Trekking *Alpine Rose – Chukur – Big Almaty lake
• Big Almaty lake
The Big Almaty Lake is located in Zailiyskiy Alatau at an altitude of 2511 m above sea level, 15 km to the south from the center of Almaty. It was formed more than ten thousand years ago by a mountain collapse after an earthquake.
The picturesque road among the slopes of the Northern Tien Shan, covered with beautiful blue spruces, goes up like zigzags along the Bolshaya Almatinka river to the lake. The color of the water of the lake, formed by melting glaciers, changes surprisingly quickly from light green to bright blue. It depends on the light from the sun and fast-moving clouds.
Trekking: “Alpine Rose” Hotel - plateau "Chukur" - Big Almaty Lake- “Alpine Rose” Hotel, 1 day, distance 9 km., height 2613 meters.
The track passes through the Chukur plateau to the Big Almaty Lake. Throughout the day you can enjoy the fresh air and beautiful landscapes.
Gathering and departure from the parking lot behind the Alpine Rose hotel, in front of the gate. The hotel is located in the Big Almaty gorge at an altitude of 2350 meters above sea level, about 20 kilometers from Almaty.
After a kilometer of the road we get to the Chukur gorge on Lunnaya Polyana. In the distance you can see the forest, where there are good sites for overnight.
If you go farther along the Chukur gorge, you can go to the Sovetov glacier, and then to the Sovetov peak (4240 m).
We have to overcome three climbs and gain a maximum height of 2613 m. We cross the meadow and get to the first ascent. From here we climb from 2300 to 2500 m.
Climbing the mountains, we go down a little and pass three little valleys. There will be slopes of Skalisty peak (3332 m) to the left.
After we follow the way about 5 kilometers, we will see the Big Almaty Lake. We go east coast of BAL, just above the road and enjoy the scenery.
The way back is about three kilometers