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6 days ago

Hello Dear Travellers

I am Maks, I live in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan and Almaty, Kazakhstan, certified (GIZ risk management course, Red Crescent first emergency aid course)tour guide and driver (GIZ risk management course, Red Crescent first emergency aid course). 

My country is my passion and love to share it!

I was born in Kyrgyzstan, lived in many places, one of them is Kazakhstan for almost 7 years, and returned back home after realizing that this area is so beautiful and stunning that everyone should come and have a chance to see it. 

please see my listings. I made sure that you will find something that fits your requirements.

See you on one of my Tours!

My skills, interests, and hobbies: Off-road expeditions, Guiding, Driving, Overlanding, Traveling, Aikido, Airsoft

Country: Kyrgyzstan

Services in: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan

Role: Certified/licensed Guide

Years of experience: 8

6 open listings

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


I had the great privilege to have Maks guide me on a 3 Stans adventure during summer 2018. Over the course of 40 days we covered 16,000kms throughout Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.

I made contact with Maks through Indy Guide several months before arriving in Almaty. Having posted a broad query about my travel objectives I had dozens of responses from guides throughout the region. After exchanging a handful of messages I felt that Maks had the best combination of attributes I was seeking - excellent English, a great sense of humour, a willingness to go anywhere, including places he'd never been and, based on photos he'd posted, a great eye for a photo opportunity.

Maks did not disappoint me. In the months leading up to my trip Maks assisted with all kinds of valuable advice as well as involving me in the broader issues going on his life. When I did finally arrive I felt like I was meeting a friend I hadn't seen for a few years rather than someone I had never met. And as a bonus Maks arrived at the airport with a cold beer, much appreciated after 28 hours in transit!

Maks' best attribute as a guide was that he always maintained a sense of humour and a positive outlook. Travelling so closely with someone over 40 days, sometimes driving 14 or 16 hours to cover 300km through rugged terrain things will go wrong and tensions will arise, however Maks was always ready with a joke and always able to keep us moving forward. We enjoyed a good combination of travelling without any fixed plan while also having aspirational targets as to what was possible in the days and weeks ahead. Maks has a profound knowledge about and love of Kyrgyzstan in particular, but also an incredible curiosity and enthusiasm for the broader region and a desire to travel more broadly and expand his experiences so as to pass that on to his clients.

Maks has a great sense of adventure, but always tempered by common sense, be it in knowing the limitations of the transport we would use, choosing appropriate places to stay or camp, and also in dealing with some difficult situations crossing borders or dealing with officials. At all times I felt relaxed knowing Maks had the skills and experience to deal with any issues that arose.

I have travelled to many countries but would say that my time in Central Asia will always remain a highlight, and that is thanks to the dedication and good humour of Maks, who I consider a close and valued friend.


Travelling with Maks was like travelling with a friend. The booking and planning process went very smoothly and we discussed many options before we fixed the route. The trip was thoroughly enjoyable, comfortable, but still thoroughly adventurous. No problems at the Torugart border to China as well, he had all the necessary permits.

Maks was very flexible, which was important for our trip, and adapted with enthusiasm to our wishes. He has a sensible judgment of risks in the mountain areas and gave us good, sober advice.

Maks knew where to find clean and comfortable accomodation from luxury hotel to yurt camps and mountain lodges, as well as safe and delicious food on the way.

The Honda CR-V was well-maintained, well-equipped, and comfortable for three people with tons of luggage. A welcome bonus was Maks' music collection of everything from Ozzy Osbourne to classic jazz :-)

In short, you will not find a more reliable guide in this remote area of the world.

Kristine Moe

Maks is a great guide and a safe driver. He speaks excellent english and has extensive knowledge about the area geografically and historically. We went with him for a couple of days to song kul and south shore of issyk kul, and had a great time. Maks really went the extra mile to give us good and interesting experiences. Can heartly really recommend his services.


We met Maksat in Bishkek in April 2017. He is experienced, a nice and reliable guy and speaks English.

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