Trip Highlights

Expedition journey to untravelled route in Zagros mountain range 
Experience nomadic life of Bakhtiyari tribes
Socialize with local tribes in Iran in the non touristy area
Hiking in off the beaten track region of Iran
Staying alongside of nomad’s tents
Visiting rural area and the person'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 a special architecture
Passing various canyons on the way
 

  • Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Trip Code: 216-STN-TRK
  • Difficulty: challenging
  • Activities: Trekking,
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  • Service Level: Standard
  • Group Size: ( 4 - 15 )
  • Tour Type: Group Tour
  • Price: € 499
  • Single Supplement: N/A

The mission of this expedition journey is experience nomadic life, knowing their customs, way of life by walking through their tents in heights and foothills of the Zagros mountain range.  You will see how women works hard in their life and how children cooperate with their family in their basic life. This Adventure Iran hiking tour is suitable for who would like to hike in a remote area which is not 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. Every day we move and in each night, we will stay in different areas and we have an unforgettable night with a nomadic family and we explore different villages of nomad on our trip. Visiting their simple lifestyle, knowing their costumes, tasting of their foods and socialize with them during the night and listening to their stories are our experience of this journey. We have a continuous walk mainly through cols of nomads with challenging level of difficulty. We have totally aound 100 km for 5 days and total ascent will be 4418 and total decent 4315 m. The hike will start from a village through oak forest of Zagros mountains. During the 5 day hiking in MT Zard Kuh chains we should cross many times rivers, passing various canyons, walk on the ridge of mountains and cross the pass many times. We have to be fully prepared physically and mentally as we are going inside of tribes with very old custom and beliefs. This trip is suitable only for experienced hikers who have been before on such a trip like this. We have to be able to handle different cases on this trip because of local situation. We have to be flexible totally for any changes like the length of the trek, the volume of the water of rivers, very cold water of rivers and hot day temperature. If you are coming in early spring or late autumn for this trip you have to be prepared for rain and cold temperature of the nights.  This journey will start from Esfahan city by a long drive through mountain dirt road  to a village in the heart of the mountain and after the trek we will finish it in Esfahan too. If you want to joint this trip from Tehran or Shiraz, please get in touch.

Services Included

Meals

6 B

7 L

6 D

Accommodation

1 night local village, 4 nights in nomad tent, 1 night hotel in Kohrang

Transport

All transportation, backpack handling during the trek (up to 10 Kg)

Other Services

English spoken mountain guide.

Backpack handling by 4WD cars or Mules/Horse (limited by 15kg per person)

Provided Gear: Eating utensils, tents and camping equipment, sleeping bags, mattress, pillows, duffel bag  for non-trek items left at our office in Tehran

Excluded

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, laundry, 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

Day 1: Drive to Zardkuh Mountains

Day 2-6: Trekking through nomadic tents

Day 7: Drive back to Esfahan

In Iran there are different nomads’ tribes whom they live in the nature of Iran in Alborz and Zargros mountain range. One of the famous ones is Bakhtiari nomads which they are majorities of Iran nomads and on this adventure Iran trip, we are going to cross through their tents and settlements. Also there are other nomad tribes called Qashqaee, Boier Ahmadi, Shah Savan nomads which who lives in different regions. Bakhtiari’s  ethnic groups are living in 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 they are mainly in Zard Kuh mountain chains doing their seasonal movement KOOCH. This tribe has different customs, dialectic and cloths with other tribes. Bakhtiari’s  nomads are mainly in the west of Esfahan province where is Zard Kuh mountain. 
The region:
This trip will go a special province which is not mentioned in any guidebook and its one of the authentic region in the whole country. The name of the province is Chaha Mahal va Bakhtiari. It is located between the triangle of three provinces of Esfahan, Khozestan and Lorestan.
The journey is a week adventure trip in very remote area that even local hikers did not pass this route. The trek is for local tribes they use this route for their seasonal moment. The main region of this trek is nomadic setelment of local tribes who live in the mountain and they live very basic with limited facilities. In Iran we have verities of different nomadic tribes, but Bakhtiari tribes in the most famous one and also is the first tribe in terms of population.
The Bakhtiari tribe is one of the biggest nomadic tribes of Iran, and the other large group being the Qashqaie tribe. Bakhtiari nomads are Twelver Shiʿites and speak a Lori dialect. The nomads and some sedentary people live in the tribal territory, called the “Bakhtiari country” stretching from the Dez river, Sustar, Ram and the outskirts of Shahrekord which is the capital of the province of Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari.
Bakhtiari nomads:
The traditional Bakhtiari way of life is typical of the long-distance nomadism which evolved in the heights of the mountain range of Zagros which is the middle of this mountain range in the west of Iran. 
The Bakhtiari nomads move between a summer abode (YEYLAQ) in the high mountains of  Zardakuh mountain chains with a lot of peaks over 4000m and a winter abode (Qeshlaq) in the western foothills adjoining the Khozestan plain. These ecological boundary between the two zones coincides roughly with the course of the Abe-Bazooft. Thus the Bakhtiari country falls into two different administrative provinces: Chahar Mahal va Bakhtiari Province, where the summer quarters lie, and Khuzestan province, in which the winter quarters are included. The seasonal migrations (called bar) made by different sections of the tribe vary in length and can reach 300 km. Migration into the mountains takes place in springtime when the weather and the vegetation are at their best; it lasts longer (15 to 45 days) than the reverse migration (8 to 30 days). The migration routes are seldom, if ever, changed, because in this region there are only five or at best seven cols over which the Zagros ranges can be crossed; they lead to campsites (JAVARGAH) which are likewise almost always the same, being fixed by longstanding conventions. As is well known, these routes are extremely arduous. The nomads suffer frequent accidents and losses of livestock when they clamber over snow-covered cols and through rock-encumbered gorges and when they either swim or float on rafts held up with inflated goatskins across the Karoon river and other raging rivers at the time of the snow-melt. Despite all these difficulties, seasonal migration is necessary because of the prevalence of cold and snow in the Yeylaq (Sardsir season) from October to April and heat and drought in the Qeshlaq (Garmsir season) from May to September, and often also the exhaustion of the pastures after several months of intensive use. Other possible ways to solve the problem have been suggested, for example to combine sheep folding with fodder crop cultivation and short-range transhumance; but for the time being, in the absence of any satisfactory alternative, nomadism remains the only feasible technique for efficient pursuit of livestock raising in this region.

•    As this trip is an expedition journey, travellers who register for this trek must to have experienced before for long day trek
•    In most of part of this trip we haven’t access to the road as we are in the middle of the mountains 
•     Sometimes the volume of the rivers is high and we cannot cross the river and we should change our route and climb up the mountain 
•     For cross the rivers please bring an extra light shoes or sandal and you should carry it in your day pack
•    Sometimes in the ridge we haven’t access to water and we should carry our own water for the entire of the day
•    During the night in a couple of nights we haven’t access to electricity, shower and toilet and travellers must to be prepared for this matter
•      As we revel in a very remote area and local people are very poor, having something for children will make them happy.
•    On this trip you will carry your day back during the day and we carry only your essential stuff (Max 5  kilo) with the mule. We should reduce our stuff during the trek as there is limited mule in the village and local need their mule for their local works. 
•    We will give you a group duffel bag and you will put your stuff on it. The rest of the stuff will be in the first village and after the trek you can catch again
 

Oct 1, 2018- Oct 7, 2018

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Price: 499

Single Supplement: N/A

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