Local businessman Akhmet Daulenbaev is now offering the service for 1,000 tenge (US$6.4) in a balloon he assembled from components ordered from Russia and France. Opening the service is a fulfillment of a childhood dream and there is already a waiting list for rides.
The basket is not allowed to fly more than 150 metres high, but it is high enough to admire the region’s landscape. The basket can hold up to four people and each flight is required to include a trained pilot navigator.
Those who have had the opportunity to fly in the balloon describe it as an amazing and unforgettable experience. And Daulenbaev is sure the service will become even more popular in the spring.