Yak Tours Hostel

Hostel in Karakol

Like stepping into your great-aunt's summer house, rooms here are old-world creations that ramble on for days. Decoration with framed embroidery and painted trunks adds to the joy. The solitary bathroom suffers from an ever-running toilet and a water heater that's rarely turned on, but rooms remain a great deal and this is a good place to meet other travellers.

So-named because they once ran yak-riding tours into the mountains, more mainstream options can still be arranged on request by the in-house tour agency.