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Kolsai Lakes

Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #2 of 114 Attractions in Almaty
Type: Bodies of Water
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Seoul, South Korea
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62 reviews 62 reviews
19 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

This lake is 2hr distance from Almaty city altitude of lake is 2100m High, Color of lake is really interesting because it is come from Melting water from everlasting snow. this lake is main source of Almaty city tap water

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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

It is a must when you're in Kazakhstan! Quite long and bumpy road from Almaty, but definitely worth visiting. The hotel is quite hard to find and you'll have to pay "enter fee" about 2 times in the park, then mountains, so better go there with the daylight. Hotel is basic, bring your own food, drinks (there's a fully equiped... More

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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Kazakhstan's Kolsai high altitude lakes are great to have seen, but you do need to be a nature hound and prepared for arduous hiking and pretty basic accommodation. There are three lakes about 6 hours drive from Almaty. You stay in lodge style accommodation and bring your own food which you can cook or your tour people cook for you.... More

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Aylesbury
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10 reviews 10 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This lake is just outside the city of Almaty and is surrounded by mountains. It is a great place to just take in the views and relax. Like quite a bit of the countryside in this country you will see a bit of litter which is disappointing and part of the reason i cant give this place a 5 star... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Traveled here in the summer, left Almaty on a bus tour around 10.30pm on the Friday night. We arrived at a village close to the mountains about 6am Saturday morning. The lakes are only a few hundred km's from Almaty, but due to the poor quality of the roads it is a very slow trip. On our trip there appeared... More

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Gouda, The Netherlands
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68 reviews 68 reviews
10 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2013

Not really worth the drive from Almaty...there are more accessible lakes in the world to visit. The surroundings around the lake are not really accessible.

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

When I arrived at Kolsai-1, the stunning views took my breath away. It is so beautiful that I took hundreds of pictures. Our guide organised horses for us to ride from Kolsai-1 to Kolsai-2 and I definitely recommend the horse ride as you can enjoy the views in a different way. The terrain was a little challenging for me as... More

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2013

Unbelievable lakes located in mountains. There are 3 lakes named as Kolsai-1, Kolsai-2, Kolsai-3. Every lake opens amazing view with mirror water and lots of fir-tree on mountains. You have to be patient and strong if you wish to achive every lake. Also there is one wonderful lake nearby named Kaiyndy. It formed after earthquake and you can see top... More

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Hong Kong
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2013

It's non peak season when I was there. Very tranquil. Lakes were still frozen. Ice sheets on top of the lakes! Lovely! Like what the other travellers here said, you need to walk to the second lake. It's beautiful there. It takes around 2.5 to 3 hours to walk there from the first lake.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

My grandma at the moment of trip was over 70 yrs old and had some acquintances at the nearby village. So she took couple of her grandchildren and hopped on the bus towards our funny holidays. Very looong trip to the lake of a bus, recommend renting a car with gps or map. The the lakeside there was a nice... More

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