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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!

Enjoy
Alex

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 camper vans.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Trip Request for: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Role: Registered Tour company

Years of experience: 6

52 open listings

51 received reviews (100% positive, 51/51)

Olfa

We rented a Russian Buhanka from Alex. Alex was extremely kind to send us all the necessary documentations with tips and reccomendations on how to drive the van. He kept in touch with us during our self-driving trip, we didnt have any problems with the van !

I highly reccommend dealing with Alex and experiencing a van trip , without a driver !!!

Olfa about listing 5 days - 2017 cream Van 1 month ago.
Paul

Alex is a great operator. We rented the LandCruiser 78 with him.

Contact during preparations was clear and fast (response within 4h) with Competitive pricing.

Arriving in Bishkek we got the car delivered to our hostel with a clear explanation from the driver.

During our 3-week trip through most of Kyrgyzstan, we had only one flat. This was resolved (within 1 day) by the great efforts from Alex and his team. Very efficient and effective help.

Handing in the car, we had a realistic and fair handover.

We would recommend hiring with Alex to anyone. Apart from being great at his work, he is also a nice guy who will help you if he can.

We had an amazing trip in Kyrgystan.

Kind regards,

Paul

Paul about listing Rental of Toyota Land Cruiser 78 Series 1 month ago.
Foppe Jan

We rented the 2018 UAZ buhanka from Alex (and Vlad). First off all I would say that when renting one if Alex his cars a little technical/car skills are preferable! Biggest example would be changing a tire, the roads are not great nor are they extremely horrible. If you are able to change a tire you are good to go! I myself have never driven a 4x4 before and I have to say it is very, very easy to drive once you get the hang of it. The clutch, gears it's all very rough and heavy. The engine works great, more then enough horsepower for basically everything.

We rented the van for 8 days and did a trip around the issyk-kul lake. And easy going trip, not a lot of passes but we went up to the gold mine and son-kul lake. Both roads are in good condition.

The van itself has everything you need, a stove, kitchen utilities, chairs. The only thing we missed were pillows but we brought them with us from the overnight flight. The bed is fine, don't except hotel comfort box springs! With 1.93 I was on the taller side for it but still it worked out.

Communication: the superb communication between Alex Vlad and myself. Also beforehand communication with Alex was great, with vlad as well! Keep this up gentleman!

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Will

Awesome adventure exploring Kyrgystan! It just seemed to get better and better with Kel Suu an absolutely incredible lake to finish things up with.

Many thanks to Alex for being so responsive in pulling together the trip despite my last minute request. He really went the extra mile in answering my questions and making sure I fully understand the itinerary etc.

Dina was an excellent guide with lots of experience of the country, history, nature, people etc... She was very flexible and friendly, which meant I felt we got an access and exposure to local Kyrgyz people and culture that would have been otherwise impossible - thank you!

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Gavin

We rented the 2018 UAZ Buhanka from Alex and Vlad for 12 days. Alex was great with communication before our trip, sending us lots of recommendations and making himself available for any questions we had.

The van itself was amazing and was a really unique way to experience the country. Lots of locals came up to ask us about it and take a look around.

Alex and Vlad were both great at helping us out with any issues we had with the van while on the road, and even talked us through making a minor repair to something that had broken.

Overall, I would definitely recommend renting a Buhanka from Alex and Vlad, we had a brilliant time!

Gavin about listing Van Rental 2 months ago.
Narûn

Alex, what a great guy! I booked with my friends 3 UAZ Bukhanka's for to weeks. We went to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. Best adventure ever! Alex did give us good tips, did show the roads on maps and helped us through our journey. If you would like to drive by yourself in those countries, you must check Alex!

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Lisa

The trip to Kyrgyzstan was a big adventure! We loved the nature around Iyssk Kul, Song Kul and Jyrgalan. The UAZ Buhanka was a reliable friend for three weeks and no matter how bad the roads were, the bus brought us to our final destinations without breaking down!!!

The service of Alex and Vlad made that we had an unforgetable time!

Lisa about listing Self Driving Camper Van UAZ Buhanka 452 2 months ago.
Daniel

Everything went as planned. Alex provided a lot of useful support before and during the trip. We rented his vintage Buhanka for 18 days and had an amazing time. The car however is definitely not for everybody. It takes time to get used to and to love this car. It is very basic and lots of dust get into the car all the time.

Stefanie

Our journey to Kyrgyztan was amazing! Many thanks to Alex and Mirbek, our highly reliable contact person and guide. We just loved the whole trip, most of all beautiful Kol Suu and Son Kul...we really had some breathtaking moments there!

Mirbek was the perfect guide for us! He is a really funny and great guy, he is open-minded and he knows many things about the country, history, nature, people...

We hope he'll be happy with his future little family. :D

And furthermore, without the amazing support of Alex the journey would never have become such a great one! Keep it coming! Thank you Alex!

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Jonathan

My family, all five of us, including three children, 12 11 and 11, hired a UAZ buhanka for six days to drive around Issy-Kul. We had a great time enjoying the independence and freedom the UAZ buhanka gave us. The children loved the van, watching the stunning, countryside pass by the window, then setting up camp in some secluded spot.

Alex was a fantastic host, giving us the security that he was behind the scenes and available if anything, as to go amiss.

The holiday flew by, and my family have fallen in love with the UAZ and Kyrgyzstan. We will be back!

Jonathan about listing 2 vans 5 months ago.
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