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Kolsai Lakes, Almaty

(4.7/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
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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  • It was the first time, very unfortunately, was awed not everyone knows about these amazing places in Kazakhstan
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  • Wonderful place! Funky nature! The MOUNTAINS! It is my love! In view of the fact that I like strolling and nature is a place called my! Been there more than once, and plan to visit again. A beautiful Lake! Shikarnejshee place! -I'm still nostal'giruju)))) cons-extremely undeveloped tourism. No service. Kitchen-local, simple, no frills, but it's not important to me. On the hiking trails-trash trees under and spruce along the Lake's muddy and not removed. Latrine-disgusting. But I turned a blind eye, as enjoyed by nature))) take your shoes-only convenient and only a strong, yet this mountain)) in autumn and spring periods needed warm jackets, and summer nights-nights there is not hot. Photo and video camera needed!
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  • The trip was in September of the year 2015. Went to the car Threesome, family. Distance from Almaty to the first Kol'saja exactly 300 km. (speedometer). Had I been there a few times, but my wife and daughter, got there first-indescribable delight! This just nothing to compare! Why title reviews-Pro EFI? But because only here on Kulsay they are very tall and slender like nowhere else anywhere else! And these lakes! A miracle! Why Lake-because there are three of them. We went to second and third. Above (before we went on the Issyk Kul Lake in Kyrgyzstan) — State not allowed now. For those who love active rest-very good, exciting route. Came in the evening, settled in guest houses (September-anyone, in the evening, very cool) walked on the environs around the first Lake, mushrooms, with plenty of variety, from syroezhek, to gruzdej. In the morning, at 7 am. come out on the right side of the first Lake, on the trail. Good trail, goes through the Woods, and sometimes dirty, you need of course shoes. The trail virtually all time goes along the right slope. Up we went to the second Lake 2:00 45 minutes. Carriers not big only undershot and the change of clothes. The second Lake is certainly no less beautiful than the first, from all sides it is surrounded by very high firs. Sun already rose, and on the second Lake after a short rest, we turn to the left bank of the Lake and trail all the time goes left, sinking below, above. In the photos you can see how the trail goes high to the left, and the Lake remains far below. Autumn forest-really beautiful! Then the trail turns and descends to the second Lake. After the second Lake begins the climb to the third Lake. Up to a third of the Lake we walked around 2:00. It is of the three, at least, but beautiful, the surrounding, it will not concede, neither the first nor the second. In the afternoon we were on the top, the third Lake. Sun, heat, wood, mushrooms, water, pure! Relaxed, spent and as the classic "... tired, but happy, they returned home. In 7:00 pm we went to our accommodation. I.e. on this trip we took -12 hours. The next day, before lunch we stopped at dead kaindy Lake (see photo), and by evening were at home in Almaty. Only 2 days-but the emotions seen overwhelm! Advise all is a miracle to see and be there!
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