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Big Almaty Lake

Big Almaty Lake


The Big Almaty Lake, also known as BAO, is the pearl of the Tien Shan and one of the most beautiful natural places in Kazakhstan. Located in the western part of Almaty, the lake is majestically framed by mountain peaks and the greenery of forests, creating an exciting landscape. Its water is considered one of the cleanest in the world, and this place is a popular destination for vacationers and tourists.

What makes BAO so attractive:

  • Hiking: Explore magnificent hiking trails offering incredible views of the lake and surrounding mountains. One of the most popular routes is the ascent to the Furmanov Ridge.
  • Picnics: Enjoy the atmosphere of nature and have a picnic on the lake shore. Take a basket of food with you and spend time with family or friends.
  • Water sports: In summer, you can rent boats and catamarans to enjoy swimming on the lake. The water in BAO is incredibly clean and refreshing.
  • Photo: This is the perfect place for photographers. Grab a camera and capture the beauty of nature and the reflection of mountains in the water.

Recommendations for tourists:

  • Safety: When hiking and active recreation, be sure to follow the safety rules, especially in mountainous areas. Do not forget about personal protective equipment.
  • Environmental responsibility: Be careful of nature. Do not leave garbage, collect it and take it out with you.
  • Weather: Check the weather forecast before your trip. In the mountains, the climate can change rapidly.

The Big Almaty Lake is a place where you can enjoy the incredible beauty of nature and active recreation. Remember to take care of nature and be careful, and your trip will be unforgettable.