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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. A visit to Big Almaty Lake represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Almaty trip itinerary planner to plot your vacation.
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  • Really liked wanted even to the Observatory to climb but not allowed to enter pograncy without documents. For 3:00 there a lot just skirted, oblazil, there is a transmitting station with a large antenna. The Lake is not allowed, the city with the Lake takes water, therefore it is forbidden to bathe and to approach close for this watch. The path to the Lake is also very beautiful.
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  • I was in fact I have brought us acquaintances in the area, this small lake instead of the name is in the middle of the mountains south of Almaty, natural and wild place like everything Kazakhstan out of town it is. The color of the water is incredibly charming, is not very accessible but worth going there if you are in Almaty.
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  • Very beautiful place! Take your breath away! Directions to the park charge, but acceptable. The friendly staff at the entrance.
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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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