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Kolsai Lakes

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Address: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 87272358944
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Great place to be a part of the nature

That was exciting holidays in Kolsai lakes and Kaiyndy Lake! I am happy and proud to live in a country with such a beautiful nature. We were stooped in a Saty village near Kolsai... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

That was exciting holidays in Kolsai lakes and Kaiyndy Lake! I am happy and proud to live in a country with such a beautiful nature. We were stooped in a Saty village near Kolsai lakes. That was an apartment full of warm hospitality and delicious food (meat, fresh fruits from their garden, homemade sour cream, our national food - Baursak,... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

You have to visit this place if you want to see original beauty of Kazakhstan. Yes, it's far from Almaty and road is in terrible conditions, specially last part, but it's worth it. There are houses for rent, but in summer you can sleep in tent. There are 3 lakes, but you need enough time to get even 2nd. This... More 

2 Thank realist7
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I spent perfect two days on Kolsai Lakes. There is so beautiful scenery! The trip to this place takes 5-6 hours and cost approximately 14 000 tenge and includes bus tickets, homestay in one of village houses for 1 night, meal and some snacks. However I strongly recommend to put some water and meal in backpack (6 hours without food)!... More 

1 Thank Di d
Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I can only recommend to visit this place. We used taxi from Almaty (KZT 17000 to the gate for 3 people, definitely can be bargained lower). Driver can easily drop you at Carin canyon on the way either. The journey lasted 5 hours, you can buy some refreshement at regular market along the road after some 2 hours of drive.... More 

3 Thank visitor v
Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After reading the reviews here and seeing the picture i really wanted to see it and it was high up on my list of things I still wanted to see as long as I stay in Almaty. But it is a mess. First of all the typical KZ infrastructure, it is zero. The roads are a disaster (6 hours to... More 

3 Thank Robin270
Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Yesterday we walked to the middle lake through superb spring flower meadows, elegant tall conifer woodland and alongside mountain river. The countryside was outstanding but we felt sad to see so much litter in this really beautiful part of Kazakhstan. We did have a guide which was essential and we took 4 hours up and three hours down. It was... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

The landscape and scenery are just out of this world but the problem is no proper accommodation for overnight stay

1 Thank Rajindra A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

kolsai lakes are used to be put inpostcards, so the place is really breathtaking, also nearby there is another lake with trees jut growing inside it. use the 2 day 1 night package and stay with locals in really village houses with kazakh breakfast and russian sauna for the evening

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

We did not visited the highest lake because we were there at the end of season. But 2 other lakes were beautiful !!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

Amazing lake view, wild nature, crystal clear water, mountains. Good for trekking. Живописнейшие озера, дикая природа, крастально чистая вода, горы

Thank Dina J

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