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Kolsai Lakes

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Address: Almaty, Kazakhstan
Phone Number: 87272358944
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The most beautiful lakes in Kazakhstan

I have visited Kolsai and Kaindy lakes twice: in August 2012 and in July 2016. It is extremely hard to get there, but the road definitely worth the view! One can stay in the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Amina M
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited Kolsai and Kaindy lakes twice: in August 2012 and in July 2016. It is extremely hard to get there, but the road definitely worth the view! One can stay in the village nearby called Saty. For 5000 tenge per night locals will provide you with bed and food. The food is incredibly good! The fee to visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a absolute amazing experience after a two days trip furter east in more dessert like areas. The whole place is amazing with Its small and charming, back to Basic villages. All sorrounfed by wild and beautiful mountains and wilderness. At least but not less all the animals living amongst the People in the Village. Go There!! :) Its... More 

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Baden, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had limited time for our stay in Almaty and had to decide between different trips around. We are not sorry for our choice, it was amazing! Friend of mine recommended to hire an English speaking guide with 4x4 car from Almaty. We found a nice guy - Maxim, really friendly and with a lot of knowledge. Can recommend him:... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2016 via mobile

Amazing place. Must see. Road is not good though, get ready for a 6 hours drive from Almaty or look for hely if your group is more than 8 person.

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Karaganda, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2016

Three Kolsai lakes and Kayindy lake (the one with dried-out spruces' trunks) are the most famous tourist objects at the territory or the national part, although its possible to explore in a more active way some other places, like Kurmety and Taldy valleys, for example, or upper reaches of Chilik river. The 4-5 days trekking to Kyzemshek mountain is a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

That was exciting holidays in Kolsai lakes and Kaiyndy Lake! I am happy and proud to live in a country with such a beautiful nature. We were stooped in a Saty village near Kolsai lakes. That was an apartment full of warm hospitality and delicious food (meat, fresh fruits from their garden, homemade sour cream, our national food - Baursak,... More 

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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

You have to visit this place if you want to see original beauty of Kazakhstan. Yes, it's far from Almaty and road is in terrible conditions, specially last part, but it's worth it. There are houses for rent, but in summer you can sleep in tent. There are 3 lakes, but you need enough time to get even 2nd. This... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

I spent perfect two days on Kolsai Lakes. There is so beautiful scenery! The trip to this place takes 5-6 hours and cost approximately 14 000 tenge and includes bus tickets, homestay in one of village houses for 1 night, meal and some snacks. However I strongly recommend to put some water and meal in backpack (6 hours without food)!... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I can only recommend to visit this place. We used taxi from Almaty (KZT 17000 to the gate for 3 people, definitely can be bargained lower). Driver can easily drop you at Carin canyon on the way either. The journey lasted 5 hours, you can buy some refreshement at regular market along the road after some 2 hours of drive.... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

After reading the reviews here and seeing the picture i really wanted to see it and it was high up on my list of things I still wanted to see as long as I stay in Almaty. But it is a mess. First of all the typical KZ infrastructure, it is zero. The roads are a disaster (6 hours to... More 

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