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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty
(4.2/5 based on 340+ 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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  • We went there by car. The incredible beauty and energy of space is amazing. On shore Juniper grows. If you drive above, you can reach the Solar Observatory. Better surely to go on a weekday, weekend, a lot of people.
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  • I recommend you to visit this place called Big Almaty Lake. No matter where you live in the world, there is incredible place to visit 
  • First came the BAO winter completely different paint, but still beautiful! If you want to keep in memory something special, do not miss the opportunity, be sure to go to the big Almaty Lake!
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