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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty
(4.2/5 based on 320+ 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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  • Beautiful Lake located at 2500 meters altitude. Access is not always public. During my visit, we were stopped by police and we had to wait because the president flew over the area, very strange. After my driver gave the police some money we were allowed to by drive. Eventually in the 4 hours we were there only 3 other cars seen, more people were apparently not allowed because we saw more than 20 cars wait. Prepare yourself so good for if you do not want to come home disappointed.
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  • Great place an hour's drive from the bustling metropolis. Mountains like in the Palms hold a bowl of crystal-clear water born glaciers. A place where you can dream, think about the future or pomedetirovat'.
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  • A picturesque place not far from the town. It is necessary to go to the mountains, but it is expensive. Entrance fee you have to pay 80 cents, but it's worth it. Nicely when the snow.
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