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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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  • August 15, 2017
    Kolsai lakes located in 5-6 hour drive by car from Almaty. I want to say, do not expect any service at this location! It's not available))-starting from crossings (get there has already been a great adventure). That's the buzz. We lived in the village among the mountains, local. Us fed homemade jams, butter, bread, rice pilaf with lamb. There is no electricity, no WI-FI. Only mountains and pastures of wild horses and sheep. You can stop at any location right near them. Experienced an incredible closeness to nature. Perhaps, on the emotions my best trip this year! As far as the Lake-incredible views, no worse than in the Swiss Alps. You can go on a boat for a small fee. Bathe here is strictly prohibited-very cold water (this is real). There are 2 little-Kolsay, who comes walking. On the second Lake is approximately the same, if it can be easy to miss. Not to be confused with Kaindy-where trees grow from the Lake-there must be. Bring a jacket or sweater-even in summer there can be very cool. I advise arriving at 2 days-just right. It is possible to live in the nearby village. First day-Kolsai, second-kaindy. Another tip-going to the Kolsay visit immediately and charyn Canyon-it along the way. Do not repeat our mistakes. This place is advised Kazakhstan all-we were so close, but so its not seen ... Hopefully, I'll be back.
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  • August 9, 2017
    On a visit to one of the 3-x kolsai Lakes (lower) impression and pleasant memories, solely due to the beauty of this mountain lake and picturesque surrounding countryside! Saturated color water in the Lake, reflection spruce in water, lush vegetation, various herbs and shrubs along the trails, meadows, mountain peaks on all sides, obstupajushhie Lake, the blue of the sky and the creeping clouds-it all looks great in pictures from the trip on the Lake. The Lake is large enough, there is a possibility to walk along a narrow mountain path to the left and right of lakes, in some places it is possible to come close to the water. The water is very transparent near the shore, but also very cool, is said to be about 4-10 degrees even in the hottest summer days, but there are always the "walruses", who boldly on a plunge in the transparent waters of the Lake. Tourists on the banks of this lake is very much coming from both a sightseeing program in large tourist buses, and to rest in tents on the car. The kolsai Lakes on the other two, said to be much less tourist ...
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  • August 8, 2017
    There are two Kolsai lakes. You get dropped off at the lower lake, and have to hike up to the upper lake. It's as much as 8 miles of a hike if you count the vertical distance, and the paths are not pa...  more »

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