Kooch, Unforgettable Nomadic Experience in Iran

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Duration

7 Days

Tour Type

Nomad Tours

Private Tour

Location

Iran

Overview

During this seven-day hiking and camping adventurous tour in Iran, you will have the opportunity to indulge in the nomadic culture of the country while they are having their migration (Kooch in Persian).

The experience is living with the nomads during their seasonal migration which happens twice a year. Once in winter when they start living at lower altitudes in plains of Khuzestan and the second in spring, when it gets warmer and they get back to their summer pastures by crossing the Zagros Mountains. They pack up their all belongings and head to the mountains of 4000-meter peaks leading their goats and sheep.

About 25% of Iran’s population was living a nomadic life until 100 years ago. Bakhtiari nomads have been ruling over the Zagros Mountains for thousands of years as dynasties vanished one by one. Migration is the most spectacular aspect of their lifestyle and this tour is an opportunity for every responsible traveler to participate in. While on the tour, you will spend the night with them in their tents, pass through valleys and rivers, shepherd along the Zagros mountain ranges, see authentic historical sites and make friends with nomads.

The tour will help you in having a much better and deeper recognition of the Bakhtiari nomad’s lifestyle and also, it provides a supplementary income for them. This tour is having a challenging activity level and includes hiking, trekking, camping and visiting historical and urban sites.

It will start from Ahvaz International Airport (after taking a domestic flight from Tehran to Ahvaz) and end in Isfahan after 7 days and 6 nights.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Trekking in the ancient nomadic trails in Zagros Mountain Ranges
  • Summit Zagros mountain range
  • Enjoying the breathtaking landscapes over the mountains and early in the morning
  • Shepherding the herd
  • Visit Iran’s southwestern historical attractions
  • Visiting Koohrang’s reversed tulips in the spring
  • Getting to know more about Nomads unique lifestyle

Itinerary

Tour Location

Included/Excluded

3 Nights hotels/guesthouse
1 Night local house
3 Nights camping
Meals (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners)
All transportations during the tour
Entrance fees based on the itinerary
Domestic flight (Tehran-Ahvaz)
Professional English-speaking tour guide
International flights
Tips
Arrival/departure airport transfers
Any type of insurance

Theme

Sightseeing
Stay with Locals
Nomad Tours
Active Tours
Activity & Experience

Destinations

Isfahan
Tehran
Ahvaz
Shahr-e Kord

Important Notes

Things to know
- On day 2 our stuff will be carried by nomads’ mules to have a lighter hiking but they could support up to 5 kilograms for each person. We do recommend not bringing a heavy backpack. Our extra stuff which we don’t need during the trekking days, can be put in the car. - The meals we will have while we are with the nomads are mostly simple meals, but we can carry more food in case you prefer any special diet. - We provide a camping tent beside the nomad family for the 3rd and 4th night. - This itinerary can change due to the weather conditions, which means in the case of heavy rain, we will need to change the order of doing the migration with the one of the city tours. - Many of the places and villages that we visit do not have enough facilities and amenities, and the people usually do not speak that much English. Please bear in mind that the conditions are far from the normal hotel standards. But in return, you could be assured that you are going to have an off the beaten path adventure and the experience life with the Bakhtiaris which is quite unique. - The objective of this tour is to accompany the nomads during their daily life, also respecting their traditional culture in all its aspects. - Participants must have mountaineering skills and experience. - Please be noted that the tour could start from any city in Iran and transportation - Please do not wear tight clothes, sleeveless shirts and shorts. - Women cannot be photographed without permission. - In traditional families, it is not common for girls to make contact with the stranger men. It is therefore important to keep a proper distance. - Thirty percent of this tour's revenue goes directly to our host nomad tribes and a further twenty percent is used for educational and development purposes, such as training the nomad families how to operate the tours on their own. - During this tour we also encourage travelers to purchase handicrafts directly from the artists by offering a contribution of up to twenty percent from nomad tours part for each purchase. - It is highly recommended not to do so, especially from nomad women. Like anybody else, they find it intrusive when the visitors snap a picture of them or their children without saying or doing anything. If you want to take a picture, wait for them to warm up to you, and then ask for their permission.
Cancellation policy
Before 15 days of arrival: 90% will be refunded 15-3 days before arrival: 60% will be refunded 3-1 days before arrival: 20% will be refunded Less than 24 hours before arrival: No show

FAQs

Can I change/Modify my itinerary?
Yes, of course. Our travel experts suggest the attractions in each city but as a private tour, you can choose your personal favorite attractions and activities.
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts in Tehran by picking you up and finishes in Isfahan by drop off in your location.
How long before a trip should I book?
In high season months like April, May, September, and October hotels, tours and driver guides will be sold out very soon. Hence, it is better to book your trip as soon as you can.
Can you provide the tour in other languages?
The default tour-guide for the tour is English-speaking. However, upon your request we can check the possibility to have a tour guide in other languages. It may include an extra fee.
Can I cancel some activities/attractions I’m not interested in?
Since this is a private tour, upon your request, some attractions can be skipped or added (in a way the total number of them is the same as the itinerary and there’s no extra cost).
Is it possible to skip some attractions to save more time for others?
Upon your request, some attractions can be skipped to save time and spend it in other ones.
Are arrival and departure airport transfers included in the tour package?
No. The arrival and departure airport transfers for your international flights are not included.
Is it possible to book this experience with some of my friends?
100%. Our private tours are held between one person to large groups. You can even choose your fellow travelers by scrolling down 'travelers' tab at the right side of the page.

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Mrs Paupau

04/26/2021 04:27

Bakhtiari Nomad

Excellent tour. The guide was very knowledgeable and answered all of my questions as I was very curious about the local language. As well, he was very informative about culture, art, traditions, and history. This was exactly the tour I wanted to learn about Iran nomad.
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pretty darntall

04/13/2021 01:42

Iran Nomad

Let's put in this way. we skipped Kashan and instead, we booked this tour to go from Tehran to Isfahan and having some nomadic experience and living with locals. that was absolutely a correct decision. super happy to change our itinerary and I will never ever forget Iran Bakhtiari nomad and their pure culture.
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