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Big Almaty Lake is one of the city of Almaty’s primary natural attractions. Located at 2,500 meters only 15 kilometers outside the city limits, getting to the lake is relatively easy by hike or vehicle. Like any mountain lake, Big Almaty Lake is relatively small; it is 40 meters deep, 1.6 kilometers long, 1 kilometer at its widest, and the coastline only 3 kilometers in its entirety. Swimming and bathing is forbidden, but also mostly impossible—water temperatures generally do not exceed 8 degrees Celsius. Drive or hike here to see the reflections of snowy peaks of Tourist Peak (3,954m), Ozerny Peak (4,110m), and Soviets Peak (4,317m) on these fresh alpine waters.