In 300 km from the city of Almaty in the spurs of the Kungei - Alatau ridge there are high-mountainous Kolsai lakes.
The first Kolsai Lake or the Upper Kolsai - at an altitude of 2850 m. The middle (second) Kolsai Lake (Mynzhylgy) is located at an altitude of 2252, the largest of the three lakes. The third lake (Saty) is located at an altitude of 1818 m, its length - 1 km, width - 400 m, depth - 80 m.
The lakes are crystal clear water, there is a royal trout fish. There are rich mushroom forests, a lot of strawberries and raspberries around.
Lake Kayyndy, lost among coniferous forests at an altitude of 1867 meters above sea level, amazes with its indescribable beauty. It was formed after a strong earthquake in 1911, when a rockfall covered the gorge and created a reservoir.
The lake is about 400 m long and reaches a depth of almost 30 m. The water is crystal clear and transparent.
How to get there
From Almaty to Kolsai ~ 275 km.
If you have decided to go by private transport, you should go along the Kuldzhinsky road. After Malovodnoye village there is a fork. The road straight to Chilik village, which is 1 km away.
Turn right, bypassing Chilik, pass the bridge over the river Chilik and just behind the bridge turn right on the main road. We pass the village of Baiseit. To the left is the road to Zhongju. We - straight ahead. From here, the asphalted road is replaced in some places by a gravel road.
After passing Toraigyr pass, turn right, towards the village of Zhalanash. We pass Maly Jalanash and Karabulak settlements and enter Saty village. From here, the Kolsai Lakes and Lake Kaindy are located at almost the same distance (approximately 14 km).
You can get to Saty by intercity buses and taxi. Transport departs from the city bus station on a fixed schedule.
You can plan and book a trip to Saty in advance via the Ecotourism Information Resource Centre.
Contacts: Republic of Kazakhstan, Almaty, Shevchenko Street, 14, sq.2, tel: +7 727 293 84 23, +7 727 2 93 83 80, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org