West of the Malaya Almatinka valley lies its ‘big sister’, the Bolshaya Almatinka valley.
From the top of the road, you should discover the picturesque 1.6km- long Bolshoe Almatinskoe lake (2500m), resting in a rocky bowl in the Zailiysky Alatau foot hills.
Yes, just after the grass you should be able to see kind of a blue oval stain, this is the lake. The Lake is frozen from November to June and only takes on its famous turquoise tinge once the silt of summer meltwater has drained away.
When I left the city in the morning, it was sunny. I had prepared a salad, to have a picnic by the Lake. Then, as we were progressing on the mountain road, it started to be grey, the clouds here stuck there. A few kilometers later, and higher, it was snowing ! This is not unusual. We are, after all, those are, again, the Tian Shan mountains !