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Kolsai Lakes, Almaty

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Take a drive up to Kolsai Lakes, three alpine lakes nestled among the dramatic cliffs and fir forests of the Tian Shan mountain range. Six hours away from Almaty, the road leading to the lake area is bumpy but scenic, passing vast steppes and canyons. Explore the picturesque landscape of the hiking trails around the lakes, go fishing for trout, camp out, or visit a lakeside guesthouse. On a warm summer day, cool off with a dip in the lakes' clear, placid waters. Put Kolsai Lakes into our Almaty trip builder to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Almaty.
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  • a very beautiful Lake. in the mountains, in a 3-4 hour drive from Almaty. usually there are traveling with overnight stays. Camping is possible in the summer break in the cold time of the year you can rent house.
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  • Beautiful lakes far away from Almaty that deserve to be included to the travel wish list... Near the lake the road is quite poor, but exotic. There are three lakes and one is quite accessible by a car...  more »
  • The road to Kolsai Lakes with Almaty takes no less 6:00, for those who still dare to go there you must overnight and take a winter down jackets, it is desirable to leave early in the morning, on the way you can visit the beautiful charyn Canyon, it is considered the second largest in the world, Bartogai reservoir as well they almost close, do a few photo, a snack and go further, having arrived at the right place to visit Lake kajyndy It is located near the Kolsai Lakes just before, then you can stay overnight in the village of Sata, but I recommend to rent a tent overlooking the Lake, arriving already, you can accommodate, cook dinner on the cauldron, and sit around the campfire with friends in the evening is very cool, and in the morning you can go horseback riding on the Lakes, in General, three lakes, mountains and water naichistejshaja reflects the mountains like a mirror, you can see the fish and trout can be fished by boat, on horseback it is desirable without children, because the road is not safe, steep slopes, and sometimes can go heavy rain and the trail becomes very slippery, inhabited by snakes, and so it is for me the most beautiful, quiet place where you can relax from the urban kipesha, we go there every summer for 2-3 days
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