from$ 91
Duration 1 day
Category GASTROAUTHENTIC
Season Year-round

The Kazakh national cuisine has absorbed all the beauty of traditions, culture and philosophy of the ancient nomadic tribes of the Great steppe. You will discover that the real Kazakh cuisine is not only tasty and diverse, but also properly balanced, healthy and nutritious


The Kazakh national cuisine has absorbed all the beauty of traditions, culture and philosophy of the ancient nomadic tribes of the Great steppe. You will discover that the real Kazakh cuisine is not only tasty and diverse, but also properly balanced, healthy and nutritious.

Private cooking class will be in the traditional restaurant-museum located in Alma-Arasan Gorge - a picturesque mountain gorge located in the south-west of Almaty city. Assisted by chef of restaurant, you will learn and experience the culinary technique of traditional Kazakh cuisine.

Cooking an authentic Kazakh cuisine that includes one main dish: Koktal, Plov, Kuyrdak or Beshbarmak.

Koktal is a dish of Asian cuisine. It is a fish smoked with vegetables in a hot way. Usually, freshwater species are used for this dish, as a rule, a carp, and vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, onions, and others.

Plov. Commonly plov is cooked with rice, fresh mutton or beef, yellow or red carrot, onions and vegetable oil.

Kuyrdak is a traditional dish of Central Asia, which cooked using mutton organ meat: lungs, liver kidney, heart. The name of the dish comes from the word “қуыру”– to fry.

Beshbarmak - is probably the most popular Kazakh dish. The name of the dish can be translated as five fingers, referring to the nomadic tribes who lived in Central Asia and would eat the dish with their hands. Cooked horse, mutton, beef, or a combination of those three types of meat are served along traditionally prepared thin pasta squares.

You will also learn how to make dough for Baursak.

Baursak is a certain type of bread typical for Turk people, it looks like a small deep-fried  donut. The Baursak can be served as the dessert or accompany the main course.

1 Day

10:00 Meeting with your guide-driver at the hotel lobby.

Departure to the traditional restaurant for the private cooking class. Restaurant museum located in Alma-Arasan Gorge - a picturesque mountain gorge located in the south-west of Almaty city. Assisted by chef of restaurant, you will learn and experience the culinary technique of traditional Kazakh cuisine.

Arrival. Cooking an authentic Kazakh cuisine that includes one main dish: Koktal, Plov, Kuyrdak or Beshbarmak.

13:00 Lunch including two types of salads, two types of starters, samosa with meat and tea with local sweets.

14:00 Departure to the Big Almatya lake. You will get to the Alma - Arasan, recreation area. Big Almaty gorge, where at an altitude of 2,510 m above sea level located the Big Almaty lake - one of the most picturesque lakes in Trans-Ili Alatau. Free time

16:00 Departure to the Sunkar.On the way back to the town you will visit the Falcon Farm, where you will enjoy a spectacular show with specially trained hawks - hunting with them is one of the most unique features of the Kazakh way of life.

17:00 Birds of prey show. Sunkar was originally established to protect the falcon, whose numbers dropped alarmingly in the ’80s and ’90s, when a thriving market developed to export the birds to Arabia for big money. Habitat degradation and the impact of agrochemicals are other big issues confronting almost all birds of prey in Kazakhstan.

18:00 Transfer to the Almaty

  • Transport with professional driver per itinerary
  • Lunch and cooking classes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Entrance fees for all mentioned national parks (except photo and video charges)
  • Alcohol + Beverages
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Any personal expenses
  • Any services not included in the above itinerary

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