Real experience of passing Zardeh mountain along with Iranian nomad tribe trekking in three days
In this tour we experience different attractions in the nomadic area like Shooshtar watermill, Sar-Agha-Seyed village, Kouhrang spring and Masjed-Soleyman museum of nomad. The migration part of the tour includes living with an Iranian Bakhtiari nomad family and discover the nomadic area, food and their unique lifestyle! This package provides you with 3 days of migration with overnight accommodation with a nomadic family and 4 days of sightseeing.
Please note that although the itinerary starts from Ahwaz, we normally arrange the trips from Isfahan. For customizing your trip please contact us via email: email@example.com
Check out the video below to get a taste of the the journey!
Ali Asghar Soleimani, 30 years old, is from the Amsemali clan of the Bakhtiari tribe. For several years he had left to the city to find work and only returned recently when he was offered a position as the caretaker of a half-finished dam built close to his village. His wife is also from the Bakhtiari tribe but grew up in the city of Dezful. The transition from city to village life is a big change for her. They have two daughter and one son. The eldest daughter attends school in their village. Mr. Soleimani is very creative and is looking for innovative ways to improve life for him and his family. On one of our trips to Mount Keno and Tembi Lake, we met him and his realtives as we were about to begin the first day of our hike. His relatives brought us delicious and freshly made doogh and he himself quickly volunteered to accompany us on the hike. Mr. Soleimani’s father is a shepard and migrates between the villages of Lebd and Leero, which is part of the route we take on our tours. Throughout our journey together, he taught us a lot about the region and the nomads that migrate here.His presence on the hike brought us many interesting stories and also much needed smiles of encouragement when the climb got tough. He is now one of our local partners who, on top of having an additional income to support his family, is helping us in our fight to preserve nomadic culture and prevent the financial pressure that causes nomadic families to move to urban areas.
At the end of our trip, where we had enjoyed eachother’s company and were very happy to have met each other, he showed us a wooden stick that had been beautifully polished after many hours of hard work. Out of respect for us, as his guests, he offered this wooden stick to us. We happily accepted the present and said goodbye to Mr. Soleimani and his family. However, when we told this story to another local, he suggested that this was simply a tarof that Mr. Soleimani had made. Tarof is a type of ettiquette very common in Iranian culture where out of politeness you might offer to give something you do not want to give up. In return, the other person should refuse and therefore nothing is given up in the process. We called Mr. Soleimani to apologize about the misunderstanding but also joked with him that he should not make tarof with foreigners. Let’s just say that this was his first lesson in our Nomad Tours training course 😉
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- Ahwaz International airport
- Finish :
- Fath-abad village
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- Min 2, Max 7
|14 Apr – 20 Apr 2018||
|21 Apr – 27 Apr 2018||
|28 Apr – 4 May 2018||
|05 May – 11 May 2018||
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(Self-organize route to Ahwaz: You can get Ahwaz via train, bus and airplane from Tehran)
Passing Zard-kuh mountain
Destination: Fath-abad village
What do we do during day 1?
After breakfast we will 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 will go to Shushtar, to visit watermills and have lunch in the traditional Mostofi museum and restaurant. Next we head to Masjed-Soleyman, the cradle of the Iranian oil industry. There, we will visit the ͚nomad museum͛: a good place to learn about different aspects of nomad͛s life before joining them. We will continue the journey to Fath-abad village, to have dinner and sleep.Accommodation: In a rural house just beside the nomads
Meals: Lunch: Traditional Mostofi museum and restaurant Dinner: At Fath-abad village, local food
Transportation: 4WD car
What do we do during day 2?
After breakfast we will see the village, then we will drive to Negin bridge and Shimbar waterfall. For lunch, we will be in a local house-garden in Mavarz village. In the afternoon we will go to Gazestan village nearby. There we will enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the nature and the remarkable attractions Dezhpart Steps and Khoda-afarin (means ͞craft of God͟) bridge, which is over Karoon river. The only natural bridge by 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 Mavarz village for dinner and sleeping.
Accommodation: A local garden-house in Mavarz village
Meals: Breakfast: With nomad family (Their daily breakfast) Lunch: Mavarz village –local food Dinner: Mavarz village –local food
Trekking: 5 hours trekking (1 hour for waterfall, 4 hours to Dezhpart steps)
Transportation: 4WD car
What do we do during days 3, 4, 5?
During three days we have an overall of 42 km hiking, accompanying the tribal family. There is no fixed plan due to the nomad͛s decision which is depended on the weather & lambs͛ 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 (from Bazoft to near Zardeh mountain): around 15 km -hiking Day 4 (Zardeh mountain to Zardeh valley in the other side of the mountain):
We follow the path of the nomads (Ilrah). Climb the Zardeh mountain with the altitude of 3500m. This part needs mountain climbing skills. We should pass some glaciers which are not so big but if the participants have no mountain climbing experience this could be frightening or dangerous for him/her. This situation would be for 15km.Day 5 (From Zardeh valley to Sar-agha-seyed village):
We accompany the nomads until noon, then, we will arrive to the pretty village of Sar-agha-Seyed. Approximately 12km.Accommodations: We provide camping tent beside nomad family for 3rd and 4th night; for the 5th night we will arrive to a local home in the village.Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner: the nomads will bake bread on the way and they will produce other foods from lamb͛s milk. Additionally, we would bring some other ready-foods with us. If you have any special diet you need to inform us early.
Transportation: Totally 42 Km trekking. Mules can carry limited amount of our lodging, 5 kilograms for each person so we do recommend to not bring heavy backpack. Our extra stuffs which we don͛t need during the trekking days can be put in the car.
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
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
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