Posted: April 19 2019
Review of the Emir Guest House in Jeti-Ögüz
Emir Guest House in Jeti-Ögüz run by Cholpon and her family, is now in its 4th year. With 2 twin rooms and 3 triple (1 double bed and 1 single) rooms, all with shared facilities. Spotlessly clean, as quiet as you'll ever find in a location to die for, right at the base of the rocks known as the 7 Bulls, making this your perfect accommodation choice.
Breakfast, packed lunches and dinner can be provided upon request!!
I stayed here in September 2017. Since then Cholpon has added 3 yurts. Each yurt can accommodate 3 people.
The image below, taken directly from one of the rooms when I stayed in September 2017. How close do you want to be?
Jeti-Ögüz Rock Formations with Emir Guest House highlighting the awesome location.
Jeti-Ögüz in Summer:
Jeti-Ögüz in Winter:
Getting there and away:
I wrote a separate post on How to get to Jeti-Ögüz from Karakol.
The easiest way to get to Jeti-Ögüz from Karakol is to get your guest house to order you a taxi. Standard rate is 700c. This is one way or return. Waiting time 100c per hour extra. At the bazaar, you'll pay more than 1000c, just because you are a tourist.
The cheapest way is to take marshrutka #371 from the South West corner of the main bazaar in Karakol. Cost is 40c and is scheduled to leave at 10am. In reality it leaves later. There's another one, #355 at around mid day but this one goes on the whim of the driver. The last stop for both marshrutkas, is still 10km from the resort, in Jeti-Ögüz village, just off the highway. You can hitch, get a shared taxi or walk the rest. Always agree the fare before getting in.
If you are on a bicycle, just remember, Jeti-Ögüz is over 30km from Karakol, the road is sealed but not smooth and the last 12km are climbing slightly. If a 70km plus round trip in one day is too much you can stay over night. Not a bad idea in any case. It's a great place to get away from the crowds.
Find Emir Guest House on Google Maps. Click the image above.
Things to do:
Other than admiring the view and enjoying the tranquillity, you can hike around. Follow the track up to the left, or in the village itself, take the track up the slope for a great sun rise location and then keep going, following the grassy track to the jailoo, summer pasture or below the 'sun rise' spot, lose yourself in the gorges. And then when you've done that, take a hike to the waterfall:
Click on the image above for the Jeti-Ögüz waterfall map on Google Maps!
If you prefer good old fashioned directions, From the center of the village, follow the 4wd road, heading south. It took me 1 hour to get to the last bridge, where you must turn off to the right following the jeep track and then the path and 30 minutes climbing though the trees to the waterfall. It's about 7km one way.
Winter photos courtesy of Cholpon. All others by Nomadic Backpacker. Thanks to Emir Guest House for their support!
You can make a reservation on booking dot com or on AirBnB and they are on Facebook too! Help grow their page.
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