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Big Almaty Lake

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Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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turquoise color lake in the mountains.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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12 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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33 helpful votes 33 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 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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21 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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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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15 reviews 15 reviews
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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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