Saken

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Early birds booking for season 2020 is open.

Hi! My name is Saken. I am 34 yo from Kazakhstan. Almaty is my hometown. I know everything about my region - people, nature, cool spots, places to eat and drink. This is not my main job. But I can do it better than any professional guide, because I do it with passion and I know Kazakh history very well. It's my initiative to tourist attraction and making easier way to understand our Nomad culture. 20% of monthly profit donated to Almaty Animal rescue center and NGO Free food for elders.

Off the beaten track tours with lots of local interaction. Photography, adventure, nature, off-road, wild animals, hiking.

What to take on multi-day tour with you: towel, flip flops, comfy shoes, cap, SPF cream.

If you need local simcard, please inform me before tour. I will buy it for you to save time (Price 5USD for 8GB mobile internet and 100min calls). But be informed that in most national parks no mobile signal at all.

Each tour can be changed to suit your needs. Just text me.

Are you interested in truly engaging with a country’s culture, or just showing others that you have been somewhere new?

NEW TOUR. Highly recommended. From Almaty to Kaindy/Kolsay/Charyn and on to Karkara border checkpoint for Jyrgalan valley (Kyrgyzstan) - best for trekking (9 main routes for trekking from 12km to 60km). Text me if you are interested.

I will show you my Almaty and region. It's not another average tour

I organize tours (trekking, photography, wild, nature and adventure)

 

Comfortable and modern cars with AC for city, mountains and off-road

My skills, interests, and hobbies: Chess, snowboarding, photography, cooking

Country: Kazakhstan

Services in: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan

Role: Individual/Freelancer

Years of experience: 3

9 open listings

14 received reviews (100% positive, 14/14)

Marcin

If you are going through reviews and looking for a guide to organize your trip, look no further! Saken is the PERFECT choice! I just got back from a 5-day tour me and my friend booked with Saken and we couldn't be happier! :) The man is professional, reliable, well-organized, trustworthy, very kind and well-mannered, and has a vast knowledge of the region & history, plus a GREAT sense of humor and tons of interesting stories that he shared with us over the course of the trip.

We not only got to experience the culture of Kazakstan, but we also bonded with Saken - he was not just a driver or guide, he went with us on all walking tours/hiking trips and was there with us all along, showing the coolest places, explaining different things, taking care of accommodation, meals, literally everything. He is also a great driver, drives carefully and responisbly, and is fluent in English which was perfect, since me and my friend didnt know Russian or Kazakh language. All in all - in 5 days we managed to see all places we had on our wishlist (Altyn-Emel National Park's Singing Dune & Aktau Mountains, Charyn Canyon, Kolsai and Kaindy lakes, Tamgaly petroglyphs, plus a few places in city of Almaty) and got back home safely with lots of positive energy and priceless memories. Thank you so much Saken!!! :) All the best!

Marcin about listing 5-day trip from Almaty (22-26.10.2019) 11 days ago.
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Jan

Saken was the perfect for our Tour. He tokk us through Almaty and Altyn-Emel. He was very friendly and knew a lot about Almaty and its region. His driving was very pleasant and always had interesting stories to tell. He took us to get in touch with locals, which were very receptive. Would always recommend him.

Jan about listing Jan Weber - Aktau, Katutau & Charyn 2 days 27 days ago.
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Lara

Saken is a very experienced and professional tour guide. He does not normally take children on tours but was very accommodating for our two children ages nine and four years old. He was great to talk to and offered lots of interesting stories about his travels and life in Kazakhstan, which we very much enjoyed. He’s a very careful driver and considerate towards people used to calmer driving. His car is very nice and extremely clean. He is very trustworthy and we would definitely hire him again if we are in the area. We had a great time and it was a lovely day out of Almaty!

Lara about listing Charyn Canyon 28 days ago.
Sarah

We had a great time with Saken! He is an excellent guide, showing us not only the beautiful nature around Almaty, but also giving us interesting insights into the culture and the kazachen way of live. He is extremely reliable and helped us beyond our visit to Almaty. He made sure, that we had a contact in the next travel destination who help us to get to the Uzbekistan border. Having gotten to know Saken and his vast knowledge of central Asia, we wished we had booked a longer tour with him. We can highly recommend Saken as a guide!

Matya

Couldn't expect someone better person than Saken for a trip, tour, in another unknown country. Very knowledgeable, very polite, very helpful. We have got a special care from Saken even what was needed not direct to the planned tour. We are committed now, because we want to be, to tell our friends and virtual friends about Saken and we will sure recommend him as the one and only guide to each country from Georgia to all South East Asia.

Matya about listing Matya Bank Golani 2 months ago.
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Arne

Our tour with Saken has been our very first time with a private tour guide. After we intentionally waited some weeks before writing this review in order to see other guide’s performance and be able to actually rate this experience, Saken’s tour still remains outstanding. He has been highly professional, pro-active and overall inspirational.

We arrived quite unprepared and Saken saved us with his “no problem”-mindset: we failed to inform him about our flight’s delay – no problem, Saken was still there. Our hotel refused to receive us anymore – no problem, Saken organized an even better one. We hadn’t exchanged any money beforehand – no problem, Saken found a perfect solution. Whoever considers booking Saken can be sure that he will be taken care of, no matter what happens.

Moreover, he managed to completely change our mind about Kazakhstan, evolving us in interesting conversations, giving us “deep” insights into the local culture and tradition. Throughout the tour he managed to keep an exciting atmosphere with us, two rather boring and reserved young German travellers. The restaurant was amazing and it was very clear, that Saken knows what he is doing and really picked out the best places around Almaty for us.

We can whole-heartedly recommend anyone heading to Kazakhstan to spend some time exploring it with Saken – just please don’t give him such a hard time as we did, he’s a truly exceptional guy. We will certainly come back.

Arne about listing Layover Tour Almaty 3 months ago.
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Tamer

4D3N trip

I was quite satisfied with the trip and the overall service.

I had booked a 4 day 3 night excursion to Charyn Canyon, Kolsai lakes and Kaindy.

I was met by Saken the night prior at my hotel who explained in detail the itinerary, what to expect and plan for.

Picked up promptly the day after and began the journey which I had requested to be trek focused.

He is well travelled and speaks good English so was both effective in knowledge and communication.

We stayed at a family guest house in Saty which was warm and welcoming.

After experiencing Charyn and Kolsai (1&2) I wanted to make a change to the trip to do something slightly different so I asked whether it was possible to try Kyrgyzstan for a day which I heard was spectacular and not far. Saken did not hesitate and with his Kazakh friendliness and generosity accepted.

I had several offers to choose from but I am glad to have selected Saken's and recommend him highly.

I hadn't been to this part of the world before and was apprehensive at first. Saken, for me, is genuine, reliable and knowledgeable.

Thank you Saken for a memorable trip and hope to see you soon!

Tamer about listing 4D3N trekking tour - Tamer Qazi 3 months ago.
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hidenao

ビッグアルマティレイクと牧場と教会とマーケットに案内していただきました。

エアコンがきつくないか、途中で降りて撮影したくないかなど、紳士的に聞いてくださり、ホスピタリティを感じました。

英語もアメリカンアクセントで聞き取りやすく、コミニュケーションで困ることはありませんでした。

空港で出迎えてくださると、タクシーの運転手さんに着いてこられることもなく、歓迎されてる感があり、いいなと感じました。

アルマティでは彼に頼むとよいでしょう。

車もエアコンがしっかり効いて快適でした。

ランチもお任せするとすごく美味しいレストランに連れて行ってくれます。

hidenao about listing almaty big lake 3 months ago.
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Bonny

Saken is a great guide and driver. He was always very punctual, and catered to all our needs. We bonded well with Saken, and he was really good company to have on our trip! We learnt so much about the Kazakh culture. We would highly recommend Saken!

Bonny about listing Almaty 3 day tour 3 months ago.
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Manuela

Saken is a really helpful and nice guy. He and his wife picked us up at the airport and drove us to the big almaty lake. Afterwards we had a really nice lunch in a local restaurant with traditional food. At the end we walked around through the local market and the city center of Almaty.

Totally worth it :)

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