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.
- Start :
- Ahwaz International airport
- Finish :
- Fath-abad village
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- Group size :
- Min 2, Max 7
19th April – 30th May
(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
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.