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“water supply”(8 reviews)
“hour drive”(5 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Ili-Alatau National Park, Almaty 050065, Kazakhstan
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All reviews water supply hour drive wild nature check point national park snow and ice beautiful water drinking water almaty city surrounding mountains nice view city centre fresh air observatory pipe picnic border
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Reviewed yesterday

It was worth the drive to see this beautiful place. Only issue for me were the 'facilities'. There was only one outdoor privy and it smelled very bad. Still worth seeing. Just be prepared!

Thank babsincal
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I am from Switzerland, so I know well about mountains, hiking and lakes. Saying that, Big Almaty Lake was a very nice experience. We walked up from the water pipe, in the beginning next to the pipe and later on the pipe (just watch how...More

Thank Michael P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The perfect gateway to spend a day with your family and friends. The lake is situated on high altitude and is out side the city limits. It takes around 80-90 minutes to reach the lake but it is worth the effort for sure. Highly recommended...More

Thank Monesh-Mishra
Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you are not nature lover, you will definitely fall in love with Big Almaty Lake. Nothing will prepare you with its beauty and serenity. Try to go on weekdays so the crowd wont be too large. If you are staying in hotel, ask...More

Thank Mohd Syafiq S
Reviewed 1 week ago

I love this place for such a beautiful view and fresh mountain air. Here's what you can do: 1. Visit BAL 2. On your way back try Kymuz (our national drink made of horse milk. You must try it). 3. Do some BBQ on that...More

Thank Alibek O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice and scenic place. If a proper approach is made to go down to the lake from the road & a good cafe comes up it would add to the charm. A very nice visit.

Thank nks1947
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is place one should not miss. Amazing views and scenic beauty. Must visit and spend good time , just relaxing.

Thank PuneetSinghBhutani
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The drive to the lake from Central Almaty takes about an hour depending on traffic. Once you have left the city and entered the National Park, where there is a small entrance fee, the scenery is very beautiful. A series of z bends lead high...More

Thank simply-peregrinating
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went on a friday, it is a one lane road in some places, however not so busy, i cant imagine the traffic problems when busy, and the other issue is very little parking space at the lake, however if you are in Almaty you...More

Thank Andy P
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There is a nice road climbing up fro Almaty to the lake (c. 2,500 m ASL), suitable for all vehicles when there is no snow. Entrance fee to the national park is equivalent to about 1 euro per person. The lake is beautiful, surrounded with...More

Thank Dr. Ron F
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Keyuri P
18 January 2018|
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Response from global-traveller48 | Reviewed this property |
Any time would do. You cannot swim in it. We wee there with snow on the hills, and that was very picturesque
Amod D
15 May 2016|
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Response from Jsleos | Reviewed this property |
Car and driver. Ask your hotel or tour group to organize - make sure it's for both ways!!!
Lewis B
6 November 2015|
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Response from global-traveller48 | Reviewed this property |
In theory you cannot go down to the lake as it is also a reservoir. However when we wee the quite q number of Chinese did just that. It is a nice half day trip. In,was you are going to do a lot of walking I am unsure how... More