Real slow travel by passing Zagros mountains along with Iranian nomad tribe migration in three days
In the sightseeing part of this trip we are going to visit the attractions of cities in nomadic area like Shooshtar watermill, Fath-Abad village, Kouhrang spring and Masjed-Soleyman museum of nomad. And the migration part of it is a slow travel that includes living with an Iranian Bakhtiari nomad family and discovering the nomadic area, foods and culture. We spend these days like a nomad tribe member as if we are one of them!
In this package we provide you 3 days migrating with 3 nights accommodation with a nomadic family and 4 days seeing around.
Our partner | Mr Ahmadi, the Pure Essence of Hospitality
Mr. Ahmadi is a member of Babadi clan from the Bakhtiari tribal community. He and his family live as nomads. During the festival of Kooch, he and his siblings help their parents migrate between the winter and summer pastures. The first day we met, in Spring 2017, he was in the middle of their twenty-days migration from Lali, Khuzestan to Niakan in Chaharmahal va Bakhtiari. He greeted us with open arms and agreed to have our group accompany his family during their migration. We had endless conversations during the three days that we accompanied him. Now, he is a friend and partner of Persia Nomad Tours. He also recited and sang Bakhtiari poetry for us. (You can watch one of his recitations in the video below)
When we trekked the mountains, Mr. Ahmadi was accompanying the women and helping to transport the furniture while his father was with the goats and sheep. His father is 70 years old man but this nomadic lifestyle has helped him to live such a healthy life that he can do the work fit for a young man. During the trekking, the mules travel quite fast. It’s only when they arrive at stations, normally in the afternoon or in the middle of the day, that they start to eat. On the other hand, sheep and goats journey a little slower and benefit from the grasses that cover their path..
The Ahmadi family shared their life values with us, how they manage to live in tents high up in the mountains, how they owe their life to mother earth, and what their habits are to preserve this nature. As we were leaving Mr. Ahmadi’s family to continue our trip and they continue their migration, he told me something that deeply touched me:
“See how this year’s Kooch was easy? And so will next year. So, come with us again!”
This is also our wish and so, we are trying our best to use tourism as a tool for cultural preservation and sustainable local community development!
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|7 Apr – 13 Apr 2018||
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|05 May – 11 May 2018||
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Be a nomad for three days!
Destination: Fath-abad village
What do we do during day 1?
After breakfast we have a short visit to Ahwaz and Karoon River. Then we drive to Haft Tappeh (excavation site, which consists of dozens of hills) and Chogha-Zanbil (a ziggurat of the Elamite domination era). Then we go to visit Shushtar watermills and have lunch in traditional Mostofi museum and restaurant. Then we head to Masjed Soleyman, the cradle of the Iranian oil industry. There we will visit the ‘nomad museum’, a good place to learn about different aspects of the nomad’s life before joining them. We will continue our travel to Fath-abad village, near Qaleh-ye Khvajeh, to eat dinner and sleep.Accommodation: Sleep in a rural house just beside nomads
Meals: Lunch: Traditional Mostofi museum and restaurant dinner: At Fath-abad village, local food Transportation: 4wd car
Destination: Boveyr Mausoleum What do we do during day 2?
After breakfast we do a sight see in the village, then drive to the Mausoleum of ‘Shazdeh-Abdullah’ on a dirt road and have a lunch there. Then it is time to get familiar with the nomad family that we are going to migrate with. Based on the place the nomad family has chosen to start for migration, we may have about two hours trekking. For dinner and sleeping we are with the nomad family. We eat what they eat.Accommodation: night with nomad family
breakfast: Fath-abad village
Lunch: At Mausoleum of ‘Shazdeh-Abdullah’, local food
dinner: With nomad family, local food
Trekking: At most two-hours trekking
Transportation: 4wd car
What do we do during days 3, 4, 5?
During three days we have an overall of 42 km trekking, accompanying the tribal family. There is no fixed plan due to the nomad’s decision which is depended on the weather & lambs’ status. They might decide that the lambs need more relaxing and eating in a day and walk slowly or maybe in another day they find no grass field so they go a bit faster… The most important factor for the decision of the Nomad family during the migration is their lambs and goats. We do not want to change their priorities so our plan will be compatible with theirs. Here is the most probable itinerary for the migration part of the tour:Day 3 (Chartangun to Boveyr): about 15 km trekking
Day 4 (Boveyr to Baba Zahed): We follow the paths of the nomads (Ilrah) and pass the Monar mountain. Furthermore, we pass Chal-Monar and some other villages.→ approximately 20Km trekking Day 5 (Babazadeh to Mavarz village): We accompany the nomads until noon in Taraz area. Approximately 14Km trekking.
Accommodations: We provide camping tent beside nomad family for 3rd and 4th night; for the fifth night we will arrive to a local home in the village.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner: Nomad families are baking bread on the way and they will cook some other foods from lamb’s milk. We also will bring some other foods with us if you have any special diet please let us know about it.
Transportation: Nomads’ mules carry our lodging but they could support up to 5 kilograms for each person so we do recommend to not bring heavy backpack. Our extra stuffs which we don’t need during the trekking days can be put in the car.
A couple of points to remember:
- Mules will carry our luggage. Extra luggage can be left in the car.
- We eat the same as the Nomads (milk, homemade yogurt, bread, rice, milk, etc.).
- Trekking shoes which protect your ankle are mandatory
- Sleeping outdoor; in case of rainy weather do not worry, we can stay in our tents.
As we explained above the tour has a degree of freedom that lets the tour guide to choose a plan which is compatible with Nomad families plan. After the trekking part, we will get to our cars in the afternoon of the 5th day or maximum morning of the 6th day.
Destination: Maverz village
What do we do during day 6?
After breakfast with nomad family, saying goodbye and hoping a safe and sound migration for them, we will go to see Shimbar(or shirinbahar) waterfall and lake. They are wonderful places to enjoy ourselves after the migration. then we go to Maverz village, a beautiful village just beside the Bazoft river among the mountains, for lunch and some rest. On our way to Shimbar waterfall and then Mavarz village we may see other nomad families migrating. In the afternoon we will go to Gazestan village. There we will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the nature and the remarkable monument: Dezhpart Steps and khoda-afarin (craft of God) bridge, which is over Karoon river. The only natural bridge from which Nomads could pass the Karoon River since (at least) 2000 years ago. It takes about an hour trekking from Gazestan village to the Dezhpart historical steps. Then we will get back to Maverz village for dinner and sleeping.Accommodation: A local garden-house in the village
breakfast: With nomad family
Lunch: Maverz village –local food
dinner: Maverz village –local food
Trekking: Two hours trekking
Transportation: 4wd car
destination: Isfahan What do we do during day 7?
After eating breakfast at Maverz village, we will go to the Chelgerd city. It takes about 2 and half an hour, and then will go to and see Koohrang spring. Here we can see huge amounts of water coming out of the stones. Then we go back to the Chelgerd city for lunch. Depending on the period of the time and if is available we will go to see Dasht-laleh-vazhgoon (Fritillaria Imperialis plain) or the traditional arts and crafts museum in Shahrekord. Our final destination will be the beautiful Isfahan.Accommodation: not included
breakfast: Maverz village
Lunch: Chelgerd city
Transportation: 4wd car
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.
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 onwww.nomad.tours.
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
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*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.