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Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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The most beautiful mountain lake

The Big Almaty Lake located in Big Almaty gorge, about 25km from the Alfarabi street. You can enjoy beautiful panoramas of IleAlatau National Park and of course the lake itself... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Big Almaty Lake located in Big Almaty gorge, about 25km from the Alfarabi street. You can enjoy beautiful panoramas of IleAlatau National Park and of course the lake itself. Lake changes it's color in each season and you will get amazing photos of nature. Lake is located on Altitude 2250m above the sea level. This is Almaty's water reserve... More 

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Saint Joseph, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful lake surrounded by mountains and forests! Great scenic drives all around the lake area! Wonderful place to explore! Lots to do and see here!

Thank Ge0rgetravels
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My hosts took me to the area around Big Almaty Lake. It was well worth the drive up the mountain. The scenery is georgeous

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

I went there on Sunday, it was a long ride from Almaty City Center. Amazing view along the way, but dry. Before we arrive at the lake, half way, we were blocked by some officials (not sure) and the driver told me that they demand 2,000 tenge in order to pass by. I paid. Then, when we arrived at the... More 

Thank patralak
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We had to stop the car 5 km far from the lake and we had to climb the whole 5 km on foot and my son 12 yars old was exausted even more than me ,when we reached the top and the lake appeared to our eyes, i could not belive what we sweated for .....just a non attractive lake... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Totally worth visiting but DO NOT go all the way down to the lake as it's restricted (even though there are no signs!) - my travel companions were accosted by an angry armed police man who harassed and threatened them!

Thank Mango P
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

This place is a must to visit in Almaty. Although it's not easy to reach there, its all worth it. Went by a van we found in the street of Almaty, near the Presidents' park. Took us around an hour to get there, and spent around 2 hours there picnicking with the lunch box we brought together. The army/police armed... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

Not so easy of access. You can take bus #28 at Al Farabi and Novoi St. Or pick up the same bus #28 along the First President Park along Dulati st close to Al Farabi street. If you go during the weekday, it is hard to find a car going up that can take you. Whilst it is possible to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

There is still confusing wether it's accesable witout a permit, but we got in without a problem. The water is an amazing color blue and with the backdrop of the snow covered mountains you just with with mouth open gaping at the vista! you can take small or large hikes around the lake Do not underestiamte the altitude!

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Nairobi Region, Kenya
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

A great site that is so beautiful filled with natural beauty. The snow capped mountains are gorgeous. Enjoy the bright light.

Thank Abu Nar S

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