Kyrgyzstan is a vast land of nomads where people have been living in yurts for centuries. It was very rare to find permanent settlements until the 20th century. Cities and towns were built only under the Soviet Union.
During your trip in Kyrgyzstan, you’ll be able to stay in comfortable hotels or guest houses, and also experience authentic homestays or nights in yurt camps to immerse yourself in the local culture.
Hotels and guest houses
You won’t have any difficulty finding where to sleep in Kyrgyzstan according to your budget. Here, you’ll have the choice between luxurious hotels and small family guest houses.
Luxurious hotels and resorts are mostly found in Bishkek and Osh, the country’s biggest cities. You’ll also find a few elegant hotels near the Issyk Kul Lake, mostly in Cholpon-Ata.
You’ll find a few affordable guest houses in the small villages you’ll visit during your vacation. These friendly homestays are a great opportunity to meet other travelers, and especially to share some time with your hosts, who will be pleased to show you their culture.
Kyrgyz'What? cooperates with several hotels and guest houses to guarantee the best acomodation for its guests.
Once you leave the cities, you’ll have to spend the night under yurts. You can stop at one of the yurt camps specifically put up for tourists, or try your luck with a shepherd family. Spending a night in a yurt is an unforgettable experience that will give you an insight into nomadic life.
Most of the time, you’ll be sleeping directly on the ground, on a thin mattress. Needless to say, there are no bathrooms in the yurts. You’ll have to use the dry toilets located a little further and heated water to wash.
Kyrgyz’What works with shepherd families to allow you to enjoy a unique and authentic experience, and get familiar with their life.
Depending on the program you choose, you might have to spend one or several nights under a tent, from which you’ll be able to admire the wild landscape and the starry night skies. You can pitch your tent where you want, as long as you respect the environment. Several camping sites where built on the popular trek routes, for example around Karakol or at the Lenin Peak.