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Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #7 of 113 Attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Bodies of Water
94 visitor photos
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Boston, Massachusetts
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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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Nothing much to do. Can't get to the lakeshore. You have to pay twice around 2000 kzt to some 'guard' drive up to the lake by car. Foreigner( non Russian or Kazakh speaker ) not allowed to visit the observation station.

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Darwin, Australia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

I read the reviews in tripadvisor so I wanted to visit this place. We hired a car and went there but the entry for the car was closed and we have to walk 3 kms each way so it is 6 kms up and down. This is because there was a bush fire. We did not have time to walk... More

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Hong Kong
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28 reviews 28 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Good for leisure walk. Plenty of short foot paths, Nice views. Visited by many locals and do picnics. About 1 hr drive from the city centre,

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
18 reviews 18 reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Lake is amazing, nobody can't agree on this, but to see it far from 200m only is a shame. I understand that they want to have no pollution there, but just close all the street that bring over there is the worst solution. It was a shame to watch it from far and just from the zoom of the photo-camera.... More

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Brussels, Belgium
16 reviews 16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

These 2 words describe this place best. Remote, quiet lake in the mountains, usually covered in mist. There's something special about this place, at least for me. It's different from other places and would strongly recommend visiting it.

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footscray west
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44 reviews 44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Beautiful ice filled blue lake surrounded by majestic pine and snow covered mountains. Unfortunately, in my visit (May 2014) there seemed to be very little water in it. It is accessed by 2 hour drive up an interesting valley from Almaty and can be easily viewed from many points along the main road. It sits under the observatory, which is... More

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Almaty, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

water is very important thing in our life. we have a big water supply problem in Kazakstan. please help us to save our water supply and don't pollute visiting big Almaty lake. it would be better if nobody goes there.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Big Almaty Lake is one of my favorites, I never get tied been there. It is not too far from Almaty like other lakes like Kolsai Lakes and it is easy to get there most of the times. Mountains around the lake are covered with trees, amazing views!

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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

This was a fun experience. It snowed in the mountains and we had a regular small car, and we got stuck. Anyway, the lake is very pretty, the view in the mountains is stunning. The air is amazing. I didn't realize I was looking at the lake as it was covered in snow and ice. But I believed the driver... More

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