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Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #10 of 114 Attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks, Bodies of Water
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Seoul, South Korea
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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KL
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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
4 helpful votes 4 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
10 helpful votes 10 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
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18 reviews 18 reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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
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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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