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Near the river Charyn at the end of the canyon there is a lodge with a few bungalows and these two yurts. It was the only facility for tourists I saw in my whole Kazakhstan trip. But I was alone there. Was it still no season in May? On the other hand, I read that in summer at is extremely hot there.
There are not so many pictures of yurts on TE so I hope you will find it interesting.

Yurts have been a distinctive feature of life in Central Asia for at least three thousand years. The first written description of a yurt used as a dwelling was recorded by the ancient Greek historian Herodotus.
The frame consists of one or more expanding lattice wall-sections, a door-frame, bent roof poles and a crown. The (self-supporting) wood frame is covered with pieces of felt. Depending on availability, the felt is additionally covered with canvas and/or sun-covers. The frame is held together with one or more ropes or ribbons. The structure is kept under compression by the weight of the covers, sometimes supplemented by a heavy weight hung from the center of the roof.

A yurt is designed to be dismantled and the parts carried compactly on camels or yaks to be rebuilt on another site. Complete construction takes around 2 hours.

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Yurts on the village

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11946 W: 126 N: 30361] (142032)
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