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Kolsai Lakes

Almaty, Kazakhstan
+7 727 235 8944
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Worth the time

We drove ourselves to Kolsai lakes and would absolutely do it again - the only thing we would... read more

Reviewed 8 February 2017
Benjamin M
Queensland, Australia
Jewel far, far away from Almaty

Beautiful lakes far away from Almaty that deserve to be included to the travel wish list... Near... read more

Reviewed 6 February 2017
Irene P
Paris, France
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Reviewed 8 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
Reviewed 6 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...More

1  Thank Irene P
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...More

1  Thank Angela N
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...More

4  Thank Mystiecat
Reviewed 13 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
Reviewed 10 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...More

1  Thank Chloe P
Reviewed 3 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
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!

2  Thank Kalpak_Travel
Reviewed 1 August 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...More

1  Thank francis1952
Reviewed 31 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...More

Thank Gmeyfroidt
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Carrie L
I will be visiting Kolsai Lakes in June, but Lonely Planet recommended to "Stay away from Kolsay in May and June when ticks are present, raising a risk of tick-borne encephalitis" Has anyone been to Kolsay in June? How serious is the problem? Thank you!
7 April 2017|
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Hi we are 2 people and are in almaty now, love nature and will love to visit kolsai lakes for 2-3 days, hoping to depart 18 july 2016. Any advice will be appreciated!! Thanks!
13 July 2016|
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Agnieszka N
Thank you very much for your review. I have a few practical questions. How did you arrange the trip? Could you share some contacts? did you have local guide? Is it possible to rent horses on the spot or it hast to be arranged in advance? If yes than how? Whom to contact? Any phone? Kind regards Agnieszka
27 February 2015|
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Response from Dina J | Reviewed this property |
Hi Agnieszka, There is a lot of tour agency in Almaty. More of them can offer transportation, small tour, staying in sheds near first lake with a group of other people (about 50-100). Another way is better. If you find... More