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Kolsai Lakes

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Address: Almaty, Kazakhstan
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+7 727 235 8944

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We drove ourselves to Kolsai lakes and would absolutely do it again - the only thing we would change would be to allow ourselves more time to explore. They are incredibly... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 February 2017
Benjamin M
Queensland, Australia
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Queensland, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

We drove ourselves to Kolsai lakes and would absolutely do it again - the only thing we would change would be to allow ourselves more time to explore. They are incredibly beautiful and the walk between them, while strenuous, is enjoyable.

Thank Benjamin M
Paris, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

Beautiful lakes far away from Almaty that deserve to be included to the travel wish list... Near the lake the road is quite poor, but exotic. There are three lakes and one is quite accessible by a car. The second needs more courage and a robust 4x4. Not every car is fine for the trip. The third one is accessible... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

We went there with a guide who led us on a hike from Lake 1 to 2. It was not an easy one especially for us city kids who were not too well prepared for the hike. We managed anyway, with the help of hiking sticks. If you're intending to hike to lake 2, do come prepared with good hiking... More 

1 Thank Angela N
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

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 an area facing the lake against the backdrop of the beautiful mountains. Did some trekking as well and I must say... More 

3 Thank Mystiecat
Almaty, Kazakhstan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Pure nature, rural Kazakhstan and since a few years now also an increasing conservation effort to protect this treasure....a must see place when you spent more then a week in Kazakhstan

1 Thank JohnnySchepens
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

The lakes are absolutely stunning, but there is not much else. Lots of city driver get worried about taking their car to the lake with petrified trees so a lot of tourist find themselves walking a few kilometres. Worth it, but depending on season there may be nothing there. Other times there will be a yurt selling food and drink.... More 

1 Thank Chloe P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Got early, before the rain set in and hordes of people arrived. The trails can get very slippery. Definitely worth the drive.

Thank Carolinne C
Nussbaumen, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Absolutely beautiful scenery. We highly recommend to do the three hours hike from the first to the second Kolsai lake. The second one is the most beautiful of the three Kolsay lakes. Enjoy!

1 Thank Kalpak_Travel
Hawkhurst, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Travelled by four wheel drive car to first kolsay lake and stayed at the zhibek zholy bed and breakfast. We rented a cottage with three rooms with wonderful views of the first lake. Next day we walked to the second lake, an 8 hour round trip. Hoped to see a bear but only found footprints of bears, saw lots of... More 

1 Thank francis1952
Leuven, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Very beautiful area, a couple of hours driving from Almaty. We stayed at a farm in Kolsay, primitive but a great experience. Although the weather was bad (rain), and the road to hike between lake 1 and 2 was muddy, we really enjoyed the amazing beauty of the scenery and the national park. There is a possibility to rent horses... More 

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