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Big Almaty Lake

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Address: Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 87273335333
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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Beautiful lake that you can go down from the other side

You can't go down from the first drop off point as there's a guard. Just keep driving uphill and 1 minute later you will see people stopping their cars and walking down the hill... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
sokwokwai
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Hong Kong, China
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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't go down from the first drop off point as there's a guard. Just keep driving uphill and 1 minute later you will see people stopping their cars and walking down the hill (to the lake). It wasn't my lucky day as my taxi driver dropped me about 5 km away from the lake. I needed to find a... More 

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Attard, Malta
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Its just 45 minutes away from the centre of Almaty, once arrived at the entrance of the park we had to pay 400 tenge per person. Our driver took us till the top of the hill with the lake beneath us (if you hike from the entrance of the park to the lake apparently its a 5+ hrs hike). The... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The beauty of this mountain lake hard to convey in words or pictures. It is better to see everything yourself. Do not forget to dress warmly, take a blanket and a picnic basket

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Thank marsianin74
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice place to hike, you do not allowed to go to the lake, but there is road through forest to go down to Alpine rose hotel. Do not take a risk to stay overnight in this hotel, you can get instead quite nature place to sleep rounded by wedding party, luxury room have very dangerous chimney

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Thank Arnoldas J
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very beautiful, quiet and peaceful place to spend some time. As many other place around the area not very turists friendly but it's worth visiting

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Western Cape, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This very high altitude lake presents it's mint green water right at the top of the tree line. The temperature is cold up there and you need to bring appropriate warm clothing. The drive up there is always marred by stupid drivers who race up there and park so that the narrow is always blocked. The nation needs to learn... More 

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Suzhou, China.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The Big Almaty Lake is a shirt excursion outside Almaty with beautiful pine forest and good roads. It us fed by meltwater from the mighty Tianshan range and has a greenish tinge. Recommended trip.

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Witney, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

With frosty winds blowing over the surface and a wonderfully clear air, the views spectacular and wildlife and flowers unusual, this is well worth the journey up the slopes.

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Thank DunxEnright
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

There's not much to say just one emotion "WOW!!!".... The lake us super beautiful! Take local taxi as it's cheaper than to hire a guide or go with companies which offer excursions there...

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Thank Pinkusha
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

This is about an hour's drive from Almaty. The lake is high up in the mountains. It is frankly not as big as one would expect but is quite scenic. Spend some time here and absorb the beauty of the nature. The beautiful Kazakh people visit it often as well. Closeby is an area where traditional yurta houses are seen.... More 

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