Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Almaty

Issyk Lake & Turgen Gorge
Hiking or biking amongst waterfalls cliffs and fir trees is the order of the day at Turgen Gorge a place of outstanding natural beauty.
Ile River
Perfect for a lazy boat ride gazing at the steppes at they unroll to the horizon.
Ile River Delta
A trip to the immense Ile River Delta might not be quick or cheap but it's certainly an unforgettable experience. Certainly it'll make you fall in love with the country hook line and sinker.
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Salta
Advantour
Caravanserai
Bellagio
Offering a wonderful escape from the bustle of the city, Bellagio has introduced an exclusive Italian menu to Almaty.
Telli Café
The ideal spot for health fanatics, Telli offers a range of sensitive services.
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Lermontov Drama Theatre
This Russian theatre translates some Kazakh and English pieces, but focuses on Chekov et al.
Kasteev Art Museum
Art museum with a broad collection of Kazakh and Soviet art from the 1930s onwards.
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Mukanov/Musrepov Memorial
Memorial representing the works of several of Kazakhstan's literary behemoths.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Mukhtar Auezov House
A cultural hour or two at this famous playwright's preserved house.
Samal Resort
One of Hg2's top Almaty hotels, this luxury retreat ticks all the boxes.
Central Mosque
A true post-Soviet landmark, visit the mosque to see Kazakhstan at it's international best.
Line Brew
Is it a fire station? Is it a castle? Nobody knows, or cares, with food and beer this good.
Alasha
A charming Uzbek offering, complete with lush carpets and shisha room.
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.
Tamgaly
These rock carvings are a World Heritage Site, and a humbling experience for all culture vultures.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Silk Road Adventures
High-powered exploration, with hang-gliders and helicopters on hand to show off the steppes.
Stan Tours
Turkmenistan tour specialists.
Medeu Skating Rink
Skating has such romantic connotations - crisp skies, frosted breath and red cheeks - all come to life at Almaty's Medeo ice stadium.
Kolsai Lakes
Ever wanted to sleep in a yurt, wake up to views of a sparkling shimmering lake and spend the day riding to your heart's content? Here you are then.
Jibek Joly
Specialists in excursions - Charyn Canyon and Turgen Gorge.
Kan Tengri
Eco-friendly tour company with a deservedly stellar reputation.
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Alpina XXI
Small but comfortable and well-equipped hiking hotels.
Almaty Hippodrome
If you prefer to watch horses rather than ride them then in Almaty the HippodRome is the place to be.
Aksai Gorge
Liberate your soul from material worries and visit the monks in this monastery.
Akademkniga
For the best maps of hiking in Kazakhstan.
TsUM
There are some great textiles being produced and imported in Almaty the best of which can be found on the top floor of the Tsum department store.
Tumar
A good selection of handmade felts mean there's no need to trawl craft fairs.

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