We wanted to thank you and Jura again for safely showing us around Kyrgyzstan.
We appreciated the trip to Son Kul, and also all of the spectacular sights
along the way. We especially enjoyed seeing the Bactrian camels, the friendly
people (especially the kids at the felt shop), camping in a yurt, and the
unforgettable scenery at the lake. Faith tells everyone about our trip
and also how much she appreciated the Vodka that helped her feel better
on that last day. We will remember the trip forever and hope to see you
again on our next trip to Kyrgyzstan
Matthew & Faith Awkerman. Bettendorf, Iowa USA. September 2016.
During our travel through Kyrgysztan we were not only overwhelmed
by the breathtaking landscapes but also the friendliness and open heartedness
of the people. We saw a lot of different places, the beautiful Iyssk-Kul
lake, the Semyonovka Valley, the vibrant capital Bishkek and the wonderful
Everywhere we were welcomed with open arms, great interest towards our trip and nobody ever hesitated to share their stories.
Our trip with Anatoly and Jura was a great experience, both were very kind and helpful to us, they showed us all the great panoramic spots along our way and they certainly had the most entertaining stories. It was a pleasure to explore this beautiful country, especially also on horseback, with our two experienced guides. We hope to return soon to Kyrgysztan and see even more of its nature, people and culture.
Szabolcs, Zsofia. Germany. September 2016.
Kyrgyzstan – a small, squashed in the beautiful mountains, country could
not leave us indifferent. Its land is rich in its historical, cultural
and natural attractions. Mountains of all shades, mysterious Issyk-Kul lake,
medieval fortresses, mountain waterfalls with clean water, herds of horses
and herds of cows.
They love Russians here, respect USSR and cherish national traditions. We were fortunate to have met wonderful people, our guides Anatoly and Yuri, who let us discover this beauty and who organised our leisurely activities. We entrusted ourselves with their experience and knowledge, and therefore we plunged into adventure where each new day overwhelmed us with emotions.
Regardless of where we went, all of our trips were interesting and fulfilling, with clarifications and explanations, shrouded in legends and fairy tales. We were not rushed, we just admired and absorbed everything we saw so that during the cold evenings we could reminisce this beautiful country, these wonderful people and our heart-warming memories of our holiday and the desire to return again.
Irina Viunova. Saint-Petersburg, Russia. August, 2016.
Our hike through the Alamedin Valley was the highlight of my visit to Kyrgyzstan! It is a beautiful location with picturesque views, horses grazing, far from any cars or roads. We hiked for 6 hours at a comfortable pace, taking breaks when we wanted. A tea break and a nice picnic lunch were included. We reached a beautiful waterfall before turning back. We also visited a pool with warm thermal water which was the perfect end to the day. Anatoly was a great guide and took photos for us throughout the trek which he sent us afterwards. A perfect day!
Kristina, United States, Kai, Germany. August, 2016.
This is not the first time we travel with Anatoly to the wonderful
places in Kyrgyzstan, where there are fields full of poppies, rare tulips,
mountain snowdrops, lush green foothill gorges, full-flowing waterfalls
- all of which you can see in the spring time in Kyrgyzstan. For the
first time, we collected mushrooms which was very interesting.
In the early morning, we arrived to the territory of Karakhanid Kagante, visited Burana Tower, whilst not disturbing the living of the ancient town of Balasagun, during a sunny day we swam under the waterfall in the picturesque Kegety gorge. In the evening, we visited cloud-hidden secret gorge of Issyk-Ata which is famous for its healing springs and ancient image of Buddha - this is something we dreamt of seeing and at last this dream became a reality, whilst travelling around Kyrgyzstan. Thanks to Yuri for his interesting and funny stories about mountain adventures.
Once again, thank you for such wonderful and unforgettable impressions! We are looking forward to visiting again!
Best wishes, Tatiana, Yury. Temirtau, Kazakhstan. May, 2016.
I had a fantastic day trip with Anatoly and Piter (sorry
if the spelling is wrong). Anatoly created the itinerary for me to
suit my availability and he did a great job. We went to Burana Tower,
and have fresh strawberries on the way. After that we went to see the
waterfall in Kegety Gorge, followed by a picnic lunch at the most beautiful
place ever. Anatoly and Piter picked a spot away from all other tourists.
From there we went to Issyk-Ata, where we bathe in the hot spring mineral
pool, and then went to a trout farm, where we caught some trouts, they
cooked it and we ate it. It was a perfect day, full of a mix of activities
in a very short time.
Anatoly and Piter were very helpful and friendly, with good amount of banter that made me feel like going on a trip with friends rather than in a tour. Anatoly and Piter went beyond being a guide, they were flexible in the trip and adjusted the itinerary to my requests, and even given me some homemade local wine!! I am very happy with this trip, and i will definitely recommend Anatoly and Piter to anyone who wants to see this beautiful country.
Thank you and i hope i will get the chance to come back and do a longer trip with you guys.
Tatiana, New Zealand, September, 2015.
We would Luke to thank you again for the perfect day we had in Kyrgyzstan. So happy we had a chance to do that with our connection and hope to be back for a longer trip next time!
Thank you very much,
Yael. Israel, Jerusalem. September, 2015.
Anatoly, I send my impressions. Important to add: this is how
I, as an independent traveller with some knowledge of Russian. I've visited
more than 80 countries, but this includes some very big ones (Russia,
USA, Brazil, India and China) and I travelled extensively through those;
all together maybe 700 cities or distinct geographical regions in the
world. Visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan and had
a wonderful time in each of the 'stans; 'wonderful' as in some more than
Kyrgyzstan. This is a country with a potential to earn some serious buck from the tourism industry. Kyrgyzstan has a beautiful and varied nature; there's no risk that visiting several valleys in mountains of a different location or some of a dozen of popular lakes would lead to the repetition of experience.
I guarantee that every single experience will be unique; no way I could say: "oh, this trek reminds me of the one I did three weeks ago, or this lake is very much similar to the one I saw in a different part of the country".
Unfortunately, the tourism industry is still in its infancy in many places. The facilities could be poor or non existent in the less frequented attractions. Fortunately, many of the activities can be done DIY totally independently. Doing the trekking DIY is very inexpensive; three days of trekking light with transportation to, eg trailheads, full board in homestays/yurtstays cannot cost more than USD40, that is, per person for three days. Those carrying tents and their own food probably won't even spend USD20 pp for three days of trekking.
The yurtstays would vary in quality of services. The herders whose primary income comes from herding animals and who have a yurt or two designed to supplement their income from tourism are the best. The yurtstays that are there solely in the service of tourism, ie owner's main income comes from tourism, are the worst value for money and, my opinion, should be avoided.
Community Based Tourism (CBT) is a great concept, but it's a hit and miss experience. Some of their offices are fine with providing the information you need, but others are there to sell the guide on treks where the guide services are totally unnecessary. Sometimes the cook has to accompany the guide and sometimes it's impossible to hire a mountain bike without having to pay for the guide as well; this payment in addition to the costs towards his mountain bike as well as for his food and accommodation! Not making this up, check some of the itemised price lists available at CBTs. The worst thing is that they won't act helpfully sometimes if you refuse to buy their services. They told me on one occasion that I'll get lost without the guide even though I did so much research beforehand and I was convinced I wouldn't get lost. Also, I had a feeling that they do make some money on arranging transportation to, eg, trailheads. It seems to be their favourite source of income and possibly the easiest. No one has ever given me good info on marshrutka going my destination, but they were very keen to arrange the driver to take me there. In a nutshell: fine, polite and informative, but don't fall for the transportation or guides stories. I wrote in my entries where the private transportation or guides may be needed, otherwise it's DIY.
I didn't feel I was being overcharged in Kyrgyzstan. The exception being the shared taxis where the overcharging may be attempted. This could be avoided by answering their question "skolyko dash?" (how much do you give/offer) by "skolyko est normalyno" (how much is normal (to pay) meaning how much others pay). If it sounds high then tell them you're going for marshrutka and you don't mind waiting for one. Guaranteed the price will go to or very near the "normalyno".
Just to finish on a positive note as the experience about Kyrgyzstan was really super positive. People of Kyrgyzstan are lovely and friendly as elsewhere in Central Asia. They're very curious about the outside world and they're genuinely interested in visitors' backgrounds. They asked me about the nationality, why Kyrgyzstan, how did I get there, what I've seen in Kyrgyzstan, what next. And of course the unavoidable questions about the private life.
What fascinated me in the beginning is that they found it hard to comprehend that I'm traveling for a year. They quoted several reasons for this: how is it possible that I can afford not to work for one whole year, how is it possible that I saved money and I can afford to travel for a year, how come that I left my wife and kids for a year, how come they're not with me etc. The worst thing they heard from me, horror and disbelief on their faces, was that I'm actually spending this somehow saved money on travelling instead of making some house improvements of buying a half dozen of horses. Then I stopped telling the truth and I lied that I'm in the region for a month or so; this was much more comprehensible.
Also, sometimes I really got bored with questioning and I thought of an exit strategy which would be "nye panyimayem po ruskii", but I had no heart to implement it since the majority were genuinely interested about my background and were very happy that I chose Kyrgyzstan as my travelling destination.
With best wishes! Goran. Montenegro. August, 2015.
We would like to express our appreciation and gratitude
to Olga and Anatoly for the excursion to Sokuluk gorge. It was a
beautiful picturesque place - the waterfall amazed us with its lightness
and airiness, the out of reach Black Kremlin, and most importantly
the best part of a good holiday was the people around whose love for
the nature was not business but a way of life.
In the gorge, we filled out lungs with air as we could not get enough of it as it was enriched with various herbs and different plants.
After the walk to the waterfall, slight tiredness was elevated by a nice lunch in the fresh air near a mountain river, after which we did not want to leave Belogorka.
We fell in love with Kyrgyzstan a few years ago and with every visit we discover new beautiful places!
Best regards, Tatiana, Yury, Michael. Temirtau, Kazakhstan. August, 2015.
I have finally gone through the photos taken during our
cycling-trip around Kyrgyzstan.
Thank you so much for organising the transfer for us. We travelled over 1000 km in 21 days, tackling 11 mountain passes such as Kegety, Tosor, Kok-Airyk and many others. We have visited Son-Kul and Issyk-Kul, Przhevalsky Museum and Jeti-Oguz gorge. And many others. We have enjoyed many traditional dishes - kuurdak, lagman, shorpo, kaimak (clotted cream), kumys (mare's milk), and a variety of fruit.
Almost the entire team was in sunny Kyrgyzstan for the first time, where we all left with overwhelming impression and sun-burnt .
On the way back, we also took advantage of contacts to reach the airport. Contact information of the website and phone numbers, we will indicate in the official report of the cycling trip where our tourists could ask for help from.
Here, a small photo report on our entire trip ... http://vk.com/album1851365_220034247
Thank you again!
With best wishes,
Mary. Russia. August, 2015.
I would like to sincerely thank you for a wonderful trip on the
4 July led by Peter and Olga. It was a pleasure to have spent time
with them. I hope that this was not the last trip together.
Thank you again and until next time!
Rustam. Moscow, Russia. July, 2015.
Thank you for the photos and tour! Of course, we would like
to see the mountains, but in general it was interesting. Weather,
unfortunately, impossible to predict and change even more. We have
become accustomed to, because they were in many places and not always
lucky with the weather, but we still try to spend time with pleasure!
Svetlana. Russia. November, 2014.
Thank you very much for this wonderful day !! We already miss
the mountains near Bishkek.
All the best.
Steffen. Austria. October, 2014.
Kyrgyzstan is a very beautiful country, we
liked it very much. It would be nice to return in the spring,
when everything is green and blossoming. We really enjoyed our
first few days, when we visited Kol-Tor lake - the colour of the
water was of nothing I have seen before! Wonderful!
Sleeping in the yurta was also very interesting, horseback riding around Son-Kul lake and boat riding on Sary-Chelek lake. It was a very beautiful lake.
We have visited Chon-Tuz, the salt tower, where now sanatorium is located - very interesting! The trekking was very good - the height that we have never been up to. The one thing that we did not anticipate for was the weather - we hoped for warmer nights. Hence, we only spent one night camping around Sary-Chelek lake. It would be lovely to return there again when it is warmer.
We decided to go straight to Bishkek. After sightseeing the capital, we even managed to go to the cinema to watch Kurmanjan Datka.
The only downside was the Altyn hotel, which had a good location but the rooms were not very nice and the reception was not pleasant. We changed it to Futuro, where the price was similar but the rooms were better.
The tour guide was good - we had very fascinating conversations. It was curious to learn how young people live in Kyrgyzstan, what they think about and what they dream of.
Thank you so much for your organisation and planning, we were very happy and will continue to reminisce our trip, and will hopefully return in the pstring once it is greener.
Agata and Tomek. Lithuania, Poland. September 2014.
|We are well rested, swam back all black.
Drove around Issyk-Kul, were in salt lake, canyon Fairy Tale,
on Barskaun waterfalls, in Grigorievsky Gorge, Cholpon-Ata in
the museum and Ruh Ordo. Of course, time was short, so we have to
be even a bit of traveling. The next year, probably will not work,
and after a year can be come.
Hi Peter, thanks for the Ala-Archa.
Yura, Tamara, Nadia. Russia, Moscow. August, 2014.
Dear sir. Anatoly,
I really would like to thanks a lot from deep of my heart for the wonderful and imaginative tour to Ala-Archa gorge , forest and waterfall. The tour was very organized and fantastic; we were very happy for everything from lunch, car, driver, interpreter and planning. Thank you very much for your warm welcome and kindness. You are really very nice person and with professional skills in hiking and with valuable knowledge. Once again, Me and my brother Darwish would like to thank you a lot a lot for everything and we wish you success in your business and life.
Nada and Darwish. Dubai,UAE. 01/08/2014
Anatoly, we already miss the mountains and
our mountain adventures. Our work routine has consumed us here
again, but thanks to you we have something to remember. You
saved our little vacation, bogged down in the dust of the city.
Our heads seem to be in place, but our souls seem to have remained
wandering through gorges of Belogorka and Kegety. I do not know how or
when, but we will meet together again to enjoy the mountain air, drink
water from the spring, leave traces of our shoes on the snow of the white
peaks. Yes, yes, on the snow - next time we will get to the snow, up
to the clouds. Thank you again for the most thrilling experience! See
Basil and Anna. Russia, Voronezh. July, 2014.
I will exclusively recommend Kyrgyzstan!
With much gratitude and love to my friends from Kyrgyzstan!
And with special thanks to Anatoly for allowing me to see the whole huge world in just one short week!
Russia, Moscow. June, 2014
Dear Anatoly and Yuri!
Thank you very much for the excellent organisation and support of my mini tour around wonderful country of Kyrgyzstan. I could not imagine that in such a limited time of my stay in Kyrgyzstan you were able to make a private tour for me to see everything that I wanted.
Only in 2.5 of these bright, saturated and spectacular days that I spent traveling around Kyrgyztan, touring: Bishkek - Burana Tower - Naryn - Tash-Rabat - Issyk-Kul - Bishkek. In this short period of my stay, I was able to see and climb Burana tower, visit the indoor and outdoor Burana museum, visit the caravanserai Tash-Rabat, sleep next to it in the tent, visit mountain passes and waterfalls along the road, fortresses, see the lake of Issyk-Kul and tour around Bishkek city. And it's all for one person!! Super!
If it is possible, I would like to return to you again, and see the places I did not manage to see ....
Special thanks to the driver Yuri for the journey that was easy and pleasant in all respects.
Once again, I want to thank you and wish you - so welcoming and hospitable people, as well as professionals of the business - good health, good humor, and a good and long tourist season!
Basil, Moscow, Russia. 09-11.05.2014
Dear Anatoly & Yuryi, we would
like to express our gratidute for such a brilliant and
memorable trip around beautiful Kyrgyzstan. When preparing
for our trip in May holidays, we were convinced that we will
have a good time...however, we did not anticipate that it would
be so much fun. Thanks to you, we have discovered another spectacular
place in the world. Your love to your counrty has been transferred
to us also. We would like to particularly note your responsive
attitude to each one of us. It did not matter that the weather terrified
us, we still felt the warmth of your love to your country, people,
Thank you so much for our May holidays, which have energised us with such incredible emotions...
The best of luck and success to you and in your new tours, and also happy and satisfied clients.
Helen, Alexander, Tatiana, Irina and Irina. Russia. May, 2014.
|Dear Anatoly, We returned home
safely after a stopover in Tashkent. The trip to Kyrgyzstan
as a whole was a great experience. Roman is a very professional
and careful driver. Aziza speaks very good English, she is highly
communicative and friendly, knows a lot about Kyrgyzstan and
is willing to learn and to respond to questions. The car was well
equipped. The first part of the tour was more impressive than the
second one. Days spent around Issyk-Kul could be used for seeing
more attractive sights or for hiking in less touristic trails.
The accommodation was good. As a whole was very enjoyable and Aziza and Roman were excellent.
Best Ron Harris. Israel. July, 2013.
Anatoly was our tour guide
on a very snowy day in February, and we spent an amazing
day walking through Ala Archa National Park. It was definitely
one of my favourite days in Kyrgyzstan, and I feel very lucky
that I arranged this tour with Anatoly - I recommend him
wholeheartedly to anyone who wishes to discover the country's
André. South Africa. February, 2013
Thank you for organising our trips to beautiful gorges and also thank you so much for your warm welcome, kindness and care. We were fascinated by the beauty of nature in mountainous places of Kyrgyzstan, but most of all the gorges around Ala-Archa. If the opportunity presents itself we will visit you again.
Petra. Germany. September, 2012.
Anatoly was our
guide for our group during the photo-trip in the gorges
around Issyk-Kul lake and also in the trip to Son-Kul
lake in June 2012.
With Anatoly's planned and thought-through recommendations, it was possible to build the desired route.
Everything was clearly and accurately designed, prepared and carried out.
Anatoly is very responsible, positive and responsive individual. Therefore, I am very happy to have met him and to our cooperation together.
I would really and truly recommend Anatoly to anyone who wishes to explore the amazing world of Kyrgyzstan's beauty.
Regards, Constantin Dikovsky.
Russia. June, 2012.
This is my blog about my trip in Kyrgyzstan. Its not complete. Hope you like it.
Gopal.S, India. May, 2012.
I visited Kyrgyzstan with Amira. You have organised the most wonderful tour for us with Volodya as our driver and guide, and Bermet as our translator. Both were excellent and very nice and we enjoyed their company.
Friends of mine will be visiting Kyrgyzstan in June. I've given them your name and e-mail and I am sure you will hear from them soon as they know how wonderful our tour was with you.
Please say hello to Volodya (tell him his honey was a great success here....) and to Bermet.
Take care and best regards to you.
Ruti Millar, Israel. May, 2012.
I fall in love
with Kyrgyzstan, especially with its beautiful mountains
and forests! They are so amazing, you feel one with the
nature and it gives an energy. I hope that one day I will
visit Kyrgyzstan again!
Shrikant Udas, India. March, 2012.
thank you for arranging this very special tour of
Kyrgyzstan for us. We all enjoyed it and for sure will
recommend our friends to visit your so beautiful country.
I apreciate very much your care of us and just sorry we could
not speak and know better each other. The team you chose: Anatoly
and Tioma, Alex and Berma - they all were great and made their best
to let us enjoy the trip!
So thanks again and take care, my best regards!
... Dear Anatoly, 2 days ago, our group which travelled Kyrgyzstan had a party. In this party we all saw the film you made of our tour. All of us were very happy with the film, which is a great gift of you for us. So, many thanks on behalf of all 10 travellers!
Gidi, Israel. July-August, 2011.
|Thank you for making my dream
come true by taking me hiking on your mountains. The mountains
really were extraordinary. Each valley has its own beauty.
I hope to come back to see you again.
Dagmar, Germany. June, 2011.
|We are left with the greatest
memories of fishing. It's a rarity for a place to exist
with such clear and clean water as your mountain rivers.
Thanks, Anatoly, for everything.
Dima, Simon. Russia. April, 2011.
like to thank you very much for the wonderful experience
in Kyrgyzstan. You have a beautiful country with amazing
mountains and we are so glad to have seen them so intimately
through your guidance and recommendations. Anatoly was
very helpful, his prices were fair, and he even made us a
lovely lunch for our hike. Our only complaint is that we did
not spend enough time with him during our visit to the country!
-Scott and Krista (USA, November 2010)
|Your Issyk-Kul is amazing. Fishing
for trout gave us great pleasure. We've never eaten
so much red caviar, we were eating it by the spoonful.
Valera, Russia. October, 2010.
|Thank you for the wonderful
tour around Lake Issyk-Kul. We saw the amazing beauty
of gorges and canyons with grand fir and crystal-clear
waters of mountain rivers. Swam in the lake Issyk-Kul. This
is indeed a pearl of Central Asia.
We have witnessed the lives of the local shepherds, and watched with my own eyes their way of life. Tried the national cuisine of fresh and organic produce. Rested under the glittering stars of the sky.
This unforgettable trip. We are grateful to Anatoly for a fascinating tour.
Kyrgyzstan is really worth a visit.
Philip, UK. July, 2010.
is my second trip to Kyrgyzstan this is a very beautiful
country to visit and i have met very beautiful women
and we plan to marry in the United States later this year.
Anatoly is a very good tour guide he took us to many nice places
and was very helpful with arranging my meeting with my fiancee
Aigulia i am very happy with my experience here.
Paul, USA. May, 2010.
| Your Lake Issyk-Kul
- delicious. I am very pleased with the trip. It is
a pity that the water was cold and could not swim. I hope
this is not my last visit to Kyrgyzstan. Thank you.
Philip, UK. March, 2010.
| Thank you for
your recommendations and help with accommodating
in Jety-Oguz resort. Apart from treatment we have
got great joy of the beauty of the gorge itself.
We are very grateful to you!
Lena, Sasha. Russia, Omsk. October, 2009.
| It is so amazing,
Sary-Chelek , to my mind, is the most beautiful
lake in the world. We thank Kyrgyzstan Travel company
for a wonderful service. And we will definitely come
back for that mysterious animal!
Robert. Netherlands. August, 2009.
|I have never thought that you
could have such a nice rest at the Issyk-Kul lake!
The water is so wonderful as well as hot sand and tender
Tamara. Russia, St. Petersburg. August, 2009.
For two weeks we traveled with our
team through Kyrgyzstan, having a great time!
Anatoly, our tour-guide, is a trustful and knowledgeable person, Natali, our English interpreter, was a big help for us and much fun to be with and not to forget Valodija, our driver, who managed the worst roads, taking us up into great hights and far-flung places. We enjoyed our trip very much and brought home many unforgettable memories and pictures!
Kyrgyzstan is an interesting country with faszinating traditions and beautiful landscapes - mountains, canyons and the wideness of the steppe. Don't miss staying in a yurt!
Annabelle and Horst from Austria. June, 2009.