The speciality of our tour organizer Mutzoo is, to get you close to the people. So no fancy hotels. The most comfortable stay was in a guest house in Osh at the beginning and end of our tour. Guess to give us some sort of soft landing.
The next level of comfort were guest houses. They had a shower and toilets to sit on. All other nights were either spent in a yurt or with families who let us sleep in their rooms, either on beds or on the ground on mattress. When we spent the night in Yurts or Homesteads, there was often no tap water, the host family had to cary it from a river or source an the toilet was .. well a lil cabin wit a hole in the ground.
Sounds primitive? Maybe is. And yet it feels right at home when you combine it with the incredible hospitality of the people. In one case I even had the impression they emptied their living room and one bedroom to make room for us. The hosts might not be prepared to welcome a group of 7, but they always made it happen, even if Mama goes to sleep outside, next to the kitchen.
Yes, you can stay in a hotel when you travel. But if you want to get to know the locals, the culture and the way they live, don’t do it.
One word about public toilets in the city though… I really recommend to do your “business” in the hotel or restaurant. You know… there isn’t much privacy on these!