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Kolsai Lakes

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Address: , Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 87272358944
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excellent 4-day trip off Almaty

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
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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 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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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 

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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

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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

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Seoul, South Korea
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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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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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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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