Kids-friendly, 4WD tour to the pearl of Almaty, the Big Almaty mountain lake. Located at the 2500 masl and surrounded by mountain walls, it waterfeeds significant part of the city. Ideal time to go - September.
WARNING: implies fast car ascent by more than 1500 meters and may cause slight mountain sickness. Not recommended for preconditioned people and recently arrived (not yet acclimatized in the area). Though no one ever in our practice got affected on this altitude. Another supersafe option is a gradual climb of the last 1000m of an elevation by foot along the pipeline or serpentine road. It is rather easy hiking.
IMPORTANT!!! The area is interstate borderline so bring your valid IDs (subject to probable examination by border patrol).
Fare: $100 (group of 1-3 people).