Kolsay and Kaindy lakes

Language English, Russian
Price 250 USD for tour
Capacity 1 person
Duration 1 day 12 hours

Kolsay Lakes – one of the most beautiful places in Kazakhstan. These lakes are located at heights 1800, 2250 and 2700 metres above sea level. They are distinguished by the unique mountain watershed consisting of three natural zones and amazing variety of rare plants and animals. Kolsay Lakes are considered a pearl of Northern Tien-Shan.

Lake Kaindy is located 2,000 metres above sea level. The lake was formed as the result of a major limestone landslide forming a natural dam. It blocked the gorge and was filled by mountain river water. This was triggered by the 1911 Kebin earthquake.

The lake is well known for its scenery, particularly its trunks of submerged Picea schrenkiana trees that rise above the surface of the lake. The area is often referred to as a "sunken forest". The cold water helps preserve the tree trunks, which are overgrown with algae and various other water plants.

The lake is also known for ice diving and trout fishing in the winter season.

A suitable period for tour is from April till September, December till February. Lakes located 300 km far from Almaty. Tour will take 2-3 days.

Tour Highlights:

Airport \ hotel pickup and return

1-4 persons max (1 car SUV)

All national park fees are included

USD 250 per car

Additional extras incl meals (3 times) and accomodation (1 night) - USD 60 per person

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