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Kolsai Lakes

Almaty, Kazakhstan
+7 700 973 7704
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That's a very beautiful lake. You can enjoy the view and have a picnic or enjoy the hiking trails... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Cassi_cen
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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So beautiful! And a great adventure

When we went the road was flooded which made the trip even more fun. We drove in a lifted van and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
bcr2016
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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  • Excellent83%
  • Very good13%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“horse ride” (4 reviews)
“guest house” (4 reviews)
“weekend trip” (2 reviews)
LOCATION
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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+7 700 973 7704
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"horse ride"
in 4 reviews
"guest house"
in 4 reviews
"weekend trip"
in 2 reviews
"parking place"
in 2 reviews
"well worth the effort"
in 2 reviews
"russian sauna"
in 2 reviews
"ticket office"
in 2 reviews
"well worth the trip"
in 2 reviews
"beautiful nature"
in 3 reviews
"by foot"
in 2 reviews
"nice walk"
in 2 reviews
"national park"
in 2 reviews
"charyn canyon"
in 2 reviews
"few hours"
in 2 reviews
"fresh air"
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"saty"
in 8 reviews
"hike"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

That's a very beautiful lake. You can enjoy the view and have a picnic or enjoy the hiking trails around the lake (actually connecting kolsai I & II). Just take care if the trails are slippers (horses and raining clouds are usual there).

Thank Cassi_cen
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

When we went the road was flooded which made the trip even more fun. We drove in a lifted van and at one point had to hop out and ride horses to the lake as apparently a drunk guy drove his Lata into a washed...More

Thank bcr2016
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Lake reopened after a landslide last week, we chose to ride a horse instead of going there by foot. Interesting experience in riding the horses from ticket office to the first lake, although my horse was a bit agitated, it takes ard 3 hours round...More

Thank Kenny C
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Reviewed May 13, 2018 via mobile

We went to Kolsai Lake right after the park re-opened after a land slight. Our driver dropped us off at the ticket office and from there it was an 8km hike towards the first lake. Although easy and relatively flat at first, the last 3...More

Thank Lisa M
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Reviewed May 1, 2018

I only made it to the first lake but it was magical. Very quiet and it was snowing when we got there. I want to go back and hike up to the higher lakes.

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Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

You can stay in popular Saty village or you can go by car straight through Saty. Then on the left you miss entrance to Kolsai Park and after 15-20 minutes you can reach another, snaller village. I think even better as from there you can...More

1  Thank pawel_hbg
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

Though the place is quite difficult to get, one will never regret when finally there. Alpine lakes surrounded by magnificent mounts and fir trees. We stayed there for a night, lakeside camp and picnic were unforgettable. Kolsai is among my top destinations, despite low infrastucture....More

2  Thank Данияр Е
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Reviewed April 1, 2018 via mobile

Take around 1-2 hours for walking around and taking pictures. Only two groups of travellers were there on a sunday morning. It started raining lightly after we arrivee for 1.5 hrs and then we left. Very nice views and enjoyable tranquility

Thank Nicholas N
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Don't miss out this special gem in the heart of the mountains. It's not easy to get there, I recommend you to rent a car (4 WD). This way is cheaper, comfortable and flexible of course. There is a little entrance fee which is not...More

Thank Tamás F
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Reviewed March 13, 2018 via mobile

Kolsai Lakes are difficult to get to, particularly in winter and early spring when many roads are closed from snow, or are too damaged by run off for buses and tours to run. We did find a tour, but still it was a challenge to...More

2  Thank Melanie M
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yon_willis
April 4, 2018|
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Response from Tamás F | Reviewed this property |
Especially the Kolsai lakes are close to the border, the mountains next to it are belong to Kirgizistan, but you do not need any extra permission to reach and visit these sites. Charyn canyon and the lakes I mentioned are... More
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Usama K
January 25, 2018|
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Response from hacrobaat | Reviewed this property |
I tend to agree with Jing H. We hired transport via Internet before arriving in Almaty and consequently ended up paying way too much for a very friendly driver who barely spoke English. We ordered a tour incl Kolsaï lakes.
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Krzysztof E
July 3, 2017|
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Response from Skyferret | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Unfortunately I do not think there is an easy way to get there from Almaty by public transport. It is around a 5 hour drive from the city and the roads require a 4x4 vehicle.
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