Authentic Yurt Rentals with Sauna near Lake Issyk Kul in Karakol, KyrgyzstanKarakol, Issyk Kul Region (Kyrgyzstan)
There are eight separate yurts on this glamping site, two of which are lovingly furnished with local handicrafts, and one with its own fireplace. The rustic beds are single, and dressed with embroidered white bed linen. Glampers are invited to make the most of the on-site sauna, laundry, and outside campfire. Guests can take in the clean mountainous air in the secluded fruit tree garden, and all rooms are equipped with a safe and cloak room.
Each yurt also has a TV which is 25 inches in diameter. Although these accommodations have an authentic ambiance, there is no shortage of hot running water, and there are six showers and ten clean footprint toilets at the site (which are not located within the yurts). Each accommodation can accommodate six - eight people, making the site ideal for group travel or families. The site is a very small distance from the center of Karakol, however this yurt camp feels secluded and remote because of its verdant surroundings. Read More
- Running water
- Safe box
- Sauna/Steam room
- Fire pit
This unique glamping site has its own library and fruit tree garden. There is a 24-hour security service and reception desk to ensure the best standard of customer service, and even a repair shop on site.
Breakfast tables in the communal dining area are laid out with honey and jam (and local dried fruits out of season), and the ‘Yurt café’ is run by the best chef in Karagol, dedicated to serving traditional Kyrgyz dishes. All of the food is made from local and organic ingredients, and always prepared from scratch. There is a place to build outdoor campfires, and even a radio communications station!
- Laundry service
The host can provide visa support, which will be necessary for guests arriving from the US and can be easily arranged. Guests will be required to supply information 10-15 days before scheduled arrival at the yurt camp. There is a self-service laundry equipped with basins and dryers which can be used free of charge, however guests can also use the washing machines and washing powder for the additional cost of $3.70.
Simple filling food can be provided on outdoor excursions for the cost of $16 per person, as can equipment for hiking etc. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is served at the yurt café, for the respective prices of $3.70, $8.20, and $7.40. Baggage storage is free of charge for glampers who are part of a holiday package costing more than $663. Read More
Location + Surroundings
This rustic Yurt camp is situated just 100 meters from the main square in the town of Karakol, in Toktogula, Kyrgyzstan. The town of Karakol is nestled between the snow-capped Tian Shan mountains, and close to Lake Issyk Kul. Although the town is the capital of the Issyk Kul Oblast province, it remains relatively undiscovered, and has been described as a ’true gem in the rough’.
The Yurt site itself holds great potential for outdoor activities, and is surrounded by grassland, trees, and traditional Russian homes. There is much to be discovered in the town itself (cathedral, zoo, and unusual wooden mosque constructed without the use of nails), however the main attraction of the area is the stunning surroundings, mountain ridges and lakes. Read More
- Bird watching
- Horseback riding
- Water sports
- Winter sports
The stunning landscape that surrounds the Yurt site attracts glampers from around the world, as well as the breathtaking array of outdoor activities which can be organised. Guides endowed with exceptional regional knowledge and a high level of training - and great sense of fun - can offer tours of the Great Silk Road or mountaineering expeditions. The host can also arrange climbing, trekking (on horseback or on foot), ski tours, educational trips and scientific expeditions. On the salty blue lakes and rivers, there are rafting and sailing opportunities.
Glampers in this Yurt accommodation are entitled to a free concert of national folkloric music, which includes a performance of Manaschi. Other events and activities guests experience are horseback shows, goat polo, and wrestling (host requires seven days of notice to organize this). The more adventurous glampers can even take a helicopter trip to the glaciers. However, for those who seek rest and relaxation, there are hot springs nearby.
- No parties
- You will receive a full refund if you cancel at least 7 days prior to check-in.
Glampers shall be given private lodgings in the yurts, but in busy times of the year they may be asked to share accommodation with others. Please contact the host for further information on this matter.
Parking is free for all guests who stay in the Yurt camp. The host can arrange bike, car, or motorbike hire at the cost of $1 per day, and bus or truck hire is charged at a rate of $2 per day.
There is a reward system for glampers who return to the Yurt camp, or who recommend the place to a friend. After staying at the camp (if the value of the stay is more than $890) guests will be given a silver card allowing them 5% reduction in the future. Read more