Ski Tour+Kooch

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10 Days
Availability : April/May
Tehran
Tehran
Min Age : 15
Max People : 4

Of all natural sceneries in Iran, mountains are of surpassing beauty; especially when it comes to Damavand and Zagros. Exciting, adventurous possibilities and experiences in challenging Ski tours await you in Iran’s mighty mountains where you can ski among white rolling clouds and snow-covered valleys.

* Depending on the weather conditions, the route & the peaks of the sky tour may vary.
* In case of adverse weather conditions, tours might be canceled for safety reasons.
* Any practical suggestions from travelers would be welcome.

Tour Overview

What you will experience with us

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1: Tehran
Day 2: Ahvaz / Shushtar
Day 3: Reaching Nomads in the Zagros Mountains
Day 4: Nomadic Odyssey
Day 5: Nomadic Odyssey
Day 6: Nomadic Odyssey
Day 7: Nomadic Villages
Day 8: Ski Tour in Samsami Region
Day 9: Ski Tour in Shah-Mansuri Region
Day 10: Ski Tour in Gardane-Cheri Region
Day 11: Isfahan
Day 12: Isfahan
Day 13: Kashan / Departure

Highlights

• Experiencing Nomadic Odyssey with Nomads of Iran
• Ski Touring on Zagros mountains
• Learning about ‘nomadic culture & life’
• Visiting nomadic villages & learn about their handicrafts.

Activities

Walking / Hiking / Camping / Anthropology Sites / Ski Touring

Activity Level

All Levels of Difficulty

Itinerary

Day by Day Plan

Day 1Tehran

● Golestan Palace
● Grand Bazaar
● National Museum of Iran
● Walking in Si-e Tir Street
Tehran, Iran’s capital, is a metropolitan city known for its ancient monuments dating back to hundreds of years ago.
First, we’ll go to a spectacular gem in the heart of Tehran, Golestan Palace, followed by a visit to the historical old Bazaar (Grand Bazaar) where you can enjoy traditional architecture & local people, and do some shopping. We’ll have a famous Iranian dish in IRANomad House (a 130-year-old Persian house). In the evening, we’ll 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’ll fly to Ahvaz in the early morning. We’ll 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 3Reaching the Nomads in the Zagros Mountains

● Mighty Zagros Ranges
● Bakhtiari Nomads
● Scenic Nomadic pathways
After a few hours of driving, we’ll start our nomadic adventure in the Zagros mountains. We’ll go shopping first (this is our last chance to buy the things we need before going to the mountains).
When we reach the mountains, we’ll just take our backpacks, leave the other stuff in the car, and head to the mountains. After some hours of hiking, we’ll reach the pasture where the nomads await us. Depending on the nomad family and their kooch route, we’ll have around 1-5 hours of hiking.

Day 4, 5, 6Nomads' 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 a couple of days, we’ll accompany them in their epic migration in the Zagros mountain ranges. During these days, we’ll have around 40-80 km of daily 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 the afternoon, when the Nomads stop to take a break, we’ll have plenty of quiet time to enjoy the spectacular surroundings. At night, we’ll rest under the cool, starry sky…
* 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 7Nomadic Villages

● Khoye Village
● Sar Agha Seyed Village
● Nomadic handicrafts
We’ll say goodbye to the Nomads to continue our expedition to an amazing green village: Khoye. After 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 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 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’ll be in a nomadic village.
* Depending on the Kooch route, we’ll see different nomadic villages.

Day 8Ski Tour in Samsami Region

● Mountain Climbing in Samsami
After a short drive, we’ll reach Samsami. Grabbing our backpacks, we’ll climb up the mountain to have our wonderful ski tour in the pristine landscape. Before retiring for the night in a local guesthouse, we’ll have healthy local food.

Day 9Ski Tour in Shah-Mansuri Region

● Ski Touring in Shah-Mansuri
Early in the morning, we’ll drive to Shah-Mansuri. We’ll have an 8-hour-ski-tour like the previous day. When we reach our destination, we’ll be rewarded with the most beautiful landscape. For the night, we’ll stay in a local house with delicious local food and a fantastic view.

Day 10Ski Tour in Gardane-Cheri Region

● Ski Touring in Gardane-Cheri
After a short drive in the morning, we’ll reach Gardaneh-Cheri. We’ll enjoy our last ski tour on the mighty mountains and relax afterward in a local house.
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Day 11Isfahan / Persian Bath

● Traditional Persian Bath
● Khaju Bridge
● Si-o-se-pol
We’ll reach Isfahan after a couple of hours (depending on the Kooch route we’ve taken). Experiencing Persian Hammam (bath) and Persian massage (Mosht-o-Maal) after days of hiking will put the most refreshing end to our journey. In the evening, we’ll visit Khaju Bridge and Si-o-se-pol Bridge crossing Zayandeh Rud (The generative river).

Day 12Isfahan

● Naghshe Jahan Square
● Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
● Ali Qapu Palace
● Imam Mosque
● Chehel Sotoun Palace
● Vank Cathedral & Armenian community
We’ll visit some must-see, UNESCO-registered sites in Isfahan, most of which are examples of unique Persian architecture. There is a Persian proverb saying ‘Isfahan is half of the world’, referring to its many palaces, mosques, gardens, bridges, etc. We’ll visit some famous places in Isfahan like Naghshe Jahan Square (which holds Ali Qapu Palace, Imam Mosque, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, and the Imperial Bazaar). For dinner, the amazing Isfahani cuisine, Beryan & Khoresht-e Mast, await us.

Day 13Kashan / departure

● Borujerdiha Historical House
● Agha Bozorg Mosque
● Bazaar of Kashan
There are some very nice historic houses in Kashan. We’ll visit the Borujerdiha House and its unique architecture and then Agha Bozorg Mosque, a symmetric architectural masterpiece built in the 18th century. We’ll also go to the Bazaar of Kashan (Timcheh), to learn more about Persian carpets. Finally, we’ll leave Kashan for Imam Khomeini airport. Our journey ends there.


* Depending on the weather conditions, the route & the peaks of the sky tour may vary.


* In the event of adverse weather conditions, tours may be canceled for safety reasons.

* Any practical suggestions from clients would be welcome.

Tour Details

Included
  • 13 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches, 12 Dinners
  • 12 Nights’ Accommodations
    • 1 Night Village Houses
    • 4 Nights Camping
    • 3 Nights Boutique Hotel
      3 Nights Hotels
    • 1 Night Guest House
  • Travel Insurance
  • Transfers
  • Entrance Fee
  • Internal Flight to Ahvaz
  •  Camping Tents
Excluded
  • International Flights
  • Mini Bar
  • Laundry

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