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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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  • Visit Almaty and not go to the big Almaty Lake (BAO) is a big omission. Impressively beautiful views, fresh air, and generally just crazy landscape. Lovers of beautiful photo and selfi-the place is just super! In addition, hence revealed the Zajliskogo Alatau mountains peaks, and drive further to cosmostation! But those who have decided to go there on a personal auto would like to suggest-without sufficient driving experience either in inclement weather need to be very vigilant, because there are narrow serpentines when climbing the mountain. But it's worth it to get there!
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  • Trip by taxi for 7000 TG for four. Travel agencies offer bus tours for the same price per person. The road is good. In one place were undergoing renovations, had a little stand. The Lake is stunningly beautiful. It really is Turquoise. Around the majestic mountains. Quite a lot of tourists (Friday, November). Probably at the weekend and in the season of pandemonium. Garbage for a clean, not all.
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  • Steep and twisty road to this reservoir that brights with incredible turquoise water at 2500 meters height. A shame that you can't approach the water, though. There's no public transportation to go up...  more »

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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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