of the river and rare plains, nomadic colonies have made temporary houses from stone, clay and clays of in which they remain 6 months a year. When the drought comes, they pack and put hundreds of miles together with the herd of cattle, going to their new home.

While my family, friends and colleagues organized a general search through the embassy because I forgot to say that I would not be available for three days, I was on one of the best journeys. Crude experience, untouched nature and still intact destination. I’m sure that in 5 or 10 years, nomadic trips in Iran will be a world-famous journey.

passing goats

Zeitreise

Ein abenteuerliches Urlaub mit Nomaden in Iran!

Wenn Sie für ein einmaliges Urlaub sind, wenn Sie ein echtes prähistorisches Leben der Nomaden auf der Suche nach neuen frischen Weiden hautnah erleben möchten, wenn Sie für das Wandern über das ganze Jahr von Schnee bedeckten höhen Gebirge und durchqueren der Flüssen in den tiefen Täler sind, wenn Sie doch ein Ort des Massentourismus vermeiden und für ein lebendiges Miterleben des Nomadenlebens sind, dann sind Sie bei uns richtig.

Wir ermöglichen Ihnen ein einmaliges Erlebnis, zusammen mit Nomaden eine wilde Landschaft in SW Iran wie vor tausend Jahren mitzuerleben. Sie nehmen mit Nomaden in ihrem YAYLAK (die Suche nach neues Weidenland) teil.

Der beginn des Wanderns liegt bei Ahwaz, die Hauptstadt des Provinzen Khousestan an der irak. Grenze im SW. Irans und endet im Zentrum Iran in der Provinz Isfahan.

Die Reise geht auf den flachen Land weiter über die Höhe Zagross Kettengebirge und Täler.

Sie genießen die Gastfreudschaft der Nomaden beim Rast am Abends, während tagsüber als ein Teil der Stämme, alles abenteuerliches beim durchqueren der wilden Landschaft miterleben.

Die Teilnehmer an unser Nomaden-Tour erleben ein Hautnahes Abenteuer in der Begleitung unseres Teams. Unser erfahrene Mitarbeiter stehen Ihnen bei Seiten und begleiten Sie um die Uhr. Wir organisieren auch einen deutschsprachigen Begleiter für Ihr Nomaden-Tour, der Sie über die Geschichte der Orte und Leute informiert.

Teilnahme in unserem Nomaden-Tour ist eine bewusste Entscheidung zum Erhalt einer traditionellen “Zeitreise”, die im Allgemeinen von der modernen Zeit gedrängt wird. Die Globalisierung schonte auch die Nomaden nicht. Neben der Urbanisierung ändert die “Motorisierte Reise”, also motorisiertes YAYLAK, das Nomadenleben. Ein großer Teil der Stämme folgen nicht mehr dem traditionellen YAYLAK. Nicht mehr die Maultiere, sondern die LKWs transportieren die Einrichtungen ins neue Ort.

Der moderne Trend mit Kraftfahrzeuge zu reisen, hat zwar viele Stämme von Nomaden überholt, nicht aber die Stämme von Nomaden Tour. Unser Team besteht aus den Leuten, die sich für den bewussten Erhalt der Nomaden Tradition einsetzt. Wir bemühen uns von der Massentourismus fernzuhalten, von der anderen Seite unterstützen wir Bakhtiaris in Ihren mühsamen Wandern nicht nur durch die Abgabe der großen Teil des Unternehmenseinkommens, sondern auch durch die Teilnahme an Ihren aktuellen Leben, von Schulung der Kinder bis medizinische Fürsorge usw. Mit uns