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Kolsai Lakes

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Kolsai Lakes

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Kolsai Lakes national park is in Almaty Province of Kazakhstan. It is approximately 290km from Almaty.

By car you can travel to lake 1. Further can travel only by horse or foot. Road is hard and difficult. It takes 1 day to travel from lake 1 to lake 3 and back. You can rent horses and find accomodation from nearby Saty village.


Kolsai Lakes (Kolsai Koldery) national park situated in the southeast of Kazakhstan at the territory of Kungey Alatau mountain range (North Tien Shan) is mainly famous thanks to its beautiful mountain lakes: Lower, Middle and Upper Kolsai lakes as well as Kayindy lake. The national park is popular for trekking and horse-riding tours. Saty and Kurmety villages, situated in the buffer zone of the national park, are the examples of community-based ecotourism development.

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Kolsai Lakes (there are three of them: Lower, Middle and Upper) are located at heights 1800, 2250 and 2700 metres above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals.

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Kurmety You may stay in any of 7 homestays, which exist in Kurmety village since 2017. The homestays are marked with blue signboards in English and Kazakh (they are also marked at the tourist map of North Tien Shan and in Google Maps system). The price, including 3 meals a day, is 6000 KZT per person. Some of homestays, like "Alikhan" have bathroom inside, while majority has outside squat toilets.

Mountains There are two wooden trail shelters built in the mountains which anyone can use free of charge. They both are equipped with cast-iron stoves and plank beds. Besmoinak trail shelter (2807 meters above sea level) was built on the trail from Kurmety village to the Middle Kolsai Lake. Yekosha trail shelter (2470 meters above sea level) was built on the trail from Taldy ranger cabin to Kyzemshek Peak (4024 meters).

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