A millions thanks to Ainura and shepherd’s life kochkor! We did a custom 6 day tour in Kyrgyzstan and had an incredible experience. Since we only had a week, I wanted to cover as much ground as possible and decided to book a private tour in advance rather than book on the ground since tourist infrastructure is still fairly limited here. I was worried we would pay more or have a less authentic experience, but that wasn’t the case at all. Ainura was flexible and responsive, helping me create a custom itinerary that included two days of trekking (to song kul) with yurt stays, then a gorgeous drive off the beaten path to lake kel suu (the number one place I wanted to visit) looping back around to tash Rabat. It was perfect throughout and reasonably priced (I spoke to people who booked on the ground and compared quotes from several operators- Ainura is very fair!). We were greeted at the Bishkek airport by Ainura herself with a huge smile and some local bread. We drove to her adorable home in kochkor and spent the night there before heading to song kul. We felt very at home with Ainura and her family. Our guide for the rest of the trip- aibek- was the BEST. He was hilarious and sweet and his English was great. We now consider him our crazy Kyrgyz little brother. The trip exceeded expectations in every way. We had cold weather but the yurts were cozy and the scenery was incomparable. Waking up in a valley surrounded by the towering peaks of the tien Shan was magical, and more than made a few days without electricity and running water worthwhile. In general Kyrgyzstan blew away expectations. We understand why Kyrgyz hospitality is famous- everywhere we went we felt very welcome and aibek and Ainura (and her husband timur) obviously wanted us to have the best experience possible. Overall an incredible, seamless, wonderful tour! Thank you so much Ainura and shepherd’s life!