Hiking Keyno peak and a night with Tembi lake nomadic family

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An interesting experience of hiking in Zagros mountains while spending a night with a nomadic family and exploring villages around

In this tour we will have a hiking part which climbing up Keyni peak, having a night with a nomadic family and exploring nomadic villages at the end. We start from Isfahan straight to the trekking start point. After two days hiking we will reach a nomadic family beside Tembi lake. We spend the night with them while listening to their stories. Early in the morning going to shepherding or milking goats. For the last two days we will explore some nomadic villages by car and finally we come back to Isfahan.

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31 Mar – 4 Apr 2018


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Hiking Keyno peak and a night with Tembi lake nomadic family

Start: Isfahan
Destination: first camp in Keyno
Early in the morning we start driving from Isfahan to Shahr-e-kord and villages in the mountains. We pass some mountains in Zagros ranges and seeing the beauty of the nature that nomadic families are living in. We have about 5 hours driving from Isfahan to the point we start trekking. Then we have 5 kilometers trekking with almost 1300 meters height. It will take us 5 hours to stand for the night in a camping tent.
Accommodation: In a rural house in nomadic area
Breakfast: in Isfahan or Shahr-e-kord
Lunch: local food in Mavarz
Dinner: simple and easy-made food
Transportation: 4WD car
Start: First camp
Destination: Tembi lake
We get up early in the morning and after eating breakfast, we start trekking on top of the Keyno range, which is one of thee Zardkuh ranges. During trekking we have a wonderful view to the places that Bakhtiari nomads are living and migrating. In this day we will have a totall 20 km trekking with losing 1300 meters height. It will take us around 10 hours to reach the Tembi lake (called Shatte Tembi) which we stand for the night. There we meet some nomadic family and we spend the night talking and eating with them.
Accommodation: In a rural house in nomadic area
Lunch: simple and easy-made food
Dinner: Local food
Transportation: -
Start: Tembi lake camp
Destination: Gazestan village
We start the day just like a nomadic family by morning shepherding and milking goats and sheeps. After eating breakfast with the family, we say good-bye and continue our trekking part of the tour. We have about 12 km to trek while going down for 1100 meters. After 4 hours trekking we get the Dez river where the car is waiting for us to continue the tour by our 4wd car. We pass some nomadic villages and observe natural beauty. For the night we stay in Mavarz city in a rural house and have some home-cooked food. Just recovering for the past three days activity.
Accommodation: In a rural house in nomadic area
Lunch: at a restaurant
Dinner: easy-made food
Transportation: 4WD car
Start: Sar-agh-seyed village
Destination: Keyn (A nomadic village)
What we do during day 1?

Sar-aga-seyed is a stepped village in the middle of Nomads migration way just after passing Zardeh mountain range. Zardeh has been the highest and hardest part of each nomadic migration. From thousands of years ago, when the nomad families past the Zardeh mountain range they could rest or buy stuff from this village. From this village, you will have a fabulous view of the Zardeh mountains.

In the morning, we will hike for 15 minutes and visit a salt mine near the village. Then, we continue trekking the traditional route of the nomads’ migration for an hour to arrive at a pretty waterfall. After a short visit we will get back to the village.

Around noon we will leave Sar-agha-seyed village and drive for an hour to Khoye village.

We will stop for a while in a rural home, in Khoye village, and then continue the way to pass some villages like Chin and Sar-e-saleh.

At 15:00, we will drive for 2 hours on a dirt road to Keyn village. Keyn is where we meet the nomad family with which we want to spend the night. We will stay the night with this family and have a talk about their life-style, traditions, etc.

Accommodation: In a rural house in nomadic area
Lunch: Local food
Dinner: Local food
Transportation: 4WD car
Start: Keyn (A nomadic village)
Destination: Tehran
What we do during day 2?

In the morning the nomads will wake up about 5:00 am. We can wake up with them and participate/experience (shortly) the nomad lifestyle by walking with the shepherd, baking bread, milking or any other activity in their routine life.

Then we will have breakfast and leave the nomadic village and continue our way through the protected area of Poshtkouh and enjoy the forests of oak tree.

We have lunch in Baznavid village and visit an ancient cemetery known as lion’s cemetery. The name comes from the graves that have lion’s status. These lions are as a symbol of bravery nomadic heroes.

At the end, we will visit the 70 meter high waterfall of Absefid (whitewater).

After this, we drive 4 hours to Isfahan or 6 hours to Tehran.

Lunch: Local food
Dinner: At restaurant
Transportation: 4wd car

Important notes

Please notice the difficulty level of the tour and check the profile view of the trekking route with your physical situations- let us know if you have any sicknesses or problems- You must have a proper trekking shoe which covers your ankle completely and also your personal stuffs and warm cloths. Also sleeping bag is needed for the nights sleeping in a tent, if you do not bring, let us know to provide one for you.

Cultural Concerns

Nomadic culture holds a library of social, cultural and natural knowledge. In one way the nomads are common in several parts and easy to connect to; however on the other side they are vulnerable to being exposed to globalization and modernization resulting in extinction of cultural diversity. We do our best to design these tours with no harm to the nature and no effect on nomad͛s culture.

During the tour, we should pay attention that we do not negatively impact their culture, intentionally or unintentionally. That is why we would like you to take the following cultural aspects into consideration when joining the tour:

  • Before taking photo of a woman or a girl ask us if it is okay or not. The nomad people mostly do not let people take pictures from girls before they have gotten married. This behavior is partly religious and partly because of being used to habits of parents and tradition. We do not want to change any tradition, so please be respectful of this rule.
  • In traditional families, it is not common for girls to make contact with unrelated men. It is therefore important to keep an appropriate distance.Be respectful of taking pictures in general, also with children. Try not to shoot pictures of people at random, connect with them first and make sure they agree.
  • For unrelated men and women it is not common to shake hands. As a woman, be reluctant and wait for the other person to reach out to you.
  • Please pay attention to the Iranian dress code. No shorts for men. Women, please cover your hair and try to wear a longer shirt/dress that covers your curves.

The objective of this tour is to accompany the nomads during their daily life, also respecting their traditional culture in all its aspect and not causing any change. This includes time to get up, not for lounging, no shorts or tight to wear fitting clothes etc.

Another goal is to encourage the nomads in their traditional way of life. This contributes to the preservation of their culture. For example, by asking about their traditions, this goal will be achieved. A close touch of a tourist who seeks the culture of the nomads, is to appreciate their lifestyle just as it is and express it verbally and in action. (If you buy any handmade stuff from the families, we will pay 20% till 40$)

If you make any content (video, article, podcast, …) of the Nomads tour, this is valuable to us. We would like to receive this content and in return you (or anyone that you introduce) can get back a percentage of tour fee in order to buy handmade crafts or a tour package

Price & Inclusions

One of our tour guides that will accompany you during this tour has a lot of knowledge about the Nomads and can translate between the local people and English. Also he/she will drive the car. 50percent of our earnings will go directly to the nomad families, for the services they are providing us within the trip.

The price is all inclusive (including the money for our local partners, accommodations, local food, transportation: 4wd private car and everything usually you will need on a tour)

  • 8 Guests
  • Price per person
  • 8 Guests
  • €349***
  • 7 Guests
  • €359
  • 6 Guests
  • €399
  • 5 Guests
  • €449**
  • 4 Guests
  • €359
  • 3 Guests
  • €409
  • 2 Guests
  • €539

*including all accommodations, meals, fruits, water, tour guide. You just need to bring your personal stuff.
** Our car is a 4wd Pajero 2002 (see it here) or the same quality, for more than 4 guests we should have two 4WD cars.
***Nomad.Tours tries to minimize the negative impacts on local tradition & nature so maximum of participants is 8.

As you can see the price is dependent on number of participants, if you are alone, you can join a group. Check the schedule on the website or if you want a personalized tour just contact us.

Meeting before the tour

We invite you to have a two-hours meeting before the tour in Tehran with our team. During this meeting, plus getting to know each other we will watch documentary, People of the wind, video on the topic of nomads . This will help you to know more about Nomadic life-style to enjoy the tour even more. This meeting is free and highly recommended. Our office is in Tivan Entrepreneurship Club.

Please note that US, British and Canadian passport holders will need to book this trip at least 2 months before departure as this is the length of time it takes to process a visa for these nationalities. There may also be further travel restrictions that apply to these nationalities. Please see our online visa information for more details. Simply select the relevant nationality in the drop down list to access detailed visa information

Please note that travellers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran. You will need to bring all the money you will need for your entire trip with you. Please read through the money matters section of your essential trip information for further details Please note that travellers cannot use debit or credit cards while in Iran. You will need to bring all the money you will need for your entire trip with you. Please read through the money matters section of your essential trip information for further details is included on this trip.



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