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I would love to welcome you to the amazing country of Kyrgyzstan my second home.  My name is Alex and I'm from Madison, Wisconsin United States and I have been working in Kyrgyzstan as a tour leader and previously a Peace Corps Volunteer developing tourism since 2014. I speak almost fluent Kyrgyz and I’m able to build you custom-made program.

- If you love trekking I know the best places from first-hand account and I can set you up with the right guide and permits needed.
- If you are interested in getting close to Kyrgyz culture you can trust me and my relationships with my local guides to show you the most authentic places and people.
- If you like self-driving jeep tours rent one of my Russian Buhankas 4x4 Camper Vans in Bishkek.
- If you are ready to ski bottomless powder here in Kyrgyzstan from Yurts in the backcountry I'm able to make it happen for you.
- Any time is a great time to come to Kyrgyzstan and let me help you make it unforgettable!

Take a look at my top 10 Reasons to visit Kyrgyzstan
Let's find where the road ends and the adventure begins!


My skills, interests, and hobbies: My hobbies: Trekking to Ala Kol, biking around Suong Kul, ski touring in Issky-Kul, spending time in my garden in Bishkek, and updating my Buhankas.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Services in: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Role: Registered Tour company

Years of experience: 5

37 open listings

40 received reviews (100% positive, 40/40)


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Jeevan about listing Custom Made Trip for Jeevan 4 days ago.

Dear Alex and team,

Thanks again for the good care, the support during the preparations and the trip itself. This has certainly contributed to a carefree and unforgettable holiday in Kyrgyzstan. The knowledge of the country and the advice about route choice are highly appreciated and have yielded beautiful adventures and photos, but also good food and good places to sleep. For anyone who is planning to discover Kirchizie and wants to be free in safety, I highly recommend organizing this with Alex and his team. The Buhankas were comfortable, well-equipped and a great travel companion. We hope to meet again. Many thanks again to Alex and his team.

All the best for the future !!

Greeting Sander, Huib and partners

(NL) 28-05 / 10-06 2019

Sander about listing 2 Buhanka's 28/5 - 08/06 Huib/Sander 7 days ago.
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Malte Holmgaard

Rented a UAZ Buhanka camper van from Alex for 10 days when I was traveling around Kyrgyzstan together with a friend. The rental went smoothly, and everything from mattresses to cutlery was provided by him and ready for use when we picked up the van in Bishkek. All we had to do was enjoy our road trip around the country. Definitely recommend this guy and this van!

Malte Holmgaard about listing UAZ Buhanka van rental 1 month ago.
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Alex arranged our 4 days trip to Song Kol Lake in April. Not many tour guides would arrange this tour during this month due to the cold/snowy weather. He managed to find us one of his best guide who came from the nearby village. He taught us many cultural things about Kyrgystan which was great to understand the country and its people.

I highly recommend Alex to organise your trip, he knows the best things to do with the best people.

Julien about listing 4 days tour Song Kol April 2 months ago.

Traveling around in the van was a great way to see some of what Kyrgyztan has to offer. It's a reliable and comfortable van and well set up as a camper. We did a couple of nights in the van and then a night in a guest house (for showers). We didn't use the 4wd much but the van has a pretty high clearance, so I'm sure it will get you where you want to go within reason.

Alex is very helpful in showing you how the van works and making suggestions for itineraries that might suit what you want to see and do.

One thing to bear in mind when planning your trip is that travel is pretty slow going. The van sits nicely at 80 km/hr (I'm sure it will go faster if you put your foot down), but you need to slow to 40 km/hr to pass through the many villages and there are lots of police with speed cameras. I'm good with not ripping through villages leaving a trail of dust, but it means 50Km/hr is about right for your average speed over long distances.

I thoroughly recommend both Alex and the mighty UAZ Buhanka. Have fun!

Rob about listing Van rental-1to6 April 2 months ago.
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Alex and his UAZ Buhanka van were amazing! Right from the booking stages Alex helped us get our driver's license translated in Bishkek. Then when we picked up the van for our 5 day adventure he willingly showed us the ropes of how to drive it, what was inside and where things were. This tutorial was very useful and helped set us up! Driving the van was great, Alex also suggested itinerary routes and we took his advice and seen so much. Kyrgyzstan was beautiful in early February, we seen mountains, lakes, canyons, dry desert like landscape and snow all in the space of 5 days. If you are considering taking a trip off the beaten track you can certainly do that in this UAZ Buhanka. The van comes well equipped for a winter trip - there is a heater in the front and back of the van. In terms of cooking, Alex provided us with a gas hob to cook meals on and the van comes with utensils and crockery.

The 4x4 on the van also helped to get to some places off road, this ability was very useful especially when roads are muddy/snowy. We felt safe in the van the entire time and we were sad to drop off "Bianca The Buhanka" off.


We had a short, but truly mind-boggling trip in Kyrgyzstan! In 4 days we got everything from early autumn warmth and sunsine to rainshowers and fog through sub-zero snowstorms and ice-packed roads. But the UAZ Buhanka did amazing in every conditions, comfortable driving on the road and cosy sleeping in it, no matter where you are. Thanks for Alex and Vlad for the easy-going and helpful service, we're eager to be back for a longer tour one day!

Akos about listing Self Driving Camper Van UAZ Buhanka 452 8 months ago.
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Alex is a great and truly helpful guy. He even bring Buchanka to our hotel, show everything which was important, took a practise ride and gave us lot of useful tips. He is extremely caring about his Buchankas which is great. The one we rented was amazing and we had perfect time in Kyrgyzstan. I hope that I will visit Kyrgysztan again next year and I will definitely rent the Buchanka again. Big thanks Alex. See you next year mate.

Matej about listing Self Driving Camper Van UAZ Buhanka 452 8 months ago.

Had a fantastic time with Alex travelling through north Kyrgyzstan on a 45 year old Lada. An unforgetable experience thanks to Alex. Will definitely contact you again on my next trip to Kyrgyzstan. Thanks a lot and see you soon.


Alex about listing Alex 8 months ago.

Look no further for a breathtaking, rich, and spellbinding experience in Kyrgyzstan. After my tour with Alex, I felt as if he’d truly brought me closer to the heart of the country. He is a talented facilitator and guide who was able to provide an extensive body of knowledge while we witnessed, first hand, the beauty of Kyrgyzstan’s landscape and culture via the Issyk-Ata Gorge and sanatorium, local (and delicious) cuisine, and more. We saw jagged mountains, whose slips were dotted with wild horses drinking from the streams. Alex is also a great communicator and knows this area intimately, so you can trust that you’ll receive the highest quality, most authentic experience possible. I would recommend his services to anyone.

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