FAQ

General

Travel regulations, AKA, can I get a visa?

Yes, in almost 99% of cases, you can! The tourist visa process for citizens of the USA, UK, and Canada may take a bit longer, but in almost all cases, there is nothing holding you back from visiting Iran. We will help you step-by-step to apply for Iranian visa. It is one of our services just for IRANomad travelers.

PS. Of course, right now because of Covid, traveling to Iran is available only for journalism purposes.

Is Iran safe to visit?

Despite media’s representation of Iran, Iran is a very safe country to visit. You will see how warm and hospitable Iranians are. Visit this page for more information.

What about Covid19?

Covid19 is still a major problem in Iran. But on the other hand, you can use this opportunity to travel in small groups to Iran’s diverse natural landscapes and villages, which are away from Covid-affected areas. That’s why visiting the nomads in Iran is very safe, Covid-wise.

What is included?

Everything is included except your international flights & transfers from the airport.
You are provided with travel insurance, accommodations (tent, eco lodge, hostel or hotel depending on where you are), food (3 main meals), drinks and snacks, entrance fee and internal flights. If you don’t have the mountaineering gears, you can rent them from us.

Can we have customized plans for our trip?

Yes! We offer tailor-made tours for you. Please get in touch using chat widget or email us. You can also start planning your trip here. We will get back to you soon and plan a wonderful trip just for you.

Do you offer something special rather than other travel operators?

Yes! We believe in our tours’ authenticity. You will ACTUALLY get to visit Iranian Nomads and live with them for a few days. You will leave this trip with a lifetime of memories and experiences. Also, 30% of profits go directly to nomadic families.

Can I gift a nomadic product?

You can purchase a gift from IRANomad Market.

Preparing for your Kooch

Where are the nomads? What nomadic tribes do we meet?

You can go & live with 5 nomadic tribes: Bakhtiari, Qashqai, Shahsevan, Baluch & Sangsari nomads. But we do Kooch with Bakhtiari nomads who are the only remaining migrating nomads in Iran & they are in Zagros Mountains.

Is there cell phone reception when I am with the nomads?

Because of the secluded nature of our nomadic trips, cell phone service may be a little spottier than normal. You may not get any reception for a few days—if this is the case, embrace the opportunity to unplug and relax! Luckily, some Kooch spots may have reception occasionally. However, note that there is no Wi-Fi while we are in the mountains.

Where does our water come from during Kooch?

We bring a few bottles of water with ourselves and we refill them with fresh spring water along the way (these sources of water are crystal clean and used by the nomads themselves). We also bring water filters to use if necessary.

How much do we trek daily?

Depending on the family you are migrating with, it would be something between 12 to 22 kilometers.

Can we choose the nomad family we wish to kooch with?

Yes, sure! However, please note that nomad families migrate on different dates.

How long can I stay with the nomads?

The minimum Kooch time is 5 days. We usually join the nomads’ odyssey for 7 days. To increase the benefits of your genuine nomadic experience, nature and disconnecting, we recommend slow-travelers stay for ten days.

I’ve never hiked before! Can I still experience life with the nomads?

Yes, you can! We have varying levels of tours that are perfect for people of different physical fitness. The most important requirement is to have love for nature, people, and cultures! All the rest can be fixed. For example, there are nomad families that do a slower version of Kooch, while some others take more difficult routes and do it faster.

What will I need to participate in Nomads’ Odyssey or Kooch tour?

You can learn more about Dos & Don’ts here.
Generally speaking, you need the following items:
• Fitness
• Sleeping bag
• Tent
• Trekking shoes
• Snacks
• Personal hygiene & medicine items.

What should I pack?

Our nomadic odysseys are designed to be minimalistic —we suggest you bring the following items:
• Good trekking shoes (well-fitting) & socks (we have some rivers to pass on our way)
• Practical and multi-functional clothing items
• Trekking Poles
• Headlight (It may sound unnecessary but you will need it when you want to answer the call of nature in the middle of the night)
• Extra Battery and power bank for your phone
• Flip-flops (After some hours hiking, when we pitch our camp, it feels great to take off our trekking shoes. Also, you can quickly go inside the tents and come back outside. We can’t stress this enough)
• Waterproof medical bands/plasters & personal medicine items
• Water bottles & water purifier pills (Spring water is not always at hand)
• Sun screen, a field hat, or a cap & wet wipes. (Read the article to know what to do when nature calls)
• A small plastic bag for used toilet paper and wet wipes (even if it’s label says its biodegradable, it’s not a good idea to leave them under rocks in nature)
• Sleeping bag & foam mat (to put under the sleeping bag. The ground can be wet at night)
• Personal cup, spoon & plate
• Main backpack (50 liters -) & auxiliary (foldable) small backpack
• Healthy, energetic snacks that make you happy (Nuts, dried fruit, Peanuts, dates, etc.) You can even put the dried fruits in hot water and drink it to battle constipation
• Shampoo (If you feel you need to wash your hair in long Koochs)

Are there any rules that I need to know about before joining the Nomads?

• During the days that we are with Nomads, we live just as they do. Respecting their customs, culture, traditions, practices, and trying to conform to their local conditions is of great importance. We do our best to have the least effect on them.
• Wearing modest and simple clothing is recommended. No vanity items while with nomads. Since they lead the simplest life ever, it’s better to follow suit & have simple, modest things especially in terms of clothes.
• It is highly recommended not to take pictures of the nomads without prior permission, especially nomad women. Like anybody else, they find it intrusive when visitors snap a picture of them or their children without asking. If you want to take a picture, wait for them to warm up to you, and then ask for their permission.
• Ensuring safety and good experience for all of our guests is important to us. We ask that guests never leave the nomad family or their guides. We also ask that guests don’t bring unnecessary stuff. No hefty backpack should slow us down because we have to follow the nomads’ herd. We REALLY NEED TO TRAVEL VERY LIGHTLY. Sometimes, it happens that the nomads don’t have an extra donkey to give us, or it may happen that the donkeys roam around & get lost and we end up carrying our own stuff.

Is there a threat of wild animals where we camp at night?

The Zagros region has some bears, coyotes and foxes, but since we sleep where the nomads set up their camp, there is no chance that bears would venture so close to where several humans have set up tents. Also, all through the night, the men of the nomad family keep watch around the fire in turn, to caution the wild animals and potential sheep-thieves from approaching.

What if I don’t like the nomadic food?

Getting used to foreign food can be difficult for everyone, but as much as we try to stick to a nomadic diet while we’re with the nomads, we do bring lots of canned food with us that can more or less resemble the food you eat at home. The truth is, by the end of a day spent hiking with the nomads in the Zagros mountains, you will be hungry enough to devour any kind of food and feel satisfied. Plus, once we’re in the cities, trying authentic Iranian food has proved to be a favorite between all the travelers.

How can I enjoy the nature when I haven’t had a shower for 5 days?

A valid fear, yet we must remind ourselves that not showering, albeit uncomfortable, is not fatal and this experience is meant to show us how nomads live, with all their hardships and challenges. Think of it as an easier version of the “Survivor” contest. You can find ways to clean up if you come upon a river, or you just have to make-do with wet-wipes and splashes of water and changing your clothes, until the hiking part is over.

Booking

What is the cancellation policy?

Booking payments are fully refundable due to the Covid-19 pandemic & visa rejection, if the visa procedures are done by IRANomad.
We’re happy to partially refund your booking 1-15 days prior to your departure, but less than a day’s notice puts us in a tough spot and we won’t be able to refund your payment a day before your departure. Find our full terms here.

How do I book my trip?

Simply click on our Bookings page, fill out the reservation form, and then confirm your trip. No extra planning is necessary! You can also text 00989125220511.

Do you offer group bookings?

Our mission is to offer small-group tours for people to truly & deeply connect with the nomads. However, we do offer special Kooch tours for groups of 8 in which we’re going to join two nomad families kooching (doing transhumance) together, for example two cousins or two brothers.

Here are the Steps:

• Fill out the Reservation Form.
• We will be in touch with you to discuss your trip to Iran.
• We will send you a Packing List & your Invoice.
• Book your flights.
• Start the adventure of a lifetime in Iran with us!