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.
Lake Kapchagai
Legendary for it's outdoor parties, Lake Kapchagai rules the summers.
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.
Zhailjau Golf Resort
Akzhol Travel
Great tour providers for those looking to get to grips with Kazakhstani culture.
Rixos Royal Spa
Advantour
Almaty Health and Spa Resort
An estate retreat not far from the city, with fabulous facilities.
Nurtau Golf Club
A professional club - Colin Montgomerie challenged the Kazakhstani President here in 2004.
Almaty Guide
Almaty guru Karlygash Makatova knows and translates everything cool about Almaty.
Chaba Spa
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.
Delta Car
Max Travel Star
Individual and weekend tours, with special emphasis on lake and fishing ventures.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Bali Spa Centre
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.
Silk Road Adventures
High-powered exploration, with hang-gliders and helicopters on hand to show off the steppes.
Stan Tours
Turkmenistan tour specialists.
Other ski resorts
Smaller, less developed resorts - but you get the slopes to yourselves.
Shymbulak
OK, so you'll undoubtedly have experienced more challenging skiing, and you will almost certainly be used to better facilities, but how often do you get to ski in Central Asia?
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.
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Galina Kosjakova
She can fly! Balloon trips with a female pilot.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Eagle Hunting
The most exhilarating (legal) experience in Kazakhstan.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
Eurasia Int’l Film Festival
If you're a film buff, check out Central Asia's offerings.
Butakofka Gorge Stables
Indoor and outdoor lessons available - all-weather riding.
Big Almaty Lake
A great spot for being at one with nature - and huge amounts of water.
Arial Golf Club
A decent club for beginner or junior players, with reasonable prices to match.
Arasan Public Banya
A real man's spa - flagellate with birch twigs.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Aquarius Wellness Club
Ultimate bliss at the Royal Tulip Hotel, with a great gym, hammam, and extensive beauty treatments.
Almaty Hippodrome
If you prefer to watch horses rather than ride them then in Almaty the HippodRome is the place to be.

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