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.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
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?
Extremal
Mountain advernture shops - cycling equipment in the summer, ski and snowboard in the winter. These guys are the real experts.
Gorky Park Tennis
Twelve courts covering all surfaces are available, alongside English-speaking teachers.
Ecotourism Info Centre
Community-based tourism.
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.
Altyn Emel
Burial mounds and sand dunes that hum in the wind are amongst many of this park's varied offerings.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.

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