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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty

(4.2/5 based on 360+ 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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  • The place is about one hour drive from Almaty city centre. I visited the place in November and there were snow all around. The view around lake is really stunning and loved the place. No one was there...  more »
  • A trip to the impressive winter BAO, especially if you are on a normal car and on the summer tires. Getting stuck in a snow drift is very simple. Play it safe, you can be in deep precipice! The place is beautiful, but it cannot swim, guarded territory, from there take water for the inhabitants of Almaty. Near the border with Kyrgyzstan, so you can watch helicopters guarding her. On the way to the Lake there are hotels and cafes, hungry and cold will not stay! Recommend! It's beautiful!
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  • A super day thru the mountains to discover this beautiful lake. The drive itself is a great experience. Do it in winter time and summer time, but best time will b late spring  more »