In the About us section it is common to praise and tell that we are better than our competitors. But whether the written be true? Will someone believe us? I think not. So, let us get acquainted.
My name is Elena Dudashvili (for friends and relatives - Alyona). For more than 20 years I manage the Asia Mountains Company. The official opening date of the company is October 12, 1999, but this was like the day of maturity, when the company got a passport and stepped into the adulthood. You might be interested why.
All my conscious life my family was engaged in tourism. First, it was the speleo-tourism club for students.
This was a time of real adventure when we together with my parents, my brother and our friends went to an expedition. We searched for caves, stayed there for weeks, cooked ourselves, learned to work with maps and even draw them.
In the early nineties, my parents began to conduct tours for foreign tourists who really wanted to see the unknown Kyrgyzstan at that time. Every year international interest towards the country grew and in 1999 my father, Sergey Davidovich Dudashvili, and a family friend, Alexander Gubaev (a famous mountain climber from Kyrgyzstan), decided that it was time to become more serious and create a real travel company. This is how the Asia Mountains appeared.
Almost immediately we became the leading company in the country. The announced directions were difficult to implement. However, having many years of experience in organizing extreme expeditions and independent travels outside the country, these difficulties did not seem significant to us. Although, I must say, it was not easy.
I am recalling different situations. For example, at that time it was impossible to buy normal tents not only in Kyrgyzstan, but also in Russia. We had to sew them ourselves. Imagine the surprise of foreigners when they, already accustomed to the North Face or Salewa, saw our “handicraft” works, sometimes not worse than their branded gear.
There were no roads in our country either, and almost all the tours were held on an all-wheel drive soviet vehicle (vahtovka). There were no hotels even in large cities, not speaking about villages. Later, the locals began to realize that by remaking their house as a guest house, they would have a steady income.
Foreigners were always welcome as valuable guests in yurts, in jailoo or in the mountains for free. However, this hospitality has not gone anywhere. All this time I was part of the company.
For many years I worked as a guide. I liked to guide tourists not only to trekking, but even to Lenin Peak. For me it was not difficult, since traveling was and still is a way my of life.
What really matters to me are all the tourists who went through our company, and this, believe me, not even one thousand people. We are still friends with many of them.
We are still a small family company where every guest has a NAME. Moreover, our partners are not just e-mail and Internet addresses on the other side of virtual reality, but our real friends with whom we meet and come up with new tours for you. Yes, we have grown, and in many respects thanks to our guests and partners.
Asia Mountains company is:
- Two hotels in Bishkek (Asia Mountains 1 and 2)
- Base camp at the foot of Peak Lenin
- Offices in Bishkek and Osh
- Representative office in Moscow (Russia)
- New Height travellers club, which offers outbound tours
Tours across Kyrgyzstan but not only:
- Trekkings and hikings
- Skitouring and heli ski
- Biking and Moto biking tours
- Horse riding
- Topic tours (geology, caving, ornithology, historical and archeological)
- Cultural and ethnographical tours
- Silk Road tours
- Overland 4x4 tours
Asia Mountains team:
I am very proud of our team. Guides, hotel workers, drivers, a team of base camps at Lenin Peak, managers – are the «Asia Mountains». They are adamant professionals, many of whom have been working in the company since its creation. You can easily entrust your life to these, and I know for sure that with them any tour will be perfect.
Philosophy of our tours
Our programs, are not standard package tours and are designed as real discoveries for travelers (not just tourists), who would be interested to explore and understand the country plunging into its culture and traditions and not just observe it from the bus windows.
Why to travel with us?
When creating programs, our professional consultants share their passion for travel with you, and we have offices in every region we work with. This invaluable knowledge of countries and territories allows us to include only the most interesting places and destination in programs designed specifically for you. At the same time you can count on professional assistance at every stage of the program arrangement and its implementation. It is the deep knowledge in this area and personal approach that make your trip with us special and individual.
Travelling with safety
The Asia Mountains Company is a licensed operator and full member of the Kyrgyz Association of Tour Operators. We also have our own subdivisions in Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, China and Tibet, which indicates that you will receive assistance whenever you need it. We own two popular hotels located in the center of Bishkek (the capital of Kyrgyzstan), which have gained a reputation for excellent accommodation, suitable for both tourists and business people. Both hotels have offices of the Asia Mountains, where staff will be happy to help guests to choose or organize excursions and short programs.
Since 2014, we have opened an office in Moscow, where you can also get advice on tours to Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia.
You have the opportunity to travel your own unique route and make the trip of your dreams. We know that everyone chooses his own style of travel, so we are ready to create your individual route that meets all your needs and desires.
Carrying out our programs both on well-known routes and in unexplored hidden places, we guarantee impressions that go beyond trivial tourism. You will surely plunge into our culture, make local friends and return home with unforgettable feelings.
Travelling without worries
We are responsible for everything, from the beginning to the end. You just have to relax and simply enjoy the new discoveries. As soon as you book a program, we provide a number to which you can call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, if necessary.
Let us offer you a journey free of organizational problems.
Who travels with us?
Our programs and adventure tours are usually compiled of small friendly groups, consisting of very different and interesting people of various professions and social status. As a rule, the group includes from two to eighteen people, aging 18-70 years. The ratio of men and women is about the same.
Most of the people, traveling with us, are fun and open-minded people who are happy to get new experiences, impressions and who are ready for the adventures and challenges that arise along the way. They do not come to new countries in search of the same feelings that they may experience at home. On the contrary, the standard program will not interest them. Despite your travel experience or physical training, if you have a desire to experience something new, we will certainly offer the journey that will entice you.
With best regards,
* All photos on this site are made during real trips in Kyrgyzstan.