Kirgistan Philipp-42

Lodging in Kyrgyzstan

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.

A Yurt may look primitive on the outside - but it is a very comfy place once you enter!
A Yurt may look primitive on the outside – but it is a very comfy place once you enter!
Hot and cold water in the bathroom.  the cold is to the left, the warm on the right, heated by an oven fed by cow pats.  Just juse a pot to mix it into a bowl and then you can rinse your body with warm water. (Photo by Toni Schnydrig)
Hot and cold water in the bathroom. the cold is to the left, the warm on the right, heated by an oven fed by cow pats.
Just juse a pot to mix it into a bowl and then you can rinse your body with warm water.
(Photo by Toni Schnydrig)
Yes.. the guest toilet is the one to the left. Simple to recognize as it is the one freshly painted ;) (Photo by Toni Schnydrig)
Yes.. the guest toilet is the one to the left. Simple to recognize as it is the one freshly painted😉
(Photo by Toni Schnydrig)
Dining room. What a lovely room to have dinner on a warm late summer evening!
Dining room. What a lovely room to have dinner on a warm late summer evening!
Kitchen and the old lady's sleeping room to the right. Not sure she slept there because she prefered or made room for us...
Kitchen and the old lady’s sleeping room to the right. Not sure she slept there because she prefered or made room for us…
A liter of water gets filled into the bucket on top and then you press your hand against the little pin to release a dribble of water.  Works just great for washing hands or brushing your teeth
A liter of water gets filled into the bucket on top and then you press your hand against the little pin to release a dribble of water.
Works just great for washing hands or brushing your teeth

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!

Public toilet - use at your own risk. And no, there are no doors at the stalls. But hey, there is water in the bucket if you want to wash your hands once your done... Photo by Toni Schnydrig
Public toilet – use at your own risk. And no, there are no doors at the stalls. But hey, there is water in the bucket if you want to wash your hands once your done…
Photo by Toni Schnydrig

7 thoughts on “Lodging in Kyrgyzstan”

    1. Yes, they need a bit to get used to… But thanks to the dry air and loads of dust every day, my nose was usually quite blocked in the morning and I my sense of smelling handicapped😉

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