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Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
+7 727 333 5333
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A must visit

If you are in Almaty area, or even close to it then this lake is one of the places you must visit... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Hamid A
Nice, but not WOW

I visited BAL on a guided tour. The snow covered mountains are beautiful. The lake itself was... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
696renierr
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  • Excellent73%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“water supply” (6 reviews)
“hour drive” (5 reviews)
“national park” (10 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty, Kazakhstan
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+7 727 333 5333
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"water supply"
in 6 reviews
"hour drive"
in 5 reviews
"national park"
in 10 reviews
"amazing mountain"
in 2 reviews
"rose hotel"
in 2 reviews
"awesome experience"
in 2 reviews
"mountain area"
in 2 reviews
"ice cold"
in 2 reviews
"armed guards"
in 2 reviews
"turquoise water"
in 2 reviews
"wild nature"
in 4 reviews
"drinking water"
in 3 reviews
"hiking trails"
in 2 reviews
"photo opportunities"
in 2 reviews
"almaty city"
in 9 reviews
"taking photos"
in 2 reviews
"visit this place"
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Reviewed 2 days ago

If you are in Almaty area, or even close to it then this lake is one of the places you must visit. The drive to the top of the mountain is amazing, even though the road is very tight in certain areas especially if there...More

Thank Hamid A
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I visited BAL on a guided tour. The snow covered mountains are beautiful. The lake itself was empty. I felt the lake was a bit of a disappointment. Not because it was empty, no is responsible for that, but it’s just not that spectacular as...More

Thank 696renierr
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice view Nice park Open Space Instagram Worthy One of the main attractions in the city Have to pay. have to use private driver/taxi

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The view of the frozen lake with the mountains in the background was simply amazing. The journey up the hill was “fun” with the local taxi driver the journey down the hill was scary on the ice but all worth the view.

1  Thank KBPE1
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely stunning location to Visit when you get to Almaty. Beautiful scintillating views of snow and nature.

Thank coolerdon
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

I took a bus to President’s Park early morning, then bus 28 from the bus stop next to the President’s Park that drives all the way up Almarasan, if I remember correctly it is the last stop? From there, if I walk all the way...More

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Reviewed January 31, 2018

Worth a visit. good photo opportunities although i find the place too far to go by car. its quite an effort

Thank skhemka
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Reviewed December 29, 2017 via mobile

I've visited this place after breakfast and stayed there till 3pm which was more than awesome. The scenery is breathtaking, it's a must. Highly recommend it

Thank Dr.Q T
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Reviewed December 26, 2017 via mobile

The view is georgeous, and worth a trip. Sadly, the lake supplies Almaty with water and it is being drained rapidly. We have not walked down to the lake as we were warned to stay away. Allegedly, the corrupt police blackmailes people for money if...More

1  Thank ADL7777
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Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

It is one of the beautiful places in Almaty and has the calm . It is a big lake and almost 2 hours drive from the centre. Once in Almaty it is a must visit.

1  Thank Swatiib
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Keyuri P
January 17, 2018|
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Response from global-traveller48 | Reviewed this property |
Any time would do. You cannot swim in it. We wee there with snow on the hills, and that was very picturesque
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Amod D
May 14, 2016|
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Response from Sardorkhon | Reviewed this property |
You can go by car which will take 40mins one way or you can cycle around 3-5 hours
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Lewis B
November 5, 2015|
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Response from global-traveller48 | Reviewed this property |
In theory you cannot go down to the lake as it is also a reservoir. However when we wee the quite q number of Chinese did just that. It is a nice half day trip. In,was you are going to do a lot of walking I am unsure how... More
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