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Kolsai Lakes, Almaty
(4.8/5 based on 120+ 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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  • This place is so gorgeous and dreamy you just want to let yourself lost in it. We were fortunate to be staying at the guesthouse facing the lake hence we had the luxury of having our meals served at a...  more »
  • For the first time we decided to actively relax in his native country. And you know, not donated. Went with the children. Almaty we took away the driver, very attentive. In advance prepared water, bought a watermelon. Very sociable and honest driver had gotten us. The first stop was at us from charyn Canyon, there is very picturesque. coming down the stairs then the slope slowly descended down to the river. There is a special machine with an open-top driving from the beginning to the end of the hill people. We still decided to go on foot, terribly tired but enjoyed. From every angle on each side opened an unforgettable look. Just like in science fiction movies). Many students, schoolchildren and foreigners. There are not only remember how much we paid. After returning to the car we drove farther up among the rocks. We've already opened the Canyon from above. Drove through art landscapes of the great artist, to Saty not once turned up on the left. There are mountain goats chased along the edge of the slope. Rain a little bit frightened, but the benefit Pro driver) did not disappoint. Drove through a barrier by paying entrance reached the mystical place called Kayindi. There we went already on foot. everywhere littered the views fabulous bumps. running squirrels. I think we were lucky we got under the rain, but was surprisingly mystical feeling that you're the one all around the world among such dense forest. There are two trails or roads-one cool, another for longer, for such road approaches. The smell just tears you up to the point of boredom, what there is beyond that. And of course it didn't disappoint me. Blue water, zastavshie barrels in the Lake. as if they were frozen in meditation. Of course more added colors and stories our tour guide driver, but that's a story I'll leave you to listen and feel for yourself. Ustavshis' and zamerznuv we drove back to saty there we met a wonderful hostess, cooked us a Royal fresh fish and drunk hot tea with wild raspberry jam. OOOOhh Miss. and we stayed there. In the morning we waited no less interesting place and it's Lake Kolsay. I think here to write anything not write only sighs from the memories). I think you better see it. Wish you feel what, how small we are as "Critters", among such beauty and grandeur of nature. It is not forgotten. I wish you the best of luck. Thank you.
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  • Good night, dear travelers were on lakes in the summer of the year 2016 Kolsai in July went on a weekend in auyl Saty hit at 06.00. the tour went to 09.00, so slept the entire 3:00, special thanks to the mistress of our guesthouse its name is Rima a good hostess hands she Golden stay ate from the stomach and very diversely prepares it very tasty by the way and they have a very clean and Nice, very friendly hostess that is very important. the tours were in jeeps, for which thanks to separate the driver name can't remember but it's well done,))) nature wonderful by the way this trip was from blast tour thanks separate eat with them poprosites' from the Guide stop at Rimma won't regret))) Relax enjoy nature of Kazakhstan, Travel longer and have fun.
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