Bel-Zhan offers the adventurer and nature lover a unique experience. Stay overnight in a comfortable, furnished yurt, a tree house with a view of the Tien Shan mountains or a log cabin which is situated in the stylish area of the lodge. The lodge has showers and toilets and a large lounge area with outdoor kitchen, where guests can enjoy local products, fresh bread, herb tea or fruit juice . Bel Zhan is situated in the village Grigorevka, where the locals grow their own apples, pears, cherries, raspberries and other fruit and the cows and sheep wander in the street.
Bel-Zhan is a social enterprise and contributes to local economy. We offer work and an income to the villagers and buy their local products. We want to overcome poverty and at the same time keep the unique nature reserve Issyk-Kul for future generations. The profit made from this enterprise will be invested in education.
Also the surroundings of the Issyk-Kul are stunning in winter. Document film maker, Peter Franken travelled with me in December to film there. You can see in his videoclips below the magnificent nature, the nomadic life, the atmosphere in the village Grigorevka and preparations for the construction of the yurt lodge. These pictures are also made for the programme Grensverleggers; more soon!
☀ Discover the hidden treasures of the Issyk-Kul lake
☀ Cultuur, nature and spirituality
☀ Yoga, wander and meditation