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“Blue Lake”
Review of Kolsai Lakes

Kolsai Lakes
Ranked #8 of 207 things to do in Almaty
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Aylesbury
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Blue Lake”
Reviewed May 6, 2014

This lake is just outside the city of Almaty and is surrounded by mountains. It is a great place to just take in the views and relax. Like quite a bit of the countryside in this country you will see a bit of litter which is disappointing and part of the reason i cant give this place a 5 star rating. If you like the mountains you will love this, take a pick nick and spend some time there.I visited in late April and it was t shirt weather i suspect however that in the winter it must get a bit chilly.

Visited April 2014
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Perth, Australia
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Incredible”
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Traveled here in the summer, left Almaty on a bus tour around 10.30pm on the Friday night. We arrived at a village close to the mountains about 6am Saturday morning. The lakes are only a few hundred km's from Almaty, but due to the poor quality of the roads it is a very slow trip. On our trip there appeared to be a new road under construction which may improve this in the future. we where billeted to rooms at different houses in the village. The rooms and beds where basic, but nice and warm (even though it was summer, it was still quite cool at night). The food was all local kazak food, absolute fantastic food. The walk to the mountains of the first day was challenging, but rewarding. The photos do not begin to do justice to how spectacular the country side was here. A great experience, well worth the trip. Can't wait to return to Kazakhstan and see more.

Visited July 2013
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Gouda, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
122 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Nice colour of the lake”
Reviewed September 23, 2013

Not really worth the drive from Almaty...there are more accessible lakes in the world to visit. The surroundings around the lake are not really accessible.

Visited September 2013
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

When I arrived at Kolsai-1, the stunning views took my breath away. It is so beautiful that I took hundreds of pictures. Our guide organised horses for us to ride from Kolsai-1 to Kolsai-2 and I definitely recommend the horse ride as you can enjoy the views in a different way. The terrain was a little challenging for me as it was my first time riding on a horse back but the experience was definitely worth it!

Visited July 2013
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
Level 4 Contributor
20 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nature makes miracle”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

Unbelievable lakes located in mountains. There are 3 lakes named as Kolsai-1, Kolsai-2, Kolsai-3. Every lake opens amazing view with mirror water and lots of fir-tree on mountains. You have to be patient and strong if you wish to achive every lake.
Also there is one wonderful lake nearby named Kaiyndy. It formed after earthquake and you can see top of trees that were covered by water. You may rent a boat and take a little tour there.
According residence, you may rent guest house from locals (fresh and tasty meals included) . If you wish you may stay in yurt, it's also possible to rent a yurt.
I reccomend to take a warm clothes, it's very cold in the evening even in hot summer.

Visited August 2012
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