Kolsai Lakes (Kulsaysky) - a system of three lakes in the northern Tien Shan , in the Kolsai Gorge, in the lintel connecting the Kungei-Alatau and Zailiysky Alatau ranges. The lakes are located on the territory of the Rayymbek district of the Almaty region of Kazakhstan and are located 10 km north of the border with Kyrgyzstan , 330 km southeast of Alma-Ata at an altitude of about 1000 m, 2500 m, 2700 m above sea level.
The lakes are called the "pearl of the Northern Tien Shan." Surrounded by lakes coniferous forest from the Tien Shan spruce . The depth of the lakes reaches 50 m. Among the fauna - rainbow trout .
Kolsai lakes include 3 lakes:
- The third lake is located at an altitude of 1818 m, its length is 1 km, width 400 m, depth 80 m.
- The middle (second) Kolsai Lake (Mynzhylgy) is located at an altitude of 2252, the largest of the three lakes.
- The first Kolsai Lake or Upper Kolsai - at an altitude of 2850 m.
11 km east of the village of Saty is the picturesque lake of Kaindy .
Kolsaysky lakes are located in the territory of the national park "Kulsay kulderі" and are a tourist attraction. Nearby there are guest houses and campsites . In Soviet times, there was a tourist route with a length of 25 km, which included a visit to all three Kolsai lakes, as well as the Sary-Bulak pass and a descent to Lake Issyk-Kul . As of 2017, the pass is closed; visiting the Upper Kolsaysky Lake without a border crossing is impossible  .
- Kolsai Lakes: how to get from Almaty and what to see? . idea37.info. Date of treatment March 24, 2019.