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Kolsai Lakes

Almaty, Kazakhstan
+7 727 235 8944
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Best place in Almaty region

Breathtaking views, cold as ice water, mountains and horseback riding - that was a day spent in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
augustebru
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Vilnius, Lithuania
Beautiful lakes!

Went to Kolsai Lakes last August. They are not easy to get to, but well worth the effort... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ed D
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Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Breathtaking views, cold as ice water, mountains and horseback riding - that was a day spent in Kolsai Lakes. Not easy to reach: you have to have 4x4 or rent an old soviet bus with a driver (as we did) but this place is really...More

Thank augustebru
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to Kolsai Lakes last August. They are not easy to get to, but well worth the effort! Gorgeous lakes with clear turquoise colorefd water. We camped one night at Lake 1, then hired pack horses and hiked to Lake #2 for a night. Lake...More

Thank Ed D
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Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

We loved that place very nature very quiet and the air is so fresh and pure !!! It s worth it to visit!!!!!

1  Thank carlaawad
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Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

I visited the lakes a number of times. Drove many times, the road quality is not that good, so it’s a challenging trip. Most times we like to hire helicopters to do picnics there. On a heli it’s only a half an hour flight, by...More

Thank Azat B
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Reviewed 15 September 2017 via mobile

I took the weekend trip from almaty (blast tours, aisa discovery, ecotourism have offers at 16000tg) and it was amazing. Some of it come down to a great guide and a nice group of people, but the beautiful nature takes most credit. The hikes as...More

2  Thank 19sj_js89
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Reviewed 14 September 2017 via mobile

We came up here to see the lakes and take a stroll around. The main lake is a bit mobbed but if you go a bit further up then it is quiet and pleasant.

Thank Aprilianinor
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Reviewed 6 September 2017

Get ready for a heavenly experience away from the city and away from mobile range :) The terrain is mountain so be ready for long difficult walks. Get climbing shoes or ride horses.Six hours ride from Almaty.

Thank globtravel2017
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Reviewed 9 August 2017

There are two Kolsai lakes. You get dropped off at the lower lake, and have to hike up to the upper lake. It's as much as 8 miles of a hike if you count the vertical distance, and the paths are not paved so there...More

Thank Jing H
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Reviewed 7 August 2017

yes this is a beautifull place! The colour of the water is amazing. I guess the place is kinda exceptional for Kazachstan. These Kolsai lakes are however similar to any other mountain lake. We walked along lake 1. There's no way of walking around the...More

Thank hacrobaat
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Reviewed 20 July 2017

Best choice take at least 2 days tour with visit Charyn canyon on a way there and Kaindy lake second day. If you like hiking stay one day more in order to hike to second and third lakes. Route is quite difficult for beginners especially...More

2  Thank Nurlanbolysbek
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Usama K
26 January 2018|
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Response from hacrobaat | Reviewed this property |
I tend to agree with Jing H. We hired transport via Internet before arriving in Almaty and consequently ended up paying way too much for a very friendly driver who barely spoke English. We ordered a tour incl Kolsaï lakes.
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Krzysztof E
3 July 2017|
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Response from Skyferret | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Unfortunately I do not think there is an easy way to get there from Almaty by public transport. It is around a 5 hour drive from the city and the roads require a 4x4 vehicle.
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