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.
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 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 only about 200000 still live the ancient way of life.
They are Bakhtiari people – the children of Zagros.
Have you ever asked yourselves; “How might we design our lives more around experiences, and less around consumption?”
Here with nomads, it is not a vacation. It is about living an amazing life with the most authentic nomads of Iran. What you can expect in our Kooch Tour is accompany these people in their epic migration, and live an invigorating nomadic life to see how awesome it feels to be a nomad. From hiking in Zagros Mountain to the first-hand experience of shepherding and milking the herds, to making bread and listening to nomads’ amazing stories and legends … there would be so many memorable moments you will never forget.
If you want to live the experience too, join us in Kooch Tour.
We offer you a first-hand experience of shepherding and milking the herds, making bread, listening to nomads’ amazing stories and legends.
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 highly recommend this tour, since you will get a three to four days insight in the nomad life which is normally only possible for people working a long time with the nomads.
We were able to see how they live during their migration time and see how they milk their goats, make bread, prepare food and take care of their herd. The family we spent time with were very welcoming and it was interesting to find out more about the way they live. It was a unique experience and we would definitely recommend Nomad Tours.
We basically eat what they prepared (delicious handmade bread, fresh goat milk, khebab), sleep with them under tents, helped and followed them in their migration.
We were able to learn so much about how their daily life, traditions, nomadic challenges, animals care…
I highly recommend this tour for those who want to have an authentic experience with nomads, accompanied by a very professional guide!