A heart-stealing place

Big Almaty Lake, or BAO for short, is a picturesque lake 20 kilometers from Almaty. The reservoir is located near the state border of Kyrgyzstan, however, special passes are not required to visit – and millions of tourists who have visited here are the best confirmation of this. BAO is hidden in a mountainous area with landscapes of indescribable beauty and delicious air filled with the aroma of fragrant herbs and the freshness of the snow-capped peaks of the Trans-Ili Alatau.

Mysterious nature of the lake

One of the mysterious features of the lake is its ever-changing color, from azure blue to richly emerald. Against the background of snow-white mountain peaks and centuries-old majestic pines, accompanied by the ringing natural silence and brilliance of the sun’s rays on the water surface … All of this together leaves an unforgettable impression that you should definitely experience in this life.

Beauty does not need much

The lake is not big – the length of its coastline is only about 3 km, and the depth is 40 meters. At length, the lake stretches for 1.6 km, and its maximum width reaches 1 km. In winter, the lake becomes much smaller, and in August the water level can rise by 20 meters. The lake is surrounded by majestic peaks, the most famous of which are the Tourist (3954 m), Ozerny (4110 m) and the Soviet Peak (4317 m).

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