KOLSAI LAKE

Kolsai lakes – a natural wonder of Kazakhstan

Kolsai lakes are rightfully among the most beautiful places of nature in Kazakhstan. Another name for the Kolsai lakes is the blue necklace of the Northern Tien Shan. This name fully reflects reality, because such incredible beauty is not found everywhere. "Kolsai" literally means "lake in the gorge".

Each of the three Altai lakes is located at different elevations relative to sea level. The Kolsai River begins its long journey with ancient glaciers located on the Kungei-Alatau mountain ranges and flow into each of the lakes in turn. The lakes are of decent depth and are freshwater. The greatest recorded depth is 80 m . The bottom of the lakes has a gentle relief and does not have pronounced rocky protrusions.

Kolsai is a great place for active recreation

Kolsai lakes are very popular among tourists from different countries. Trekking on the Kolsai lakes is quite simple and even beginners in this business will master them without much difficulty. Kolsai is a great place for picnics and horseback riding, and cyclists enjoy riding along winding paths. The ideal time for active recreation in this area is considered to be the time period from mid-April to the end of September.

Not far from the Kolsai lakes, 10 km away, there is the village of Saty, in which there is a large selection of all kinds of guest houses, which have everything necessary for a comfortable stay of vacationers. Well, connoisseurs of real wildlife can camp and sleep in tents near the lake and admire the natural landscape of Kolsai and the crystal purity of nature.

The lucky ones who have visited this magnificent area will remember its exclusive splendor, silence and tranquility for the rest of their lives. When the surface of the lakes is calm, the sky is clearly displayed in them, and closer to dusk you can observe the splashing of trout shoals in the water. Based on the above, we can draw certain conclusions that this natural area is simply created for outdoor enthusiasts.

multi-day tours to Kolsai

TOUR PACKAGE 2.3

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / Baiseit / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Kokpek gorge

$
722
$
980

TOUR PACKAGE 2.4

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / Bisect / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Shymbulak

$
804
$
920

TOUR PACKAGE 2.5

2 days

Charyn Canyon / Baiseit village / Saty village / Black canyon / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Issyk lake / Bartogai

$
856
$
960

TOUR PACKAGE 3.2

3 days

Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Black canyon / City tour / Kaindy lake / Moon Valley / Shymbulak / Assy / Turgen / Trout farm

$
1204
$
1380

TOUR PACKAGE 4.1

4 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
1600
$
1800

TOUR PACKAGE 4.2

4 days

Bashi village / Tiger mountains / Saty village / Black canyon / Singing Dune / Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake 1 / Kolsai lake 2 / Aktau mountains / Kokpek gorge / Kaindy lake / Baiseit

$
1667
$
1850

TOUR PACKAGE 4.3

4 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
1578
$
1645

TOUR PACKAGE 5.2

5 days

Bashi village / Tiger mountains / Saty village / Black canyon / Singing Dune / Charyn Canyon / Kolsai lake 1 / Kolsai lake 2 / Aktau mountains / Kokpek gorge / Kaindy lake / Baiseit

$
2093
$
2200

TOUR PACKAGE 5.3

5 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
2189
$
2295

TOUR PACKAGE 5.4

5 days

Shymbulak / Medeo / Old city centre / Kok tobe / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Zenkov cathedral / Charyn canyon / Baiseit village / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge

$
1400
$
1520

TOUR PACKAGE 6.1

6 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Assy or Issyk lake / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
2556
$
2870

TOUR PACKAGE 6.3

6 days

Shymbulak / Medeo / Old city centre / Big Almaty lake / Besshatyr korgan / Kok tobe / Kolsai lake / Saty village / Assy plateau / Petroglyphs / Zenkov cathedral / Charyn canyon / Baiseit village / Golden man / Issyk Village / Green bazar / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Turgen gorge / Konaev city

$
1855
$
1930

TOUR PACKAGE 7.1

7 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
2900
$
3350

TOUR PACKAGE 8.1

8 days

Bashi village / Singing Dune / Aktau mountains / Katutau / Tiger mountains / Zharkent Mosque / Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Kokpek gorge / Assy or Issyk lake / Almaty city / Green Bazar / 28 park Panfilov / Cathedral / Kok Tobe

$
2767
$
2930

TOUR PACKAGE 8.3

8 days

Charyn Canyon / Moon Valley / Yellow Canyon / Black canyon / Saty village / Kolsai lake / Kaindy lake / Karkara / Karakol / Issyk kul / Zhety oguz / Barskoon gorge / Arabel / Aksai canyon / Fairy Tale canyon / Burana tower / Bishkek / Central mosque / Kordai / Kordai pass

$
3389
$
3675

If you are interested in one-day tours to Kolsai

Kolsai lakes location and uniqueness of the natural attraction

Due to the unusual shade of the water surface, the Kolsai lakes are commonly called the blue necklace of the Northern Tien Shan. The reservoirs are located among mountain peaks and tall fir trees. The places around are famous for the cleanest air and incomparable natural beauty. Kolsai lakes tour leaves unforgettable impressions that remain for many years.

Vacationers coming to Kolsai lake tour are impressed by the constantly changing color of the water. It ranges from bright blue to a spectacular shade of greenish emerald. During a walk along the shore, the water can constantly change. Kolsai lake territory is surrounded by flowering meadows and extensive forests of Tien Shan spruce.

Geographical characteristics

Kolsai lakes National natural Park is located in the mountain gorge of the same name. The reservoirs are settled in the bridge between the soaring mountain ranges of Kungei-Alatau and the Trans-Ili Alatau. Kazakhstan Kolsai lakes are included in the list of territories under state protection.

The reservoirs are part of the system of three lakes, which stretches along a picturesque gorge. The course of the river with the same name passes through three reservoirs. The natural complex on the territory of Almaty Kolsai lakes national park is known for the purest fresh water, capable of changing its shades from saturated blue to emerald.

Tourists are often interested in how to get to Kolsai lake. The natural complex is located about 300 km from Almaty. The road by car will take about 4-5 hours. You can order a Kolsai lakes tour from Almaty at our travel agency. It is in demand all year round, but the best time to visit the national park is from May to October.

Formation of a natural complex

Kolsai lake was formed in 1910 after an earthquake occurred in those parts. A landslide caused by this natural phenomenon blocked the river. The valley gradually filled with water. Before the disaster, there was a dense forest of coniferous trees on the site of the underwater Kolsai lakes, which was almost completely flooded with water.

Flora and fauna

The national park is home to many animals and birds listed in the Red Book. Among them there are Turkestan or Himalayan lynx, snow leopard, which is also called the snow leopard, Tianshan bear, bluebird, kumai, bearded man. Their representatives can be found in the forests surrounding the Kolsai Lakes.

Rainbow trout began to be bred in the lakes. Over time, the fish took root and multiplied. In the evenings, tourists staying nearby at the accommodation Kolsai lakes come to the lakes to observe an amazing picture. The waters in the reservoirs seem to be starting to boil from trout splashes. Free fishing in the protected area is prohibited.

Interesting facts

The depth of the lower lake is about 80 meters. The Lower Kolsai lake is located from the Middle one at about six kilometers distance. A narrow path leads to the second reservoir, located at an altitude of more than 2.2 kilometers. The middle lake, which is considered the largest and most beautiful one, has an original heart shape. The upper reservoir is located at an altitude of 2.8 km above sea level.

You can book a jeep tour to Kolsai lake from us. Treat yourself and your loved ones with vivid impressions and enjoy the beauty of natural attractions.

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WHAT TO TAKE ON TOUR

Comfortable walking shoes
Trekking boots, sneakers or comfortable hiking shoes are the best solutions.
Sunscreens and repellents
Cosmetics with a UV filter, repellent creams, a hat and sunglasses will definitely come in handy while walking.
Comfortable and warm clothes
During a holiday in the mountains of Almaty, the temperature can fluctuate significantly, and it is better to grab warm clothes that do not hinder movement.
If you have chosen the economy format of a weekend tour in Kazakhstan, you can take water beverages, and food with you to have a snack or have a picnic in one of the picturesque locations along the route.
Food and drinks

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