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Big Almaty Lake

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Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Absolutely amazing and beautiful place! You can make there lots of cool pictures! The infrastructure around is not so well developed but the nature itself is worth visiting the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2015
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46 reviews 46 reviews
16 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Absolutely amazing and beautiful place! You can make there lots of cool pictures! The infrastructure around is not so well developed but the nature itself is worth visiting the location!

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This super view natural lake really amazing..Not far from Almaty city center but need a car to reach there.Take some food and beverages and enjoy the nature..

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SEREMBAN MALAYSIA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We took 12 person van and reach the top of the lake for a few hours stop. Nice, clean and beautiful lake worth to visit.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Beautiful lake near Almaty city. Absolutely clear water tempts to bathe, however it is forbidden as it is a source of fresh water for Almaty city (except the fact that it is really cold). The only drawback is the "security" on the way to the lake. You never know, whether it is official or unofficial guard. They don't want to... More 

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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

even in summertime it is chilly up there. better to walk up using stairs, waterpipe and hills, once you reach the place u will understand that it might be the most beautiful lake in the world.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

This lake is at a very high altitude. It has such scenic beauty! It's water is ice-cold! There is no crowd there; infact, when we went there with family, we were the only ones there. It was a long way up the tricky mountainous tracks with scenic beauty with yurts all the way up to the lake. Enchanting scenery!

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Baguio City
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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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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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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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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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