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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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  • Hello world. The Lake is located in mountainous terrain. The road to the Lake below average quality, it is possible to pass and for the sedan, but very slowly. In front of the entrance to the Lake worth post entry into about $1. The weather is very changeable, sometimes for a day, you can see the Sun, rain, hail. I advise you to spend the night in a tent near a Lake, very chic feeling from nature and pure air. Dress up better warmer and bring spare things. Very many places where you can walk. You can also fish in the Lake, trout, very tasty. Throughout the Lake and the road to it there is no place where you can eat normally. Products to take with him.
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  • A trip on Lake Kolsay lived up to all my expectations. Managed to see the 2 lakes. Clean air, simple delicious food cooked hospitable hosts who provided us with lodging for a couple of nights-all this added positive impressions from the beauty of the lakes and the surrounding area. The scenic trail we passed along the shore first Lake, located at an altitude of 1818 metres above sea level, hitting their size 1 km long and 300 metres wide, colorful reflections of coastal trees in a mirrored surface of the water. Then 2.5 hours we climbed to the second Lake located 5 kilometers away from the first, at an altitude of 2552m above sea level. Upgrade is not complicated, but quite long, if you are a person who loves active leisure, you will enjoy this hike. The trail runs all the time in spruce forests, along the trail we saw overgrown raspberries. The second Lake we bathed, the truth, the other wanting to was not, water is quite cold, in September it was +8 degrees, but we love the cold water. Until the third Lake, located at an altitude of 3150 metres 4 kilometres remained, but the bottom was waiting for the bus, so we came back. Locals can rent horses, and then happens during that same time, view all three lakes. Walking is also possible, but only for very trained people. The pleasure of seeing, from hiking on the mountains completely compensate for the time spent on the road-about 6:00 one way (320 kilometers). Recommend to visit.
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  • my favorite (foreigner), and I was ashamed that I (a native of Kazakhstan) did not know about such gems of travel! took car (4 x 4) to rent and went together for a couple of nights! were available: 1) Kazakh yurts for rent 2) horses for rent 3) grilled wild ducks 4) landscape shikarnejshij recommend this place not to be missed, if you are planning to visit Kazakhstan!
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