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Big Almaty Lake

Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty 050000, Kazakhstan
+7 727 222 3370
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Breathtaking Journey up the Mountain

Very pretty location in the bowl of a valley. Over a kilometer long & main source of water supply... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Sanjaya V
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Noida, India
via mobile
Great place to visit

We hired a taxi to take us to the lake and wait up to an hour for us to wander around and take... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Stephen R
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London, United Kingdom
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  • Excellent72%
  • Very good19%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“water supply” (6 reviews)
“national park” (10 reviews)
“wild nature” (4 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty 050000, Kazakhstan
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+7 727 222 3370
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"water supply"
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"national park"
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"wild nature"
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"the snow covered mountains"
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"snow and ice"
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"beautiful water"
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"drinking water"
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"almaty city"
in 10 reviews
"visit this place"
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"city centre"
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"nice view"
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"fresh air"
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"nice place"
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"observatory"
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very pretty location in the bowl of a valley. Over a kilometer long & main source of water supply to Almaty. Surrounded by snow clad mountains. Very scenic drive up from Almaty ..... about 45 minutes. Nice view point for pictures. Strongly recomend a visit...More

Thank Sanjaya V
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We hired a taxi to take us to the lake and wait up to an hour for us to wander around and take photos before taking us back to Almaty. The views of the mountains and the lake are stunning. As an engineer, I was...More

Thank Stephen R
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful lake and surrounding mountains, I visited in nov17 at the time of snowfall, all route to lake was very beautiful, lake was frozen amazing experience

Thank HareshChanchal
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Hi All, I went to the Big Almaty Lake today using public transport, walking and hitch-hicking based on information I found online and reviews on this forum (this community is awesome!) and playing it by ear. My review below also includes a 'how-to' on doing...More

3  Thank Londonlove_895
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful lake and surrounding mountains, looked like good hiking but didn’t get a chance. Some drawbacks are: you can’t hike down to the lake as it is the water supply, and there was a lot of traffic on the road, which is very narrow and...More

Thank bcr2016
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was unfortunately cloudless during my visit, and the view of the highest peaks was hidden under the clouds.Lake slowly drying out. The level is ten meters below normal.

Thank Yasmin29
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a tour which included going up to the lake. Sceneary is stuning. We were here in May and there was still snow and ice all around. Terrific

Thank Jan R
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Reviewed May 13, 2018

The Frozen Lake was a unique Place to visit . The water from this lake serves the Almaty City for drinking purpose. Travelling up the mountains to this lake was a wonderful experience.

1  Thank Vipinnanda
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

I took a taxi up here which was a lot cheaper than a tour. I sourced the taxi through the tourist information booth near Abay rail station, thus I got a good car with a reliable driver. The trip up was not difficult and when...More

2  Thank Grant13
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

A truly beautiful view very near to downtown Almaty. We hired a guide and a van to take us up the long and winding mountain path. When we got to the top there is a great spot to see the lake and the surrounding mountains....More

2  Thank Rob M
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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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