Zagros mountain is the second highest in Iran and presents a natural barrier for Bakhtiari nomads on their seasonal migration between their winter and summer settlements in Khuzestan and Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari/Isfahan provinces. Many of the nomads seasonally also settle inside the mountains and their tents can be found scattered along the roads and mountain paths. Such is also the case along the mountainous Bazoft river between the village of Gazestan and stunning Zard Lime waterfall deep inside Zagros mountains. In our 3-day Zard Lime Waterfall Tour we will take you on one of the most attractive hikes in Iran where we will have opportunity to meet many nomad families living along the river and where at the end of a challenging but wonderful hike we will be rewarded with a waterfall many consider to be the most beautiful in Iran.
In the morning we leave Esfahan and drive to the village of Gazestan where our hike begins with one of the trip’s highlights – crossing the Bazoft river with a raft made of several air-inflated sheepskins. While we comfortably float a local will swim next to the raft and steer it. We will have a typical nomadic lunch with a nomad family along the way and in the evening we will reach another family that will host us for the night. We will use our time with them to witness some of their daily routines of collecting wood, gathering and milking sheep and preparing a fire for making bread. The night we sleep in a million stars hotel or inside the nomadic tent.
In the morning we will continue our hike to reach the Zard Lime waterfall in the afternoon. As if the stunning waterfall itself is not enough the highlight and most interesting part of reaching it is actually crossing the river again – but this time with a zip line that nomads living in the area have built. The rest of the day we will use for photographing and enjoying the waterfall or hanging out with nomads living nearby. Dinner and sleeping in a million stars hotel.
Early in the morning, we start our hike back to Gazestan. Along the way, we will again have lunch with the nomads and also pass the 6000 years old Dezpart steps that were built inside the cliffs. We will finish our hike with crossing the river over a big rock that locals believe god collapsed with an earthquake so that they can easily cross it. For that reason, they gave it the name Khoda afarin (in translation “ created”). Both the steps and the bridge are used in nomads’ seasonal migration. In the evening we will be back in Gazestan and in the night back in Isfahan.