Bakhtiari woman Iran

Slow Travel Like a Tribe Member

Days
7
Nights
6
Style
Sightseeing
Difficulty
3 of 5
From

549€

USD

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 a nomadic area like Shooshtar watermill, Fath-Abad village, Kouhrang spring and Masjed-Soleyman museum of the 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.

*Please note that we provide small group tours (max. 4 travelers). If you are traveling with a group or you have any special requirements or you just need to customize your itinerary, feel free to contact us via info@nomad.tours

 


Our partner | Mr. Ahmadi, the Pure Essence of Hospitality

Nomadic_Stories_Mr.Ahmadi

Mr.Ahmadi is our partner on this trip.

 

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!



Start :  
Ahwaz
Finish :  
Isfahan
Country :  
IRAN
Style :  
Sightseeing
Code :  
03
Min Age :  
12
Group size :  
Min 2, Max 8

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12 Sep – 18 Sep 2018

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22 Oct – 28 Oct 2018

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Itinerary

Be a nomad for three days!

Start: Ahwaz city
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
Start: Fath-abad village
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
Meals:
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
Start: Chartangun
Destination: Taraz
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.
Meals:
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.

Start: Taraz
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
Meals:
breakfast: With nomad family
Lunch: Maverz village –local food
dinner: Maverz village –local food
Trekking: Two hours trekking
Transportation: 4wd car
Start: Maverz village
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
Meals:
breakfast: Maverz village
Lunch: Chelgerd city
Transportation: 4wd car


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4 replies
  1. Mike
    Mike says:

    Really good!
    And I was wondering what Mr. Ahmadi’s poetry means? Might be about the nature? or something like that.

    Reply
    • daftari
      daftari says:

      Our primary focus is to foster an atmosphere where nomads can regain their self-respect and dignity which has eroded over the years due to previous government policies or the generally negative view Iranian society has on nomadic life (lots of Iranian people think it is shameful that in this modern world we have such an initial lifestyle).

      However, we also aim to provide an additional income to help supplement some of the difficulties due to rural life and the nomadic lifestyle. In this way, nomadic families do not become completely dependent on tourism as a primary source of income which would cause them to change their traditional occupations. Yet, at the same time, this additional income will give nomads the ability to choose to continue their lifestyle without financial pressures. We do this by employing locals as drivers and guides on our tours. We pay for housing or buy handicrafts from the families we stay with (if it is rude in that context to offer money). We also have begun to train our local partners so that in the future they will be able to be the primary tour guides and we solely act as the connection between travellers and locals.

      Lastly, through our interactions, we try to facilitate discussions with our local partners on various topics such as environmental preservation to help find grassroots solutions to problems being faced in the community.

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