- Kok Zhailau plateau
- Big Almaty Lake
- Ile-Alatau National Park
We are glad to welcome you to our wonderful city of Almaty. Almaty is located at the foot of the Northern Tien-Shan mountains. This location is perfect for people who fond of hiking/trekking, healthy lifestyle and who love our beautiful nature. There are a lot of hiking routes with different levels of difficulty in the mountains nearby Almaty. And we invite you to a hiking in Ile-Alatau mountains through Kok Zhailau plateau with visiting Big Almaty Lake and comfortable night accommodation in a 3-bed cozy modular house with a terrace located in the picturesque mountain gorge.
Kok Zhailau is a high-mountain plateau on the territory of Ile-Alatau National Nature Park, located from east to west between Small and Big Almaty Gorges 10 km far from the city of Almaty. The height of the plateau is 1450–1740 m above sea level.
The Kok-Zhailau plateau, due to its location, is one of the most accessible and favorite recreation places of Almaty residents, who are fond of hiking, cycling, skiing.
Level of difficulty: Low (you must be in a moderate physical shape)
Walking distance: ~10 km
Elevation: 600 m
The turquoise surface of the Big Almaty Lake shines among the majestic Trans-Ili Alatau mountains at an altitude of 2500 m above the sea level. As a result of the earthquake, the mountains formed a gorgeous lake, the beauty of which will forever remain in your heart and which has long been one of the symbols of Almaty.
In March 2020, the road to the BAL has been closed for an indefinite period due to the appearance of gullies and landslides in some sections. At the moment, tourists can get to the Big Almaty Lake only on foot. But we have found a solution how to get to the Lake by car.