Big Almaty Lake, Almaty
Categories: National Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
Trek through pristine nature at Big Almaty Lake, a 1.6 km (1 mi) long glacial lake surrounded by majestic snow-clad peaks. Some 28.5 km (12.7 mi) south of Almaty, the lake stands at an elevation of 2,511 m (8,238 ft), part of the Bolshaya Almatinka River gorge. The abundant evergreen vegetation provides excellent opportunities for scenic hiking year-round, or exploration on a rented 4WD or scooter. Farther up the lake's ancient glacier valley stands a domed astronomic observatory and a station for cosmic rays research. Work out when and for how long to visit Big Almaty Lake and other Almaty attractions using our handy Almaty holiday planner.
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It is illegal to go to the water's edge because this is the water supply for Almaty. The police hide until unsuspecting tourists go to the water's edge and then pounce. I had to pay USD 100 to get rel... read more »
Big Almaty Lake is beautiful! We went with a local driver/tour guide named Marat--just wonderful! Our guide was knowledgable and friendly, plus it's on of the prettiest places I have ever been to!
The lake itself is beautiful, even if there are better lakes around the world for sure. The place is near Almaty, but once on the lake you can stay 1 hour or 2 and that's it. There is a walk to the ob... read more »
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