At the Aral Sea Yurt Camp in Uzbekistan, culture and rugged exoticism collide for an unforgettable experience in one of the world’s most extraordinary destinations.
The Aral Sea straddles Kazakhstan and the territory of Karakalpakstan in western Uzbekistan. Once one of the largest lakes on earth, decades of negligent drainage have left it a tiny fraction of what it once was, with swathes of barren riverbed in its wake. Regarded as one of the world’s worst environmental disasters, this utterly fascinating region is now largely supported by a budding tourism industry.
With its traditional Karakalpak yurts, wild scenery and unusual locale straddling desert and lake, a stay at the Aral Sea Yurt Camp is a must for anyone visiting the region. During the day you can stretch out on local topchan platforms, relax in the shade, go for a short hike or float in the saline waters of the Aral Sea, whose sandy beaches are a short drive from the camp and may be easily reached by vehicle. In the evening, gather around the campfire for homecooked local cuisine as you swap stories with travelers from around the world. Enjoy the picturesque sunrises and sunsets which engulf the camp nearly every day and the brilliant expanse of constellations visible in the night sky.
With 15 yurts that each have the capacity to accommodate up to 5 people, Aral Sea Yurt Camp can welcome 60+ guests at a time. Each yurt is furnished with individual bedding - mattresses, pillows, blankets, ironed pillowcases, sheets and sleeping bags – which are guaranteed to keep you comfortable and warm. For those who prefer complete privacy, the staff will be happy to set up a single-occupancy tent for you anywhere on the territory. Other facilities at the camp include service tents, a kitchen, 4 toilets and 2 showers.
Please note that all food products must be purchased and brought to the camp just before guests arrive, so if you have any food restrictions or preferences, it is best to inform us about them in advance.
Overnighting at the Aral Sea Yurt Camp is a truly unique opportunity and a trip highlight for many of our tourists.