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Big Almaty Lake

Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #5 of 120 things to do in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks
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Type: National Parks, Bodies of water, Nature & Parks

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Baguio City
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

For a person born in a tropical country, I can not seem to describe the charm of Almaty Lake. We went there on springtime which was perfect because the mountains on the opposite side were snow-capped yet the mountains we were standing on were so green and teeming with flowers. The view was just idyllic. It is definitely a place... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

If you want to get full sense from Almaty, you must visit this amazing lake. Fresh air, far away from megapolis bustle. I've been there 3 times in 3 different seasons. I'm confident you won't be disappointed whenever you will decide to take full Mountain City experience.

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London
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

Worth the effort to get to the lake for the amazing views. NX entry fee not so bad a price but beware checkpoints where official guards won't let you through without an extra payment. Go with a local guide. Carlagash is good!

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Moscow, Russia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We took a random deiver in the street and proposed him7000tg to get us up and back. The lake is in a national park, this is why you pay a fee, 450tg/person. The road up to the lake is really nice, although quite scary, since boulders can fall off straight on the road as there is no protection, we actually... More 

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Kiev, Ukraine
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very beautiful mountains and a fantastic lake! Nice hike on the pipe :) Very beautiful in autumn because of the different colours. Highly recommended as a day trip from Almaty (if you have money but do not have time, you may hire a taxi to the lake) If you have money, it is better to take taxi from the bus... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This place is 2hr distance from Almaty downtown on the way to go there are some collapsed hill. but it is worth to visit water in this lake is using for Almaty tab water and it is administrated KGB on USSR age color of water is beautiful due to melted snow and end of the road there is a boarder... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Amazing view. My taxi driver offer a trip here with reasonable price. The air is very fresh. You can ask to taste the freshness of this lake water.

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Astana, Kazakhstan
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

We took a taxi we hired for the day up to the lake. Before getting up to the lake, there were 2 check points. The taxi driver paid the first check point fee, around 800 tenge, and then the second checkpoint was a bit sketchy. The guy demanded 5000 tenge to drive up to the lake or we could not... More 

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Dorking, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Took a taxi there and had to walk the last hour because vehicles weren't being allowed up there..and when we got there there's signs (in Russian) saying you're not allowed to go close to the shore and you can't picnic there. The journey up was pretty and it was good to get out of the city but we literally only... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 reviews 5 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Our fearless interpeter managed to get our group to the lookout. Air was smoggy from the brushfire smoke and car exhaust. How many cars on a tight mountain road can turn around at once? Flashbacks to Boston Mass in gridlock. FYI: The lake is on the Kyrgyzstan border and patrolled by armed guards. One group member encountered such a guard... More 

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