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Big Almaty Lake, Almaty

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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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Where to stay in Almaty

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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  • Its about 60 mins to the lake the water level was very low so as a reservoir I think there's problems ahead for Almaty in the near future. The mountains where snow capped and beautiful worth the the t...  more »
  • Big Almaty Lake is really that, it’s a lake that is quite large located near Almaty Kz. It’s a very picturesque area of the country and the lake is lovely with some excellent hiking around it. You are...  more »
  • It is around an hour to 90 minutes drive by taxi to the lake, and you have to pay 400 Tenge per person extra as a toll tax on the way, the road snakes through the mountainous terrain with great scener...  more »