Live like a Nomad and celebrate cultural diversity! During this cultural and natural trip, you will have a first-hand experience of KOOCH (Migrating on foot with a flock of sheep & goats, with the sounds of their bells in your ears) with traditional Nomads. You will inhabit as a nomad in the heart of Zagros Mountains.
In the southern part of Iran, in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari, lives a very special community of people who migrate (Lori dialect: ‘kooch’) twice a year in Zagros hinterlands. They do it on foot like their 10000-year-old ancestors to provide their animals with grass. ‘Kooch’ is the epitome of their unique lifestyle, in which they move with their livestock and carry all their belongings. They used to count over 500000 and millions of animals – but nowadays there is only about 200000 left who still live the ancient way of life.
They are Bakhtiari people – the children of Zagros.
Nomads of Iran are the indigenous people of Iran who have their origin in 8000-10000 years ago. They are independent, hard-working people who have chosen to be on the move to make a living. There are estimated to be around 1.5 million nomads living in Iran today, although the figure is gradually decreasing. Iran has many nomadic tribes. One of the most well-known nomadic groups is the Bakhtiari tribe.
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Words are incapable of describing such a fantastic experience; To sense it deeper, please watch this short video:
‘Authentic’ is ridiculously overused. But here, it is apt. This was a trip to landscape, culture, scenery, and tradition. Be ready to be awed.
We will have a flight in the morning to Ahvaz. After breakfast, we will have a short visit to Ahvaz 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). It is time to 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 and visit ͚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.
After breakfast we will see the village, then drive to Negin Bridge and Shimbar Waterfall. We will have lunch in a local home which is the last point we have electricity. In case we have more free time, we will visit Dezpart Steps. In the afternoon we will join the nomad family in the Zardeh Mountain range.
During these 3 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 to relax and eat more 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.
We will see the SarAghSeyed Village. SarAgaSeyed 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. For more than thousands of years, when the nomad families passed the Zardeh mountain range, they could rest or buy stuff 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 continue our road to Chelgerd. In noon, we will get to the Hotel. After having lunch and recovery, we will visit Kohrang Spring and again for the night get back to the hotel.
This is our last day and we will see some natural points in our way to Isfahan. there is a place we can see fritillaria plains, which is one of the rare Iranian flora. In our way, we will see Shahr-e Kord and at the end, reach Isfahan.
Start in Tehran and end in Isfahan! With the adventure tour Migration with 8000 years old Nomads, you will have a 7-day tour package taking you through Tehran or other big cities like Isfahan or Shiraz. a small group tour that includes accommodation in a nomadic tent, local guest house and hotel as well as flights, meals, transport.
Tehran (Mehrabad Airport)
Or other big cities (Upon request)
‘Authentic’ is ridiculously overused. But here, it is apt. This is trip into landscape, culture, scenery, tradition. Be ready to be awed! We can arrange an online interview with you to let you know exactly what will happen in #Kooch (seasonal migration) and how should you be prepared for that. Just click here to schedule a meeting with Hannane or chat online.
I don’t have to repeat what other have already said and mention how nature was amazing and what an amazing experience it was to migrate with a nomad family. As someone who studied and works in tourism I would like to say that so far I haven’t seen a project of sustainable tourism as wonderful as a project of Nomad Tours. Trying to preserve a dying tradition in a way to bring attention to nomads’ lifestyle, to financially support the same lifestyle and at the same time provide tourists with a unique experience. I wish I could join the migration a lot more and learn about this fascinating tribe and their tradition. Keep up the good work!
As an Iranian girl with Bakhtiari roots, I had this idea that the trip would have little surprises for me, but I was totally wrong. This trip was completely a different, authentic and magical experience. Spending days with the most honest, original and hospitable people I have ever met in my life really changed my attitude toward them, their lifestyle and the way we are all connected to nature. It was also an opportunity for me to face my boundaries and limiting beliefs. In addition, a break from the hustle and bustle of the city and spending days between beautiful mountains of Zagros, where the pace of life is really slow, was an unforgettable memory for me. The night I spent with nomads under the clear sky is one of the most memorable nights of my life. I woke up with the beautiful sounds of bells and I felt as “clear as the air and as young as the morning”! I would totally recommend this tour to all people who are seeking new experiences and adventures.
Thanks to Nomad Tours I had my best experience ever with Bakhtiari nomads. Everything was perfect… the weather, fantastic sceneries, kind and hospitable Bakhtiari families, their intact lifestyle, and super delicious handmade breads and yogurt. We stopped by different villages on our way, and passed through mountains. Too lovely for words! I highly recommend this trip to whoever interested in great and genuine excitement. I’ll never forget those epic moments I had with nomads. Mohammad took care of everything. His familiarity with nomad families, their culture and dialect were of great help. Great opportunity to experience the authentic nomadic lifestyle.
Last week me and few other friends traveled to hinterlands of Zagros mountain range where we joined a nomadic family of Bakhtiyari tribe on their epic migration (the ‘kooch’). They are one of the last-standing nomads that still exist in the world, and as much we were excited – they were eager to meet us as well!
Although first time in Iran, thanks to some lovely Iranian friends, I was privileged to visit the “forgotten people” and have a rather unique experience. For five days we shared the whole experience with a very hospital nomadic family. In the morning we were woken up by the song of hundreds of bells, we eat the fresh made bread, drank the purest doogh, hiked through some amazing slopes and valleys of Zagros mountains, crossed the cold Bozoft river, rest beside the camp fire and slept under the clear skies next to the nomads – until the last day, when the family went deeper into the wild.
At first there’s nothing but man, animal, and a vast untamed Nature – but at the other hand, there’s much more to the picture that meets the eye. By going way back, I found myself immersed in a very different world, yet a world with which I was able to relate on a very intimate level. After returning back from this, sort of, pilgrimage, I feel like I am on a much better place.
Traveling souls would found themselves very much at home with the nomads and their herds, so if you are for some “time-traveling” I think you should not miss this chance.
I was pretty lucky when I found out about his dedicated eco-tourism agency from Teheran, who offers amazing Persia Authentic Nomad Tours. They appreciate and try to preserve this intangible heritage and are quality oriented, with a strong vision of a long-term and socially responsible enterprise. They are very professional and were more than happy to facilitate our desire to try out something different, and to take us on this unique adventure.
My sincere recommendations!