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The Kara-Kyz Yurt Camp is approx. 30 km east of Karakol in a small valley off the Tien Shan.
The access road to the camp is relatively difficult to find. Between Konstantinovka and Kaiyrma Aryk, we have to ask for the way several times. After crossing a brook and overcoming a hill, we arrive well at the camp, lying at an altitude of 2200 m.
The camp is picturesquely embedded in a small valley covered with dense vegetation.
Several yurts stand next to a little river. Russian barberries, used as a remedy, and sea buckthorn, known for its high vitamin C content, grow wildly here.
A solid building houses the kitchen and a dining room.
The Kara-Kyz Yurt Camp is open from May to September, depending on the weather. It is an ideal starting point for hikes or excursions on horseback, which the owners can arrange for you.
Adilet shows us around the campsite, while his sister Nargiza prepares a delicious meal for us.
A snake greets us but disappears quickly under a car. It seems to be a Gloydius halys, a subspecies of a pit viper. These snakes are very poisonous but deaths are very rare as they are very shy. Still, one should take certain precautions. It is important to wear sturdy shoes.
Special care should be taken during the night, as the Gloydius halys has infrared sensitive sensory organs and can hunt in the night. So at night always illuminate the closer environment with a flashlight.
The snake also does not seem to make anyone nervous, neither Adilet nor Nargiza. Although the nice workers who are eating don’t care about it. As soon as I film them, they invite me. Even the leashed young dog does not seem to be worried.
While we wait for the meal, I do a drone flight, which gives me a wonderful view of the camp and the landscape. Unfortunately, I notice in the evening that I did not turn on the video recording. But that’s life, sometimes something goes wrong.
It is a lovely excursion that shows us Kyrgyzstan’s nature from its most beautiful side.
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Disclosure: Our trip was organized in cooperation with Discover Kyrgyzstan, and made possible by the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). All opinions are our own.
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