7 Days
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Trip Highlights:

  • Expedition journey to untraveled route in Zagros mountain range

  • Experience nomadic life of Bakhtiyari tribes

  • Socialize with local tribes in Iran in the non touristy area

  • Off the beaten track region of Iran

  • Staying alongside nomad’s tents

  • Visiting rural areas and the people’s lifestyle

  • Crossing a couple rivers on our way to camp

  • Five days hiking in the foothills of Zard Kuh mountains

  • Exploring a couple of authentic villages with special architecture

  • Passing various canyons on the way

START Esfahan
FINISH Esfahan
REGION(S) Chahar Mahal & Bakhtiari province
MEALS: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners
ACCOMMODATIONS: Hotel: 1 Night, Camp: 4 Nights, Local House: 1 Night
All transportation according to the itinerary
Accommodation as mentioned in the itinerary
Meals as indicated in the itinerary
English speaking tour guide
Backpack handling by Mules/Horses (limited to 15kg per person)
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

In Iran there are different nomad tribes who live in Alborz and Zargros mountain ranges in Iran. One of the famous ones is the Bakhtiari nomads who are a majority of Iranian nomads and on this Adventure Iran trip, we are going to cross through their tent settlements. Also there are other nomad tribes called Qashqaee, Boier Ahmadi, Shah Savan nomads who live in different regions. Bakhtiari’s  ethnic groups live in the central and southern part of the Zagros mountains. They will move from lower altitudes to a high mountain from early spring till mid – autumn with their family and sheep. Bakhtiari’s  nomads belong to Chahar Mahal and Bakhtiari province, which are mainly in Zard Kuh mountain chains doing their seasonal movement or KOOCH. This tribe has different customs, dialectic and clothes from other tribes. Bakhtiari’s  nomads are mainly in the west of Esfahan province near Zard Kuh mountain.

The mission of this expedition/hiking journey is to experience nomadic life, learning their customs, way of life by walking through their tent camps in the heights and foothills of the Zagros mountain range. You will see how women work hard and how children also join in doing their chores. This Adventure Iran hiking tour is suitable for those who would like to hike in a remote area which is not found in any guide book, blog or a site. It’s a tailor made itinerary to have a long continuous day hiking through different families of nomads alongside a mountain chain of Zardkuh mountains. Every day we trek on and each night we will stay in different areas and have an unforgettable nights with nomadic families. We will explore different villages of nomad on our trip. Visiting their simple lifestyle, observing their folk costumes, tasting their food and socializing with them during the night and listening to their stories. These will be some of our experience of this journey. We have a continuous walk mainly through cols of nomads with challenging level of difficulty. We will trek a total of 100 km in 5 days. The total ascent will be 4418 and total decent 4315 m. The hike will start from a village through an oak forest of the Zagros mountains. During the 5 day hiking in the Zard Kuh mountain chain we will cross many rivers, passing various canyons, walk on the ridges of mountains and traverse many passes. We have to be fully prepared physically and mentally as we are going to be sharing tents and meals with tribes with very old custom and beliefs. This trip is suitable only for experienced hikers who have been on such a trip like this. We must be ready to handle different situations on this trip. We have to be flexible totally for any changes like the length of the trek, the volume of the water in the rivers, very cold water of rivers and hot day temperatures. If you are coming in early spring or late autumn for this trip you have to be prepared for rain and the cold temperature of the nights. This journey will start from the amazing city of Esfahan and a long drive through mountainous dirt road to a village in the heart of the mountains. The trek also ends in Esfahan. If you want to join this trip from Tehran or Shiraz, please get in touch.


Day 1: Drive to Zardkuh mountains

You will be picked up from your hotel in Esfahan at noon and it’s a long drive to the village. It takes 5 hours (300 km). The last two hours of driving is on a dirt road to reach the village. We will drive on a winding mountain road via heights of Zagros mountains and on the way we will cross through many nomadic areas in the mountains. In the late afternoon you will arrive at the village. You will stay in very basic nomadic houses. (D)

Day 2: Hiking alongside river

We start from the village our today’s hike by descending down to the end of the canyon and from there we will take the river direction toward the nomadic region of Zardkuh. In the late afternoon we will arrive at our first camp and we will pitch our own tents nearby the nomadic tents and the families. Overnight stay in tent. (B, L, D)

Day 3: Crossing rivers through canyons

Today’s hike is shorter than yesterday, but we have to cross many rivers and also sometimes we have to walk through the rivers as we walk in the canyon.In the afternoon we will arrive at another interesting village with a special architecture. When we arrive, we will make our camp in the courtyard of one of local houses and after a short rest at the camp we will have a walking tour of the village before sunset. We have dinner in the camp and overnight stay in the tents. (B, L, D)

Day 4: Hiking via the forest

The beginning of the trek is on a dirt road and from there we will take a detour through a forest.). At the end of the day we will reach a village, lay down at the base of a huge rock in very low altitude and we will also have access to the river on this night again. We will make our own camp again and we will be the guests of the locals in their houses for dinner. After having dinner and socializing we will sleep in our own tents. (B, L ,D)

Day 5: Hike through a dirt road

Today’s hike is mainly on a dirt road. We will cross the village and we will find nomad’s tents after village and we spend our last night in camp there. Dinner will be prepared in the camp and we will have an amazing night with locals in our place. Overnight stay in the tent. (B, L, D)

Day 6: Passing high passes to the last village- drive to a town

Today is our last day’s hike. We will be there by late afternoon and then after a short rest we will have one and half hour dirt road driving to a town. There is an interesting hotel and we will stay this night there. We will take a shower after a week and we will have a dinner in the restaurant of the hotel. (B, L, D)

Day 7: Drive back to Esfahan

Today we will wake up late and we have breakfast in the restaurant of the hotel. Then our vehicles pick us up and we will drive to Esfahan. You will be there by lunch time and the tour will unfortunately come to an end..
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Bakhtiari nomadic Tribes peole photgraphy
Hiking through Zagros Mountains

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