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Kolsai Lakes

Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Ranked #1 of 106 attractions in Almaty
Type: Bodies of Water
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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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36 helpful votes 36 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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 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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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

A very beautiful sightseeing place to visit around Almaty. You can breath fresh air and have a nice walk around.

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Алматы, Казахстан
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2012

Far from Almaty, but nature is amazing. beautiful mountains, hills, beautiful water, cant swim because it is cold. I love this place and I will come again.

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Tbilisi, Georgia
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Very beautiful! Try to get to the third (the up most) lake - I did :) The only minus is the last portion of the road there - you need a real offroader. Be prepared to spend 5 hours on the road.

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London, United Kingdom
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19 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012 via mobile

Hire a driver and go. This is nature at its best and I had no idea such beauty existed here among the flat steppes. Hiking from Kolsay 1 to 2 and back is doable in a day but for those equipped to do so Kolsay 3 and Issyk Kul make a great adventure. Try and visit lake Kaindy which is... More

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