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Hello, my name is Julia.

My story:

I was born in Almaty. Started to work as a translator (English-Russian) in mountain treks 23 years ago, after 3 years of 63 days trekking annually in summer season plus botanic and ornithology, horse riding and bike tours at spring and autumn I became a guide and was leading individual and group tours up to 26 people. It was a great experience, fun and the possibility to travel to the places of your own country which usually are very hard to reach like Inylcheck glacier - foot of Khan-Tengri (7 010 meters high) and Pobeda (7 439) peaks, which is still my favorite place of Kazakhstan.

Later on, I started outgoing tourism company for Kazakhstani people who wanted to travel abroad. It gave me an opportunity to learn a lot about the right way to organize a trip, listen carefully to the wishes and expectations of people regarding their holidays and meeting the requirements. I travelled myself for business reasons to participate in tourism exhibitions like the biggest one in Berlin, London, New Delhi and of course, for personal purposes,  to see the world, to swim with sharks in Thailand, to surf in Shri-Lanka, for diving course in Cyprus, for the night dive in Arab Emirates, for gourmet tour in Italy ...

Visits to many countries made me more and more proud of my own country because after all, I realized how lucky I am to live in a place where you have more than 8 different climate zones in such short distance.

  • 40 minutes by cable car and you can hike on the closest to the city glacier,
  • take the car and drive to the direction of Charyn national park and you find 4 different canyons like Castle valley – the famous one, or another one which reminds you of Jurassic Park, you walk through it and expect pterodactyl flight, camp by the river in a wild place in the relict ash wood tree,
  • 2 more hours drive and you are already in the mountain lakes that look typical Switzerland,
  • you want something hotter, then you are welcome to the real desert with signing dune and multi colorful steppe mountains surrounded by Dzhungarskiy Alatu mountain range and Ili river,
  • you like it hot but with less extreme, then visit hot springs,
  • you wish to see the life of nomads, then go to plateau Assy fully covered with white yurts like giant mushrooms on a glade and look like the Mongolian steppe.


Land and nature called me. I so wanted to share this beauty of the nature with the guests of Kazakhstan that I left the office and started to be driver, English speaking guide and cook all in one and enjoy my nomadic life changing places every day, spending most of the day on a fresh air, walking in the forest or desert, sleeping under the stars. One celebrity said, “Find a job of your dream and you will not work even one day”.

From year to year more and more visitors were coming to Almaty region, so I could not handle it myself and asked my brother for the help, he was always traveling with his wife all over the world on his motorbike as well as in Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, he bought Land Cruiser SUV car and was happy to turn his hobby to a job as well as his wife. My son and niece helping with translation, when it’s required, with English (American) and French. So it became a small family business.

When the tour is over we take our children, parents, friends and we are off to the same places where we work but now for holidays.

We pay attention to safety as it is one of the most important thing during long drive. Our guides are having long driving experience not only on the highway but off-road as well. Cars are regularly checked. We don’t try to fit in one go all possible and impossible, we pay attention to distances to make sure you don’t spend all your day sitting in a car, but stretching your legs walking around, enjoying your morning cup of tea or coffee, taking memorable pictures, testing local food during the day and in the evening around the fire having nice conversations about everything and anything like life, love, politic, culture, difference of Kazakhstani life at Soviet and our days time …  

We are very new hosts in INDY GUIDE team, so you have a chance to be the first one to leave the feedback after a trip with us for others.

We offer:

1. Altyn Emel 2 or 3 days tour with overnight in tents or guest house.

2. Charyn, Kulsai lakes and Kaindy as well 2 or 3 days with a homestay in Kazakh family or yurt

3. Charyn canyons (3 different) in 2 days with an overnight stay in the tent or in the guest house of hot springs

4. Charyn canyon 1-day tour to Castle valley

5. Big Almaty lake. Option: with or without hike and participation in the hunting birds show. With the unique possibility to be on an altitude of 3 500 meters h easily in 1 day time.

6. Tanbaly petroglyphs 1-day tour. Around 2 000 paintings on cliffs which are under the protection of Unesco now. 

7. Turgen valley and Plateau Assy 1 or 2 days tour with overnight in the tent or guest house. Rafting optionally.

8. 1 day Almaty city tour with a visit to Medeo skating rink and Chimbulak ski resort.

9. Multiday tour when all above-mentioned tours can be combined in one go

10. Kyrgyzstan like Fairy Tale, Tuzkol, Issy Kul, Karakol, etc. 

11. Entomology, geology, ornithology ... and other types of fully autonomous expeditions

12. Tours in Mangystau region 

Faithfully yours,

My skills, interests, and hobbies: English speaking driver - guide, jeep tours, hiking

Country: Kazakhstan

Trip Request for: Kazakhstan

Role: Certified/licensed Guide

Years of experience: 23

2 open listings

6 received reviews (100% positive, 6/6)


Fantastic trip with Yuliya to see Kaindy/ Kolsai Lake and Charyn Canyon. Not a bad word to say. You couldn’t really ask for more in a laidback, relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable trip.

Communication was excellent from very first contact to on time arrival at hotel meeting point. It felt more like a road trip with a friend than a trip with a tour guide I’d never met before. Very knowledgeable about the area, sights, nature and wildlife. Safe driving and good conversation. Great local shashlik. Homestay in Saty was very comfortable and home cooked food simple (manti) yet delicious and very filling.

It was a shame it was over so quickly!

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Aiko Keith

Yuliya was the best tourguide I ever had so far. She was very responsive in all my messages, she was very considerate in all my request especially I was going alone and was on a budget trip. She even arranged my 4 days itinerary even if I'll be with her for 2 days trip only.

I just had the best 30th birthday in kazakhstan and it was all beacause of yuliya. I had great food and a very comfortable and warm home. She made me experienced how beautiful and astonishing kazakhstan is.

Aiko Keith about listing Charyn and kaindy lake 7 months ago.
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Missing Maarten & Sanneke

Yuliya is a very knowledgeable and experienced tour guide. Her 4x4 off-road car will take you virtually everywhere you would like to go. Moreover, she is a very safe driver, which is not so evident in Central Asia.

She took fantastic care of us and really customized the tour to our likings.

In short, if you would like to see some of Kazakhstan's varied and very beautiful nature in a time efficient manner, we would highly recommend booking a tour with Yuliya.

Warm greetings!!

Maarten and Sanneke

Missing Isabelle and Veronique

We have the chance to spent two days with Dima in our trip. He has been a really awesome guide, very kind, helpful and with a lot informations to tell about kazakhstan, the nature and everything around. Always with a smile and great kindness to us. We really enjoyed the real coffee from the coffee's maker around charyn canyon. It was such a blast.

The homestay was like home, warm and sweet with great dishes. We felt very honoured by everyone.

The different landscapes we explored were amazing and so beautiful.

It has been two awesome days, and probably the best in our trip.

We thank a lot Yuliya for her efficient work to organized the trip as we asked. She did a great work finding what would be the best according our wishs and fund.

Thank you very much for everythin. We highly recommand them.


Yuliya sent me a guide who speaks Korean really well and a English speaking driver. They are terrific!

No problem in communication and fell comfortable.

Car and Lunch both are good.

The Assy plateau is amazing and I could really enjoy it.

Songyi about listing 1 day tour to Assy plateau 9 months ago.

Our tour with Julia was amazing! She is a really great driver and guide. Taking us to the best places and telling us everything about those places, she really knows a lot. She took really good care of us (even arranged vegetarian food for me in such a meat loving country) and it was great fun with her. Her English is great as well and she is really responsive. Would def recommend a tour with her!

Loes about listing Deposit for almaty region tour 10 months ago.

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