Almaty: Hiking to the Mountain Gem - Big Almaty Lake

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure to the breathtaking Big Almaty Lake (BAL), a true gem nestled amidst the majestic Tian Shan Mountains.


  • Immerse yourself in the beauty of diverse landscapes
  • Witness the grandeur of the Ile Alatau National Park and Tien Shan Mountains.
  • Marvel at the ever-changing hues of BAL, from light green to sky blue


Hiker's Paradise: Experience a scenic trek through diverse landscapes, including pine, birch, poplar, apple, and spruce forests, culminating in the awe-inspiring beauty of BAL. Mountain Splendor: Witness the grandeur of the Zailiy Alatau and Tian Shan Mountains, with panoramic views of Skalisty, Ozerny, and other captivating peaks. Lake's Enchanting Beauty: Marvel at the ever-changing hues of BAL, transforming from light green to turquoise and sky blue, depending on the time of day, sunlight, and season. Invigorating Escape: Breathe in the fresh mountain air and immerse yourself in the tranquility of nature, leaving you refreshed and revitalized. Your Adventure Awaits: Hike Duration: Approximately 8 hours at an average pace Difficulty Level: Middle (Good physical fitness and prior hiking experience are required. Starting Point: Last ecological checkpoint Highlights Along the Way: Legendary Japanese Road Stunning Kumbelsu River Panoramic mountain views


Mountain hiking Round-trip hotel transfers English-speaking mountain guide Entrance tickets to the Ile-Alatau National Park Trekking pole rental (upon request) Water and lemonade for each tourist

Important Information

  • Embark on a challenging yet rewarding trek through the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Big Almaty Lake (BAL), suitable only for experienced hikers with exceptional fitness levels. Key Points to Consider: Strenuous Terrain: This hike demands a high level of physical conditioning and endurance, navigating uneven paths, moderate elevation gains, and potentially challenging weather conditions. Proper Gear and Attire: Ensure you have appropriate hiking attire, including breathable clothing, sturdy footwear with excellent traction, and adequate protection from the elements. Passport Required: Bring your passport for potential border control checks, as the hike may venture near international borders.

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