Accommodation is limited outside the capital and visitors should not
expect Western standards of comfort (although hotels are generally
clean). Hotels charge considerably higher prices for individual
tourists from non-CIS countries. Foreign tour operators booking for
their clients are usually offered a preferential rate. Some hotels in
more remote areas may still be wary of accepting foreigners travelling
TURBAZAS : These ‘tourist bases’ are an alternative to hotel
accommodation. For a dollar or two in local currency, visitors have
access to basic bungalow accommodation and three meals a day.
Homestays are also possible throughout the country as are stays in
camps made of yurts - the traditional Kyrgyz nomadic tents.
SANATORIA : Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, the
sanatoria on the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul - originally built by
cooperatives and trade unions for fatigued workers - have started to
take in tourists, but the atmosphere may not be to everyone’s taste.
MOUNTAINEERING CAMPS : Various private companies run a number
of camps for mountaineers attempting to climb the many peaks in
Kyrgyzstan’s mountains. For further details, contact the State
Committee for Tourism, Sport and Youth Policy or Regent Holidays (see
Contact Addresses section).