8 Days
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Apr, May, Jun, July, Aug
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Nomadic Adventures, Off the Beaten Track, Local Experience
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Explore the most non-tourist region of Iran through a photography tour in heart of high mountains of Zargos inside of Bakhtiari Nomad Tribes

START Tehran
REGION(S) Charmahal and Bakhtiari province
MEALS: 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Classic Hotel: 2 Nights, Small Hotel: 1 Night, Local House: 4 Nights
TRANSPORTATION:  4×4 vehicle, Private vehicle
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
NOT INCLUDED Entry fee for the sites not mentioned in the itinerary
Travel insurance
International airfare
Excess baggage charges
Airport and departure taxes
Any extra hotel costs such as early check in or late checkout
Mini bar used in the room
Meals not stipulated in the itinerary
Tips (optional)
Cost of medical immunizations
Bottled water
Phone calls
Any other service not mentioned in the itinerary
  • People Photography of Bakhtiari Nomadic Tribes
  • Visiting different nomads’ settlements in the Zardkuh mountains
  • Landscape photography of spectacular mountain views of the Zagros ranges
  • Explore very remote villages of nomads and socialize with people
  • Taking amazing portraits pictures of photogenic men of Bakhtiari
  • Local home stay experience and simple lifestyle
  • The famous taste of Bakhtiari Kabab
  • Having a chance to attend to Bakhtiari wedding ceremony

Bakhtiari is the name of one main Iranian nomadic tribes who live and used to have a livestock life in heart of the Zagros mountains range. The area is a very big region starting from the north of Khuzestan province which is located in the west and the southwest of Iran, and the tribal region is stretched all the way to Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari province. The region has the most amazing landscapes in Iran for photography. It is one of the best places in the country for people, tribal, portrait, and documentary portraits photography. The best place in this region is located in a very remote area which is not accessible by paved road. So we have to have a long drive to reach the starting point of the journey and it has made this amazing nomadic region unique. We will start our trip from the capital by an 8-hour drive to a small town in the nomadic region, and from there we will take a 4×4 vehicle to pass a lot of mountains and valleys through a dirt road to reach the starting point of Photography of Bakhtiari nomads in Iran.

For more information, you could also check out our “A brief info of traveling to Bakhtiari Nomadic Land and “A Guide to Bakhtiari Nomadic Tribes” posts.

This photograph journey is designed for those who are interested in traveling to Off the Beaten Track of Iran for portraits and Landscape photography. This itinerary is very intensive and it is perfect for those who have a limited time to travel in Iran. Some of our Photographer travelers inquired us to combine this trip with another region which is proper for Photography in Iran.

The planned trip starts from the capital city of Tehran and ends in Tehran, but you could also start or finish it in Shiraz or Esfahan. We could tailor-make this itinerary according to your arrival and departure locations in those cities easily. We assume the travelers are photographers and our travel itinerary is based on stopping for people and landscape photography spots that we already marked for this expedition journey. So we didn’t add other attractions which would be highlighted for general cultural and historical travelers. This trip would also be ideal for those who are interested in documentary photography as you are going to see the lifestyle of the nomads, livestock, and the children who live with their parents in heart of the mountains.

In some parts of the trip, we have to walk about a couple of hours to reach the nomadic camp and visit the tribes who are living in the mountains. In addition, we have one full day trek to passing an amazing canyon with spectacular scenery of mountains, rivers, nomadic camps, and forests that will be very interesting for landscape photography. The travelers should have prepared for this hike with ascending and descent.

For the photography on this trip, you will visit different mountains, canyons, and valleys landscape in each day at the destination along with photography of the Bakhtiari tribes who are on our way to the mountains in their seasonal temporary nomadic camp. Besides the two main types of photography, you will visit a few amazing villages too that have stepped architecture and would be perfect for architecture photography. Communicating with men and challenging the ladies to ask them to take a picture would be another highlight and special experience on this trip.


Day 1: Arrive in Tehran

This day is the arrival date but your flight might arrive the next morning and we will reserve the hotel from this day. Our representative pick you up from the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Tehran. Overnight stay in a hotel in Tehran. (-, -, -)

Day 2: Travel to the Nomadic region

Today we will have a long drive that takes about 8 hours to reach the last town which is the entrance to Bakhtiari nomadic region and from there another vehicle (4×4) pick up us to take us to the starting point of our photography trip. We will pass a lot of mountain roads and visit amazing scenery and nomadic temporary camp which would be perfect for landscape and people photography. Overnight we sleep in the local house. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Off-road driving to the nomadic village

After breakfast in the morning, we shall drive to another region on a dirt road and we have a few stops and a short walk to reach the nomad tents living alone in the middle of the mountain. In the afternoon, we will end up in a village which is interesting for portrait photography. Overnight staying in a local house. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Drive to steps village

Today we will continue to explore more regions in the mountain and our vehicle will take us to a few different nomadic regions. In the afternoon, we will arrive at a village which is very interesting for architecture and lifestyle photography. We also have a few hours hike to find the nomads who are living in a remote area in mountains. Walk back to the same village and overnight stay in the local house. (B, L, D)

Day 5: Hike to another valley

Today our plan is only to hike from the village towards the lower lands through a canyon and we will pass through the forest, mountain, and a river at the end of our hiking. This would be a different day to see spectacular mountains that are proper for landscape photography. At the end of the day, we will arrive at a very small village where a few nomads family are living with no electricity and fuel. Overnight stay in a local house with locals. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Long drive to a city

As we are very far from the city where we started our trip, we shall drive back to the town. We will have a full day drive 7-8 hours off-road driving via very spectacular mountain scenery. We will also pass a couple of interesting villages and nomadic regions and have a stop to try our chance to get more pictures of people and the landscape. After arriving at the last village and having a short stop, we continue our driving to arrive at a town. Overnight stay at hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Drive back to Tehran

Today we plan to drive back to Tehran and check in to the hotel and take some rest. Overnight stay at a hotel in the center of the city. (B, L, D)

Day 8: Departure

According to your flight time, we will transfer you to the IKA airport to fly back home. (B, -, -)

For more information and to get a full detailed itinerary, please contact us!

  • We also created the hiking version of this photography trip which has long hiking for 4 days and makes the trip longer and of course harder. If you are interested, please contact us!
  • We highly recommend you to take a flight to arrive during day time as we have to leave the capital very early in the morning of your 2nd day of the trip.


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