Nomadic Photo Expedition

12 Days
Availability : Apr, May/Sep, Oct
Min Age : 8
Max People : 8

A photography tour focusing on nomadic culture, lifestyle & traditions, hosted by the mountain people of Zagros. A chance to combine a nomadic adventure in one of the most photogenic locations with an educational, hand-on experience whether you are a beginner, a mere enthusiast or a professional in photography.

We will join nomads (with whom we will live for a while and do Kooch) in the Zagros mountains to experience a truly amazing photographic & cultural immersion of a lifetime. A photography expert and an expedition guide will accompany us on this trip. Photographing the indigenous mountain people who have developed a strong sense of cultural identity will be the highlight of this journey, designed to make one more knowledgeable on how to photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing local communities.

* We offer this tour in Apr, May, Sep & Oct. The location of the nomad varies depending on the season. So, depending on which migration route we take, we may see different sites.


Day by Day Plan

Day 1Tehran

● Golestan Palace
● Grand Bazaar
● National Museum of Iran
● Walking in Si-e Tir Street
Tehran is steeped in various cultures with its ancient monuments dating back to hundreds of years ago. Highlights of the city include Golestan Palace, the old Bazaar of Tehran & the museums. The old downtown alleys are also perfect to explore.
First, we will go to a spectacular gem in the heart of Tehran, Golestan Palace. One of the top experiences in Tehran is a visit to the historical Grand Bazaar where you will find yourself among traditional architecture & local people. We will have a very famous dish in IRANomad House; a 130-year-old Persian house. In the evening, we will go to Si-e Tir Street where a synagogue, a mosque, 2 Christian churches, and a Zoroastrian fire temple are all gathered together.

Day 2Ahvaz / Shushtar

● Karoon River
● Shush
● Haft Tappeh
● Tchogha-Zanbil
● Mostofi House
● Shushtar’s historical watermills
We will go to Ahvaz on an early morning flight to Ahvaz. We will pay a short visit to the Karoon River, Shush, and Tchogha-Zanbil (a ziggurat of the Elamite era). In the afternoon, we’ll shortly visit Shushtar’s historical watermills. Lunch will be served in the traditional Mostofi Museum and Restaurant and the night’s stay will be in Shushtar.

Day 3, 4Reaching the Nomads in the Zagros Mountains

● Mighty Zagros Ranges
● Bakhtiari Nomads
● Scenic Nomadic pathways
Today, after a few hours of driving, we are going to start our nomadic adventure in the Zagros mountains. We will also go shopping. This is our last chance to buy the things we need before going to the mountains. When we reach the mountains, we will get our backpacks and leave the other stuff in the car, and head to the mountains. After some hours of hiking, we will reach the pasture where the nomads are waiting for us. Depending on the nomad family and their kooch route, we will have around 1-5 hours of hiking. Then, we’ll stay with them in their summer/winter pastures for at least one day. we get to know more about the family we’re living with, their tribe & history and it would be like a warm-up day before our Kooch begins. We’ll have some sessions with the photography expert and meanwhile, a bond is made between the nomad family & us.

Day 5, 6, 7 and 8Nomads' Odyssey

● People of the Mountain
● Scenic Zagros Mountains
● Experiencing the Nomads’ Epic Migration
The morning introduces the spectacular view of the flock wandering in the green pastures. It’s the day of kooch: An important day for the Nomads. For some days, we’ll accompany them in their epic migration in the Zagros mountain ranges. During these Kooch days, we’ll have around 40-80 km of hiking depending on the nomad family we join & the difficulty level of their migration. Moving behind the flock in the Zagros mountains, we’ll be immersed in the scenic beauty of the area – an unforgettable view. We’ll be all surrounded by imposing mountains and oak trees with the sound of the sheep’s bell ringing in your ears. In the afternoon, when the Nomads stop the move, we’ll have plenty of quiet time to enjoy the spectacular surrounding. At nights, we’ll rest under the cool, starry sky or in our tents.
* Flexibility is key in kooch. Migration‘s starting date and its length are both tentative due to weather conditions, kooch & family issues, or similar matters. The day-by-day itinerary is subject to minor alterations as well, which inevitably affects the city tour plan.

Day 9Nomadic Villages

● Khoye Village
● Sar Agha Seyed Village
● Nomadic handicrafts
Today, we’ll say goodbye to the Nomads to continue our expedition to an amazing green village: Khoye. After some days of migration with the nomads, a comfortable cozy village house would be the perfect lodge. We’ll explore vast fruit orchards and wonderful old houses and see the nomadic handicrafts. Then, we’ll visit the historic stepped village of Sar Agha Seyed with amazing architecture where the yard of one house is the roof of the other. For more than thousands of years, Nomads have crossed through this village on the way to their summer or winter pastures. We’ll hike for about 15 minutes and visit the salt mines near the village. For the night, we will be in a nomadic village.
* Depending on the Kooch route, we will see different nomadic villages.

Day 10Nomadic Villages / Isfahan / Persian Bath

Today, after around 7 hours we will reach Isfahan. Of course, it depends on the Kooch route you’ve taken. Then, in Isfahan, we are going to have a Persian bath. Experiencing Persian Hammam (bath) and Persian massage after days of hiking will put the most refreshing end to our journey.

Day 11Isfahan

● Naghshe Jahan Square
● Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
● Ali Qapu Palace
● Imam Mosque
● Chehel Sotoun Palace
● Vank Cathedral & Armenian community
● Khaju & Si-o-se-pol Bridge
Today, we visit some must-see, UNESCO-registered sites & places in Isfahan. Here, we have the chance to see unique Persian architecture. There is a Persian proverb saying ‘Isfahan is half of the world’, referring to its so many palaces, mosques, gardens, bridges, etc. We will visit some famous places in Isfahan like Naghshe Jahan Square which holds Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Imperial Bazaar. The afternoon is yours to have some rest. Sunset is the best time to go to Si-O-Se Pol Bridge, Khaju Bridge, or the other bridges. For dinner the amazing Isfahani cuisine Beryan & Khoresht-e Mast awaits us.

Day 12Kashan / Departure

● Borujerdiha Historical House
● Tabatabaei Historical House
● Agha Bozorg Mosque
● Bazaar of Kashan
There are some historic houses in Kashan. We will see Borujerdiha House and its unique architecture. And then Agha Bozorg Mosque, a symmetric architectural masterpiece built in the 18th century. We also go to the Bazaar of Kashan called Timche to know more about the Persian carpet. Then, we will leave Kashan for the airport. Our trip ends in IKA.


Ebrahim Alipoor


“I see my camera as an instrument to tell stories, to capture feelings, to share moments, and to connect with other people, places and things. I am engaged in what is called the travel photography. Until now I went to 13 countries, where I took photos of different people and cultures.

Nicolas Vargas Saldaña


“Colombian documentary filmmaker and photographer, based in Berlin. My work focuses on Visual anthropology and ethnographic stories. I’m also an expedition guide who travels to remote parts of our world to meet ethnic minorities.”

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Include & Exclude


  • 2 Breakfasts, 12 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • Travel insurance
  • 12 Nights Accommodations
  • Camping Tents
  • Entrance Fee
  • Internal Flight to Ahvaz
  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers


  • International Flights
  • Mini Bar
  • Laundry 


  • Enjoying a fascinating cultural exchange with Iran’s indigenous people
  • Enjoying the pristine nature of Iran
  • Hiking Zagros mountains while accompanying people of the mountains in their seasonal transhumance
  • Exploring the main classic cities

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