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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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  • I think this is one of the most beautiful places in the world. Be sure to visit all those who arrive in Almaty. Tours take no advise, times 2 is cheaper to just take a taxi.
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  • Hi All, I went to the Big Almaty Lake today using public transport, walking and hitch-hicking based on information I found online and reviews on this forum (this community is awesome!) and playing it ...  more »
  • Beautiful lake and surrounding mountains, looked like good hiking but didn’t get a chance. Some drawbacks are: you can’t hike down to the lake as it is the water supply, and there was a lot of traffic...  more »
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