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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty

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#2 of 23 in Nature in Kazakhstan
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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  • August 17, 2017
    Big Almaty Lake (BAO)-beautiful place. The road to the Lake leads through beautiful serpentine road. By the way, when entering you need to make some small travel fee. Just that it was not a surprise. People come here to relax, kebabs, etc. Come early in time for the day or overnight with a tent)
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  • August 17, 2017
    BAO is a treasure. And it wants to be approached on tiptoe, softly-softly talking near him, but better to whisper. Lake as the drink of the gods, fill in a large bowl, which is afraid of spilling. Just seems as though you see, thinking about her and want more and more and come to him. To accumulate in the heart more better and beautiful. Yes, and the road is not so long, and what serpantinistaja sometimes. In General, come again, come two and so on.
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  • August 15, 2017
    Entry to the top of the car takes a lot of time. In the parking lot of loud, nasty. Lake could not go down, because it's protected zone. On the Lake border zone and the soldiers with guns. To see only if the front line will work around the Lake, where there are no people.
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Accommodations in the urban area of Almaty can be found almost exclusively in the grid-system city center. Located close to the main train station, you'll find hotels both upmarket and budget, with the former enjoying commanding views of the mountains on tree-lined boulevards, and the latter tucked away on the central district's side streets. Ski resorts to the south, as well as wild camping opportunities, provide good options for those wanting to get active and enjoy the surrounding landscape.
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