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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty

Categories: National Parks, Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 300+ reviews on the web
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 »