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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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Where to stay in Almaty

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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  • Trip takes 2 days as minimum (better if its a 3-day trip), usually includes visiting Charyn Canyon. So it is 3-3.5 hours to Charyn, then 5-6 hours there and around (Valley of Castles is just one of th...  more »
  • It takes a rather difficult 4-wheel drive trip to arrive here, or hike in for multiple days (as many do). Once here, you will find a serene environment, perfect for camping, hiking, or just photograph...  more »
  • We drove ourselves to Kolsai lakes and would absolutely do it again - the only thing we would change would be to allow ourselves more time to explore. They are incredibly beautiful and the walk betwee...  more »