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Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #6 of 106 attractions in Almaty
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Bodies of Water
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Alma-Ata, Almaty City, Kazakhstan
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Big Almaty lake is the most beautiful lake in the world. It's located high in the mountains. Surrounded by snow glaciers. The road from Almaty city to the lake is also very beautiful, with panoramic views. You will see mountain rivers and very high trees. Recommend to everybody.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

very silent and great place to visit.. little far from almaty but one shouldnt miss this place while in almaty...

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

don't waste your time of going there. Lake coasts are made of concrete. Go to the Issyk lake instead - it's located 1:30 (both ways) further, but nature is original, and you will see more landscapes in a small area. Take a food and drinks with you, you are going to the wild nature! If you have too many time... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

When I visited it was more hassle than it was worth to visit with the very dangerous track to take you, but now there is I am told a proper road I would certainly recommend a visit. It is very beautiful (but not that big, I suspect the name is a joke of some kind, or else there is a... More

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2013

The lake and the surrounding nature is really outlandishly beautiful, we were there in March, sun was shining and the lake was completely frozen. However, the road to get there is a disgrace for this country. Parts are missing, the rest is a Russian roulette - it is not protected against rock slide, that's a clear and present danger in... More

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Novi Sad, Serbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

If you can go alone with out some tourist agencies. Raw nature, especially at winter. Go also up, to secret space station from cold war time... Air clean, cold, very rare.

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Astana, Kazakhstan
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119 reviews 119 reviews
44 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Big Almaty lake provides a welcome change from the bustle of the city below. Getting to it is a bit of a drive but the scenery is well worth it. If you go alone plan to take a picnic and find a nice spot overlooking the lake before you get to the very top, otherwise you might get turned back... More

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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64 reviews 64 reviews
10 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

this lake is close to Almaty and therefor a nice place to go to while in Almaty. Unless you live in Kazachstan and greatly welcome a nice green mountain area and water, it is not realy worth the journey.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2013

Had a disappointing time. Went with a tour operator from Almaty, in a bus with 15 other people, and arrived at 11am. When we got there the bus driver and guide asked for 200 tenge from each of us to take us to the observatory. When we got there we were refused permission as it is a military zone -... More

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124 reviews 124 reviews
32 attraction reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

You need to drive around 30 minutes up in the mountain to reach the lake after offering a small contribution to the guards there. Beautiful site and beautiful views. The lake acts a a reservoir for fresh water for Almaty as well as supplies water to hydro electric stations in the valley below.Tip: drive up the road another 2 kilometers... More

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