7th September 2016
Wild Frontiers' Michael talks about what's it's like staying in a yurt camp in Central Asia.
If you want to experience staying in a yurt, the two best destinations to try it are probably Mongolia and Kyrgyzstan. On our tours to Kyrgyzstan, Wild Frontiers uses camps in Son Kul, set right on the shores of the beautiful lake, and Tash Rabat, perfectly located by a stream, in a valley surrounded by mountains and just five minutes' walk from the ancient caravanserai of Tash Rabat. Here you are right amongst the semi-nomadic locals, who you will see herding goats and riding horses against a backdrop of mountains and huge skies. But what about the yurts, what is staying in one actually like?
Camping in a yurt has romantic connotations, but a word of warning - the reality in this part of the world is that whilst it is a great adventure, it is a fairly rustic experience.
Yurts: the good and the bad
If the above sounds unappealing let me just say that the yurt camps were the absolute highlight of our two-week trip to Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan for everyone in our group, who ranged in ages from 27 to 75. The camaraderie of sharing a yurt, the beautiful surroundings, the authenticity and yes, the romanticism of the experience, more than made up for any hardships. After some intial shock, after four nights of staying in yurts we were all reluctant to leave for the relative luxury of guesthouses. With no internet connection or even electricity, it is also a wonderful way to unwind.
Kyrgyzstan is the most beautiful country I have visited, and for lovers or mountains scenery and the great outdoors, it can’t be beaten. View our Kyrgyzstan holidays.