Dungan Village Visit & Family Dinner

We dare you to leave hungry!

Go on a cultural and culinary journey to an ethnic Dungan village outside of Karakol. A local Dungan family will welcome you to their home to celebrate the diversity of Dungan cuisine over an elaborate home-cooked meal. Learn the fascinating story of why this Muslim Chinese group immigrated to the region 140 years ago, how they made the area their home, and how families today keep their traditional culture and cuisine alive.

Tour Highlights

  • Taste at least 8 kinds of home-cooked Dungan dishes in a family home.*
  • Make your own ashlan-fu, the most famous (and delicious!) Dungan dish.
  • Deepen your understanding of Dungan culture and history on a 30-minute village walking tour. Take in local stories and legends on a visit to the museum and mosque.

* Vegetarian food is available upon request. Inform us in advance (upon booking request) if you or anyone in your group has any food allergies.

Dungan Village Visit and Family Dinner

3 Hours  | from 1,500 KGS

per person

Note for individual travelers: Please see the chart below that displays on the closest dates of bookings, to join the group. All our tours require to have a minimum group of people. The Karakol Visitor Center team will do its best to assemble a group of other interested participants in order to guarantee your departure.

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Tour Details


Daily, upon request. Please book minimum 1 day in advance.

Start Time

17:30 - 20:30


3 hours

Good For

Adults, families, children


English, Russian


Rain or shine.

Minimum Group Size

4 (or upon special request)

Meeting Point

Destination Karakol Visitor Center

Price Includes:

- Food and non-alcoholic drinks (e.g., tea, soda, water)
- Entry to Dungan museum and mosque
- Local guide & English-speaking interpreter
- Transport to and from Karakol

Not Included in Price:

Alcoholic beverages

What Others Say About This Tour

"I’ve long been convinced that there’s no better way to discover a culture than through its food. The evening spent with the Dungan people in Yrdyk was the perfect introduction to their culture, and — to an extent — to the history of this part of the world, shaped by the never ending cycle of exile, migration, and interchange."

Margherita Ragg

"Make sure you are hungry before you come as this family’s goal is to make sure you leave not wanting to eat again for the rest of the day. It was definitely our favourite thing to do in the Issyk-Kul region."

Alesha & Jarryd

Additional Information

One of the things that makes Karakol unique is that i's a fascinating crossroads of ethnicities, cultures, and cuisines. The Dungan people are an essential part of that story. This tour experience — including insights into local tradition, special recipes, and secret ingredients — provides context for some of the cuisine and culture you might see on the streets of Karakol and in its markets.

Whether you’ve just emerged from the mountains or you’re a culture-curious foodie traveler, this Dungan village and family dinner experience is unique, immersive … and delicious.

We dare you to leave hungry.

Tour Location and Meeting Point

This tour meets at the Destination Karakol Visitor Center (22 Gagarin Street, Karakol).

From there, we will provide transportation to Yrdyk (Deishin) village just outside of Karakol.