Welcome to your detailed guide for Karakol hostels. We share all the juicy information you need to know to discover safe, fun and memorable hostels! All that's left for you to do is choose your favourite hostel in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan. Compare prices for Karakol hostels in one easy click - simple. Add your travel dates and watch as all hostel booking sites, including Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and Booking.com, highlight their best price and room availability during your stay.
Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Karakol, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
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Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.
Travelling on your own to Karakol? Fabulous!
Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Karakol alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Karakol. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.
This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Karakol. To help you make friends with Karakol before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Karakol is a touristic, lakeside city in the east of Kyrgyzstan, next to Lake Issyk Kul and the Tian Shan Mountains. Karakol is a beautiful place to spend a few days, experiencing the Kyrgyz culture, exploring bazaars, church, mosques, canyons, waterfalls, hot springs, and -- of course -- the lake. There are plenty of opportunities for hiking in the area, these can either be self-guided or organised hikes, and vary from day hikes to multiway eco adventures.
There are various types of accommodation options here, including guesthouses, yurts, hotels, campsites, and a few hostels in Karakol (or guesthouses with dorm rooms). The most popular accommodation is of course the yurts. All accommodation in Karakol tends to include breakfast, showers, laundry, and Wi-Fi. It’s worth noting that some accommodation only operates during the high season, which is December to March. If you are planning to travel outside of these months, then it’s worth booking in advance. Staff at most accommodation will speak either English or Russian, however it's worth learning a couple of phrases before visiting the area. Some cheaper accommodation, especially cheaper guesthouses, will only have squat toilets and no Western toilets -- most Western toilets, even in hotels, will ask you not to flush your toilet paper down the toilet. All accommodation will be able to help with arranging activities in the area and onward transport.
Karakol is a beautiful spot to explore the country, nature, the lake, and to escape the big smoke of the country's capital, Bishkek. It's definitely worth spending a few days of your trip in this city.
Written by local enthusiast for Karakol hostels Kelly Sheldrick
There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Karakol. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Karakol. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?
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Pack smart, not hard
Hostel? Check! Now let's have at your hostel packing list for Karakol and Kyrgyzstan.
You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:
These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.