There really are very, very few (if any) people who still live in yurts in Kyrgyzstan. Many families still own and use yurts, but they will usually have some kind of permanent structure where they usually live. Still, whether you're living in a yurt or a metal trailer or a mud brick home, you're still pretty isolated when you live a long from anywhere over a very bad road. These yurts were 15 km up a slow dirt road. The dirt road was 60 km from At Bashy, and that was not a comfortable drive, especially with 4 people in the back seat of a car. I wouldn't have minded seat belts.