Kolsai Lakes are rated as the number one place to see close to Almaty by sites like Tripadvisor. Visit three mountain lakes, progressing higher into the mountains close to the Kyrgyz border. While it is a popular destination, it does require an epic 6 hour journey on some interesting (read: bumpy, unpaved) roads. Steppe runs into mountains and canyons cut the landscape, so it is worth being awake for the drive to absorb the scenery and take some photos as well as witnessing some village life as we drive through some small villages on the way.
Kolsai Lakes and their surrounding villages, landscape and nature offer many possibilities for things to see and do. We recommend a minimum of a 3 day tour to allow time to see the best of what there is there and not feel rushed doing it. Longer trips are available for those who enjoy journeying past where people usually tread.
We offer the possibility to do hiking, camping and horse riding here, as well as experiencing the cultural aspects of a Kazakh village.