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In the upper reaches of the Big Almaty gorge, the Central gorge of the TRANS-ili Alatau, at an altitude of 2500 m above sea level, there is a Large Almaty lake. The lake, fed by glacial water, is a bowl with an area of 1.6 square meters. km and is a source of drinking water supply to the city of Almaty.
Big Almaty lake is located 25 km from the upper border of the city of Almaty, at an altitude of 2511 m. The lake was formed, like many other high-altitude lakes in Central Asia, as a result of an earthquake.
A steep road leads to the high-mountain lake, which originates at the source of the Bolshaya Almatinka river and leads towards the Eastern mountain slopes.
Three main peaks rise above the lake, which can be seen from the Northern end of the dam: Soviets peak (4317 m)-to the South — East, Ozerny peak (4110 m) — to the South and Tourist peak (3954 m)-to the South-West of the lake. North-West of the Tourist peak is the ridge of the Big Almaty peak, a pyramid with a height of Z681 m. Depending on the time of year, the lake changes its color – from light green to turquoise-blue.
During the tour, you will have the opportunity to climb to a height of 2511 m and see all the beauty with your own eyes!
On the way back to the city, you will visit the Falcon nursery “Sunkar”. The country’s only Falcon Center “Sunkar”, which means “Falcon” in Russian, is located about 10 km from Almaty and is located in the Big Almaty gorge. In the nursery you can see an exciting show with specially prepared hunting birds of prey, hunting with which is one of the most unique features of Kazakh life.
The show takes place in the open air and takes 30-40 min.