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Great vista

This lake is worth a visit, would have loved spending time exploring. The contrasting landscape was... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2018
Tony D
via mobile
Great Lake and very peaceful and wildflowers galore

This is a wonderful park. The lake is quite beautiful with a number of trails that allow one to... read more

Reviewed 13 July 2018
Kathy M
Astana, Kazakhstan
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8 Aug 2018
“Great vista”
12 Jul 2018
“Great Lake and very peaceful and wildflowers galore”
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Reviewed 9 August 2018 via mobile

This lake is worth a visit, would have loved spending time exploring. The contrasting landscape was magnificent.

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Reviewed 13 July 2018

This is a wonderful park. The lake is quite beautiful with a number of trails that allow one to walk around the lake. The best park is the ability to take a dip or relax on the edge while dipping your feet into the cold...More

2  Thank Kathy M
Reviewed 20 June 2018

We joined a day-tour to get there. The view was beautiful, though it takes approx. 2 hours for the ride, it is still worth going.

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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

After about an hour drive from Almaty we reached to this gorgeous lake, it’s amazingly located on top of the mountain and between even higher mountains which makes a spectacular view . I suggest to bring along some barbecue and go on a picnic next...More

2  Thank Hamid A
Reviewed 11 October 2017

its a best place to visit appx. 3 hours drive from almaty. one of the 2nd biggest mourain lake in the world.

Thank vkajaria54
Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

It takes around 1.30-2h to get there. Since it is a national park you'll have to pay entrance. Inside the park, you can start to see the beauty of the mountains and the colourful nature. When you get to the lake you will be astonished...More

Thank TiagoSoares17
Reviewed 1 September 2017

It's a two hour journey from Almaty to the lake. At first the road is fine but after the payment booth it becomes narrow and twisting. The lake itself is glacial blue and has a number of pleasure boats to take trips in. A river...More

Thank William899
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Visited lake Issyk during our group tour to Almaty. It was not on original schedule for its frozen and.road also not motorable for.heavy snowing on mountains. Yet we decided to go first in keeps but later took our. mini bus. Natural geological office advised to...More

3  Thank JSS71
Reviewed 1 February 2017

Another really beautiful lake from Tien-shan with turquoise watter. Surrounding of this lake is good for short trips - you can go to the lake from the opposite side - from the streams. You can get to the lake by car, there is an asphalt...More

Thank HonzaJohnySmid
Reviewed 29 October 2016

We live in Almaty, and could have gone to Big Lake Almaty for the same "blue lake experience", but I enjoyed Esik so much more! A) you are allowed to go down to the lake and walk along it's shore (unlike Big Lake Almaty) and...More

3  Thank murffbunch
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