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Big Almaty Lake

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Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Half-day trip from Almaty

Big Almaty lake is 1 hour drive from the city to the mountains. It is nice to hike in the mountains around the lake in a hot summer day, since it is fresher up there. Be careful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Delft, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Big Almaty lake is 1 hour drive from the city to the mountains. It is nice to hike in the mountains around the lake in a hot summer day, since it is fresher up there. Be careful and keep in mind that you are not far away from Kazakh-Kyrgyz border. The lake has a unique milkish-turquoise color.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 via mobile

This place is close to the city, and there are some places one would be pleased to visit on the way. That is all about big Almaty lake. Yes, the color of the lake is fantastic aquamarine, as most of the montain lakes around, but that's it. It is small, the lake shore is "decorated" with concrete, like a left... More 

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Almaty Province, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

Beautiful Lake, couldn't find any shade near the lake, and there was a guard preventing people getting too close since the lake is water source for the city

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Really nice place with the fress air. The thing you will find here is the Almaty lake and nice view to the mountains. If you really love the mountains and lakes, even if you like the nature this is the must visit place. Don't forget to take your cameras and some snacks as there is no shop there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I visit the Big ALmaty Lakes quite often, as i love and adore the nature there , this is a picturesque place where you can spend hours enjoying the beautiful views, you can get there by car or walk there, which is not easy for all people, as it is a long way and since it is located in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Really enjoyed the trip to Big Almaty Lake. We enjoyed the walk from the hotel to the lake. It is the water supply for Almaty and so there is a policeman there to stop anyone going near the water. We had a guide who obtained permission for us to go past the dam to look for unusual birds. The scenery... More 

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Penang Island, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

the location is spectacular but the amount of rubbish dumped by the picknikers is disgusting! why does one pay an entry fee of KZT 400 per person, what is this money used for?

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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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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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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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