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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Stay in the hidden valleys of Central Asia

Stay in a valley of Central Asia

Visit the hidden valleys of Central Asia and know more about the nomadic culture

Why we love this homestay?
  • Homestay built using eco materials
  • Part of the Silk Route
Alakol Guesthouse

Alakol Guesthouse was one of the first guesthouses to be built in the Jyrgalan Valley to kickstart the community tourism project in the valley. A mining town during the Soviet era, the beautiful town of Jyrgalan was on the verge of collapse due to no economic opportunities. Emil and Gulmira decided to move to Jyrgalan as part of their retirement home and start community-based tourism reviving the communities and extending Kyrgyz traditions to many travelers visiting the town.

Homestay features
  • Essential amenities including towels & clean comfortable bedding
  • Complimentary breakfast and dinner
  • Western Ensuite Washroom
  • Hot Shower Facility
  • Heated Flooring
Your host - Emil Ibakov and Gulmira Primova
  • Authentic hospitality with multiple activities
  • Community Founders and Local Experts
  • Languages spoken - English, Kyrgyz

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Emil and Gulmira wanted a quieter life when they moved to Jyrgalan Village in 2014. When they arrived, the community was struggling economically, but Emil and Gulmira saw great potential. Having come from other parts of Kyrgyzstan, they had a unique perspective on tourism — they knew tourists would enjoy the region’s untouched beauty and nature, if only there were tourism services to support independent travel. To know the best of Jyrgalan, stay with Emil and Gulmira and how they collectively transformed the lives of people living in the region.

Enjoy organic local food!
  • Local specialties - Plov and Kymyz
  • Diverse dishes adapted from multiple cultures
  • Food prepared by the hosts

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You shouldn’t leave Kyrgyzstan without trying kymyz, a drink made from fermented mare’s milk that is well-loved across the country. The flavor most resembles drinks like kefir or Ayran from Turkic and Central Asian cultures. The food in Jyrgalan is an amalgamation of several cultures, do check with your host about the origin of the food and special dishes.

Explore the unexplored!
  • Take a Kumis Treatment
  • Gastronomic tour of Dungan, Uyghur, Kyrgyz cuisine
  • Excursion to the Jety Oguz gorge

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Jyrgalan is a land of natural wonder and cultural heritage. From taking a Kumis treatment (Herbal Therapy) to exploring various cuisines, the list of things to do in Jyrgalan is endless. Nestled between the Tian Shan mountains, Jyrgalan has a lot of short treks and routes which you can explore in the region. Do speak to Emil to know more about what all you can do in the country of Nomads.

What it includes?

Overnight stay
Breakfast, Dinner
First aid facility
Free Wifi

What it excludes?

Any personal expenses
Additional Meals – Lunch
Visa/Travel insurance
Room service fee

Is this Homestay right for you?

Are you choosing this homestay because you need some time away from your urban life? Does living in a mud house in the mountains truly excite you? If your answer is yes, start packing your bags now! You might not get uninterrupted internet here, but you’ll be far too busy exploring the most breathtaking and hidden jewels of Kyrgyzstan near Karakol, completely untouched and unhindered

Hear from communities

  • Guests like to eat our Ladakhi food. They say it is delicious, even when it is prepared by an elderly ama (mother) like me. I always make sure I serve them the cleanest and healthiest food. My husband is a copper artist. When guests leave us, they say ‘Julley’, and hug us. It makes us feel happy.

    Tsering Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Sumda Chun
  • I became a Mountain Homestay Host in 2018, and I have hosted many travellers since then. Running a homestay has helped me and my family a lot. Not only is the solar set up in our house useful for us, but even travellers prefer to stay in our homestay because of it.

    Rigzin Dolkar
    Mountain Homestay Host - Photolalok
  • The training we got in astronomy turned out to be a life-changing experience for our village. I felt happy and proud while mapping the position of the planets and sharing the secrets of the universe with the tourists. Tourists told me that even they didn’t know so much about the dark skies!

    Tsewang Dorjey
    Astropreneur - Maan
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