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I am an American, published former assistant professor of history and veteran world traveler, who now lives in Kyrgyzstan since 2014 with my wife and three children. We pride ourselves on providing premium services in adventure travel, with ‘all-inclusive,’ customizable tour packages that will give our guests the memories of a lifetime, while preserving the integrity of the Central Asian environment and authentic experiences of our host nations’ indigenous cultures for future generations. We’re looking forward to seeing you soon on the trail!

My skills, interests, and hobbies: I am an enthusiastic outdoorsman with a keen and abiding interest in Central Asian history and geography. My wife and I speak Kyrgyz and are currently learning Russian. When not out of doors we enjoy classic films and literature and playing a variety of games with our family.

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Trip Request for: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan

Role: Registered Tour company

Years of experience: 4

8 open listings

4 received reviews (100% positive, 4/4)


Everything went very smoothly. Thanks a lot!

Alysha and JW arranged a wonderful tour that included stays at friendly, welcoming guesthouses, hotels, and yurts, trips on horseback to magical mountain lakes, extraordinary performances by traditional musicians, goat polo, eagle hunting, and tasty local food.

Our driver/guide Nurs proved to be a first rate professional, always helpful, kind, respectful, informative, amusing, and pleasant. We recommend him to any other travelers interested in exploring some of the best features of Kyrgystan culture, landscape, and people. He understands English well and can answer questions about his land and culture.

This was an altogether beautiful experience. We hope to return to Kyrgystan and will recommend Indy Guide to others as well.

Many thanks to Alysha and JW for being so sensitive to the wishes of their clients and to the culture of their new homeland.

Thanks to all for a great experience.

Best regards,

Carmo and Phil Eggers

Philip about listing Wonderful trip for Phil and Carmo 12 months ago.

JW and his partners Nursultan and Azamat were professional and trustworthy. I contracted through him for a ~week-long trip outside of the normal tourist season, and he did his best to accommodate what we asked for. There were some things we wanted to do that were seasonally inappropriate, and while we found other guides who were quick to say they could make that happen, just as many said they couldn't. Jeff was the only one who did the due diligence in explaining not only what was/wasn't possible, but why. He has relationships with safe, trustworthy partners throughout the region, and we stayed with hosts that genuinely cared about our experience. Jeff went the extra mile, and even provided us with some welcome surprises. Additionally, his in-depth regional knowledge made the trip especially worthwhile; I've used several guides now, and Jeff stands out as being the most well-versed in history and regional nuance. If I return to Kyrgyzstan, I would choose to contract through him again.

Michael about listing Kristek and Englert 6-14 April 1 years ago.
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Jeff was fantastic! I was initially not sure how safe booking on IndyGuide was, but I had a great conversation with JW's wife Alisha about the requirements for our trip to the Nomad Games, and Alisha and Jeff came up with a customized plan for our group of 4. Jeff picked us up from Bishkek and drove us to the Games and then hung out with us for 4 days. We learned a ton about Kyrgyzstan culture as well as Central Asia from Jeff. Ultimately, we had a fantastic, extremely well planned trip.

Going on this trip with Jeff made us a feel a lot safer in a foreign country where we didn't speak the language. Jeff handled lodging, transportation, food, and everything, so all we needed to do was enjoy the trip, which we definitely did. Jeff's business is a family business, and it was wonderful interacting with Jeff, Alisha, and the rest of their family.

Overall, I would highly, highly recommend booking with Taigan Expeditions. We had a great trip, thanks Jeff and Alisha for the wonderful hospitality!


My friend and I, both female travellers, did 11 days in Kyrgyzstan with Jeff. It is our honour to be Jeff’s first clients from Indy Guide! We took our chances with Jeff and did not regret one bit. He is an amazing tour guide who took good care of the both of us. Think of him as a dad who is bringing you out on an adventure of a lifetime – that was Jeff! He is a very polite, friendly and caring guide who puts in the extra mile to make sure that we were safe and comfortable. Even when we had a last minute request (which we felt terrible for), but he was still able to adapt and make changes on the fly. He has lived in Bishkek for 4 years, has a good understanding of the Kyrgyz culture, and speaks relatively good Kyrgyz. A huge bonus is that he is very knowledgeable about history (specifically Central Asia) which he passionately shares in detail.

The tour itself was customizable and we had a good mix of adventure (lots of horse trekking which we LOVED!!!) and culture (shyrdak making, folk music, a game of kok boru, etc) and they were well paced. The local partners that he worked with were also reliable and helpful. We got a lot more than what we bargained for in this trip and we are very thankful that Jeff and Alisha for making this happen for us. We look forward to return to Kyrgyzstan in the near future to do a fishing trip and it will definitely be with Jeff!

Darilyn about listing Kyrgyzstan trip (7-17 Jul 2018) 2 years ago.
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