Many individual people rent out their apartments to foreigners, and a reasonably nice apartment may be rented for a very cheap weekly rate. You may believe you are paying too much, given that the typical wage was $200-$300 in 2014 and may now be twice as much. Look for amenities such as cable television, a toilet and a bath, and clean rooms. More daring tourists may choose to stay in a “yurta,” which can be found for as little as $8 per night in Bishkek’s “yurtadorm.” Staying in a yurt in Bishkek is not very unique, but it may be more fascinating in more remote regions. Nomads sleep in these heated wool tents. Some tourism companies in Bishkek may organize such a stay, but be prepared to live the nomadic lifestyle, which includes gastronomic delights that may be unfamiliar to western palates.
Those who want to book house stays ahead of time may do so via Community Based Tourism (CBT). They can arrange you house stays in most Kyrgyz cities and villages. They can also help you plan yurt stays and treks. While many of these organizations retain the bulk of the money, CBT Kyrgyzstan promises that 80 to 90% of the money will go to your host family. Although amenities differ across houses and people, there are some fantastic travel opportunities, such as being welcomed to an unexpected goat feast or sharing fermented mare’s milk with nomads.