Mrs Elena Kalashnikova
20 years ago (to say accurately -in April, 1998) Elena Kalashnikova and Svetlana Fedina (both originally Russian) finally moved to Kyrgyzstan after 10 years of its exploring and mountaineering all significant peaks of this beautiful country. They decided to create a travel company here with a difference. Since their favorite mountains in Kyrgyzstan are located in Ak-Sai gorge (near by the capital, former Frunze- now Bishkek), the company became “Ak-Sai Travel”’. Today it has grown to become the Kyrgyzstan’s leading travel specialist. Both founders are “hands on” and still lead all summers in mountains – at Khan Tengri Peak and Lenin Peak base camps.
Mrs Altynai Musabaeva
Altynai has been working in tourism for 7 years. She joined to Ak-Sai Travel team in 2013 as a Product Manager at Outdoor department. Now she is working as a CEO assistant and her main work is connected in communicating with inner state structures, travel associations and leading big tourism projects.
I am happy to work in Ak-Sai Travel, I love my team, and i believe that together we can make tourism in Kyrgyzstan as a main destination for travelling!
Spanish market Head of Development and Sales department
Natalia joined Ak Sai Travel team in 2011. Since then, she has been working as a tour operator of Spanish market and occasionally accompanying a few groups as a guide-interpreter. Starting from 2015, she became a Senior Manager of Cultural Department. She analyzes all the feedbacks/comments, received from the groups, during and at the end of tourist season, so it helps the company to improve and modify the quality of tour products in the future. Beside summer touristic season, she and a few more colleagues organize winter training sessions and workshops for the younger people, who would like to become a guide-interpreter.
Doing my best to reach perfection in everything I do, especially in my work.
Ms Ksenia Nefedova
Spanish marketDevelopment and sales department
Ksenia is a tour operator, working at Spanish market, starting from 2014. During tourist season mainly in summer, she does guiding with Spanish-speaking groups.
Spanish language always attracted me; that is why this work brings me a lot of pleasure. What I also love in my job is that I have an opportunity to guide Spanish groups and to show them the beauty of our wonderful country. If you decide to come and see its beauty, I would love to show it to you and help to discover Kyrgyzstan.
UK, USA and Italian marketsDevelopment and sales department
Aleksandr is a tour operating manager, responsible for Italian and European market and a guide interpreter as well. He travelled a lot across Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan with other trips to USA, Germany, Italy and UK.
“I like to focus on my work, with no chance to rest and be helpful till the end of each trip whenever I’m: guiding a group or coordinating a tour from the office. Working tone helps me to be active at other spheres of my live that include running, playing football, swimming and gym/general fitness. It allows me to temper the character and improve myself every single moment.”
Israeli and Turkish MarketDevelopment and Sales Department
Alexandra has been working in tourism as a tourist guide since 2008. She joined Ak Sai Travel Team in 2014. Alexandra is a tour operating manager of Turkish and Israeli markets.
She is World Federation Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) National Trainer and World Federation Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) certified Tourist Guide.
French market Development and sales department
Dastan is a tour operating manager responsible for French market and works as a guide interpreter with French groups. He has visited France for several times. He very well understands what tourists from France would like to experience in our country, like horse-back riding, trekking, rafting and all that might of active tourism.
“I like working with French people, even if sometimes they might be too difficult and grouchy then groups from other parts of the world.”
Ms Zhyldyzai Abduraimova
Japanese marketDevelopment and sales department
Zhyldyzai is a tour operator of Japanese market in Ak Sai Travel Company for 2 year already. She finished training courses in our company and is now also working as a guide-interpreter with Japanese groups during summer season.
I was very interested in the culture of Japan when I studied it at the University. Now I have an opportunity to work with tourists from Japan personally. This brings me pleasure, to share with them the culture of my people in my country and learn more of Japanese people and their culture as well. So both sides are satisfied.
Meerim Taalaibek kyzy
German, Swiss, Austrian, Israelite marketsDevelopment and sales department
Meerim is a tour operating manager at Ak-Sai Travel and is responsible for German market. She is quite new to our company; she joined our company in April, 2017, although she has been working in tourism since 2013.
As a descendant of nomad culture, from an early age, I love to go to the mountains, discover new places, get acquainted with traditions.
Honestly, even back then I felt in love with travel and realized that I want to be always in tourism. My love to discover new places never fade away, to watch the wonders of nature and to enjoy delicious food over and over again and each time like the first time!
I am proud of my beautiful country and its history and love to share it!
Ms Dinara Karimkulova
Head of booking and operating department
Dinara joined Ak-Sai Travel in 2004 and never left it. She began as a simple manager and grown to the Head of Booking Department. She does know the work of each department, cause she used to do it herself, when the company was much smaller.
I am proud of working in Ak-Sai Travel. It gave me so many opportunities; to see the beauty of Kyrgyzstan, meeting new people, travel abroad. Hope this work will keep me long interested and I will do my best to keep tourism growing in our country!
Mrs Alyona Kovalyova
Booking and operating department
Alyona is a tour operating manager of Italian and Japanese markets. She has been working in the company since 2011, after her graduation from the Bishkek Humanitarian University with the faculty of Oriental Studies. She is fond of Japanese culture and Italian food. Her dream is to visit Scandinavian countries to see the real fairy tale of the Northern edges.
Mrs Alyona Strauss
Head of MICE department
Alyona has been working in tourism for 10 years already. She joined Ak Sai Travel team in 2013 and now is the Head of MICE department of the company. She likes to arrange exclusive and not-ordinary tours for groups and individual travellers. She is in love with Kyrgyzstan and thinks that Tash Rabat caravan sarai is the most beautiful place in Central Asia. Her dream is to visit Italy to try the real Italian food and learn Italian. Alyona’s hobby is culinary and reading fantasy books. She tries to live according to the principle: “you should treat others the way you want to be treated”.
Mr. Dmitrii Grekov
Dmitry Grekov is the co-founder of Ak-Sai Travel. His big experience in mountains (Dmitry is the only mountaineer in Kyrgyzstan who climbed Everest peak) helps us to maintain our base camps and keep high level of services in mountains.
Dmitry is a tour operating manager in Ak-sai Travel Company since 2013, but he started working in tourism in the 90th. He is responsible for active programs, mainly trekking ones. He has been on most of trails and knows trekking routes very well. He is an expert in that.
As far as I remember myself, I always spent most of my free time in the mountains, doing trekking, and climbing. I have no idea, why…Maybe because I simply like it. That is why, I devoted my life to tourism, and never regret of choosing that direction.
Timur is a tour operating manager and responsible for mountaineering expeditions, mainly specializes on our 7000 m high peaks, Khan-Tengri and Pobeda. He is young and full of potential for new achievements. He likes trekking, playing football. His next goal is to begin doing mountaineering and become a professional climber.
Mrs Olga Rybianova
Olga is a tour operating manager and has been working in Ak-Sai Travel Company for 6 years. She is responsible for Lenin Peak expeditions.
The most important thing in our work is to show what the real mountaineering is and how to do it with the pleasure and with more comfortable conditions. I also like mountains and nature of Kyrgyzstan, there is a lot of places, which can be visited!
Olga started her work Ak-Sai Travel in February 2012, She is responsible for the following sections: «Hotels on Lake Issyk-Kul» and «Mountain Skiing».
“I’m doing great things – I’m arranging people’ vacation. The main thing in work is listening to every wish of a tourist. I sincerely rejoice when tourists come back from their vacation happy and on the next year they trust us to arrange their vacation again… ”