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Big Almaty Lake

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

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went to the lake and nearly missed it as there was not too much water as summer. a little far to go for the disappointment and maybe it is better in the winter.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

went to the lake and nearly missed it as there was not too much water as summer. a little far to go for the disappointment and maybe it is better in the winter.

1 Thank Rajpar0007
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We drove to the lake about an hour's drive from the centre of Almaty. We parked at the edge of the lake and our driver suggested we take a stroll around the side of the lake. We climbed over a small, 60cm high wall, and made our way down to the water's edge to take a photograph or two. Minutes... More 

1 Thank Jayne D
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good for hiking. The air is fresh and the view is great. Colder than the city. Require 1 hour from Almaty and two to three hours for a walk. Must in Almaty

1 Thank Essa A
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

nice place to visit, a lot of tourists, the road is not always very good. Can not be reach with public transportation. At the entrance of the national park you have to pay fees

Thank Eric M
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Big Almaty Lake by scooters and i didnt regret at all! If you like cycling, then its a perfect place to go as well. You would be given an award at the end! The lake is very picturesque and breathtaking. Although cab most probably costs u alot of money, its worth to visit this place!!

Thank Ablay G
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

GES 2 - Great Almaty Lake trek Pretty much disappointing. The 70% of the trek follows the road and the remaining bit follows the water pipe! The lake is actually a damned river and it serves as a water reservoir. On a more positive note, the mountains are beautiful and the lake with the mountains behind is very picturesque. Bus... More 

Thank GoranWembley
Heidelberg, Germany
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This lake is easily reached with a driver or car from Almaty. It takes less than an hour to get there (35km) and you can stop a long the way, as there aremultiple little rivulets, a small waterfall etc. The lake area is only really accessible between June and September and the water of the lake is not accessible at... More 

Thank Pixxidix
Siem Reap, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The big lake is a short drive away from the centre of town and it's well worth a visit. The view of the lake together with the towering mountains is a something to behold. definitely worth visiting.

Thank d o
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

had been twice and atmosphere is so chilled and has good amenities and service. Try to travel during mid year and early to feel. Good for family and solo travelers

Thank Shyam M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

We left Almaty on a gloomy morning but when we arrived at the lake the sun was shining and the sky was blue. With this magic setting it was amazing to see the blue lake with the snow filled mountain in the back ground. This is a must do trip for anyone visiting Almaty

Thank Umnada

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