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.
Advantour
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.
Tau Dastarkhan
Well-situated hotel with some fantastic amenities.
Charyn Canyon
Kazakhstan's Grand Canyon, the red rocks of Charyn are a little smaller, but no less spectacular.
Asia Discovery
Want to go trekking, hunt with eagles, discover Kazakhstan's flora and fauna? These guys.
Track Tourism
Mountain climbing specialists, with an extensive photographic collection of Almaty.
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.
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.
Kazakh State Circus
The performers here are amongst the best riders in the world, and their astounding stunts are a great way to get the adrenaline pumping at the start of your evening.
Jazzystan
Contemporary, international musicians are more the rage at Jazzystan.
ArtBatFest
An interactive art festival, ArtBatFest is a great place to wander for flashmobs, photography exhibitions and experimental theatre.

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